Formerly 10-goals, Adam Snow is one of the best American polo players of all time. Beginning his professional playing career in 1988, Snow is still playing the game at the age of 56. Knowledgeable about horses, Snow has his own breeding operation and has played in Argentina in the Argentine Open. Snow is even the author of a book Polo Life: Horses, Sport, 10 and Zen and is in the process of writing another. Learn more about Adam Snow in this interview with CLICKPOLOUSA.
How has polo been going for you recently?
“Recently I’ve been playing a lot of tournament polo although it’s not the level it used to be. Now I play mostly 6, 8, or 12-goal polo and I still enjoy playing competitively at 4 goals. I have a small but very nice group of horses, most of them are homebreds, and this is probably what keeps me coming back for more. I love playing good horses!”
What are the three most important moments in your career?
Winning my first U.S. Open Polo Championship® in 2002 with Coca Cola (Miguel Novillo Astrada, Gillian Johnston, Tommy Biddle). There were 15 teams in the tournament at the 26-goal level. The second was playing my first game at Palermo in 1999 for Hurlingham with Ruben Sola, Benjamin Araya and Matias Magrini. We played against Chapa I, the last year the four brothers were able to play together. It was a dream to be playing in La Catedral with the Heguys flying all around us on the field. The third would be playing with my brother Andrew in our first high-goal season together at Palm Beach in 1991. We won both 22-goal tournaments playing for CS Brooks, with Owen Rinehart and Brook Johnson.
Bottega’s Adam Snow and LBL’s Jason Wates during the Southeastern Circuit General George S. Patton Jr. Final at Aiken Polo Club in Aiken, South Carolina. ©Pam Gleason
What do you think of American polo?
“Considering that we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, polo seems to be going pretty well here in the United States! The handicap levels of tournaments are being lowered everywhere and I understand the rationale for more entries and participation. Recently I played in the final of a 6-goal tournament that had twelve teams in it which isn’t a problem for me personally. However, if I were in my twenties aspiring to become a high-goal player that challenge becomes even greater when you’re playing primarily lower goal polo.
What does polo mean to you?
“Polo has been my life since I began playing professionally in 1988. Fortunately, my wife Shelley is understanding. She loves horses even more than I do and has supported my career through her veterinary work and mothering to this day. I’ve also begun writing a second book of polo wisdom titled Little Blue Book, a play on Harvey Penick’s famous Little Red Book on golf and the USPA’s annual Bluebook. This one will be a compilation of the knowledge I have gained through a lifetime in the sport, and my attempt at conveying these observations to present and future students of the game.”