Mount Airy man competes on U.S. Pony Club team in Australia

NEIGHBORS

September 15, 1994|By SALLY BUCKLER

Imagine galloping along a beach in Australia on a pony. Imagine visiting the Australian Parliament in a limousine. Imagine playing on the United States Pony Club International Games Team.

Michael Brinkley of Mount Airy doesn't have to imagine. The U.S. Pony Club selected Michael as one of five United States competitors on its International Games Team that went to Australia last month.

For 20 years, the United States team has competed against teams from Great Britain, Australia and Canada, and Great Britain usually wins the pony games. This year, Michael and his teammates came in first, giving the U.S. team its second win in 20 years. The other win was in 1983.

In the International Pony Games, team members compete in games such as relay races, pole games and flag games. These games are especially difficult because they are played on ponies -- ponies the competitors have never ridden before. The games become a test of game skills and riding skills. Only the top competitors are selected to be on the International Games Teams.

The United States Pony Club selected Michael, the son of Jim and Marilyn Brinkley, to participate after tryouts last May. Various regions of the country may each send two riders to try out for the team.

Michael had to prove outstanding quickness, game skills and riding skills to make the team.

While in Australia, all four competing teams visited the Australian Parliament. The United States team presented a U.S. flag that had flown over our Capitol on July 4 to the Parliament officials. This gesture impressed the officials so much that they sent a limousine to carry the U.S. team back for a second visit to receive an Australian flag.

Michael and other team members, including Margie Smithheisler Frederick, enjoyed pony rides on the Australian beaches and a trip to the Outback.

Howard County Pony Club District Commissioner Sharon Brown reports that the Howard County Pony Club has horse trials on Sept. 25 at the Howard County Hunt grounds off Triadelphia Road. Riders will compete in beginner, intermediate and advanced classes in dressage, cross country and stadium events. The combined score of all three events decides the winner in each class.

Call 489-4055 for more information.

Matt Brown, Paul Brinkley, Jenny Conaway, Josh Hough and Carey Veneman competed in National Games Team in Lexington, Va., this year as representatives of the Howard County Pony Club.

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Get out your dancing shoes. The Western Howard County office of the Department of Recreation and Parks has another country and western dance and lesson planned for adults 18 and older.

L It will be held at the Sykesville Fire Hall 7 p.m. Sept. 24.

Barbara Patterson will be the instructor. You can dance to music by Musik Pak from 8 p.m. until midnight.

The cost is $10 per person in advance or $12 at the door.

Beer, wine and sodas are provided; you can purchase food by CJ's Beef Barn at the dance.

3' For more information call 313-5421.

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Middle School PTAs sponsor back-to-school nights next Monday. Glenwood Middle and Clarksville Middle begin their meetings at 7 p.m. Mount View Middle School begins at 6:45 p.m. Call your local school for more information.

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Fans of the Glenelg High School varsity football team will want to know that the team has three home games Saturday afternoons in October. Glenelg's homecoming is at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 8 against Mount

Hebron.

On Oct. 15, the team plays Oakland Mills at 2:15 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. Oct. 29, Glenelg plays Atholton.

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The Clarksville and Glenwood Lions Clubs continue their good work for our local communities with their loan closets. They have equipment for the sick such as hospital beds, wheelchairs, canes, walkers and crutches to lend, so community members won't have to purchase these items for short term use.

Call Turner Nichols of the Clarksville Lions Club at 531-2993 or Bill Pindell of the Glenwood Lions Club at 489-4392 to ask about borrowing equipment.

The Clarksville Lions Club has pledged to help Cheryl Primrose, a quadriplegic from Woodbine, by putting a used van into operating condition for her. The club and other good folks are trying to find a van that someone will donate to the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, which would make the van available to Mrs. Primrose.

If you know someone who can help by donating a van, call the Rev. Harry Brunett at 489-4035.

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It's time for another great spaghetti dinner at the Clarksville Fire Department Banquet Hall. The Ladies Auxiliary to the 5th District Volunteer Fire Department will have a dinner of spaghetti with meat sauce or a vegetarian version, salad, garlic bread, dessert and beverages from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sept. 24.

The dinner costs $5 for adults and $2.50 for children.

3' Call 531-3984 for more information.

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