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Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Exploring Photos: Polo on Commons with the 1st King’s Dragoons
Sgt. Maj. Adam Flanigan's ornate helmet.
Sgt. Maj. Adam Flanigan's ornate helmet. NOTL Museum

If you ever wondered what the historical connection of hosting polo matches on the Commons in Niagara-on-the-Lake might be, all you have to do is look at the Dragoons who trained at the military camp here over the years. The 1st King’s Dragoon Guards were stationed in Niagara from 1828 to 1842 and while training on their horses, the men would often play polo to help build their skills of riding while carrying something at the same time. This ornate helmet belonged to Sgt.-Maj. Adam Flanigan of the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards. Originally from Northern Ireland, Flanagan ended up marrying a local woman and living on Johnson Street.

Although the players won’t be dressed in this fancy helmet, you can witness them playing, and their magnificent horses in action, at the museum’s Niagara Polo match is this Saturday, Sept. 10. General admission tickets are still available. See you there.