Families of members build jumps to help pony club save, raise funds


April 07, 1997|By Lois Szymanski | Lois Szymanski,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

WAKEFIELD VALLEY Pony Club families saved the club more than $2,000 recently by building jumps.

"The jumps will be used for fund-raisers for the club. Comparing what we spent to what these jumps would cost if we bought them, we saved several thousand dollars," said Kathy Schmitt, district commissioner of the Westminster-based club, which educates children who ride English about horse care, safety and riding.

She said the families got together several times to build and paint jumps. Volunteers built 12 sets of standards (the upright poles that hold the jumps), coops, walls, panels, brush boxes and flower boxes.

The jumps will be used at a fund-raiser Sunday at Carroll County Equestrian Center on Grimville Road in Mount Airy.

The event is a combined test that features two phases. The first phase requires riders to jump their horses on a course designed to meet their level of riding. During the second phase, called dressage, the horses must walk, trot or canter in a precise pattern.

The horse and rider are judged on their precision, how they look as a team, and their movement. In higher levels of dressage, the horses seem to dance to the accompanying music.

"We have 78 riders already signed up, entry is closed and we have a waiting list," Schmitt said.

Jessica Ganske, 11, of Westminster said it is her second year to ride the combined test.

"I'm not nervous," she said.

It's no wonder. Jessica rode in her first show when she was 2 LTC years old.

"I'm nervous," her cousin Holly Ganske said.

Although this 15-year-old Sykesville resident helped at a schooling show at Country Hill Farm in Westminster, she said Sunday's event is her first time to compete.

Then there is Mariah Weir, 13, of Hanover, Pa. Mariah has ridden in many shows during the past several years. This is her first combined test.

Besides having fun in the contests, pony club members will be hard at work Sunday.

With their club sponsoring the combined test, they are expected to work between rides. Some will sell food. Club volunteers will work as scorers, set up and take down jumps, help park vehicles and work odd jobs.

Information: Laura Ganske at 410-848-2371 or Kathy Schmitt at 717-235-7061.

Antiques, collectible show

Would you like to purchase a piece of the past? You can at the annual Antique & Collectible Show from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 1 at Carroll County Farm Museum.

Perhaps you would like to add to your collection, or purchase the first item to begin one. Or an item at the show will trigger childhood memories to capture and take home.

Stroll through the museum grounds and relax in the Victorian atmosphere.

The display case in the farmhouse will feature "Preserving the Past," a collection of antique newspapers dating from 1851 to the 1930s. The bowfront china closet in the dining room will feature a collection of red willowware china.

The Living History Center, with a veterinary surgeon's office, almshouse room, summer kitchen and other exhibits, will have artisans on hand to display 19th-century skills.

The museum is accepting vendor applications for this event. Interested dealers should call Linda Butcher at 410-848-7775 or 410-876-2667.

Lois Szymanski's Central Carroll neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

Pub Date: 4/07/97

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