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WTPC Show


2014/10/03








Article & photos by Tommy Brannon

West Tennessee Pony Club (WTPC) held its annual fundraising show September 26 -27 at the Germantown Charity Horse Show Arena.  Profits from the show go to fund many of the activities of WTPC, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, youth equestrian program.  The show is also part of the 2014 Schooling Show Series, affiliated with MegFord Horse Shows, Hunters Edge, and Oak View Stables shows.

As in past years, there was a tack consignment sale where one could sell all of those extra and outgrown items, and could purchase more tack and apparel at bargain prices.

Friday night’s entertaining classes included the Pairs classes, in which competitors got quite creative with costumes for both horses and riders. The teams of two competed on the flat and over fences. They jumped most fences on the course one following the other, alternating who went first, but over the final extra wide fence, they were to jump in tandem.  Children were not the only competitors in the Pairs class; there were several mother-daughter teams. In spite of the comical atmosphere of the costumed riders, the competition and performance is serious.

Another popular class is the Ride-a-Buck – a winner-takes-all competition in which riders must go through various drills riding bareback, while keeping dollar bills tucked between their calf and the horse. One by one the riders who are not able to keep their dollars in place are eliminated and go to stand in the center of the arena. As the class progresses, the difficulty of the required movements increases. The dropped dollars become a stash of cash piled in front of the eliminated riders. The finale comes when the last two riders must jump and keep their dollars. The rider who doesn’t lose the buck is awarded the cash.

Jumper classes included the “Gamblers Choice,” fun for spectators and competitors alike. Contestants could choose their own course. Each jump is assigned a number value depending on its degree of difficulty, and the rider chooses which ones  to jump and in what order. The final jump, called “the Joker,” can add points or subtract points if it falls. The rider with the highest total points accumulated in the given time is the winner.

Saturday’s classes included all the usual hunter classes.

United States Pony Club is an international organization that is open to youth riders up to the age of 25. West Tennessee Pony Club is involved in many horse-related activities, including horse care workshops, fox hunting, show jumping, dressage, eventing, vaulting, knowledge bowls, sleep-overs and swimming with horses, rating standards, regional rally competitions  and many other fun activities

 To learn more about U.S. Pony Club visit www.ponyclub.org. For West Tennessee Pony Club, visit http://wtn.ponyclub.org, or e-mail: dc@wtpc.org.
 
  

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