By Andrea Bugbee
Five members of the Granby Pony Club competed in the 2015 Pony Club National Championships East held July 22–26 at the Virginia Horse Center in Lexington, Va. These members are: Emma Forster, 13, of Bloomfield; Teagan Lapuk, 15, of Granby; Kiera Roddy, 15, of Granby; Jenna Turrini, 16, of Southwick, Mass. and Faith Wang, 15, of Southwick, Mass.
All riders in Pony Club Championships previously qualified by attaining top scores at regional rallies throughout the country. They vie for national honors in the equestrian disciplines of dressage, eventing, mounted games, western, polocrosse, show jumping, tetrathlon (riding, swimming, running and marksmanship) and quiz. Forster, riding her Morgan gelding “Patriot,” competed in show jumping and her team placed third in their division. Roddy, Turrini, and Wang all competed in quiz, a test of overall horse knowledge and placed seventh in their division with Wang achieving the second highest individual score in that division.
Riding her Morgan gelding, “My Blue Heaven,” Lapuk competed in eventing, which is the multi-disciplined combination of dressage, stadium jumping and cross country. Lapuk earned the highest dressage score (23.8) and held the top individual rider score for two of the three days of competition. Her mount earned a blue rosette for top conditioning. Lapuk’s team placed seventh in their division.
The United States Pony Clubs was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal education program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs throughout the country. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through 25. Pony Club also offers mounted and unmounted opportunities to over 500 adult members through Horsemasters memberships. For more information, visit www.granby.ponyclub.org.