Polo Players Edition

JUL 2018

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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14 POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N W R I S T S H O T S BY DAN HARVEY PEDRICK LIVING WITH PELE A millennium or two ago, when (according to legend) the great Polynesian explorers discovered the island of Hawaii and made landfall on Ka Lae, its southernmost point, they soon came to the conclusion that they had found the home of Pelehonuamea (Pele for short), their goddess of fire, lightning, and wind. Ascending the 4000-foot shield volcano they would have had no doubts that the enormous caldera at the summit was the very Caldron of Pele. Active then as now, the petulant goddess continues to dominate the mindset of Hawaiians in psychological, mythical and real terms. Deny it if you want to (but ignore her wrath at your peril). Kilauea, bearer of the title "Earth's Most Active Volcano," has been erupting nearly continuously since 1983 and has caused considerable property damage in the region, including the destruction of the village of Kalapana in 1990. On May 3 of this year, several lava vents opened in the lower Puna area, below the summit. This new volcanic episode was accompanied by strong earthquakes as some 2,000 residents were evacuated from both Leilani Estates, the adjacent Lanipuna Gardens subdivision and Kapoho Bay where the eruption has since destroyed hundreds of houses and other structures—and the number is growing. On May 17, at 4:17 a.m., the volcano explosively erupted, throwing ash tens of thousands of feet into the atmosphere. Increasingly fast lava flows have reached the Pacific Ocean in three places, forming clouds of "laze," a toxic cloud mix of lava and haze containing tiny particles of hydrochloric acid and volcanic glass. This—and "vog" (sulphuric acid-laced smoke mixed with fog)— threaten animal and human health in the immediate area and even many thousands of miles away, as this nasty stuff soon reached the Marshall Islands where residents have been warned to stay indoors until it dissipates. In addition to the human toll the activity also threatens horses, cattle and other animals. Nearly 2,000 cattle have been evacuated from the Kilauea rift zone according to veterinarian Tim Richards, who is a District 9 council member in Hawaii County where he Animal owners are being chased out of their homes by molten lava HARRY DURGIN This horse's owner, a 17-year-old girl, and her family live upwind and uphill of Fissure 17, the lava fountain seen in the background. The trade winds steadily blew the lava fumes away from the farm but when that changed, the family evacuated with its livestock. Sadly, the property is now completely surrounded by lava and the family will not be able to return.

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