Tianjin, China’s leading polo destination

World Polo Snow Cup 2012, Tianjin China

Polo is becoming more and more popular in China, thanks in part to the international events Goldin Polo Club has started to host. In an attempt to foster the growth of equestrian sports, the Tianjin Goldin Polo Club offers riding and polo lessons. Their state-of-the-art facilities include rubber-floored, air-conditioned stables filled with ponies worth around $20,000 each. With club membership costing between $60,000 and $1.6 million, the complex and its posh events are testaments to China’s ability to reinvent old school style.

The luxury of the club not only reflects China’s growing love of horses – it suggests the exponential growth of Chinese cities as villa-style residential complexes crop up around town. In addition to developing the polo club in Tianjin, Goldin Properties has also created 2,000 residential complexes and a central business district that will boast a 600-meter, 117-story office tower, making it officially the ninth tallest building in the world.

The polo complex is the pièce de résistance of Tianjin, not only attracting the cream of the crop in China, but from around the world as well.

But, as the great riders in Tianjin know, it’s all about horses for courses. As former professional polo player and head of polo for the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Club Derek Reid says, polo is becoming more popular in China but, ultimately, the sport of kings will remain exclusive to the upper echelons of society. He insists to participate, “You’ve got to have a bit of sugar behind you.”
adapted from CNN