Where horseplay is the point

first_imgThe Harvard Polo Club has enjoyed a revival over the past six years, following a 12-year hiatus. Since the husband-and-wife coaching team of Crocker and Cissie Snow took the reins in 2006, the program, which dates to early in the 20th century, has blossomed to include both men’s and women’s varsity and junior varsity squads.The club is a blend of the competitive and the collegial. It faces off against some of the top college teams in the country and welcomes all skill levels. Beginners start by swinging a mallet while standing on the ground, then graduate to a wooden polo pony, and eventually to the real thing.“What’s most gratifying for me is working with so many interesting, sharp, and committed undergraduates,” said Crocker Snow ’61, who, like his wife, is an accomplished player. “Unlike many college teams, most of our players have no polo experience at all, and some have no riding at the outset. Those who get hooked put in a lot of hard work riding and practicing to the point that the varsity teams now have winning records.”At a practice in Hamilton, Mass., last fall, the more experienced riders and players helped the newcomers to ready the horses, and rode in tandem with them in an enclosed outdoor arena.“I have a longer way to go than most people on the team,” said freshman Ethan Samet, who had only ridden a handful of times before signing up. “But I feel like I have been getting better and better each time.”Recently the ponies hobnobbed on campus with polo enthusiast Tommy Lee Jones ’69, the recipient of this year’s Harvard Arts Medal. An avid polo player, Jones regularly hosts members of the polo club at his Texas ranch and at his home in Florida, and has donated numerous ponies to the Harvard program. The actor took part in the “Adopt a Horse Auction” held at the Murr Center to support the club’s efforts to purchase a permanent base, a small farm with a barn and riding ring adjacent to the Myopia Hunt Club in Hamilton, where the club has its home competitions.This summer, members of the club will head to Europe for a series of matches in Italy, Switzerland, France, and in England, where they will compete at the famed Guards Polo Club against a team from Yale University. Goal setting In the match, Amanullah reaches for the ball, eventually working her way toward her first goal. Minor adjustments Snow leans over to adjust a player’s saddle strap before heading to the arena. Out in the country Cissie Snow (on right, wearing vest) coaches her junior varsity women before their match against the University of Pennsylvania at their home arena in Hamilton, Mass. Snow and her husband, Crocker Snow Jr. ’61, lead the polo club. Horsing around The Harvard University Polo Club dates back to the early 20th century. Three of today’s players Jane Amero (from left), Mike Kapps, and Katie Gamble roll their ponies’ bandages before riding. Mallets Polo mallets stand at attention. Jockeying Roden (left) and Samet cast late-day shadows on the boards of the arena. Rose Lincoln/Staff Photographer Watchdog Poppy, one of the Snows’ two Labrador retrievers, keeps watch while ponies and riders circle inside the arena. Fanfare Players and parents watch on the offensive end of the arena as the women’s junior varsity team goes on to beat UPenn. The art of the mallet Isabella Roden ’13 (left), a varsity player, teaches newcomer Ethan Samet ’15 how to hold his mallet in the arena. Horse whisperers Heavy duty New rider Ethan Samet struggles with his saddle and saddle pad. Hoisted Helping Harvard’s Sarah Amanullah (right) get a leg up is opposing player Spencer Marston of the University of Pennsylvania. They competed at Harvard’s home arena in Hamilton, Mass. Idyllic The sun sets behind ponies and riders at the Harvard University Polo Club.last_img read more

Plenty of Beach, But No Parking

first_img“I think we all have a desire to get more people on our Jersey beaches,” Long said.“The biggest concern is parking,” said Lillian G. Burry, a member of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, who also attended the Oct. 6 meeting.Long hosted the meeting to see who was interested in improving beach access. The meeting also was attended by representatives of the county and American Littoral Society, an environmental group based at Sandy Hook. Story and photo by Joseph SapiaSea Bright and the National Park Service are looking into ways to improve access via a shuttle service to parking lot-challenged beaches in the borough and Sandy Hook.Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long said she and Pete McCarthy, coordinator of the Park Service’s Sandy Hook Unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area are looking into possible parking areas from which to run the shuttle. But it is in the early stages and probably would require a third partner to run the shuttle, Long said.William D. Kastning, executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation, said both a drive-to and boat-to shuttle are being considered.Kastning, McCarthy and Long were among the attendees participating in an Oct. 6 meeting at Sea Bright Borough Hall, where these ideas were discussed. Sea Bright’s Atlantic Ocean beach has no parking area, limiting its potential use. It abuts the south end of Sandy Hook, which often has to close access on summer mornings because its parking areas are full.Sandy Hook has about 4,200 parking spaces that provide direct access to beaches there, McCarthy said. Another 700 or so parking spaces are associated with Fort Hancock and administrative uses, McCarthy said.“We need to look at alternative ways to get into the park beyond driving,” McCarthy said.The Sea Bright beach is approximately 9,800 feet long, or almost 2 miles, said Jenna M. Cosimo, director of acquisitions for the Conservation Foundation.This beach is disconnected by private property from the borough’s public beach in the downtown area. Parking is at a premium during the summer in Sea Bright because it is a heavily developed spit between the ocean and Shrewsbury River.last_img read more

UPDATED: Nelson U18 Selects shoot for gold at Provincial B Cup

first_imgGrace Dehnel and Shianne Michalchuk with a pair scored to lead the Kootenay Reps to the victory.Nelson, a combined squad from the 2016 Provincial B U16 Girls Champs and the Silver Medal U18 squad from the Heritage City, now meets Burnaby Girls Impact Friday at 11 a.m. The Impact lost 1-0 to VUFC Wolfpack.The Selects opened the scoring 27 minutes into the game when the SurDel goalie collided with Nelson striker Taylor Zimmer. The ball hit the goal post following the collision. The keeper was handed a yellow card before Dehnel calmly stepped up to deposit the free kick into the net.Nelson increased the lead to 2-0 when the play appeared to stop. Michalchuk continued on, dribbling the ball through the defence before scoring in the net.The Selects made it 3-0 when Emma Wheeldon sent Michalchuk in on a nice pace the Nelson player was able to deposit into the net.In other Nelson action in Surrey, the U13 Selects shutout Terrace 2-0 while the U16 squad lost to Prince George Timberwolves 3-1.Nelson U16 squad meets Coquitlam Metro Ford while the U13s play Bays United.The top teams in each pool of four teams advances to the Gold Medal Game Sunday.Meanwhile, in Vernon, the U13 Boy’s scored a 2-1 victory over Terrace to open the Les Sinnott Memorial Provincial B Cup Thursday in Vernon.Berend Platje, on a great pass from Tavish Cutler, netted the winner for Nelson at the 30-minute mark of the first half.Milo Klein also scored for Nelson while Noah Ens was solid between the pipes for the Selects.Terrace scored its only goal on a penalty kick. Nelson controlled most of the game, outshooting Terrace 23-5.Next up for Nelson is a game this afternoon at 5 p.m. against South Burnaby Spartans. Nelson U18 Selects are playing for gold medal after finishing the round robin draw off at the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup Saturday in Surrey with a 1-1 against Vancouver Football Club.Stellar goalkeeping by Hanna Quinn and a goal by Mattea Lorenzo powered Nelson to the thrilling tie.Vancouver opened the scoring four minutes into the contest despite Nelson controlling the play.The Selects tied the game before halftime after after a nice through ball by Emma Wheeldon to Taylor Zimmer who puts it off the post with a nice shot. Lorenzo was able to pounce on the loose ball to score Nelson’s only marker.Both teams took turns controlling the play in the second half with the Nelson defence, including Quinn, comimg up big to secure the single point.Quinn made two timely saves, one with 10 minutes left.Nelson, finishing in a tie with Vancouver, each with seven points, meets Penticton or Prince George in the final. Game time is 2 p.m. Nelson edge out the Lower Mainland squad on goal differential, keyed by a 5-0 victory over Burnaby Friday.Zimmer and Shianne Michalchuk paced the attack for Nelson with a pair of goals. Wheeldon added a single.Selects open with wins over SurDel, Terrace at Provincial B Cup; U13 Boys win in VernonThe Nelson Selects kicked off the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup in grand style Thursday, outlasting the host SurDel squad 3-1 in the opening round of the U18 Girls Championships Thursday in Surrey.last_img read more

Energy giant buys Donegal wind farm for €10.5M

first_imgRenewable energy investor Greencoat Renewables has bought Beam Hill wind farm, a 14.0MW wind farm in Co Donegal for €10.5m. The company said this brings its portfolio of operational wind assets to 461MW.The wind farm, which is located in Buncrana, consists of eight Vestas V66 turbines that have been operational since November 2006. Vestas will continue to manage the operations and maintenance contract.Greencoat said it is funding the deal through its €380m credit facility.“Beam Hill represents our first merchant wind farm acquisition and will allow Greencoat Renewables to explore different contracted power price structures”, commented Bertrand Gautier, the company’ investment manager told RTE.Energy giant buys Donegal wind farm for €10.5M was last modified: November 27th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranadonegalwindfarmlast_img read more

DeGale tipped to silence ‘mental’ critics

first_imgJames DeGale’s trainer Jim McDonnell has labelled some of his fighter’s critics “mental” and insisted the Harlesden man will prove them wrong.DeGale ends 2011 as the European super-middleweight champion, having bounced back from losing a points decision to arch rival George Groves by grinding out a victory against rugged Pole Piotr Wilczewski. The Olympic gold medallist has his share of detractors but McDonnell – himself a former European champion and world title challenger – remains convinced they will be won over.McDonnell believes DeGale will become a top fighter.“When some people judge James, they’re not judgemental – they’re just mental,” McDonnell told West London Sport.“I boxed at the highest level as an amateur and pro and the key word is experience. They’re expecting James to do things a 30 or 40-fight professional would be capable of doing.“I believe he can be a great fighter, but at the moment he’s a boy who’s had four 12-rounders in 12 professional contests.“In the past you had six-rounders and loads of eight-rounders before you jumped up to 10 and when you did jump up you thought ‘wow’. But James has been in deep from a very early stage.“He was a world-class amateur but is still a novice professional and has got to learn his trade.”DeGale is keen to challenge for a world title in 2012 and also wants a rematch with Hammersmith prospect Groves, who edged their encounter at the O2 Arena in May on a majority verdict.But his first mission of the year is likely to be a defence of his European crown against mandatory challenger Cristian Sanavia.Related features:Let history decideConfident not arrogantlast_img read more

Media Poll: Los Molinos jumps to No. 2 in division VI

first_imgThe Northern Section Prep Football Media Poll is voted on by media members from the Chico Enterprise-Record, Marysville Appeal-Democrat, Red Bluff Daily News, Redding Record Searchlight and Action News Now. First-place votes are in parentheses with record, voting points and last week’s ranking listed after.Division IITeam Record Pts Last1. Shasta (9) 5-1 45 1 2. Pleasant Valley 2-4 32 33. Chico 3-3 29 24. Foothill 4-2 17 t55. …last_img

Warriors mailbag: What’s next for Warriors after Kevin Durant?

first_imgLAS VEGAS —- Less than a week has gone by, and Warriors fans and media types still have trouble wrestling with one question.Why would Kevin Durant leave the Warriors for the Brooklyn Nets? Why would he leave a team where he won two NBA titles and two Finals MVPs? Why would he leave a team that has Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green? Why would he leave a team that could pay him $221 million through five years?Durant has not spoken publicly about his reasons. All along, though, …last_img

Military Family Caregiving

first_imgHowever, in the line of duty these men and women’s heroism are put to the test. Their valor comes at the price of death, and for those few that are able to live to see another day, these individuals struggle with effects from a lifetime of war.Those heroes who live to see another day face a great challenge, a challenge so difficult it could make the wounded warrior seem as if they were back on the “front line.”What is this challenge? It is the “will to live;” to battle the scars from war.Yet during this new challenge wounded warriors has a different unit watching their backs…it is their families and those who support them.We often remember our fallen service members and veterans, what we often forget, are their caregivers.Cooperative Extension–Supporting our military family caregiversWhen a new initiative is introduced in the caring of Soldier and Families, Extension staff, working together with their military partners, meet the challenge to provide quality programs, activities and resources to assist the Soldier and Family in whatever they require.With an array of online resources for caregivers, it can be difficult at times to find resources at is relates to military caregiving and military medical conditions.With the help of Cooperative Extension, our Military-Extension partnership in particular, we are able to bring some of those resources to one location.Our military family caregiving initiative first began when Texas AgriLife Extension Service was charged with the task of providing educational programs, online resources and caregiving skills through the use of Military Families Learning Network for military caregivers.The materials for military family caregiving focus on loved ones (spouse, mom, dad, brother, sister, friend, partner, etc.) caring for a very seriously injured (VSI) or seriously injured (SI) service members.The medical conditions we are currently working on pertain to wounded warriors with post-traumatic stress disorder, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, severe burns, loss of limb, and loss of vision.Each topical article will offer a brief overview of the topic, what the military caregiver can expect from the condition of his/her wounded warrior, tips to reduce the caregiver burden, and resources to find more information.Continue to check back to this blog, Facebook, Twitter, and the Military Families Learning Network page for the latest Military Caregiving articles and resources. Photo provided by the Fort Hood SentinelMany believe our heroes are those fighting on the front line for a country that long stands to prosper and in turn adhere to our tradition of the “Land of the free, and home of the brave.”last_img read more

India-SA match ticket seekers lathi-charged

first_imgThe Nagpur Police on Tuesday used force on cricket lovers at the old stadium of Vidarbha Cricket Association following a melee to grab tickets for the World Cup match between India and South Africa here on March 12.In a virtual repeat of the action on cricket lovers in Bangalore ahead of the India-England clash last week, the police cane-charged the fans who had queued up to buy tickets in Nagpur. Few people received minor injuries in the ruckus.Police personnel, who were deployed in large numbers at the stadium anticipating a trouble, used force to control the fans following which organisers closed the counters for some time. Order was restored later.Fans protest lack of tickets for India-Netherlands matchThings were no better in the national capital as it prepared for the match between India and the Netherlands on Wednesday. Fans gathered outside the Ferozeshah Kotla stadium protesting lack of tickets for the match.As it is the only match involving India being played in Delhi, there was a mad scramble for tickets and fans were protesting that enough tickets were not made available in the general category.last_img read more

Seven new forest fires start in the Peace all human caused

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The B.C. Wildfire Service responded to seven new forest fires on Saturday that were all human-caused.The largest fire was south of Pouce Coupe and reached 10 hectares in size.  Crews from the B.C. Wildfire Service, the Pouce Coupe Volunteer Fire Department and a crew from Alberta all responded to the fire.  Two tankers were successful in containing the fire and keeping it from Highway 2.  Crews will continue to monitor the fire throughout the night and have more resources on the fire if need be on Sunday.  The Village of Pouce Coupe has not issued any evacuation orders or alerts for the area. Wonowon/Halfway RiverThis fire was started by someone burning grass.  Crews in the area have the fire under control.Gundy RoadThis fire reached four hectares in size and is now considered out.Powder KingA landowner was burning and caused this fire.  Crews are working the fire and it is currently 1.5 hectares in size.  The fire is located 15 km north of Powder King along Highway 97.Fire Information Officers Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that conditions in Northeast B.C. are starting to dry out because of the lack of rain that the rest of the Southern Interior has experienced this week. Reynolds is reminding residents that Category Two fires, fireworks, and burning barrels are currently banned in all of Northeast B.C. and that anyone present near a campfire that is larger than a half-metre in dimension would be liable to get a fine of over $1,000.The video below shows crews responding to a fire near Fort Nelson on Friday, May 11.  The fire caused over 100 properties to be evacuated for part of the day on Friday.  The fire has been contained. The Village of Pouce Coupe has banned all burning within the boundaries of the community.  The ban includes everything from large burning to campfires.  This ban only affects residents that live within the boundaries of the Village of Pouce Coupe.B.C. Wildfire Service officials are stressing residents in the Peace Region need to obey the fire ban that was implemented earlier this month for the entire region.  A category two ban is in place that covers all open burning of any material (piled or unpiled) smaller than two metres high and three metres wide.  The ban also includes burning barrels, fireworks and stubble or grass fires over an area smaller than 2,000 square metres.  At this time the ban does not include campfires.With the forecast calling for more hot and dry weather, with high winds, the B.C. Wildfire Service is ready with resources to respond to any new fires.Beaton River ValleyThis fire started on Friday but is now considered out.  The fire reached 2.5 hectares in size.center_img Baldonnel RoadThis fire has six firefighters working to contain the fire.  Local residents are also helping and crews have been able to get a good handle on the fire.  It is approximately 8 hectares.East PineThe fire is two to three hectares in size and eight firefighters are working the fire.  The winds have died down and crews have also been able to contain this fire.last_img read more