By Chris Ashton
The movers and shakers of the global polo community, its veteran high-goal players champions and its senior polo officials gather for major polo tournaments, but rarely if ever gather for a literary or social event. But seven days into the 2014 Argentine Open they did so for the evening of Monday, 1st December 2014 at the upmarket Hotel Club Frances to celebrate launch the Spanish-language version of “The Evolution of Polo”, by Argentine-born, US-based Horacio Laffaye who, in the past ten years has become global polo’s foremost historian. To the book-launch came veteran Argentine players elevated to legend, senior polo administrators and publicists from Australia, Britain, France and the US, as well as from Argentina, all with their spouses. Argentine Polo Association president Francisco Dorignac paid tribute to Laffaye’s contribution to polo history, as did the Club Books publisher owner and publisher, Ricardo, who will promote “The Evolution of Polo” to neighbouring Latin-American countries, and eventually, he hopes, in Spain. In sum, the event was a social and literary triumph, enhanced by wines, champagne and ors d’oeuvres.