CPC - Wall of Fame And Alumni Achievement

Gina Smith

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MEMBER OF BRANCH OR BRANCHES: Saskatoon

REGION: Saskatchewan

APPROXIMATE DATES OF MEMBERSHIP: FROM 1967 TO 1979

HIGHEST TESTING LEVEL ACHIEVED: A

IN WHAT DISCIPLINES DID YOU PARTICIPATE IN PONY CLUB:

D Rally, C Rally, A/B Rally, Dressage, Show Jumping

ACHIEVEMENTS IN PONY CLUB IN ADULTHOOD:

Clinics, judge at rallies, local club visits for field trip.

ACHIEVEMENTS AS A RIDER:

  • Olympic Games Los Angeles 1984 Malte
  • Seoul 1988 - team bronze medal Malte
  • Atlanta 1996 Faust
  • WEG Cedar Valley, Ontario 1986 Malte
  • PAG Havana 1991 - team gold medal Dutch Treat
  • North American dressage Championships 1989 Montreal - team silver - Malte
  • North American dressage Championships Maryland 1997 - team silver - Fledermaus
  • World Cup Final s'Hertogenbosch, Holland 2000 - Fledermaus.

ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE MAINSTREAM

I spent 8 years training in Germany, 3 of which were spent studying for the German Bereiter exam which is somewhat like the A Pony Club except more involved in the overall knowledge of the horse physically. I passed with honours. Pony Club helped me achieve this since it was so much like what I had already learned, the translation was the difficult part so learning to read and write the language was the key.

Starting my own business at Franklands Farm in Brockville, Ontario, having many different pony clubbers as working students/employees contributed to the success of my business.

Level III Dressage Coach - my coaching experience started early on in Pony Club

FAVOURITE MEMORIES YOU HAVE OF OF PONY CLUB

The Pony Club in Saskatoon was a unique club and I have many memories. What stands out the most is how we all worked together as a team and went to shows, rallies etc as a team. We had lots of fun together and thanks to our parents who supported us and made it a lot easier by volunteering, driving us everywhere and helping us organize our events.