Yesterday the girls had a great lesson with Chrissy Allison. Zoe's horse got his first jumping lesson, with Al as the lead horse over poles. Some of the girls were jumping 2'9" by the end of the session. Lunch at Anna's house, painted the Breyer horse jumps they built on Monday, and cooled off in the swimming pool. This morning the girls played mounted games, including the "hairpiece" race and keyhole game, then Sarah Kitchens demonstrated equine massage techniques. Lunch at Zoe's house and screen painting. Thank you to all our moms and other volunteers for making this camp a wonderful learning experience for the younger club members and a great fundraiser for the club!
Congratulations to Zoe for getting a new horse, Ollie, a palomino quarter horse. She got to ride him this week in the camp! Yesterday was the first day of the PUPC 2nd Annual Summer Camp, a fundraiser for our club - thanks to mom Tammy for coordinating the camp, the other moms who helped, mom Gina for hosting the camp at her beautiful facility in Parker, and B Graduate and local trainer, Ashley Beardon, for teaching the day's flatwork lesson. Campers are D members, Anna, Ella, Emma, Holly, Maddy and Zoe. After a morning dressage lesson with Ashley, the girls played mounted games like arena race, pretzel relay and ride a buck. They headed to Country Burger in Murphy for lunch and craft time where they made four types of jumps for their Breyer horses. The camp continues through Friday
Last week, Audrey, Emma, McKinsey and Molly attended the Rio Grande Region Camp at Pine Hill in Bellville. Moms Carol & Rhonda acted as chaperones. There were about 35 girls at the camp ranging in age from 8 to 18 from all over the region. National Examiners Ann Haller, Terri Rocovich, Claire Harmon and Vickie Taylor taught the girls the "Pony Club Way" of horse management. In addition to working with their horses, the girls got to swim and go on an animal safari. The week ended with a Derby which was fun for everyone.
June has been a super-busy month for the Pony Up girls. Blair and Olivia earned their C2 Rating last weekend at Cedar Creek Run in the Regional "Mega Rating". Ambra was the rater for D level candidates. Olivia did a good job with Sherman and exceeded standards on her horse management knowledge and book work. Blair was riding a new horse for the rating which she had only had a few days - she impressed the rater, Amanda Esco, with her riding skill on an unfamiliar mount. Congratulations girls! Thanks to the region for conducting this rating, especially Tom Cook and Debra Sue Waters!
Meanwhile, Maddy, Jordan and mom Amy competed in the Meadow Creek Summer Games last weekend in Kosse. Jordan placed first in dressage for her musical freestyle and first in the Derby at Training, while Amy took second in Beginner Novice. Maddy placed first in the Derby's Starter Division. "Good Sport" awards go to Ella and mom Amber who schooled also, enduring the 100 degree + days with a smile in their first experience with Texas summers - good job!
Earlier in June, Ella, Maddy, Molly, Audrey, McKinsey & Emma schooled at Denton Creek and competed in the Derby. Audrey, Emma, McKinsey & Molly also went to the Becky Roper Clinic at Feather Creek and then competed in the Derby. Molly, Audrey, Ella & McKinsey volunteered at the Blue Sky Therapeutic Riding School by washing ponies and cleaning tack. Emma, Audrey, Molly & McKinsey are spending the week at the Rio Grande Region Pony Club Camp at Pine Hill, where moms Carol & Rhonda are volunteering as chaperones. It has been a wonderful month of learning and fun for all the girls.
Stay tuned for info about the second annual Pony Up Summer Camp being held next week at D&D Ranch in Parker. Thanks to Gina for donating her facility and to Tammie and the other moms for putting on this wonderful program to teach the younger PUPC members and to raise money for the club.
Red River Region held its first Eventing Rally in conjunction with a recognized horse trials on May 21-23 in Kosse at Meadow Creek. All teams were scrambled which gave the girls a chance to get to know riders from other clubs. Arlee, Blair and Olivia represented Pony Up at the rally in the Junior/Young Rider Novice Division and all completed the horse trials and qualified for Championships. Their team (scrambled with two girls from Silver Stirrups) won 1st place in the Rally! The division was tough as the top 12 competitors were all within a single rail of one another going into show jumping on Sunday - it made for an exciting finish! Blair finished on her dressage score and leaped into a 6th place ribbon. Arlee had a costly stop which dropped her from 2nd out of the ribbons! Olivia had some trouble in show jumping as well but was clear on the cross country course. This was a valuable learning and bonding experience for all the girls and they are looking forward to competing in Kentucky next month at the Championships.