A horse of another color
Posted 3/27/2013 2:05:00 PM
For more than 20 of the past 30 years, I have stood in a dusty, pollen-filled field in Camden
about this time of year, enjoying a day with friends new and old and watching the Carolina Cup Steeplechase
. It has been a great tradition at the Springdale Race Course for more than 80 years and draws tens of thousands of folks dressed in their spring finest each year.
But this year, horse fans have another option this Saturday that goes back even longer than the Carolina Cup, about 50 years longer.
Pacers and Polo
is the final event in Aiken’s
Triple Crown, offering families an entertaining afternoon at Powder House Polo Field on Powder House Road. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. Saturday (March 30) with the polo match starting at 1 p.m.
There will be an opening ceremony, six 7-minute chukkers (sort of the equivalent of quarters), a 20-minute intermission and an awards ceremony at the end of the match. The match is being put on by the Aiken Polo Club
, and proceeds from ticket sales benefit the Pacer Club, the booster organization for athletics at the University of South Carolina Aiken
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children at the gate. There still is time to get advance tickets at a $2 discount for adults. Parking is $5 per car.
You can find advance tickets at TBA All Star Rents, Floyd & Green, USC Aiken Advancement Office, Boots, Bridles and Britches, USC Aiken Athletic Department, Security Federal Bank or H. Odell Weeks Activity Center.