Polo returns to the historic Camden Polo Field with the playing of the Aberdeen Polo Match on Sunday, May 18.
The horses and riders will take to field for the first of six, seven and a half minute chukkers at 1 p.m. The gates to the field open at 11 a.m.
The match, pitting a pair of four-player teams, is being sponsored by The Camden Horse and Equestrian magazine, Celebrations, classicallycarolina.com and Traders of Camden. Bringing the event to fruition was the brainchild of Brian Haff, who works for Aberdeen Catery which is owned by Camden’s Jack Brantley.
The match itself is being organized by Christine Cato who has received commitments from her polo-playing friends including, among others, Oliver Butterworth from Gulfstream Polo in Lake Worth, Fla., Scotland native Davie Manuel from Ocala, Fla., and Bill Walton, the grandson of standout polo players. Additionally, players from the polo-rich Aiken area will also tack their ponies up for a day of competition in Camden.
“It’s going to be more of a real game than the last few years, so it should be fun,” said Cato. “It’s great to keep Camden (polo) going.”
Fans are invited to take to the field after each chukker to replace and repair the divots made by the horses.
The Camden Polo Field is located off Highway 521 North in the Dusty Bend are of Camden.
Here are the ticket options for the Aberdeen Polo match:
General Admission: $15 each (includes general parking space) with youngsters age six and under being admitted free of charge. Cars should enter on Greene Street and will be directed into the general parking lot.
Reserved Field Side Tailgate Space: $100 includes two general admission tickets.
Aberdeen Luncheon Tent (by reservation only): $75, includes general parking space, catered luncheon by Aberdeen Catery and open bar. Reservations must be made by Thursday, May 15 for the Aberdeen Tent and checks should be made payable to Aberdeen Catery, P.O. Box 56, Camden, SC 29021
Tickets may be purchased at the gate the day of the match or, in advance, at the Chronicle-Independent office at 909 West DeKalb Street in Camden.
The event will be held, rain or shine, and no refunds will be given.