Molly Quigley Haffner
Molly was called home on March 9th after a fall that resulted in a traumatic brain injury. She joined the Staff at the Santa Barbara Polo Club in July of 2016. Her dedication, loyalty, vision, passion, and warm heart continued to shine in everything she touched. Not only her team, but the entire club staff and vendors and members all gravitated toward her special touch. She fed and took care of thousands of members and non-members alike throughout the years, each receiving a sliver of her beautiful light. She quickly became an integral part of both the club and its horse community, calling both Santa Barbara and the club home. Her extended family became those she supported throughout the years, the Walker family, the Landes, Paco DeNervaez, and Katie Graham, to name a few. She was a true professional, known for creating classic private polo parties, backyard BBQs, and a fun “throw down”. She knew how to have fun and make others feel included and supported with her vibrantly large warm heart. Looking back, she planned some of our most memorable events. Molly’s favorite hour at the club was when the days became calm as the stunning sunset over field 1.
Molly grew up in Seattle, and was part of a horse community, competing in horse shows from coast to coast, as well as internationally. We will miss her kind heart, her love of life, her passion for what was important to her, putting others before self, and her beautiful smile.
Survived by her husband Diego, who loved her completely, and she him, her proud mom and dad who will be forever changed at her passing, her brothers Patrick and Dylan who loved her to the moon and back, her grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins, who loved her endlessly, and also the family she “chose.”
Loved by so many, a day won’t go by that we will wake up wishing she were here to love on, laugh with, and wrap our arms around.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Santa Barbara Polo Club on April 20th from 4-6pm.