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Pony Clubbers Compete For Spots At Central Canadian Show Jumping Championships

Members of 15 Central Ontario Region Pony Clubs  - Brooklin, Centaurus, Durham, Eglinton, Green Lane, Kawartha, Maple, Oshawa, Pickering, Pine Ridge, Temiskaming, Toronto & North York, Uxbridge-Scugog, Victoria and Waussnodae - have entered the first of the Central Ontario Region's Qualifiers for the Central Canadian Zone Show Jumping Championships, to take place on Sunday, May 25 at Dreamcrest Equestrian Centre near Port Perry, hosted by the Uxbridge-Scugog Pony Club. 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 another qualifier to be hosted by the Ajax Pony Club on July 20. This year, the Central Canadian Zone Championships are being hosted by the Central Ontario Region at the Ontario's Pony Club Tournament of Champions, on August 16.

In this show, three divisions of Pre-Entry level riders will compete in two classes each, both single round plus jump-off, plus a warm-up round. Pre-Entry level riders do not qualify for the Central Canadian Zone Championships.

The higher divisions - Entry, Starter, Beginner, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced - compete in three classes each, two conventional classes and one speed class, to determine a Champion and a Reserve in each division. 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.

Dreamcrest Equestrian Centre is at 2130 Shirley Road, east of Highway 12 between Port Perry and Raglan. The show begins at 8:30 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), or via e-mail at