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Pony Clubbers Compete For Spots At Central Canadian Show Jumping Championships

The Central Ontario Region of Pony Club will hold the third of its four Qualifiers for the Central Canadian Show Jumping Championships on Sunday, July 22, at Audley Road Stables near Ajax, hosted by the Ajax Pony Club. Entry information is not available. Selection for the Central Ontario Show Jumping team, which will compete against teams from the Western Ontario and St. Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Regions, will be based on scores achieved at this meet and other qualifiers hosted by the Durham Pony Club on June 10, by the Muskoka Lakes Pony Club on June30 and by the Sudbury Pony Club on July 28. This year, the Central Canadian Zone Championships will be hosted by the St. Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Region August 18-19.

At this show, there will be competition at the Starter, Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced levels, plus non-qualifying classes for Entry A, B & C level riders.

Qualifier Divisions will consist of three classes-a speed class and two conventional classes, each over a different course. Each of the conventional classes includes a timed jump-off if needed. Those who go clear in a conventional class qualify for its jump-off. In the jump-offs, clean rounds count ahead of those with knock-downs, and the fastest clean round wins. Speed rounds are against the clock, with no jump-off.

Pony Club is an international organization to promote riding and horsemanship skills among young people (up to 21 years old). Nearly all of Canada's international show jumpers got their starts in Pony Club. Show jumping is the most familiar Pony Club activity to most spectators, but Pony Club also offers competition in dressage, mounted games, rallies (including dressage, cross-country jumping and stadium jumping), tetrathlon (including shooting, swimming, cross-country jumping, stadium jumping, and cross-country running by the riders) as well as "academic" competition in quiz format. Above all, the objective of Pony Club competition is for young people to have safe fun in horse-related activities.

Audley Road Stables are at 777 Audley Road, between Rossland Road and Highway 2. The show begins at 9:00 am. Spectators are welcome without charge.

For more information, get in touch with Liz or Bob Inglis, Central Ontario Region Pony Club Communications Co-Chairs, at 416-493-1223 (office) or 416-491-4230 (home).