Special Awards at Pony Club Annual Meeting
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Contact: Mary Robertson Pierson
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Special Awards Presented During the Annual Meeting of The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.
For 57 years, clubs across the United States have been educating Pony Club members in horsemanship and horsemastership. The following clubs received special recognition at the Meeting of the Corporation on Saturday morning, January 29th, 2011, in Nashville, TN, in conjunction with the 57th Annual Meeting of The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.
Clubs Receiving 25 Year Plaques
Barnstable Pony Club, Southeastern New England Region
Boskydell Pony Club, MidSouth Region
Canterbury Pony Club, Northern Lakes Region
Carbon River Pony Club, Northwest Region
Emerald Hills Pony Club, Northwest Region
Half Halt Pony Club. Heartland Region
Jockey Hollow Pony Club, New Jersey
Magic Valley Pony Club, Intermountain Region
Mount Washington Pony Club, White Mountain Region
Murry Highlands Pony Club, Tri-State Region
Mystic Pony Club, New York/Upper Connecticut Region
Portneuf Valley Pony Club, Intermountain Region
Rapidan River Pony Club, Old Dominion Region
Rockbridge Hunt Pony Club, Old Dominion Region
Saratoga Pony Club, Middle California Region
Clubs Receiving 50 Year Awards
Miami Valley Pony Club, MidSouth Region
Pine Ridge Pony Club, Rocky Mountain Region
Rainbow of the Foothills Pony Club, Southern California Region
Seneca Valley Pony Club, Capital Region
Brookfield Conservation Award
The Brookfield Conservation Award was presented. This award was established in 2008 by Dr. and Mrs. John R. van Nagell of Lexington, Kentucky, and is presented to a Pony Club or region whose members have helped promote land conservation and preservation through their dedication and hard work. This year, the award was presented to Genesee Valley Pony Club, Western New York Region, for their efforts in land preservation.
Genesee Valley Pony Club was selected because of their ongoing efforts to support the Genesee Valley Conservancy. GVPC has had the incredible good fortune to have use of the same 50 acre parcel of land for their Pony Club activities for almost their entire 56 year history. This land is now conserved with the Genesee Valley Conservancy, which will make it available to future generations of Pony Club members.
The members of the Genesee Valley Pony Club participate in many fundraising and hands-on activities to support the GV Conservancy throughout the year, such as a 5K race, tree plantings, clean-up days and much more as documented by Pony Club member Jessica Hainsworth in her nomination.
Flash Teamwork Award
The Flash Teamwork Award was presented by the founder of the award, Cathy Aranosian, a graduate A of Mt. Kearsarge Pony Club, to Flyway Pony Club, Oregon Region, for the essay ”Flyway Pony Club Salutes Donna Huntsman.” Donna Huntsman is a long time instructor and volunteer for the club and her generous gift of time has been an inspiration to members. Given in memory of Cathy’s horse, Flash, The Flash Teamwork Award is presented yearly to the club demonstrating the best teamwork. Flash was selected by Breyer Animal Creations to be the official Pony Club Anniversary Horse in recognition of USPC’s 50th anniversary in 2004.
U.S. CAVALRY ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Four Pony Club members were presented with U.S. Cavalry Association Awards at the USPC Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday morning, January 29th. The coveted trophy is awarded annually to current Pony Club members who are the leading Pony Club competitors in a two- or three-day event recognized by The US Equestrian Federation and USEA. Lorelei Coplen, Vice President of Instruction (and a Member of the U.S. Cavalry Association), presented the awards.
The original trophy was presented to the USPC in recognition of the Pony Clubs’ commitment to carry on the equestrian sport traditions of the U.S. Cavalry and in honor of the many Cavalry officers who served the USPC with invaluable advice and guidance during its formative years. It is awarded for two- and three-day event success, because eventing was originally a test of a Cavalry officer’s charger.
The trophy is a plaque at USPC headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, engraved with the names of the winners. Individuals receive a photo of the plaque in an engraved silver frame with the U.S. Cavalry Association crest. This year the recipients of the U.S. Cavalry Association Award were:
Kevin Smith, B Traditional, Western Reserve Pony Club, Tri-State Region
Alyssa Ryan, B Traditional, Maplewood Pony Club, Northwest Region
Melissa Miller, B Traditional, Miami Valley Pony Club, MidSouth Region
Erin McPherson, A Traditional, Fox Hills Pony Club, Oregon Region
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including our Olympic team members, have Pony Club roots. Members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Activities are English-riding based, and members ride both horses and ponies, depending on the size of the rider and the discipline in which s/he is competing. Pony Club competition is team competition, much like the Olympic games, where members learn the importance of cooperation and teamwork. There are approximately 11,000 members in 600 clubs in 43 regions throughout the country.