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Mid-South Pony Club Team Wins Prince Philip Cup


By Peppy Butler

On Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, the top four junior teams from the 2012 USPC Championships East played against each other for the honor of winning the Prince Philip Cup. This is the 11th year that the Cup has been played at the Rolex CCI****, and it was just as exciting and fun as always! The rain held off and bright, sunshiny days that greeted us all.

Mounted games were first introduced at the 1957 Horse of the Year Show in the UK as an enduring challenge trophy, and the trophy has been an integral part of this world famous equestrian event ever since. Young riders from across the country give their all, racing against rival teams to win the historic Prince Philip Cup - the cup donated by Prince Philip himself. At Prince Philip’s own request, the competition was designed for “ordinary children on ordinary ponies” and that objective has remained to the present day.

Before the first round on Friday afternoon, some of this year's Rolex competitors rode with the young Pony Club members in the traditional Celebrity Round.  Hawley Bennett, Allie Knowles, Kelly Sult and Marty Whitehouse rode borrowed ponies and tried to keep up with their younger counterparts. Paul Greiling emceed the event, and at times offered “authorized assistance” to the riders. Four games were played so that each team was able to ride with all the celebrities. The Rolex riders got to try their hand at Bending, Mug Shuffle, Old Sock, and Carton. Amazingly, this round wound up a tie and all four celebrity ponies galloped away with blue ribbons! After this fun with games, the real competition began!

The Capital Region’s “Hyperactive,” Virginia Region’s “We Got Game,” North Central Prairie Region’s “Central Cyclones,” and Mid-South Region's “Tootsie Pops”  were all competing for this special title.  A total of 20 games were played over the course of two days. The order of finish was: 1st : Tootsie Pops;  2nd: Hyperactive;  3rd: Central Cyclones;  4th: We Got Game.  The Cup will bear the name of Tootsie Pops, and be on display in the US Pony Clubs Boardroom's trophy case at the USPC office.

Photo of the Mid-South Region’s “Tootsie Pops.”

(Left to right) Libby Butler on Scout; Emma Boylan on Julius; Nora Goldfarb on Trupper; Olivia Owen on Stealth; and Maya Goldfarb on Nello.

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