Principal and director of design with HKS in Miami, Florida, Fernando Arteaga builds upon decades of experience as an architect and large-scale construction project leader. Although Fernando Arteaga lives in Miami, he has won multiple polo competitions in Asia.
The sport of polo predates recorded history and marks an important milestone in the interspecies relationship between humans and horses. Archeologists and historians generally agree that polo was the first of all equestrian sports, originating in the ancient country of Persia (modern-day Iran) in the sixth century BC.
Polo began as game to help train the king’s guard and other elite cavalry units, who approached it as if it were a small battle. These early polo matches could include up to 100 competitors on each team.
The sport quickly spread from the military to the nobility of Persia, and gradually solidified into a standardized format with formalized rules. Before long, polo play became common in the neighboring regions of Turkey, India, China, Japan, and Tibet.
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Miami Architect Fernando Arteaga.