Polo Paina to make its debut on historic Palm Circle

| October 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (left), commander, USARPAC, poses with Christoper Dawson, president, Army Polo-Hawaii, and his horse, recently. (Courtesy of Megan Zedalis)

Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski (left), commander, USARPAC, poses with Christoper Dawson, president, Army Polo-Hawaii, and his horse, recently. (Courtesy of Megan Zedalis)

U.S. Army-Pacific Public Affairs
News Release

FORT SHAFTER — Horses have played an integral part in the U.S. Army’s success since the service’s inception more than 236 years ago.

From towing field artillery and caissons, to carrying Soldiers and cavalrymen into battles, horses and the Army have always shared a special bond.

That relationship continues today in an upcoming sporting event. Lt. Gen. Francis Wiercinski, commander, U.S. Army-Pacific, invites military members, families and the local community to the first-ever, Polo Paina, on historic Palm Circle, here, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Patrons are invited inside the gates for this inaugural polo match, put on by the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii; and Army Polo-Hawaii.

For those visitors without a military ID, a valid driver’s license, current registration, safety check and proof of insurance are required to enter the installation.

The exhibition is pitting Army Gold against Army Black in a match starting at 2 p.m.

Before, during and after the match, attendees can enjoy carriage rides, military static displays, children’s activities, pony rides, Army Brass Band music and a host of food and beverage vendors.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs, umbrellas or small pop-up canopies. However, barbecuing is not allowed on Palm Circle. Personal coolers are permitted, but open containers are not allowed. Guests may purchase alcoholic beverages on-site.

Throughout history, Army polo teams competed against other services and foreign nations, sparking great rivalries.

In Hawaii, Army polo thrived at pre-World War II Schofield Barracks. The Army teams were also known to challenge local teams on a field that would later be known as Kapiolani Park.

Today, polo events can be found on the North Shore and in Waimanalo, but this event marks the first time in recent history that the “sport of kings” will be played within the city limits of Honolulu.

 

For more information on the match and the day’s events, visit himwr.com or call 655-0115.

 

(Editor’s Note: USAG-HI Public Affairs and DFMWR contributed to the content of this article.)

 

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