April 2019 - Pony Club Update
Written by by Allie Carpenter
Friday, 29 March 2019 00:43
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Local members qualify for championships.

by Allie Carpenter, Regional Supervisor USPC So Cal Region

Each February, members of the United States Pony Club Southern California Region meet for a day of Horse Management competition at a local park in the hopes of qualifying for USPC Championships.  This August, competitors in three divisions will be headed to USPC Championships Central at the Colorado Horse Park after earning top scores at the regional quiz rally. The regional rally was held at Springacre Park in Irvine on Feb. 23 and was hosted by Bridges Equestrian Pony Club Riding Center of San Juan Capistrano.

New riding center Blossom Hill Pony Club Riding Center of Murietta poses with their medals! Photo: Candace Taylor Jennings

Over 50 competitors ranging from age 5 to 19 spent the day moving through phases of competition geared towards general horse care and knowledge. These phases give competitors chances to work as groups and also earn points for their team individually. Each phase is carefully curated by local and national quiz organizers to provide thoughtful, rating appropriate questions.

HB Twins Ashley and Lindsey Allen go over their teams's scores at the end of the day. The Allen twins are 3 time national competitors. Photo: Allie Carpenter

Competitors were asked verbal questions in the Classroom phase appropriate to their Pony Club rating. A 7 year old D1 was asked to name several markings you can find on a horse’s face while an 18 year old HB was asked to name four symptoms of Potomac Fever. Competitors were allowed to request questions up to two levels above their current level to gain more points for their team.

Pony Club Strong! Ramsey Ranch Pony Club Riding Center Members pose with their Pony Club pins. Photo: Jeanine Hardgrave

The Megaroom phase is an individual score focused on identification of different items. The competitors moved from table to table identifying items. One D rated table had different horse breeds that competitors had to match. A C/HB table had bits in which the competitors had to identify different bit mouthpieces. Do you know the difference between a French Link and a Dr. Bristol mouthpiece? Eighty percent of the So Cal Region C/HB competitors did!
Next the competitors moved on to the Stations Phase where competitors worked as teams to solve more complex questions and problems. One table asked D Competitors to sort different horse feeds into roughages, concentrates, salts and succulents. A C/HB table required competitors to draw different dressage movements onto dressage court diagrams and correctly identify the levels of the training pyramid.

D level Ramona Vicente Pony Club members work together on a station. Photo: Holly Chisolm

A short, written test and barn phase practicum rounded out the day of competition. All teams enjoyed well deserved medals in both team and individual high points. The USPC So Cal Region is looking forward to the April Model Horse Rally in Fallbrook hosted by Sandia Creek Ranch Pony Club Riding Center and the May Eventing Rally which will take place at Galway Downs and will run concurrently with the Spring Horse Trials on May 12-14. The eventing rally is hosted by Newport Mesa Pony Club Riding Center.  

For more information, visit www.southerncalifornia.ponyclub.org.