Pony Clubbers from six different Branches have qualified to represent the Central Ontario Region at this year's Canadian Pony Club National Quiz, "2001 Pacific Coast Odyssey," on Thanksgiving weekend, October 5-8, at the Victoria Waterway Days Inn. Pony Clubbers from across the country have competed to qualify for the honour of representing their Regions. In addition to all Canadian Regions, the United States Pony Club has been invited to send two teams, for a "North American Challenge."
Quiz is different from most Pony Club activities in that it does not require horses or ponies. Pony Clubbers compete as both individuals and four-member teams. Quiz is organized according to Pony Club testing levels, with teams at the A/B and C levels at the National Quiz (Regional competitions include D level teams). Central Ontario's teams are as follows:
There will be three phases: a written test, a visual test where competitors have to identify strange, obscure and unusual horsy objects by sight (older competitors often have to read an X-Ray) and "Quiz Stations". These are games that are fun for everybody. For example, one calls for the player to identify various horse-related objects that have been put into socks, by feel alone.
The weekend will not be entirely devoted to competition, with excursions planned for whale watching and other Victoria-area amusements.
A National Youth Conference is being held in conjunction with Quiz. Pony Club mandates the presence of at least one Youth Representative on each Branch, Regional and National governing body, to serve as a link between the active members and the policy makers.
For further details on National Quiz, get in touch with Jane Hammond of the BC Islands Region, or follow the links from the CPC home page.