ASK Pierre-Henri Ngoumou: How is the polo horses trading market organized (renting, sales, customers, main actors)?

Hello Lauren,

At the international dimension, the trading comes in majority from Argentina to other countries such as the USA, UK, France etc. Customers are usually amateurs, because the cost of a flight has increased during the last years. In France, importations of polo horses from Argentina have decreased a lot because of the flight’s price but not only. Renting is a new way of life (flats, cars…) and it’s also true for polo. It is really less binding than having your own horses (even if being an owner is a pleasure). In France, polo season lasts at least 5 or 6 months per year (on grass), for a player, you need 4 or 5 horses per match. Having 5 horses can cost much more yearly than renting 5 horses on a period of time. Renting horses in France is a good way to bring riders to that sport which is pretty not popular yet. Knowing that you can rent horses for 1 tournament, for 1 match or for 1 polo season can make things easier: we can try this amazing sport without beginning investing huge amounts.

About the sales there are 2 types of horses. The ones for amateurs and the ones for professionals. Amateurs’ horses are usually Argentine horses (small, handy..). Horses for professionals are more English Thoroughbreds, because they’re cheaper and and very speed! Polo today is going faster and faster!
I sale around 60 horses every year. Most of them are going to high goals teams. I had the chance to sale 40 horses to Dubai. I’m talking about chance because the market is essentially controlled by argentines, and getting our schooled horses of the farm into those huge competitions or huge stables is a real pleasure and I’m proud of it.

PH
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