Aiken event brings polo and veterans together

aThe second Polo for Patriots event brought polo fans and veterans to Whitney Polo Field in Aiken on Saturday for a day of fun, food and activities.

The event included a charity polo match, silent auction and refreshments with all proceeds benefiting two local charities: The WarHorses at Equine Rescue of Aiken and the Aiken-Augusta Warrior Project.

“Last year was the first year we put on this event, and it was such a success we had to do it again,” said Jordan Blake, director of Polo for Patriots. “Someone approached me with the idea of putting on a charity polo match for local veteran charities and I couldn’t say no. So here we are again.”

The event offered more than just a polo match for those in attendance, with the Red, White & Blue Tailgate Challenge, the VIPatriotic Tent Party, live music, a display of military vehicles and RE/MAX hot air balloon rides.

“Me and my sister have been riding horses all our lives,” Landson said. “It’s fun for me and my family to watch her play today. Also, I want to ride in the hot air balloon.”

Blake said the event is designed for everyone to have a good time, but the emphasis for her is the community coming together to support its veterans.

“We have veterans from the Vietnam Era up to post-9/11 being recognized today, and a moment of silence will be observed for fallen service members,” Blake said. “The support from the community of Aiken has been amazing. It’s wonderful to see so many people come out for such a good cause.”

Tripp Girardeau is the crime and courts reporter for Aiken Standard.

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