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Horseshoe Pony Club is for youth who enjoy horses

Club 'gives the kids a chance to learn and practise skills that will follow them through life'

With its mandate to provide fun, educational opportunities for youth who enjoy horses, the Canadian Pony Club is building a foundation for Canada’s future equestrians.

Simcoe County has three Pony Club options: Rising Star branch in South Simcoe, Woodwind South Centre in Oro-Medonte, and Horseshoe branch, also in Oro-Medonte. Local Pony Clubs welcome members aged six to 25 throughout the year.

Horseshoe branch is in a rebuilding mode, and has been offering monthly education meetings at Orillia Public Library.

The Wednesday, March 20 meeting will feature knowledge-based games in the format of “Quiz,” an education-based competition that takes place at the regional and national levels each year. We play charades, a Pictionary-based game, Twister, Jeopardy, and many other fun games, all with a horsey theme!

Girls and boys with an interest in horses can join Pony Club to learn about handling horses, caring for horses, describing horses, feeding and grooming horses, and other topics.

Members learn at levels based on a national curriculum, and proceed at their own pace.

Pony Club does offer mounted competitions, including Dressage, Show Jumping, and mounted relays known as Prince Philip Games. A version of the Olympic sport of Modern Pentathlon is also offered, where participants run, swim, shoot and ride to gain points for placement.

With the motto “Loyalty, Character, Sportsmanship” Pony Club encourages leadership and camaraderie.

“Pony Club gives the kids a chance to learn and practice skills that will follow them through life, whether in the saddle or otherwise,”  said Horseshoe Branch volunteer Laurie Blake. “Having youth involved together makes learning fun and relevant.”

For more information about joining Horseshoe Pony Club or another branch or centre near you, please email or call 705-487-2307.