Locals win titles at Pony Club championships

By Hannah Totte

The Horse Park in Woodside is hosting the U.S. Pony Club's Championships West competition through Sunday (Aug. 15). Some 250 Pony Club members are competing.

Local riders won the "Games" competition, a speed and agility event, on Tuesday (Aug. 10). Team members are Charlie Campbell, 12, and Megan Luff, 12, of Menlo Park; Anna Waldern, 12, of Los Altos Hills; and Samara Phillips of Portola Valley.

The team is now eligible to compete with the top four junior "Games" teams in the country at the 2011 Prince Philip Cup in Kentucky.

Claire Kendall, 11, and Anna Waldern, 12, also came in first during the "Quiz" competition Aug. 9 for testing well on various aspects of horse care, including horse nutrition, conformation, and veterinary aid.

Pony Club members are competing in such events as show jumping, dressage, games, quiz, polocrosse, and the tetrathlon, a four-part sport made up of a cross-country run, a 200-meter swim, an air pistol shooting event, and a stadium jumping course event.

National tetrathlon teams from the United Kingdom, Canada, Ireland and Australia are among those competing.

Pony Club members range in age from 4 to 25.

Related links:

Championships West.

International Tetrathalon Exchange Blog.

Championship blog written by 11 year old Nila Venkat.

The Horse Park at Woodside.

U.S. Pony Club website.

Mid Cal Pony Club.


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Posted by Martha
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 15, 2010 at 6:36 am

There was a fifth member of the Junior Games team that won - Samara Phillips of Portola Valley.

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Posted by Martha
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

Also Anna Waldern was the Games captain, Claire was the Quiz Captain

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Posted by editor
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 15, 2010 at 10:16 am

Martha: Thanks. Please check the story now. Also, please send an e-mail to with information about your connection to the event.

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