Maya Kenedy of the Maple Pony Club finished first out of 56 C-level competitors, and Megan Mattos of the Waussnodae Pony Club finished third out of 34 A/B-level competitors, at the Canadian Pony Club National Quiz, held October 8-11 in Prince George, British Columbia. Pony Club members from across the country qualified to represent their Regions by finishing in the top four in their level at Regional Quiz meets held earlier in the year.
Quiz is different from most Pony Club activities in that it does not require horses or ponies. Pony Clubbers compete as both individuals and four-member teams. Quiz is organized according to Pony Club testing levels, with teams at the A/B and C levels at the National Quiz (Regional competitions include D level teams).
There were three phases: a written test, a visual test where competitors have to identify strange, obscure and unusual horsy objects by sight (older competitors often have to read an X-Ray) and "Quiz Stations". These are games that are fun for everybody. For example, one calls for the player to identify various horse-related objects that have been put into socks, by feel alone.
Other members of the Central Ontario teams did not fare quite as well, with the Region finishing a respectable seventh in team competition at both the A/B and C levels. At the A/B level, Allison Birdsall of the Uxbridge-Scugog Pony Club finished in 18th position individually, with Calla Spencer of the Eglinton Pony Club 31st. Alicia Cantin of the Eglinton Pony Club was 22nd among the C-level competitors, with Carolyn Wight of the Prince Edward County Pony Club 40th and Dawn O'Neill of the Ajax Pony Club 44th.
For more details e-mail Bob Inglis, Central Ontario Regional Communications Chair, or call him at 416-493-1223 (office) or 416-491-4230 (home), or refer to the home page of the Canadian Pony Club website, where there is a link to full detailed results.