Ben Soleimani aims to learn from polo maestro Adolfo Cambiaso

Gareth A Davies
Ben Soleimani, pictured, will be joined by Argentine star Adolfo Cambiaso this summer  - Copyright: Tony Ramirez/www.imagesofpolo.com

As Telegraph Sport revealed back in January, Adolfo Cambiaso had left Dubai after 16 years and joins forces with Ben Soleimani for the upcoming English season in the high goal.

Soleimani has opened up about "the thrill" of knowing that he goes into the season with his RH team, and it is sure to be fascinating with the new line up. RH will doubtless be a major force this season.

While Facundo and Gonzalito Pieres return with the King Power team, RH are going to be there as frontrunning rivals.

"Ever since I started playing polo, Adolfo has been my idol in the sport," Soleimani told ClickPolo in their latest issue.

"There are other, great and very talented players in the sport that I have great respect for but Adolfo has always been my idol." 

RH Polo look set to be a formidable outfit Credit: Tony Ramirez

It will also be intriguing to watch the development of young Tommy Beresford this year, also signed by RH, with the Brazilian Rodrigo Andrade making up the quartet.

"I look forward to playing with Adolfo and I think it will be special season," added Soleimani. "I'm looking forward to learning from the maestro."

Calls for wider focus from equine community

With the 2017 season just a couple of weeks away, Polo Quarterly editor and player Aurora Eastwood believes the focus of the new season should be all about "growing the grassroots" and "changing the perception of polo within the wider equine world". 

It is an extremely valid point. In Eastwood's view, polo needs a PR campaign to make strides into the equine world. 

"Polo needs to be part of the wider equine community," Eastwood, a player and editor, explained to Telegraph Sport.

"We can no longer sustain ourselves in our very small, isolated bubble. Having a go at polo ought to be just as popular and easy as having a go at eventing/dressage/showjumping and so on."

"I don't think that can be achieved without a radical change in perception, by the rest of the horsey world towards polo, and the first step to that is being part of the equine community." 

"Polo desperately needs bums on saddles and a vastly improved public image in order to grow the game."  

"We are not poles apart. We are going to try and illustrate (in our latest issue) that we aren't so different to other sports. After all, we all ride horses."

Amen to that.

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