The Central Ontario Region of Pony Club held its first Prince Philip Games meet of the season on May 11, at Durward Farm north of Port Perry. Highlight results are shown below, followed by the complete order of finish.
In the A division, Temiskaming placed first, followed closely by Uxbridge-Scugog.
The team from the Pine Ridge Pony Club took first in the B division, with Uxbridge-Scugog second and a combined Durham/Victoria team third.
Uxbridge-Scugog took the honours in the C division, with Temiskaming second and a mixed Victoria/Baltimore Hills team in third place.
In the Masters Games, for players 15 and older, Uxbridge-Scugog again took first. Uxbridge-Scugog is the defending Canadian Champion at this level. A mixed Temiskaming/Uxbridge-Scugog/Durham team placed second and a mixed Huronia/Simcoe team came in third.
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 next meet in the regular season will be June 15, with the Regional Finals on July 6. Points accumulate over the three meets, and competition at all levels is very close. After the first meet, only one point separates the two A teams, and the largest gap between first and second in any division is six points. The Regional A and Masters winners go on to play for the Central Canada Zone Championship against teams from the Western Ontario and Saint Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Regions; Central Ontario Region is hosting this year's Central Canada Zone Championships on July 23. The two top Central Canada Zone A level teams then play against representatives of other Zones for the National Championship at the Ontario's Pony Club Tournament of Champions August 15. There is also a National Masters Championship, which will be hosted by the Alberta North Region August 23-24.
Here are the details.
For details please e-mail Liz or Bob Inglis, Central Ontario Regional Communications Co-Chairs, or phone us at 416-493-1223 (office) or 416-491-4230 (home)