More than 50 young riders from nine Pony Club branches - Brooklin, Durham, Maple, Rising Star, Springwater,Toronto & North York, Uxbridge-Scugog, Victoria and Whitchurch - have entered the third of the Central Ontario Region's qualifiers for the Regional Show Jumping Finals. This show takes place next Sunday, July 27, at Springfield Stables Riding Academy, hosted by the Brooklin Pony Club. Selection for the Regional Finals will be based on scores achieved at this meet and two other qualifiers, one held in June and the other earlier this month.
In this show, three divisions of Pre-Entry riders will compete in two classes each, a medal class and a single round plus jump-off, preceded by a warm-up round. A schooling division will follow the same format. Medal classes involve judgement of the riders' equitation skills, not the horse or pony, in two phases - with and without fences.
The higher classes - Entry, Starter, Beginner, Novice and Intermediate, compete in three classes each: a single round plus jump-off , a power and speed round and a medal class, to determine a Champion and a Reserve in each division. The single round plus jump-off is the type of competition most often televised, and will be familiar to anyone interested in show jumping. The power and speed class consists of two phases, run without interruption, the finish line of the first, "power", phase being the start line for the second "speed" phase. Only those who complete the first phase without penalties are allowed to go on to the second phase. Jump heights increase for each division, with the Intermediate riders facing obstacles up to 3'3".
Pony Club is an international organization to promote riding and horsemanship skills among young people. Nearly all of Canada's international show jumpers got their starts in shows like this. Show jumping is the most familiar of Pony Club's activities to most spectators, but there is also competition in dressage, mounted games, rallies (which include dressage, cross-country and stadium jumping, plus stable management competition), tetrathlon (which includes swimming, shooting, cross-country riding, stadium jumping and cross-country running by the riders) as well as academic competition in quiz format.
Springfield Stables Riding Academy is at 7143 Ashburn Road, on the northeast corner of Ashburn and Columbus Roads. The show starts at 8:00 am. Spectators are welcome without charge, but please, no dogs.
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).