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QUESTION: hello. i would like to know the average salary of a polo player in your country. can you please let me know?

ANSWER: Rohit,

Salaries of polo players vary from one part of the country to another.  The
deciding factors in the employment of a polo player are the player's handicap;
number of horses he/she has; and the number of horses he/she has.

Lower goal players often double as grooms while trying to work their way into
regular paying jobs.  Some succeed and others do not.

Not many polo players in the United States have regular salaries unless they
also serve as club managers.  Most of the players hire out for specific
tournaments or, if they're lucky, for a season (I.e., the winter season in
Wellington; the summer season in New York or Santa Barbara, etc.).

Some professional players barely make enough to feed their horses while others
make millions of dollars for playing in the high-goal polo in Florida.  But
remember that when you hear of a ten-goal player making two or three million
dollars for a two or three month season, that player is probably taking ten
horses with him with a replacement value of two or three million dollars.

If you are a polo player you have heard the old adage that "the horse is 75% to
80% of the game", and the salaries or fees paid to players need to reflect their
investment in proper horseflesh as well as their handicap.

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QUESTION: thanks for the answer. can you mention the minimum salary of polo player with -2 handicap?

Rohit-There would be no minimum salary for a player with a -2 goal handicap as they would have nothing to offer a team or a patron.  Generally, polo players don't become professionals until they carry no less than a +2 handicap, preferably +3.
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General history questions about the game of polo. Some specific questions relating to polo in Argentina, the United States, Europe, India and China. I do, however, have a deep international network through which I feel comfortable I can field most reasonable questions.


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