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Four Teams Ready to Compete in 2014 Prince Philip Cup Games at Rolex

Wednesday, April 9, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Field of Four Teams Ready to Compete in the 2014 Prince Philip Cup Games at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

April 9, 2014 (Lexington, KY) - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. will once again hold the Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games competition at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day equestrian event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2014 Prince Philip Cup Games will mark the competition’s 30th anniversary, and the 14th consecutive year it will be hosted at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The event will feature 4 teams from across the country. The tentative competition schedule is:

 

Friday, April 25

12:30 p.m.       Celebrity Challenge Round (a number of Rolex competitors and well-known horsemen who are Pony Club graduates will be joining the teams for this special exhibition.)

1:00 p.m.         Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 1. Walnut Ring

 

Saturday, April 26

8:30 a.m.         Prince Philip Cup Games Round 2, followed by Awards. Rolex Stadium

 

Sunday, April 27

11:30 a.m.       Presentation of Awards in the Rolex Stadium

 

Mounted Games is a series of relay races on horseback, where the riders must perform different skills while riding at speed. These riders perform skills that require them to use hand-eye coordination, strength and speed - all while working as a team to complete each relay. Some games require them to dismount and pick an object off of the ground and then vault back on to the pony. Other games require weaving through poles or running alongside the pony. The goal of mounted games is to provide and teach games that will enhance riding skills, physical coordination, and self-confidence. To qualify for the Prince Philip Cup Games competition, a team must have achieved top honors at the USPC Championships the previous summer. The teams competing this year are:

 

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA REGION AVENGERS

Jaycee Blythe riding Gilligan

Elise Barberra riding Rockstar

Leah Northington riding Manners Matter

Madison Cardamone riding Alan

Kaja Newell riding Sparky

 

SUNSHINE REGION LEMONHEADS

Megan All riding Parker

Amy Hodik riding Marquis

Lexie Ray riding Mr Snuggles

Jane Thomas riding Mirado

Jean Thomas riding Nikki

 

MIDWEST REGION MUSTANG SALLIES

Riese Wismer riding Buddy

Meghan Raucher riding Frito Bandito

Gracie Kitahara riding Jo C

Elizabeth Robinett riding Rosie

Dani Drbal riding Arnie

                       

MIDSOUTH REGION TOOTSIE POPS

Libby Butler riding Frisky

Nora Goldfarb riding Smokey

Olivia Owen riding Twilight

Maya Goldfarb riding Nello

Emma Boylan riding Julius

 

The competition was originally sponsored by HRH Prince Philip, due to his interest in supporting equestrian competition for youth that did not necessarily require a fancy or expensive mount. The original competition was an Exhibition held at the National Horse Show, then later moved to the Washington International Horse Show. In 2000, EEI, the organizing group of the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, offered to host the Prince Philip Cup competition as a competition/exhibition during the Rolex Three Day Event.

 

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program. www.ponyclub.org.

 


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