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Bainbridge Florida Classic Presents Pony Hunter Championships

Bainbridge Florida Classic, CSI-W/WCHR Spectacular Presents Pony Hunter Championships; Boardman Wins Peggy Cone Memorial Adult Hunter Classic

Portela Tops Leader Board in Florida Children’s Hunter Classic

Wellington, FL – February 25, 2007 – The final day of the Bainbridge Florida Classic, CSI-W/ WCHR Spectacular, presented by the Palm Beach Post, was held today at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club. Championship honors were presented to the pony hunter divisions in the Rost Arena, and the Grand Hunter Field hosted the Florida Children’s Hunter Classic and the Peggy Cone Memorial Adult Hunter Classic.

In the Small Pony Hunters, Victoria Colvin triumphed with double tricolors for her great rides aboard Ballou and Hillcrest Silver Lining. Ballou received the championship, and Hillcrest Silver Lining, owned by Scott Stewart, took reserve champion.

In section A of the Medium Pony Hunters, Allison Toffolon and Blu Venture Rainbeau captured the division championship. Toffolon commented about her pony, “He’s fast and sweet, and he’s not hard and he’s not easy and you just need to kind of show him where he needs to go, and he’ll go there for you. He’s a little hard to get the changes from right to left, but you just need to kick him with your right leg, and he’ll do it.” Toffolon resides in New York and is 11 years old.

Victoria Colvin and Allure, owned by Richard Prant, took home the reserve championship. Section B of the Medium Pony Hunters presented Chaconne, owned by Chansonette Farm LLC, and Lillie Keenan with the division championship.

“I’ve had Chaconne for maybe two years,” articulated Keenan. “But, when we first got him, I never rode him because he was really green. I started riding him this show year. He’s been really, really good. We normally show him in the Greens, but because he’s already qualified for Pony Finals, we decided to start showing him in the Regulars,” she said. “He has a canter that’s kind of unusual feeling when you’re on him, so sometimes it’s harder to sit down on him, but he’s really fun and I like him.”

Reserve champion went to Touch Of Silver and Lulu Farish, owned by Grand Slam Farm LLC.

Land’s End Mad Hatter and Alise V. Oken topped the charts in the Large Pony Hunters and rode their way to the championship, with reserve going to Emerson and Schaeffer Raposa. Oken and Land’s End Mad Hatter were also presented with the Grand Pony Hunter Championship.

In the Grand Hunter Arena, Lindsay Portela and her horse Jack came away with the win in the Florida Children’s Hunter Classic.

“Jack is a pre-green horse, and I’ve been riding him since April,” explained Portela. “He’s a home-grown from our stallion, The Riddler. He’s only eight, and this is the first time we’ve really been consistent. We gave him some time off, and for the past two weeks, we haven’t been doing too great,” she admitted. “So this is the first weekend we kind of got back together. This is the first time I’ve ever won a big class.”

The Grand Hunter Field then hosted the Peggy Cone Memorial Adult Hunter Classic, and the blue ribbon was pinned on the bridle of Gatsby, ridden by Arriana Boardman.

“Gatsby is a horse I’ve had since he was four,” Boardman noted. “So, it’s been a long relationship. We were both green at the same time, and we got to know each other. So, this is a very, very exciting victory. But, I have to say that none of it is at all possible without the village that gets me to the ring. And that’s the grooms and Bill Cooney and Pamela Polk and Jenny Darst, who schooled him beautifully this morning for me, and Domingo, who is a fabulous groom, and Jerry, and everyone.”

Carol Cone, the sponsor of the Peggy Cone Memorial Adult Classic, commented after the class, “I sponsor this class in honor of my sister, who died of liver cancer in 2001 at the age of 53. It was heartbreaking to me, and during that time I got a new horse named Wall Street. Two weeks after my sister died, I rode in the classic. And, I knew her spirit was with me, and I came from behind and I won it,” she smiled. “It was so exciting, and I decided I had to sponsor it in my sister’s honor.”

The Winter Equestrian Festival will continue next week with the Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters at the Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club.

Photo Credit: Ballou and Victoria Colvin. Photo© 2007 Randi Muster.


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