Polo Under the Stars | Scene Around Town

Polo Under the Stars
FireStar Arena outside Wagener
Benefiting FOTAS
October 9, 2015


Four hand-painted jumps by Angela Cartmel welcomed spectators to the inaugural event at the lighted FireStar Polo Arena on Friday, October 9, at 7:30 PM.


Janice and Martini Freeland were dressed for an evening of fun at their FireStar Arena on Camp Rawls Road just west of Wagener.


Friends of the Animal Shelter (FOTAS) and presenting sponsor Aiken Housing Center Super Store set up information booths. Handmade jewelry by Fiona Eagle, Brian Weaver and Adrianna Till also entertained the capacity crowd.


While Dennis Freeland prepared for another period of play, Wagener Polo Club Manager Billy Raab and Janice Freeland (third from left) presented the check to FOTAS members Shana Ryberg Pearsons, President Jennifer Miller, Vice President Mary Lou Welch and Ellie Joos. The actual figure totaled over $6,000.


Spectators filled the pavilion and elevated bank on the west side of FireStar Arena while trucks with lawn chairs in their beds pulled up to the eastern wall. This throw-in after a goal resumed the action between the home Trapeze team of Matthew Fonseca, Zeferino Gallegos and Dennis Freeland against Red Barn/Auto Tech’s Alex Lopez, Cristian Thieme and Lito Salatino.


Trophies and gift certificates to Aiken Saddlery went home with Cristian Thieme (representing Red Barn/Auto Tech), Trapeze’s Matthew Fonseca, Janice and Dennis Freeland, and Zeferino Gallegos, and the winning Cooper Home & Stable team of Jesus and Molly Ontiveros with Wesley Bryan. In NFL style, Wesley wore his pink socks to emphasize breast cancer awareness.