Oct 142011

Groton Pony Club GPC member Emily Doyle riding DannyLaura Menard

Groton Pony Club GPC member Emily Doyle riding Danny

The Groton Pony Club winds up its 2011 show season with a three-phase schooling show this Sunday, October 16, at Hazel Grove Park on Jenkins Road. The Hazel Grove Park Planning Committee is planning to use the event to looking for volunteers and ideas from Groton residents on ways to preserve the Groton Fairgrounds and to increase usage, according to Committee Chair Tim Svarczkopf.

The show is open to the public and is free for spectators.

Club spokesperson Laura Menard, of Groton’s Shepley Hill Farm, explained that “Horse shows are typically an all-day event. We start at 8 a.m. and we end when all the riders are finished up. We have a large amount of entries this year, so I would expect we will be wrapped up by 4 p.m. (I hope…). Thankfully, the weather looks nice. I would suggest not coming to early; most spectators don”t come out until around 10:30 or 11 a.m. Not many before then, just riders.”

“A 3-phase schooling horse show is a riding event made up of dressage (which is riding on the flat to a test in front of a judge), stadium jumping (jumping a course in a large arena) and finally (and most exciting, I must say) cross-country jumping. Cross-country jumping is done in a more natural setting out in a field or woods. Each section is scored for the horse and rider team and tallied for a winner. You will see both adult amateurs and younger riders at the Groton Pony Club Show. We have classes for lead line kids (which means the horse is lead around by an adult) all the way to Novice level where they jump as high as 3 feet or more!”

Main Street Café is catering the food booth for the show.