The Central Ontario Region of Pony Club held its first Prince Philip Games meet of the season on Sunday, May 16. Highlight results are shown below, with complete order of finish following).
In the A division, a mixed Uxbridge-Scugog/Durham team placed first, followed by a Rising Star/Victoria team, the "Cuddly Bunnies". (Editor's Note: I don't name these teams, I just report on them.)
The Temiskaming "Sassy Sapphires" took first in the B division, with a mixed Temiskaming/Durham team, the "Pretty Ponies", second and Rising Star third.
A mixed Temiskaming/Toronto & North York team, the "Trotters", took the honours in the C division, with Maple second and a mixed Rising Star/Durham team, in third place.
In the Masters Games, for players 15 and older, the Rising Star/Victoria "Oh My!" team claimed first place, with a mixed Uxbridge-Scugog/Toronto & North York team in second spot after winning a tie-breaker, and Uxbridge-Scugog third.
Now the details.
The Prince Philip Cup Games are a team competition played by Pony Clubs around the world. Many of the Games require the riders and ponies to run a slalom course around a series of poles from one end of the playing field to the other, where they hand-off something to the next rider on their team. In some races, riders have to vault off of and onto their ponies.
The next meet in the regular season will be June 13, with the Regional Finals on July 4. Points accumulate over the three meets, and competition at all levels is very close. The Regional A level winners go on to play for the Eastern Canadian Championship against teams from the Western Ontario and Saint Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Regions. The two top Eastern Canadian A level teams then play against Western Canada representatives for the national championship, to be held in the Western Ontario Region. There is also a national Masters championship, to be hosted by the British Columbia Lower Mainland Region this year. Both events are in August.
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).