Aiken celebrates 125 years of polo

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September 3, 2007 - News 12 at 6 o'clock

AIKEN,SC - It's that time of year again. Time for polo. This month marks the 125th anniversary of the sport in Aiken and people are doing a lot to celebrate.

The Aiken County Historical Museum will have a special exhibit to honor the longevity of the sport in our area.

"Museum exhibits have to be topical otherwise it just builds dust," says museum director Elliott Levy.

The polo exhibit is complete with life-sized pictures of local athletes with national acclaim.

"Tommy Hitchcock is responsible for bringing the sport to the CSRA," says Levy,"He's excellent. He revolutionized that game. His speed and accuracy...everything about him is exceptional."

'Exceptional' is also the word Peggy Gurski uses to describe the other players--the horses.

"A lot of horses really like what they do. They really like playing polo," says Gurski.

The exhibit will also have scores and equipment from historical matches.

It will be available to view through September.

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