August 25, 2010 – Waikoloa, Hawaii
Video by David Corrigan | Voice of Tim Bryan
The 2010 Hawaii Horse Expo 2010 rode into town this weekend.
The event was held at the Waikoloa Stables in Waikoloa Village and also at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort.
Noted experts shared their knowledge in a variety of horse-related disciplines during the three days of clinics and demonstrations
The event also serves to raise awareness for abused and abandond horses on the island… and when in Waikoloa, that discussion includes the famous Waikoloa donkeys.
On Sunday, the Humane Society of the United States presented their latest findings on what might be done to manage the wild donkey herds, humanely and sustainably.
The current severe drought that has parched the leeward region has been pushing the herd closer to civilization, creating conflict with residents and endangering motorists on nearby highways as the animals search for water.
The donkeys were introduced to Hawaii years ago to help Kona coffee farmers harvest their crop, but have since become feral in the wilderness. As numbers grow and drought conditions persist, experts say the situation is critical.
The Hawaii Horse Expo wrapped up on Sunday. Proceeds from the event benefit the Hawaii Island Humane Society’s Horse Rescue Fund.