Aurora resident Kyra Holmes, a member of the local Maple Pony Club, did very well as a member of Team Canada at the 2010 Pony Club International/National Quiz Thanksgiving weekend in Halifax. Her team won the national A/B competition and placed third in the international competition. As an individual, she finished sixth. Ms Holmes was the only member of Canada's A/B team from Ontario; the other three came from British Columbia. Ms Holmes, 19, also took part in this year's National Rally, and sits on the Canadian Pony Club Board of Directors as the Active Member representative from eastern Canada. She is a student at Seneca College, studying to be a veterinary technician.
Quiz is different from most other Pony Club activities in that it does not require horses or ponies. There are four phases which will begin in earnest next Friday: 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), an oral test and several "Quiz Stations". Quiz Stations are games that helpers and spectators can play after the teams are finished with them, and they are fun for everybody. For example, "Sock it to Me" calls for the player to identify various horse-related objects that have been put into socks, by feel alone.
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). Complete results are also available on the CPC website, under the International, National & Zone Events drop-down tab.