In an interview with American one-goaler Timmy Dutta, we chatted with him about what brought him to the sport, what it’s like to play the high-goal at the young age of 16 and more.
TD: I started riding when I was young. My mother [international dressage rider Susan Dutta] always had me on horses. I started jumping around eight or nine and I did that for a while, so I learned to ride really well. I stick-and-balled for the first time, and something clicked inside me. I couldn’t get it out of me, so I went on from there. That was about four years ago, and the love for the sport is sticking. Really what hooked me on polo is the connection to the horses and that it’s a team sport.
TD: It’s like an addiction; you just keep going and going. Once my father saw that I was capable and that I loved it, we kept going and moving up in the levels of tournaments we were playing. I started out playing the six-goal, and now I’m playing the 20-goal at IPC, which is really fun.
TD: Because I’m an American one-goaler, I came from the outside a little bit. It’s a different view of polo. It’s not so exclusive. Everybody does it. It’s a lifestyle–it’s in your blood. When I was down there, I got to play with a bunch of different people, and it was a joy. It makes you think that it’s possible for players to grow, and it’s all about [believing] in yourself whether you can do it or not. If you want it, you can do it, but you have to really want it. If you have the horses and you have the team behind you, it’s possible.
TD: I met Curtis last year when he was playing the 12-goal at Grand Champions, and Facundo is the one who brought me onto the team. They needed a one-goal player, and I was here. It’s a really good team. They are really nice guys, and they play polo really well. Having Curtis as a sponsor is great. He’s a really nice guy and a family man. He loves the sport and loves the horses.
TD: The main horses that I’m playing now are mine, and I have some horses from the team. My horses are a mixture from Memo [Gracida], Peke [Diaz Alberdi] and Carlitos Gracida. I have two mares that I’ve played from the 6-goal to now. They were 5 years old when we bought them, and they’ve been playing with me ever since. They’re growing with me, and I’m very happy with the performance they’ve been giving.