40 years as an attorney with Foley & Lardner, Jim Huber retired,
but heís never slowed down. At 78, heís the president of the
Milwaukee Polo Club in Hartland, playing, training horses and
encouraging both men and women to give the "sport of kings"
a try.M: How did you get started in polo?
been in horses all my life. We were in quarter horses, the boys and me
in the family; the girls were in thoroughbreds for jumping. A friend
called me one day, and someone had given him a polo mallet, and he
said, ĎCome on, letís try it.í So I tried it. The boys didnít
want to do a lot of showing and wanted something a little bit more
competitive. So I got them interested, and we havenít looked back
M: So polo is a
typical of polo that itís multigenerational. Itís not unusual to
have three generations on the field, playing at the same time. The
unique thing about it in that respect is that you can play a team
contact sport until youíre into your 80s. You can be playing a sport
with your grandchildren. Very often you find that if the fatherís
playing, itís very likely that his father played."
M: What do you
remember about playing in your first
stands out is we got the cheesiest trophies after we won ó plastic
I always say itís
the most meaningful trophy I ever got. Itís the one trophy Iíll
M: How do you
choose your horses?
got to have a good, quiet eye, so you really look at them, and you can
tell by their face and their eyes and their ears how intelligent they
are. And you look at all of the measurements, length of the back and
neck, how well muscled they are, how broad they are, and strong bones.
Iím looking for a 15-hand horse. The highest Iíll go is
M: Your own 17
horses are retired racehorses. What do they need to learn before theyíre
ready for polo?
a process of about two years before you can say you have a Ďmade
horse,í a horse thatís ready to play a long time. They can play
until they are in their early 20s. These thoroughbreds are used to
running, but not stopping and turning on a dime like a quarter horse.
I only have mares, and they lay their heart out for you."
M: What do you
enjoy doing apart from your work at the Milwaukee Polo Club?
JH: "I work
with the horses year-round. We play a lot of basketball at the
Milwaukee Athletic Club and do some traveling, and the grandkids are
around all the time. We live on a farm in the Hartland area, so thatís
a lot of work maintaining the buildings and so on. You think youíre
going to have some time in retirement, but the list just gets