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Central Canada Zone Prince Philip/Masters Games Championships

Here are Central Ontario's results from the Central Canada Zone Prince Philip/Masters Games Championships, held near Fergus in the Western Ontario Region on July13. This year, Saint Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Region did not enter, so each of the Central Ontario and Western Ontario Regions was invited to send three teams at each level.

At the A level, the Uxbridge-Scugog Pony Club "Fast and Furious" team, representing the Central Ontario Region, took top spot with 68 points . The members of the "Fast and Furious" are Kathleen Barnes, Luke Durward, Kaylin Nauta, Laura Parliament and Madison Reeves. This team now advances to the National Championship, to be played at Whitemud in Edmonton on Labour Day weekend, where they will compete against other Zone Champions for the Canadian Prince Philip Games crown.  In second place was a team from the Guelph Pony Club of the Western Ontario Region, with 63 points.  A combined Temiskaming/Northwoods Pony Clubs team took third spot with 62 points, the Uxbridge-Scugog "Incredibles" finished fourth with 60 points, the Mill Ridge Pony Club (WOR) was fifth with 35 points and a combined London/High County Pony Club team was sixth with 33 points..

At the Masters level, for older riders, a mixed Uxbridge-Scugog/Durham team finished on top with 57 points. The members of this team are Jessie Durward, Mike Durward, Katie Murray, Rebecca Simmons and Lorraine Smith. Central Ontario also took second spot, with an Uxbridge-Scugog Pony Club calling itself Charlie's Angels, comprising Allison Birdsall, Jessica Lloyd, Darlene Smith, Aly Stalk and Jade Stalk (49 points). The first and second place teams are now eligible to play for the National Masters Championship. Plans for this are still to be confirmed but it appears likely that Central Ontario Region will be hosting the event.  A combined High County/Huron Bruce Pony Clubs team was third with 30 points, narrowly edging a combined High County/London/Guelph Pony Clubs team which scored 29 points.

At the National Championship level, all teams ride borrowed ponies, since transporting ponies across the country is impractical. Mounts are normally contributed by the host Region - Alberta North for the A's and Central Ontario for the Masters this year - but if a team from the host Region represents its Zone, its members would not be allowed to ride their own ponies in competition, as this would give them an unfair advantage over the other teams. In fact, all teams generally switch ponies after a certain number of games, often several times.

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).