Riders from eight Central Ontario Region and one St. Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Region Pony Clubs have entered the Victoria Pony Club One Day Event, to be held at Killusty Farm near Fenelon Falls on Sunday, September 17.
Eventing is an Olympic discipline in which competitors must ride a formal Dressage test, follow with a Cross Country or endurance phase across open country and over fixed obstacles, and finish with a Stadium Jumping competition. Scoring is done on a penalty points basis, with all errors of course, refusals, rails down and falls counted as penalties. Penalties are also incurred for taking too much time, or too little, to finish the Cross Country phase. The rider with the fewest penalties wins.
Eventingor Three-Day Eventing at the upper levelswas first developed in the 19th Century as a competition for cavalry horses and riders and was once called Combined Military Training. The Dressage phase demonstrates the horse's obedience and control, the Cross Country phase simulates a cavalry charge and the Stadium Jumping phase demonstrates the horse's long-range stamina and fitness. Though the military aspects of the competition no longer apply, rallies and events are still the ultimate test of both horse and rider. To win at rallies, riders must have first-rate fitness themselves and a wide range of riding skills to handle the different demands of the three phases.
This Event offers three divisions: Entry, Pre-Training and Training, with required speeds and the heights of both the cross-country and stadium jumps increasing from level to level.
Killusty Farm is approximately 14 km north of Fenelon Falls on Highway 121. From Highway 121, turn right on County Road #37 (Burys Green Road), take the second turn left (Hyper Line) to second farm on right. Competition is set to start at 8:00 am. Spectators are welcome without charge.
For further details call or e-mail Luanne Rae, Show Secretary, at 905-986-4589 (home).