ACPS Region 1 Field Day and the annual meeting of the Region took place on May 24 at the New England Equestrian Center of Athol in MA. The weather was perfect. The turnout included 8 ponies and their people, and another half dozen members. We had had to reschedule when the clinician who had confirmed for an earlier date and place cancelled at the last minute. So Amy Plavin found this excellent new facility for us and our own multitalented Carolyn McEvitt agreed to teach.

 In the AM flat work session we had 8 ponies participating. Linda Haines rode BlueRidge Bluebell (Landgate Bluebeard x Blue Ridge Arabel). Pat Shields rode Coastal Tranquility (Hillside Robert Macdair x Canaela), Sally Oxnard rode Elphin Kookaburra (Maplehurst Michael Macdaire x Scottsway Lullaby), Midge Dunn rode Irish Gate’s Moira (JEF Sir Lancelot), Candace Jones rode Erin Terra’s Morning Star (Balmullo’s Gallagher), Helena Kopczynski rode Cybatina Torranach O’Sham (Annilaun Oscar), and Muriel Hagan-Smith rode Cybatina Finn O’Cham (Annilaun Oscar). Last but not least was Tullymor’s Out of the Blue ridden by Heather Dewey. The AM session was Carolyn McEvitt focusing on the rider and her position so she can enable the pony to move better and relax more.

After the AM session we shared a delightful lunch, and conducted our business meeting. The results of the elections are: Pat Shields: Region 1 Chair. Linda Haines: Vice Chair, Carolyn McEvitt: Secretary, and Susan Goodhouse: Treasurer. Amy Plavin was elected to another three year term as the Regional Governor- our delegate to the ACPS Board of Governors.  The winners of the Jack Kessler Memorial Scholarship were Carolyn McEvitt and Amy Plavin, Carolyn for a course on straightness training, and Amy for a dressage clinic with George Williams. Sally Oxnard received a beautiful embroidered captain’s chair saying Paradox Connemaras as thanks for her many years as chair of the region. The show was discussed- please get your prizelists off the Region 1 page of the ACPS website. Sponsor letters will be coming out- we do need sponsors every year.   

In the afternoons session we were jumping and again Carolyn focused on correct position for the rider, which makes the ponies more successful and balanced over fences.  Carolyn made sure that each rider received thoughtful advice on how to improve their performance over fences, and gave the clinic a fun, personal feel. The Fun Day certainly lived up to its name; all of the spectators and participants had a fantastic time watching and working with the ponies.

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