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Schoolboys on horseback... a man's game

They call eachother Kit, Townie, Ted and Buzz, and they swing wicked mallets for the ValleyForge Military Academy in Pennsylvania, one of only four U.S. secondary schoolsthat play polo. Lacking competition in their own age group, the hard-ridingteen-agers take on grownups, frequently give them a rough time. Here the youngpoloists demonstrate their skill and daring by riding Wilmington's veteranBrandywine polo club to a 4-4 tie.

Action is fast andcontinuous as Valley Forge (dark jerseys) battles the Brandy-winers in school's$400,000 riding hall, one of the nation's best for indoor polo.

Attrition ofpunishing game sidelines Valley Forge Captain Kit Kerns after injury by acompetitor's rearing pony. Teammate Townie Vogel comforts him.

Reversion to typecharacterizes even polo-playing schoolboys, who are not too proud to bust looseat almost any time in an impromptu game of touch football.