Polo was a cowboy sport in the Canadian West long before the advent of the organised rodeo with its bucking horses and chuck-wagon races. Played there within twenty years of its introduction to Britain, it flourishes today. From the first match in southern Alberta in the 1880's, the game's popularity spread like wildfire through the foothills ranchlands. In a country whose life revolved around horsemen and the horse, polo became its most popular sport and a focus of community pride and social life. Based on extensive reserarch into original sources, Tony Rees vividly explores the history of polo on the field and the role of its players and patrons in the development of Western Canada's unique society. Polo: The Galloping Game, for the first time defines the place of Western Canadian polo in the international world of sport.
Tony Rees is a local historian. He was born in Great Britain and came to Canada in 1957. He became the first city archivist for the City of Calgary and was the Chief Archivist of Calgary's Glenbow Museum between 1985-1993. His first book, 'Hope's Last Home: Travels in Milk River Country', a historical portrait of the Milk River Country of Alberta and Montana, was shortlisted for the 1996 Writers Guild of Alberta award for non-fiction.