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Wednesday, August 31, 2011   (0 Comments)
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Press Contact: Shelley Mann, Shelley@PonyClub.org

Pony Club: http://www.ponyclub.org/, 859-254-7669


Lexington, KY, July 12, 2011— Pony Club presented Rowdie Jo Adams with the prestigious Trish Gilbert Award during the North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC). Trish Gilbert, a USEF and FEI licensed Course Designer and TD—as well as a lifetime supporter of Pony Club—donated this award in 2006 to be presented annually to the highest placing current USPC member competing in the NAJYRC 2-Star, competition. The winner receives a Julep Cup with the USPC emblem and his/her name is engraved on the perpetual trophy on display at the Pony Club National Office in Lexington, KY.

Rowdie and her horse No Money Down placed 4th overall in the high stakes Eventing Competition. Rowdie is an H-B member of Rockwall County Pony Club in Texas. No Money Down (AKA Boxer) was given to Rowdie after he made it clear he wasn't going to be a foxhunter. They began their eventing career together in the fall of 2008. Now after much hard work Rowdie can look back on the competition and say "Young Riders was an unforgettable experience. Riding on a team and competing against the best makes you feel really special."

Team competition is just one of the similarities Pony Club shares with NAJYRC. 25 former Pony Club members and 13 current Pony Club members also came to the Young Rider's Competition to vie for top honors in Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping. "Pony Club is exceptionally proud of it members competing in the NAJYRC, and fully support their efforts as they experience the top levels of sport” said Kevin Price Chief Executive Officer of Pony Club.

About NAJYR—The NAJYRC, often referred to as the Junior Olympics, is the premier equestrian competition in North America for junior and young riders, age 14-21. Young equestrians come from the United States, Bermuda, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean Islands to vie for team and individual FEI medals in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and the FEI World Equestrian Games disciplines of reining and endurance. Many of North America's best equestrians who now regularly represent their country on Olympic, World Championship and Nations Cup teams got their first taste of International experience at NAJYRC. These include Olympic medalists Karen O'Connor, and Chris Kappler who are also Pony Club graduates.

About Pony Club— 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 many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country http://www.ponyclub.org/.

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