Central Canada Zone Games Championships
Teams with members of the Uxbridge-Scugog Pony Club dominated the Central Canada Zone Prince Philip/Masters Games Championships, held at Royal Lane Farm near Lindsay, Ontario on July 29.
At the A level, the Uxbridge-Scugog/Simcoe Pony Clubs "USSA" team, representing the Central Ontario Region, took top spot. The members of the "USSA" team are James Cruikshanks, Chrys-tal Geer, Jane Stephenson, Rachel Stewart and Emily Stubbings. Second place went to the other Central Ontario team, the Rising Star "Princesses", made up of Magella Cadieux, Emily Lindsay, Kayla Weber, Lindsay Weber and Amy Westlund. The USSA team now advances to the National Championship, to be played near Vancouver on August 28-30, where it will compete against other Zone Champions. Western Ontario teams finished third (Grand River) and fourth (Guelph).
At the Masters level, for older riders, the Uxbridge-Scugog team finished on top. The members of this team are Kendra Abbey, Mori Cruikshanks, Sean Cruikshanks, Jesse Durward and Samantha Macdonald. Second place went to the "Swat" team, with members of the London and Guelph Pony Clubs, representing the Western Ontario Region. These two teams now go on to play for the National Masters Championship, to be held August 22-23 at Royal Lane Farm. Third place went to Grand River, and fourth to Central Ontario's Durham "Draters" (Carrie Doorenspleet, Alisha Shangraw, Rebecca Simmons, Amanda Treen and a fifth pony).
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, 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).