National Games Championships
Teams with members of the Uxbridge-Scugog Pony Club finished in the top two in their divisions in the Central Canada Zone Prince Philip/Masters Games Championships, held July 21 at Frankville, Ontario (near Brockville) in the Saint Lawrence-Ottawa Valley Region.
At the A level, the Uxbridge-Scugog/Durham team, representing the Central Ontario Region, placed second behind Western Ontario Region's Grand River team, with another Central Ontario team, Rising Star/Victoria, in third place. The members of the Uxbridge-Scugog/Durham "A" team are Nathan Kersten, Emily Fraser and Rachel Stewart of Uxbridge-Scugog, plus Michelle Treen and Jessica Rowe of Durham. Both the Grand River and Uxbridge-Scugog/Durham teams now advance to the National Championship, to be played near Elora, Ontario on September 5-6, where they will compete against other Zone Champions.
At the Masters level, for older riders, the Uxbridge-Scugog team finished on top. The members of this team are Kendra Abbey, Mori Cruikshanks, James Cruikshanks, Jesse Durward and Samantha Macdonald. Uxbridge-Scugog now goes on to play for the National Masters Championship, to be held August 28-29 near Vancouver. Second place went to the Guelph/Grand River Pony Clubs team, representing the Western Ontario Region. Third place went to a combined Uxbridge-Scugog/Toronto & North York team.
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).