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48/ MAY 2011 THE RIDER Pony Breeders Of Ontario Submitted by Diana MacDonald

After numerous years of hearing about a need for non- breed related pony shows where adults riders could show their Ontario-bred ponies, Pony Breeders of Ontario held their inaugural meeting in October 2005. A small group turned out and many more enthusiasts showed interest, however Ontario pony enthusiasts didn’t want another formal association, so the interim Board was disbanded.

Still hearing the same comments from Ontario pony enthusiasts, founder Diana Macdonald, decided to try Pony Breeders of Ontario again in a different format in October 2009. This time the group adopted a user-pay fee approach to

programs and advertising. Pony enthusiasts from other provinces begged for admission and Pony Breeders of Canada was born.

Kirsten Brunner, Beaverwood Farm, Hillsburgh offered free use of her facilities to host a pony show and the rest is his- tory. The first PBO Show had 45 ponies of all breeds exhibited by 26 owners in Conformation, Western, English hack, Work- ing Hunter and Driving classes. To date this is the biggest pony show since the demise of the original Pony Breeders Show in the early 1980s.

The PBO Show with SportPony qualifiers is again at Beaverwood Farm, Hillsburgh on August 17/11 plus 2 addi- tional shows have been added for the 2011 season all hosting SportPony StarSearch qualifying classes. Adanac Horse Farm, Cobourg, have offered their facility free on June 25/11 to host a PBO Show east of Toronto. Looking for a change in their show, Arthur Fair elected to accept a proposal from PBO to host a Welsh, Mountain & Moorland and Open Pony Show on Sept 10th. Prize lists for all shows are available on the PBO website Pony Breeders of Canada, is offering an All Canadian Pony Competition where ponies from east to west can compete without having to trailer across the country - This is available for paying members of either group. Points are gained in 13 conformation and performance classes at open or non-breed specific competitions from the local schooling shows to nation- al competitions. Full details of this exciting new program are available on the PBC website

Pony Breeders of Ontario and Pony Breeders of Canada are not biased as to breed, ponies and small horses standing between 14.2hh down to 10 hands, qualify for PBO/PBC. Con- formation classes are judged on form to function score sheets rather than direct comparisons allowing good ponies to shine through. Exhibitors are not currently required to be members to compete in any PBO shows.

Pony Breeders of Ontario and Canada are dedicated to the breeding, recognition and sales of top quality Ontario- and Canadian-bred ponies for sport, breeding and pleasure. For more information: or www.Pony-

TC Youth Quadrille

Challenge 2011

TC Youth is pleased to be presenting a Quadrille Chal- lenge at three horse shows this summer held at the Royal Canadian Riding Academy, 4252 Davis Dr., RR 1, Cedar Val- ley, ON. L0G 1E0.

TC Youth believes that the youth are the future of the sport of dressage and it is important to have fun, creative and inexpensive events for them to participate in with their friends. The Quadrille Challenge provides just that. This event is open to youth riders of all disciplines up to the age of 25 years old. The quadrille can be of any level, with the use of any type of music and costumes. The Quadrille Challenge will take place at RCRA during their scheduled shows on the following dates:

May 14 – Deadline EXTENDED to Friday May 6, 2011! June 25 July 30

The Challenge will take place during the lunch break of each listed show date. A celebrity judge will be on hand to judge each team on their music, choreography, creativity of costumes, and harmony as a team. Prizes will be awarded up to third place and each team will receive points to qualify for the year-end Challenge Award to be pre- sented to the team with the highest points at the year- end Toronto CADO- RA Awards Ban- quet.

A full list of the rules and guidelines for the Quadrille Challenge can be found online at www.torontocado- Email: tcy-

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