April 2, 1994 |
Polo coach Jack Gallagher knew he had turned the corner at Valley Forge Military Academy when he asked why one of the school's better polo players hadn't come out for the team. A cadet who did play pulled himself erect and explained: "To be honest, sir, he had some problems with the last coach, sir, but I have talked with him, sir, and I have told him, sir, that you appear to be somewhat cool, sir. " Cool indeed. Since Gallagher first connected with his charges two years ago, the Valley Forge polo program has gone into overdrive, becoming a showpiece - and selling point - for the venerable military school in Wayne.
May 9, 1999 |
From reveille at 5:45 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., Justin Porter, 17, slogs through drills, meals and classes in a stiff uniform, saluting when necessary and calling every adult "ma'am" or "sir. " By 3:30, the Valley Forge Military Academy and College cadet is tired, his military bearing a little droopy. But that's really when his favorite part of the day begins, down at the barn with a sweet-tempered horse named Princess. Porter is an all-American polo player from Pittsburgh who learned to ride just last year.
May 20, 1988 |
Polo/Ralph Lauren will open its first Philadelphia store next spring in the renovated office/hotel and retail complex in the former Bellevue Stratford hotel, the complex's developer announced yesterday, ending a tug of war for the posh retailer. A number of local developers have wooed Polo passionately, including Rouse & Associates, which wanted to land the store for its One Liberty Place, sources said. A Rouse official yesterday said the firm had been focusing more on leasing office space in One Liberty Place, which opened in March, than on attracting retailers.
February 20, 1996 |
Prince Charles plays it. Ralph Lauren wannabes wear it. Philadelphia drug users injected it yesterday - and barely lived to talk about it. After taking a brand of heroin called "Polo," at least 25 people ended up in hospital emergency rooms throughout the city. They started to get sick around 9:30 a.m., stumbling out of Kensington "shooting galleries," wandering the streets, shouting at strangers or stopping traffic. Some just lay down on the sidewalk. Poison control experts believe that the heroin was mixed with high amounts of a drug called scopolamine, a "truth serum" drug once used to obliterate a woman's memory of labor and delivery.
February 22, 1996 |
A lot of consumer products don't always live up to their advertising, but the one called "Death Shot," that was marketed this week on the streets of Philadelphia, came dangerously close. Police said that 14 people were treated on Tuesday for heroin overdoses after injecting themselves with the aptly named product that tests now show was mixed with scopolamine, a powerful anaesthetic that's been used as a truth serum. The "Death Shot" overdoses are the latest twist in a rash of either tainted or too-powerful heroin that may be linked to as many as five deaths in the Philadelphia area.
May 29, 2008 |
When Tasha Harris, a teen from the streets of Southwest Philadelphia, began riding horses at Philadelphia's Work to Ride program in Fairmount Park in 2002, she had some trepidation. "I really had to build my confidence," Harris, 18, said, noting that the horses were a bit intimidating. Six years later, Harris is more than confident as she plans to leave for Nigeria today with three other inner-city youths to compete in her first international polo tournament. The team from the acclaimed equestrian program on Chamounix Drive in Fairmount Park has been sharpening skills in this "sport of kings" for weeks.
June 14, 1992 |
When in South Jersey, do as the British royal family does: Play polo. Or at least watch a good game. The Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association today will sponsor the first of what are expected to become annual Moorestown VNA Cup polo matches. Money raised by the event will support home health-care services provided by the agency. The Hidden Pond polo team, led by John Rosado, owner of the Hidden Pond Polo Center in Winslow, will compete against a team from Maryland. Each team will include four players who will ride 24 ponies.
September 16, 1991 |
Palm Beach it's not. There was no caviar, no original artwork, no air kissing and no sign whatsoever of Prince Charles. Or the Kennedys. Or even Roxanne Pulitzer. But, hey, this is South Jersey. What do you expect? They don't even call this place a club. It's the Hidden Pond Polo Center. The preferred cuisine is hoagies and beer; the furniture, blankets and beach chairs; the attire, shorts and T-shirts. No pretenses here. That's because here, in Winslow Township, amid the cornfields and the vegetable stands and down the street from a Wawa, a local guy named John Rosado has brought polo, the game of kings, to the masses.
October 23, 2006 |
For years, the young people in Lezlie Hiner's Work to Ride program have worked with horses in order to navigate the mysterious world of polo. Now they're going to be owners. Hiner got the word last week that a 3-year-old racehorse named High Spirited had been donated to her Chamounix Equestrian Center in Fairmount Park, where Hiner and her staff have been teaching kids how to ride and play polo for 12 years. Whatever High Spirited earns on the track will go to the program.
May 19, 1994 |
Those interested in learning how to wield a mallet while on horseback can take lessons from the Bucks County Polo Club School. The four-lesson course is held at the Bucks County Horse Park in Revere. One lesson is indoors, where students learn how to prepare the horse - wrapping legs, knotting tails, saddling. Then students have three lessons outdoors, where they can get a taste of galloping full tilt after a ball - once they learn the proper polo moves and rules, of course.