TOPIC: 3-4 facts relating to your story topic.
Facts for Story 1 (Polo):
Beginning in 1896, the US military supported active service members (and veterans) playing polo because it improved the riding skills of cavalrymen and taught leadership, teamwork, and strategy. (www.polomuseum.com/sport-polo/history-polo)
Polo has been an international sport since ~821 A.D. At that time, Chinese ambassadors in Japan played a team fielded by the Emperor. (www.polomuseum.com/sport-polo/history-polo)
Exact origins are unknown, but polo is likely the oldest team sport. The name could have originated from the Tibetan word "pholo", which translates to "ball" or "ballgame". (www.historic-uk.com/CultureUK/The-Origins-of-Polo/)
Polo is a co-ed sport but teams can be separated by gender.
Facts for Story 2 (Saddle-Seat & Driving):
Driving is the oldest competitive equestrian sport; more evidence points to horses being driven before they were ridden. (www.worldhorsedriving.com/competition-info#:~:text=September%202021-,About%20the%20sport,dressage%2C%20marathon%20and%20obstacle%20driving.)
Road Pony to Bike - Hackney ponies are hitched to a two-wheeled road bike and shown at the jog-trot, road gait, and speed. (hackneysociety.com/meet-the-hackney.html)
English Pleasure Driving - The ponies can only be competed by Amateurs. They show at the pleasure trot, road trot, and a flat walk. (http://hackneysociety.com/meet-the-hackney.html)
Horses were most likely put in harnesses around 2,500 BC. Carriage and chariot horses were used for war and combat, transportation, agriculture work, and sports. (www.fei.org/stories/sport/driving/history-driving?&list=2&content=2)