The Central Canada Zone Prince Philip Games Championships will take place at Durward Farm north of Port Perry in the Central Ontario Region on Wednesday, July 24, starting at 2 pm. These Championships are for the A and Masters levels only. Central Ontario will be represented at the A level by a team from the Temiskaming Pony Club, and at the Masters level by the Ux-bridge-Scugog "Cowboys". Western Ontario Region will be represented at the A level by a mixed team from the Mill Ridge and High County Pony Clubs, and at the Masters level by a team from the Grand River Pony Club, while both teams representing the Saint Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Region are from the Ashton First Field Pony Club. The Temiskaming club is centred in the New Liskeard region, Mill Ridge draws its members from the area around Fergus, High County from around Arthur, Grand River from the Guelph-Kitchener-Cambridge area and Ashton First Field from the Stittsville-Carleton Place-Kanata region.
The Prince Philip Cup Games are a team competition played by Pony Clubs around the world. The Games are played by teams of five riders and five ponies, four of which participate in each game. All of the Games are variations on the relay race, and all are great fun for players and spectators alike. Many of the Games require the riders and ponies to run a slalom course around a series of poles from one end of the playing field to the other, where they hand-off something to the next rider on their team. In some races, riders have to vault off of and onto their ponies.
The two top Central Zone A and Masters level teams go on to their respective National Championships. This year, Pacific Zone is hosting the National A level event on September 28-29 near Vancouver. The National Masters Championship is tentatively being hosted by the Central Zone on August 24-25 near Fergus, Ontario.
Durward Farm is east of Regional Road 2 on Zion Road, just north of the village of Sonya, about ten minutes north of Port Perry. Spectators are welcome without charge.
For details, please get in touch with Liz or Bob Inglis, Regional Communications Co-Chairs, at 416-493-1223 (office) or 416-491-4230 (home) or via E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.