A Royal perfomance
Athlete of the Week: Averey May Pritchard
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
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