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Large Pony Hunters

WELLINGTON, Fla., Feb. 16--A sunny Saturday morning marked the start of a field of 30 in the Large Pony Hunters for Week 5 of the CN Winter Equestrian Festival presented by Zimmerman Advertising at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center.

The first trip, Large Pony Conformation, saw the blue ribbon go to the bay gelding, Mokoo Jumbee, owned by Mag O'Mara and ridden by 11-year-old Kara Chad, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Kara is assisted by trainers Suzie Schroer of Los Angeles and Kelsey Whitaker also of Alberta. This is the second weekend of showing for the pair, one of five ponies that Kara is showing at WEF.

The eight-year-old bay mare, Show Boat, ridden Meredith Darst, 10, of Lebanon, Ohio took first place in the second trip over fences. Show Boat is owned by Alexis Ladove, Pebble Beach, Calif and train with mother, Mindy Darst, also of Lebanon.

Fourteen-year-old Schaefer Raposa of Clinton, N.Y. and Owen, an eight-year-old chestnut gelding owned by Grand Central, Inc. from North Salem, N.Y. was second in both trips over fences.

The Under Saddle was won by Lillie Keenan, 11, of New York and the 11-year-old bay gelding, Vanity Fair, owned by Chansonette Farm, LLC of New York.

The Large Pony Hunters will complete their division pinning champion and reserve on Sunday.

Photo: Kara Chad and Mokoo Jumbee in the Large Pony Hunters at the CN Winter Equestrian Festival presented by Zimmerman Advertising at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center Saturday.


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