- Associated Press - Thursday, August 13, 2015

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) - A pony breed native to north Iowa is set to return to Mason City this weekend as part of a two-day pony show.

More than 100 ponies are expected at the Iowa Pony of the Americas Club’s show Saturday and Sunday at the North Iowa Events Center, the Mason City Globe Gazette (https://bit.ly/1J1Luux ) reported. The Pony of the Americas breed, which has a spotted coat, was founded in Mason City in 1954.

Les Boomhower of Mason City registered the first of the breed, which was created with the intent to be a child-friendly equine. The colt had a Shetland pony father and an Arabian-appaloosa mother.

Kaitlyn Canedo, 19, of Mason City, said she has been hard at work getting her pony, Hot Chocolate Liberty, ready for this weekend’s show in Iowa, which she said are always difficult to win.

She was one of three local riders to win championships at Pony of the Americas Congress last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“It will be tough,” Canedo said. “There will be quite a few people in our classes.”

Iowa remains one of the strongholds of the breed. The Pony of Americas Club records approximately 500 new registrations a year.

“Our largest concentration still of POAs in the country is Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota,” said Pony of the Americas Club CEO Joyse Banister.


Information from: Globe Gazette, https://www.globegazette.com/

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