CPC - Wall of Fame And Alumni Achievement

Colonel Reginald Symonds Timmis

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NOTE: Unless otherwise identified, all material comes from 'The Canadian Pony Club' (1982) by Zita Barbara May

MEMBER OF BRANCH OR BRANCHES: Eglinton

REGION: There were no regions at that time

APPROXIMATE DATES OF MEMBERSHIP: from 1934 to ??

ACHIEVEMENTS IN PONY CLUB IN ADULTHOOD:

  • Working with Brigadier General Clarence McKee, founded, in 1934, the Eglinton Branch, first Pony Club Branch in North America
  • First District Commissioner in Canada, Eglinton, 1934-39
  • Chair of Pony Club Advisory Board 1949-50 (Source, "A Classic Canadian" by Catherine Scholz, Horse Sport February 2002) Honourary Chair 1952-55 (Ibid)
  • One of the first National "A" Examiners

ACHIEVEMENTS AS A RIDER:

  • Col. Timmis was an officer of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, a cavalry regiment, and competed often and successfully as a member of the Canadian Military Show Jumping Team from 1923-38. Prior to the 1950's the Canadian Team was a military team exclusively. They competed in Toronto, New York and Washing ton for the most part, although in the "30"s, there were trips to Ireland and Aachen, Germany. Riders from Europe did sometimes compete in North America. There was no Canadian Olympic team at that time. (Source "Canada's International Equestrians" by Zita Barbara May)
  • Just to prove that the military is not always stiff and stuffy, as a young officer was part of the Regiment' Circus on Horseback, often entertaining Toronto crowds.
  • Member of the Eglinton Hunt Club

ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE MAINSTREAM

  • Col. Timmis saw active service in WWI. This involved, among other things, riding his horse, armed with a sabre, against German machine gun nests (Source "Battle of Moreuil Wood" (Google) He was recalled in 1939 at the outbreak of WWII and again saw service overseas. He was awarded his Distinguished Service Order for his performance in WWI (Source Royal Canadian Regiment web site)
  • Between the wars, he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in order to ensure that the horses under his command were cared for properly (Source "A Classic Canadian" by Catherine Scholz, Horse Sport 2002).
  • Col Timmis wrote several books, among them "Modern Stable Management" (Source "A Classic Canadian") and "Riding and Schooling" (Source "Canada's International Equestrians" by Zita Barbara May) Another was "Conformation and Appointments of the Horse" (Google)