Polo was a sport founded in the 6th century B.C. by the Persin Empire. The Persians at this time conquered the continent of Europe and swept through opposition like a storm. During their victory feasts they would often celebrate by playing games, including Polo.

Polo Eventually evolved into a sport that required a high degree of tactical stragtegy and superb riding skills. The sport was eventually adopted by the English Royalty and Aristocracy. As a result of royal acceptance and influence, Polo developed into a popular sport.

In order to play polo, a good pony, excellent riding skills, the spirit of a warrior and conduct becoming of gentlemen are required. Because of these prerequisties Polo is known as The Sport of Kings.

During their travels abroad, the English Aristocracy took their diversions and game with them. This influence can still be felt in the United States, especially in the natural and picturesque hills of Santa Barbara where the excellent year round weather, rolling hills and serene landscapes has become a nature home for Polo. Santa Barbara became an ideal meeting place for royalty and the rich & famous. In the early 1900's the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club was established and in 1911, the club joined the USPA (United States Polo Association).

Today, the club caters to the world's elite and the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club is the largest and most exclusive Polo club in the world.