On Saturday, March 27, representatives of 18 Central Ontario Pony Clubs will compete at the 2004 Regional Quiz at Sutton District High School in Sutton.
Quiz is different from most other Pony Club activities in that it does not require horses or ponies. Pony Club members compete as both individuals and teams, each Branch being allowed five teams of three youngsters each. Depending on the ages and levels of their members, Branches may choose to enter more than one team at a given level and no team at all at another level. D, D1 and D2 levels are for the younger or less experienced members, C level for the intermediates, and the A/B level for the older and more experienced members. D and D1 competition is on a team basis only while the higher levels also compete as individuals in some phases. New this year, Affiliate members (21-25 years old) may compete on an individual basis in the written and visual phases only.
There are 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 an oral test. There will also be several "Quiz Stations". These are games that teams, helpers and spectators can play; they don't count for points, but they 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.
Clubs may also compete in a "Projects" category, in which team members from all levels prepare displays or exhibits based on one of a "menu" of topics. This year, the choices include: foot and shoeing; preparing for Rally; grooming (schedule and routine, clipping, braiding, etc.); emergency first aid for horses; breeds, colours and markings; pony club disciplines (choose one); barn/stable design.
To form a Quiz team, most Pony Club Branches hold meetings and try-outs over a period of about six weeks. Often, the A/B level Pony Club members coach the other teams.
The Regional Quiz takes a full day, and is the first competition of the new season. The top four individual competitors at the A/B and C levels qualify to compete at the National Quiz in October. This year, National Quiz will be held in Prince George, British Columbia.
The competition starts at 9 am, and spectators are welcome without charge. Sutton District High School is located at 20798 Dalton Road in Sutton.
For details call Bob Inglis, Central Ontario Regional Communications Chair, at 416-493-1223 (office) or 416-491-4230 (home), or via e-mail at email@example.com, or call Catherine Barker, Central Ontario Regional Quiz Chair, at 905-478-4674 (home) or firstname.lastname@example.org.