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2010 Regional D Rally Results

Here are highlights overall results of the 2010 Central Ontario Regional D Rally, held August 22 at Foggy River Farm near Mount Albert, presented from the least to most difficult levels. Detailed results follow the highlights.

"Rally" is the Pony Club term for Eventing, an Olympic discipline in which competitors must ride a formal Dressage test, a Cross Country or endurance phase across open country and over fixed obstacles, and a Stadium Jumping competition. Scoring is done on a penalty points basis, with all errors of course, refusals, rails down and falls counted as penalties. Penalties are also incurred for taking too much time, or too little, to finish the Cross Country phase. The rider with the fewest penalties wins. Placing ribbons are awarded for dressage, cross country and overall, with a "Clear Round" ribbon for all those who make no mistakes in the Stadium phase.

The "D" in D Rally refers to the minimum level riders must have passed in the Pony Club testing system to enter. There are three "D" levels: D, D1 and D2. To get each of them, Pony Club members must pass a written examination in horsemanship, an oral test of stable management, and a riding test. Each level competes in a different division at D-Rally, with Dressage tests, fence heights in both Stadium Jumping and Cross Country phases, and the time allowed for Cross Country, all adjusted to their skill levels. This year an Open Division was added so young C-level members could take part, riding at the D2 level on inexperienced horses.

At the D level, Katie McCoy-Bridges of the Toronto & North York Pony Club was the winner riding Licorice. Second place went to another Toronto & North York rider, Lily Solomon on Tango, with Grace Varley of the Maple Pony Club third riding Trixie Belle.

Jamie May Paterson of the Centaurus Pony Club won the D1 Division on Sydney. Second place went to Olivia Gionet of the Rising Star Pony Club riding Tarragon. Third place went to another Centaurus rider, Rebecca McDowell, on Take A Chance.

In the D2 Division, Kaitlyn Henderson of the King Pony Club took the honours on Dexter, followed by Jennifer Hill, also of King, on Wellington Boots, with third place going to Kiara Crosbie of the Maple Pony Club on Big Friendly Giant. Less than half a penalty point separated these riders, from first to third.

In the Open Division, Karen Foell of the Toronto & North York Pony Club placed first on Jewel, with Emily Lindsay of the Rising Star Pony Club second on Shatar and Jocelyn Donaldson of the Uxbridge-Scugog Pony Club third on Romeo.

One major difference between Pony Club rallies and "regular" events is that Pony Club members compete in horse care/stable management on a Branch team basis, as well as individually in the riding phases. (At nearly every facility we use, the owners/operators tell us they wish regular events would add this as a competitive factor.) This year's Stable Management Award winner was the Rising Star Pony Club (as in 2009), with Toronto & North York second and Maple third. Outstanding grooms and team captains were also recognized, with awards going to Emma Bradbury of Centaurus, Amy Westlund of Rising Star, Laura Gilligan of Toronto & North York, Shaylyn Lucas of Maple, and Emily Jonknan and Emily Banks-Ng, both of King.

Now here are the scores phase by phase.

D Level
Rider Horse Branch Dressage Score Dressage Place X-Country Score X-Country Place Stadium Score Total Score Overall Place
Katie McCoy-Bridges Licorice Toronto & North York 53.48 3 22.8 1 0 76.3 1
Lily Solomon Tango Toronto & North York 51.52 2 25.6 2 0 77.1 2
Grace Varley Trixie Belle Maple 48.91 1 36.4 4 0 85.3 3
Sabrina Eira Whitey Centaurus 71.09 5 34.4 3 0 105.5 4
Stephanie Lee Cricket Centaurus 61.96 4 99.6 5 43.5 205.1 5

D1 Level
Rider Horse Branch Dressage Score Dressage Place X-Country Score X-Country Place Stadium Score Total Score Overall Place
Jamie May Paterson Sydney Centaurus 47.59 1 19.6 1 4.00 71.2 1
Olivia Gionet Tarragon Rising Star 49.66 2 53.6 2 10.25 113.5 2
Rebecca McDowell Take a Chance Centaurus 58.45 3 58.5 3 8.00 125.2 3
Katie Bradbury Spock Centaurus 62.59 4 104 4 0 166.6 4

D2 Level
Rider Horse Branch Dressage Score Dressage Place X-Country Score X-Country Place Stadiium Score Total Score Overall Place
Kaitlyn Henderson Dexter King 60.44 2 5.6 2 0 66.0 1
Jennifer Hill Wellington Boots King 66.18 3 0 1 0 66.2 2
Kiara Crosbie Big Friendly Giant Maple 56.47 1 10 3 0 66.5 3

Open Level
Rider Horse Branch Dressage Score Dressage Place X-Country Score X-Country Place Stadium Score Total Score Overall Place
Karen Foell Jewel Toronto & North York 58.24 1 0 1 0 58.2 1
Emily Lindsay Shatar Rising Star 63.97 2 20 2 12 96.0 2
Jocelyn Donaldson Romeo Uxbridge-Scugog 65.74 3 42.8 3 0 108.5 3

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).