A Royal per­fo­mance

Ath­lete of the Week: Averey May Pritchard

The Enterprise-Bulletin (Collingwood) - - SPORTS - GISELE WIN­TON SARVIS

CLEARVIEW TWP. - Thir­teenyear- old Averey Pritchard took in the pomp and cir­cum­stance of the Royal Agri­cul­tural Win­ter Fair with her new pony and cracked the top 10 in the large pony hunter di­vi­sion.

It was MacKay’s Wine N’ Dine’s first time to the Royal with all the lights, cam­eras and noise, but Pritchard’s sec­ond as she qual­i­fied in 2015 in the small pony di­vi­sion.

“I was a lit­tle bit less ner­vous this time and I trust this pony more than my last pony. He loos­ened up as we went on.”

It was a lot to take in for a young com­peti­tor and a young WelshWarm­blood cross pony who loves out­door rings.

Horses en­ter the Royal’s ring from a nar­row chan­nel with tele­vi­sion cam­eras fac­ing the mo­tor­ized gate be­fore en­ter­ing the ring full of spec­ta­tors and more cam­eras.

“He was watch­ing the TV. His head wouldn’t move,” said Pritchard.

The Grade 8 Not­tawa Ele­men­tary School stu­dent said she liked go­ing to the Royal to com­pete, hang out with her friends, watch oth­ers com­pete and shop. “It’s so much fun,” she said. She qual­i­fied for the na­tional level event by plac­ing sec­ond, or re­serve cham­pion, in On­tario for the same di­vi­sion, af­ter a sum­mer filled with com­pe­ti­tions.

Pritchard had been in first place early in the sea­son but missed a few com­pe­ti­tions which re­sulted in her get­ting re­serve cham­pion over­all.

“We were very close to first too,” she said.

Hunter horses and riders are judged on tech­ni­cal as­pects of English rid­ing over a se­ries of jumps.

“A slow pace is re­warded,” said Pritchard. Averey May Pritchard, 13, of Stayner, and her Welsh/ Warm­blood pony MacKay’s Wine N’ Dine came home from the Royal Agri­cul­tural Win­ter Fair late Sun­day night with a 10th place fin­ish in the large pony hunter di­vi­sion. She qual­i­fied for the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion by plac­ing as re­serve cham­pion for the same di­vi­sion in On­tario this year.

It dif­fers from jumper classes, which are timed, so are there­fore much faster.

Since July, Scott Ot­tewell of Glad­stone Farm in Not­tawa has coached Pritchard.

“Averey is a very strong com­peti­tor. She has tons of com­mit­ment. She nat­u­rally has a very strong abil­ity,” he said.

What he has been work­ing on with her is more the psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pects of com­pet­ing.

“We’re re­ally work­ing on deal­ing with the stress and the ups and downs of rid­ing.”

He said of­ten riders beat them­selves up for a bad re­sult as op­posed to putting that into per­spec­tive of the en­tire sea­son.

Ot­tewell said he fo­cuses on de­vel­op­ing life skills and keep­ing his riders hav­ing a pos­i­tive mind set. It worked with Pritchard. “As soon as I switched coaches ev­ery show we ei­ther got cham­pion or re­serve,” said Pritchard. “He’s calmer and he keeps me calm,” she said.

One of the high­lights of Pritchard’s rid­ing sea­son was win­ning the $ 5,000 Pony Power Clas­sic On­tario Hunter and Jumper As­so­ci­a­tion’s event at the Cale­don Eques­trian Park. She scored a per­sonal best of 86 ( out of 100) for her ride.

See | C8 Four Sim­coe County riders qual­i­fied for the Royal Agri­cul­tural Win­ter Fair this year. In ad­di­tion to Pritchard, Bella Wein­sein, 16, of Toronto, who trains lo­cally, placed eleventh in pony jumper. She qual­i­fied by plac­ing tenth in the reg­u­lar sea­son. Vic­to­ria Bourne, 11, of Mi­nesing, placed tenth in the small pony hunter di­vi­sion at the Royal and qual­i­fied by plac­ing tenth in On­tario, and Jen­nifer Athan, 15, of Clearview Town­ship had a sixth and an eighth re­sult in pony jumper classes. She qual­i­fied by plac­ing sec­ond over the sea­son. Sun­day Night Mixed League Men’s High Sin­gles: Howard Heipel- 321, Dustin Coul­ter- 276, Brad Cox- 259

Men’s High Triples: Dustin Coul­ter- 700, Garry Coul­ter- 663, Howard Heipel- 655

Ladies High Sin­gles: Natasha Ro­bitaille- 244, Lyn­d­say Mur­ray- 241, Tanya Coul­ter- 197

Ladies High Triples: Natasha Ro­bitaille- 563, Tanya Coul­ter- 528, Lind­say Mur­ray- 527

Mon­day Af­ter­noon Mixed Se­nior League

Men’s High Sin­gles: Ge­orge Sul­li­van- 302, Louis Tal­bot- 241, John Thomas- 239

Men’s High Triples: Ge­orge Sul­li­van- 726, Louis Tal­bot- 606, John Thomas- 603

Ladies High Sin­gles: Pauline Young- 242, Marthe Sul­li­van- 208, Ruth Schuler

Ladies High Triples: Marthe Sul­li­van- 545, Ruth Schuler- 520, Love Fraser- 518 Mon­day Night Mixed League Men’s High Sin­gles: Brian Parker- 253, Paul Kirby- 245, Scott Fryer- 237, Jim Lewin- 237

Men’sHighTriples: PaulKirby- 679, Jim Lewin- 677, Brian Parker- 661

Ladies High Sin­gles: Kati­lyn Parker- 278, Louise McCart­neyWest- 274, Pat Kloos- 235

Ladies High Triples: Louise Mc­Cart­ney- West- 654, Lau­rie Jel­li­coe- 616, Kait­lyn Parker- 592

Tues­day Af­ter­noon New­com­ers Mixed League

Men’s High Sin­gles: Dave Lo­gan- 198, Grant Drury- 166, Ray Han­ley- 154

Men’s High Triples: Dave Lo­gan- 526, Grant Drury- 431, Ray Han­ley- 422

Ladies High Sin­gles: Jane Moore189, Wi­nara Shep­perd- 183, Su­san McDougall- 177

Ladies High Triples: Su­san McDougall- 483, Jane Moore- 467, Wi­nara Shep­pard- 462

Tues­day Night Ma­jors Mixed League

Men’s High Sin­gles: Neil An­der­son- 315, Fred Hi­genell- 268, Keith Pri­est­ley- 257

Men’s High Triples: Keith Pri­est­ley- 698, Neil An­der­son- 690, Pa­trick Fiege­hen- 668

Ladies High Sin­gles: Deanna White- 281, An­drea Pri­est­ley- 273, Emilee Ben­nett- 238

Ladies High Triples: Deanna White- 678, An­drea Pri­est­ley- 616, Louise Mc­Cart­ney- White- 580

Thurs­day Night Blue Ridge Mixed League

Men’s High Sin­gles: Scott Jel­li­coe- 238, Callem Brown- 219, Jeff Howard- 217

Men’s High Triples: Jeff Howard- 612, Callem Brown- 579, Scott Jel­li­coe- 561

Ladies High Han­ley- 240, Bier­steker- 222, Ro­bitaille- 216

Ladies High Triples: MaryAnn Bier­steker- 616, Natasha Ro­bitaille- 609, Lee Han­ley- 569

Thurs­day Night Men’s Re­cre­ation League

Men’s High Sin­gles: Les Ham281, Trevor Han­ley- 271, Harry Schon­eveld- 259

Men’s High Triples: Les Ham719, Paul He­witt- 676, Trevor Han­ley- 664

At the 2- Ball Bet­ter Ball Tour­na­ment Oct. 29: First place were Lee Han­ley and An­drea Pri­est­ley, sec­ond was Sarah Cook and Deanna White and third was Louise Mc­Cart­ney- West and Keith Tip­pin. Sin­gles: Lee Mary- Ann Natasha


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