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Central Canada Zone Prince Philip Games/Masters Championships

The Central Canada Zone Prince Philip/Masters Games Championships will take place at Durward Farm north of Port Perry in the Central Ontario Region on Wednesday, July 23, starting at 12:30 pm. These Championships are for the A and Masters levels only. Central Ontario will be represented at both levels by teams from the Temiskaming and Uxbridge-Scugog Pony Clubs. Teams representing the Saint Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Region are from the Ashton First Field Pony Club. The Western Ontario Region's representatives are not known at this time. The Temiskaming Pony Club is centred in the New Liskeard region and Ashton First Field is 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 many races, riders have to vault off of and onto their ponies.

The two top Central Canada Zone A level teams then play against representatives of other Zones for the National A 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 of the Prairies Zone, August 23-24.

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