Polo is just kicking off in Aiken, bringing both horses and potential consumers to the city. (WRDW-TV / Sept. 20, 2011)
Monday, September 17, 2012
Aiken, SC -- If you looked at the thermometer Sunday, it didn't feel too much like fall, but at Aiken's Whitney Field, the year's third season officially arrived.
It was the start of the fall polo season at the historic field, and there was no lack of action.
The season opener offered fans just one game, enough to whet their appetites for an impressive upcoming schedule.
But even more than the action on the field, it really is a signal of fall to the people of Aiken when polo returns.
Player and Aiken Polo Club board member Pam Gleason said, "It does feel like when polo starts again that fall has come around. It's always great to get back on the horses and play polo. Being on a horse is one of the greatest things in the world, and being on a horse playing polo makes it even better. "
Playing the game on a field as historic as Whitney isn't lost on these players either.
This is the beginning of the 131st year playing on the same piece land. To put that into perspective...that makes Whitney Field the oldest in the country to continually host polo year after year.
"It makes it special. It really does," said Aiken Polo's Mit Carothers. "It's the oldest field in the country, and you get that feeling when you walk across the end line. You really do."
If you want to catch some impressive play on the fields, the US Polo Association will bring players from all over for some big time tournament action in the coming weeks.
Play starts every Sunday at 3:00.