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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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 15 serves on the Committee for Agriculture, Water, and Energy Sustainability and is vice-chair of the Committee on Environmental Management. This massive rescue effort has been coordinated and supported by the Hawaii Cattlemen's Council, Hawaii Farmers United, Parker Ranch, local livestock truckers, and many private landowners and volunteers. "This volcano has been going on forever," says Richards, "but in the last few days it has really ramped up and that is a concern. We just don't know how it will turn out. Right now we have about 2,000 people displaced. We don't have housing for them so they are camping in parks and relief shelters. This has been going on for a month now and people are really getting burned out. In addition to the hot lava, gas emissions are a danger. Clouds eddy back and reach distant parts of the island." Residents of the northern area of the island as far away as Kamuela have certainly noticed the nose-stinging effects of the volcanic fumes as they watch the towering pillars of ash, smoke and gas rising from the southeast. Jed Ednie, president of the Mauna Kea Polo Club, and Ashley Brooke, two of more than 40 active members there, both report the vog is awful. Susan Regeimbal, another avid poloist from the Big Island club, lives closer to the action and has been busy with her truck and trailer evacuating horses, cattle and other livestock from the chaotic scene. "There were animals on the roads just walking around, and people knowing it was their last day [to get out] just opened their gates so at least the animals might have an opportunity to run and stay ahead of [the lava]. Goats, pigs, chickens, everything, all traumatized. There is no c ell communication left so you can't tell people to come to [rescue points]. It's very sad. We're a rescue network, all volunteer. Some are living in their cars, their homes buried, helping others. Nobody's getting paid a red cent for anything they're doing. Check out Hawaii Lava Flow Animal Rescue Network on Facebook to see what's going on." The University of Hawaii at Hilo is currently organizing the evacuation of horses to its Agriculture Department barn. They have sheltered a couple of dozen so far and are preparing to receive more, as well as cattle, goats, and poultry. According to department spokesperson Liisa Tsutsumi, other private landowners are also helping out. "[The situation] does change from day to day. It doesn't seem like it's going to get any better at this point." As for the laze and vog, "... if anything it's going to start spreading. In that case we may end up with more animals. We are just doing the best we can and people feel better that we're taking care of [their animals]." The threat is not just a problem for horse owners and cattle ranchers but also residents with small backyard menageries, of which there are many. Gloria Jean Schoonover lives in the rural village of Mountain View—too close for comfort at the present moment. "We don't have horses but, goats, chickens and cats. We're lucky to be away from the actual lava flows [but we] feel the quakes. I don't like this at all. It seems to be getting worse instead of better. [But] hopefully it will get better." No one really knows where this event is going to take them but Hawaiians have long learned to accept—with as much equanimity as they can manage—the moods of Pele. She who shapes the sacred land. While players at the Mauna Kea Polo Club are used to fog, they are now dealing with vog, a form of air pollution resulting from volcanic gases reacting with oxygen and moisture. Polo player Susan Regeimbal and other volun- teers from Hawaii Lave Flow Animal Rescue Network have been busy evacuating horses, cattle and other animals. Complicating matters is the lack of cell communication. KRIS LOCKARD PHOTOGRAPHY

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