September 6, 2005
If stomping divots is all you know about polo, you might want to listen up. The second largest polo tournament in the US will be in Aiken next weekend and it’s the perfect time to learn from the best, it will feature the world’s top players. News 12’s Kristen Cosby is on your side and on a horse explaining why it’s worth your weekend to picnic by the polo field.
The majesty. The power. The beauty of polo. And then there’s me. I’m like many of you, until today I hadn’t a clue about the sport. But one of the top players in the world, Matias Magrini from Argentina, taught me the basics.
“It’s a spectacular sport to watch. It’s amazing to see both a rider and a horse, both two athletes together,” Magrini said.
But no worries for my lack of ability, Matias says the prestigious World Cup is the perfect opportunity for people like me to learn about the powerful sport.
“For people that don’t play polo it’s even more exciting than for people who do because it’s the greatest players in the world,” said Russell McCall, tournament patron.
The Gold Cup is the second largest polo tournament in the country. It was previously held in Greenwich, Connecticut, but didn’t do well. Aiken landed it for the next three years because of their southern weather and fine horse facilities.
“It’s kind of a point in time when the rest of the US has realized that Aiken, even though it’s a very small town, is one of the greatest equestrian centers anywhere in the country,” McCall said.
If the tournament does well it means a big economic impact. Everything from feed suppliers to hotels will benefit.
Now organizers are hoping the community joins them on the field for food, drinks and good game. And I’ll be sure to stay in the stands.
So what did I learn from all of this? That polo is not as easy as it may look. To see the best, come out this Sunday, September 11.
Aldoto Cambias, the man who’s considered the Michael Jordan of polo, will play in the tournament. The Gold Cup lasts the next three weekends. General admission tickets are then dollars. Click here for more information.