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Central Ontario Prince Philip Games Season Gets Underway

The Central Ontario Region of Pony Club held its first Prince Philip Games meet of the season on May 16, at Durward Farm north of Port Perry. Highlight results are shown below, followed by the detailed order of finish by division.

In the A division, the Uxbridge-Scugog "Hot Tamales" placed first, followed closely by a mixed team with members from the Durham, Pine Ridge, Northwoods, Temiskaming and Uxbridge Scugog Pony Clubs. Another Uxbridge-Scugog team, the "Misfits," came third.

The team from the Temiskaming Pony Club took first in the B division, with Uxbridge-Scugog second and Kawartha Pony Club Team 1 third.

A combined Victoria/Temiskaming team took the honours in the C division, with Maple Pony Club second and Simcoe Pony Club in third place.

In the Masters Games, for players 15 and older, the Uxbridge-Scugog "Cowboys" claimed first place, with the "Rowdies," a team with members from the Temiskaming and Durham Pony Clubs, in second spot and the "Heaven's Devils," another mixed team with members from the Waussnodae, Pine Ridge, Toronto & North York and Maple Pony Clubs taking third.

The Prince Philip Cup Games are a team competition played by Pony Clubs around the world. 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 13, with the Regional Finals on July 4. Points accumulate over the three meets, and competition at all levels is very close. 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 on July 21. The two top Eastern Canadian A level teams then play against Western Canadian representatives for the National Championship, which alternates between Eastern and Western Canada. This year, it is Western Canada's turn, with the Prairie Zone hosting the event in Alberta (date and place to be set). There is also a National Masters Championship, which will be hosted by the British Columbia Islands Region in the Pacific Zone (date and place to be set).

Now here are the details for Meet 1.

A Division
Rank Team Points
1 Uxbridge-Scugog "Hot Tamales" 28
2 Durham/Pine Ridge/Temiskaming/Northwoods/Uxbridge-Scugog Mixed Team 24
3 Uxbridge-Scugog "Misfits" 15

Note: Points for A Division are subject to adjustment after resolution by the National PPG Chair of an official protest.

B Division
Rank Team Points
1 Temiskaming 55
2 Uxbridge-Scugog 53
3 Kawartha 1 43
4 Pine Ridge 42
5 Simcoe 40
6 Oshawa 38
7 Durham 35
8 Victoria 30
9 Maple 28
10 Kawartha 2 24

Note that, with ten teams competing, the B Division had to be played in heats.  Each game had two heats of five teams, with the teams rotating from the first to the second heat game by game.  All teams were timed, and final overall placings were determined by best times.

C Division
Rank Team Points
1 Victoria/Temiskaming 35
2 Maple 34
3 Simcoe 31
4 Durham 23
5 Waussnodae/Durham/Pine Ridge 22
6 Simcoe/Uxbridge-Scugog "Pink Panthers" 15

Masters Division
Rank Team Points
1 Uxbridge-Scugog "Cowboys" 53
2 Temiskaming/Durham "Rowdies" 41
3 Waussnodae/Pine Ridge/Toronto & North York/Maple "Heaven's Devils" 30
4 Uxbridge-Scugog/Pine Ridge "Charlie's Angels" 28
5 Simcoe/Oshawa/Tynedale/Maple "Lone Stars" 25
6 Temiskaming/Durham "Longshots" 24

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).