Art Collections: Paintings

Ralla: Harry Payne Whitney’s Champion Polo Pony, No. 2

Herbert Haseltine, (American, 1962)
bronze on marble base, 21 ½ x 32 x 9 ⅝ inches
Purchased with funds donated by Jacqueline B. Mars, 2018

Ralla: Harry Payne Whitney’s Champion Polo Pony, No. 2, 1910, is a 1/3 scale size bronze portrait of Whitney’s top polo pony, the Irish-bred chestnut mare Ralla. In 1909, Whitney and Ralla led the American polo team to victory against the English team in the Westchester Cup, now known as the International Polo Cup. The mare was one of Whitney’s favorites and, despite a reputation for being difficult to handle, was a fast and talented mount.

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