The annual event was almost cancelled due to the Avon Downs being flooded out, but thanks to the generosity of Kim Sanford at Leg up Stables, who hosted the compeition, the event delivered without a hitch.
Over 30 competitors from Canton to East Aurora attended. Teams compete in games that provide a fun mounted sport that teaches the basic natural aids, physical coordination, self confidence, and teamwork skills. It also fosters sportsmanship and the proper care of mounts. The relays run the gamut from slower-paced with precision handling, to a furious pace with faultless execution. Hand-eye coordination and agility are honed by tasks like picking up objects on the ground while mounted, weaving through poles at high speeds, dunking an object into a basket at a full gallop, and passing a baton to other members of the team without slowing the pony.
Genesee Valley pony club has Been in existence for over 60 years In the valley.
PHOTO CAPTION: The horse ‘Chesa’ owned by Bob Lynch and trained by 11-year-old Brogan Henderson. (Photo/ Bonnie Ellis)