Items

Forums
 
Pony Club Dressage Nationals
 By Winniefield Park   •   6th Nov 2014   •   3,460 views   •   0 comments
Pony Club Dressage Nationals

I loved being a Pony Club mom. I am still, in a way, as my daughter was delighted to find out that Pony Club has increased the age limit to 25 and she still has a year to go. The club she belongs too is new and having someone with experience has been useful. Sheís been busy on the executive, and I think theyíve been glad to have her along. Iím sorry that sheís 3 hours away, and it hasnít been easy to get out to their events. My favorite memory of when she was a younger Pony Clubber is attending the National Dressage Finals with her.

Having come from a distance riding background, Iím used to roughing it. Iíve slept in tents, the back seats of trucks and the gooseneck of a stock trailer. Iíve eaten food that has sat in a luke-cool cooler for three days. And when youíre hungry, eating a partially soggy stale bagel with crumbly cream cheese isnít really that bad. When I learned at this event that there were to be indoor accommodations, flushing toilets and showers, and they were serving real food, I was excited about the luxury.

Making a Personalized and Informative Stall Card
My Trip To The United States Pony Club Festival
Joining Pony Club With My New Horse

The competition was held at a stable that hosted summer camps. We stayed in a two story cabin filled with bunk beds. All the moms got the bottom bunks of course. The first evening we spent getting settled and getting the horses ready. And there was lots of real food - hot, fresh and served on real plates with real cutlery. Someone else even washed the dishes.

No one rode their own horse. Each rider competed on two borrowed horses. My daughter drew a large buckskin pony and a small bay school horse. The bay was hers to groom and she meticulously braided 38 tiny braids into his mane. Once that was done, it was time to socialize. It was fun to meet families from across the country, and learn about their horses. We were lucky that we only had to drive two hours to get there. Others had 3 hour flights before they had to rent a car to get to the competition.

The first two tests the riders had already ridden during the show season. Thatís how they had qualified for the championships. The third test was a surprise. The rider had a caller, and they rode the test impromptu, with no practice. It was very interesting to see how each rider handled the stress. While some riders were better than others, the cooler heads seem to be able to handle the surprise test despite not having the more polished riding skills. There was also a written test. This again was stressful for some of the riders, who got exam anxiety.

At the end of the two days of competition, my daughter won the championship in her division. Dressed in their dressage clothes, they did Ďvictory gallopsí around the yard to ďStand UpĒ by Right Said Fred. It was sad to go home. I heard there were complaints about how things were run, but from my perspective, I wish there was a Pony Club for adults and I didnít just have to watch!
Horse News More In This Category:  Dressage      Horse News More From This Author:  Winniefield Park
 More News by Winniefield Park
Blood Moon Creations Breaks 104.25 inch Jump Record with BMC Broken Test
23rd Jan 2022   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Blood Moon Creations has started off 2022 with a new record. BMC Broken Test has cleared 104.25 inches, a record-setting jump. The 15.1 hand Arabian mare reached the #3 spot at the age of 13 years while sitting in the #30 rank. At ...
🏹 Kyrgyzstan Female Horse Archer Breaking Tradition
22nd Jan 2022   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
There are still places in the world where menís and womenís roles are very rigidly defined and there are some things that girls just donít do. Kyrgyzstan is one such place and women are not traditionally hunters or participate in ...
🎆Fireworks and Horses
21st Jan 2022   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
New Yearís celebrations often include fireworks. Many communities have rules around the use of fireworks, while others have bans or no rules at all. Fireworks can be a hazard to animals and humans and itís not unusual for horses ...
Wild Horses Stopping Traffic Common in Ruidoso New Mexico
18th Jan 2022   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Wild horses recently brought traffic to a halt in New Mexico. While some see the wandering horses as hazardous, many people are glad to share the road with them. The horses are a common sight to locals of Ruidoso, a small town nes ...
🥇 Mirky in a Box Breaks Long Standing Jump Record at 104 Inches
16th Jan 2022   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
As we jump into 2022 Mirky in a Box sets a new jump record at 104 inches cleared by their 15.1 hand Thoroughbred mare ! Vezina. Not only has this mare set a record, but she has also reached the #1 rank and earned 1,155,950 PB by t ...
🥳 PonyBox Winners to Kick Off 2022
9th Jan 2022   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
*FT Tin Man rung the new year in with a showing in the #1 rank earning the Top Horse on PonyBox. The 14.3 hand Thoroughbred stallion from the Freezahs TBs stable had 378,800PB in winnings at the age of 14 and cleared 99.75" as his ...
🇫🇮 Lapland Finland Winter Wonderland
8th Jan 2022   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
The largest and most northerly region of Finland is called Lapland and some would argue is where Santa has returned now that Christmas is past. Whether or not Santa is in residence, itís also a wintertime tourist destination and i ...
Crabbet Bred Arabians Original Video From 1878
30th Dec 2021   |   Dressage   |   Winniefield Park
Lord and Lady Blunt began the Crabbet Stud near Sussex, England in 1878 and the three stallions in this footage are found in many pedigrees. Crabbet bred Arabians are still known for their temperaments, hardiness and often, their ...
  View All News by Winniefield Park
 
©2002 - 2022   PonyBox LLC Create Account Advertise Terms Privacy Contact Us
195 Members Online 271,050 Registered Members 3,003 News Articles 13,130,201 Unique News Article Views 316,731,225 Website Views