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Central Ontario Pony Clubbers Named to Canadian InterPacific Rally Team

John Jamieson of the Kawartha Pony Club and Katie Shipley of the Pickering Pony Club have been named to Canada's team for the 2001 InterPacific Rally, to be held in New Zealand in April and May. Activities include a Nations Cup show jumping competition and a one-day event (dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping) at the Preliminary level.

The InterPacific Rally is a competitive and cultural exchange for Pony Clubbers at least 16 years old who have attained their B rating via the Pony Club testing system. Participants are drawn from those countries on the Pacific Rim: Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. On occasion, Great Britain, as the "mother country" of Pony Club has been awarded an honorary Pacific Coast and invited to take part. Representatives of Pony Clubs in Malaysia, the Philippines, Shanghai and Singapore have also participated over the years.

In 1960, the Pebble Beach Pony Club (California) invited members of Pony Clubs from the Australian States of New South Wales and Victoria to visit. Because of the great success of that "exchange," the Pony Club Association of Victoria issued an invitation to the US, Canada, New Zealand, and all seven Australian States to participate in an exchange during 1961. Since then, InterPacific Rallies have been held every second year, with each participating country acting as host in turn.

Each Rally takes on its own character through the influence of the host country by ensuring the opportunity to exchange ideas, learn about different cultures, cultivate friendships and enjoy the Pony Club concept of joining together in the many programs offered, including a variety of equestrian activities, over an exchange lasting approximately two weeks. Details of the Rally itinerary have not been firmed as yet, but will be available through the Canadian Pony Club website, via a link to the New Zealand Pony Club site.

Other members of the Canadian team are Matt Gaglione of the Strathcona Pony Club in the Alberta North Region, Faye Merrett of the Quennell Lake Pony Club in the British Columbia Islands Region, and Paula Rainford of the Esquesing Pony Club in the Western Ontario Region. The Coach is Jane Owen-Flood and the Chef d'Equipe is Heather Crampton, both of British Columbia.