Wright Park rules Pony Boys Day-A A +A
Friday, March 7, 2014
BANKING on a deep bench, the Wright Park Pony Boys Association came up with an 11-13-10 gold-silver-bronze medal aggregate to rule, in runaway fashion, the thrilling Pony Boys Day feature of the 19th Panagbenga Festival last March 1 at the dusty city athletic bowl.
Veteran rider Noel Alquizar steered Hustler to victories in pole bending and in rescue pair and then mounted Bahala Na in balloon-bursting to account for three of Wright Park's performances and emerge the sole triple gold medalist in the day-long games on horseback chaired by city Councilor Joel Alangsab.
Wright Park's other top finishers were Bryle Perez aboard Alasan in the small-horse- race, Glen Sanchez in the big horse race, Marvin Cayatoc in barrel and flag and barrel races, Timojin Tejada in back-stroke race, Ricky Roy Madon in pony express, Rachel Bomogao in lady jockeys race and Paul Bagnos as anchor in the flag relay.
Melson Silvino provided two of John Hay’s four gold-medal haul by topping the medium-sized horse race with mount Recarte and the imported horse race with Tiraw, with hoshua Segundo and and Ryan Canuto adding one each, respectively in the bronco race and sack race.
Not to be out-done, Ilocos Sur's Mark Castillo and Kenneth Totalnero of Ilocos Sur, both racing unshod made good their debut in the annual races by leading Ilocos Queen and Mono to first and third places in the carambola or all-comers race.
La Trinidad, Benguet also chalked up a one-gold, one-bronze gleaning through Harley Aglamas who guided Today to a thundering finish in the pink horse race and Marivic Baos who manoeuvred Halo to third place in the lady riders’ race.
Out-numbered, the Baguio Country Club Pony Boys Association ended up with a silver, thanks to Miller Canuto aboard Kaki in the small horse race, while Itogon, Benguet had Newton Hugo garnering fourth place in the sack race.
El Kabayo, a group of horseback-riding enthusiast from Clark Field, Pampanga, came in as guest participants, while the multi-titled highland Cowboys/Cowgirls Rodeo team of the Benguet State University, the Baguio-Benguet and the Guisad Central line dancers provided the intermission numbers, together with the Cordillera Entertainers Association.
Aside from Councilor Alangsab, this year’s preparation committee members included city councilors Isabelo Cosalan Jr. and Peter Fianza, city engineer Leo Bernardez, city legal officer Melchor Rabanes, city veterinarian Brigit Piok, City Environment and Parks Management officer Cordelia Lacsamana and former city councilor Lito Pangilinan representing the office of Representative Nick Aliping Jr.
Jude Saydawan, Joseph Maranes and Jaime Silvino, all of the WPPBA, served as co-chairs. Fr. Mario Tambic offered the opening prayer while Ricky Give and Evelyn Balisong served as masters of ceremonies. (Ramon Dacawi)
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 08, 2014.