Howard County Pony Club teams up for win in N.J.

Not content with its win at this year's United States Pony Club National Competition, the Howard County Pony Club Mounted Games Team posted an impressive win at the Prince Philip Cup Games at the National Horse Show in New Jersey.

"They really pulled together as a team," said Charlie Conaway Jr. of Lisa McWhirter, Josh Hough, Michael Brinkley, Kelly Conaway and Charlie Conaway III. "At both of the big competitions they played flawlessly the more the pressure was on them."


The Prince Philip Cup was contested in 14 games over four sessions on three days. The Howard County team stood second after the first session, stayed in second after the second session and moved to a first-place tie with Frederick County Pony Club after the third.

"There were three games in the final session," Charlie Conaway III said. "Balloon, bending and five-flag. We won all three of them. After the second game we knew we had it. We had a three-point lead by then."


The Rose Tree team from Pennsylvania was second, Frederick finished third and the Cazenovia (New York) team was fourth.

Each member of the Howard team was presented with a Wintec saddle, a medal, ribbons for each session and a silver plate inscribed "1992 National Horse Show. The Prince Philip Cup presented by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. United States Pony Club Mounted Games Championship."

"Mom [Barbara Conaway] said all our eyes lit up when they brought those saddles out," Kelly said. "But, really, the best thing was winning."

This is the first team from Howard County to win the Nationals and the Prince Philip Cup in the same year.

If an award for most improved rider were given out it would have gone to Michael Brinkley of Woodbine.

"At the Prince Philip Cup he was great, he never messed up," said Charlie III. "He gained enough each time he rode to really help me when I was riding the anchor spot."

There also was an individual games competition that provided the ideal opportunity for family rivalries to surface.

Kelly and Charlie III tied for second place, then dead-heated in the first tiebreaker. The second tiebreaker was the sock game.


"I stink at that one," Kelly said.

"I was so happy, that's my game," said Charlie, who prevailed over his sister to finish second overall in the individual competition.

"The only reason he was second and I was third was that I let him win," Kelly said with a laugh. "I felt so sorry for him, he couldn't take the pressure of all the girls teasing him."

"Everyone bet on Kelly and they were very vocal about it," said Kelly and Charlie III's dad. "I think that just made Charlie try harder.'

Kelly and Charlie III are not the only Conaways excelling at mounted games competitions lately. Their 10-year-old sister Jenny recently won the 10-and-under division at a competition in Howard County sponsored by the Mounted Games Association.

Surprising awards


Three Carroll County horsemen attending the county Department of Parks and Recreation volunteer awards ceremony the Hashawa Environmental Center recently had no idea that they were to be among those honored.

"I was very surprised; no one had let on the least little bit," said Janet Breeding, who, with her husband Gil, was chosen for an award by the Carroll County Equestrian Council.

"It was a total surprise," said the third award recipient and CCEC vice president Carolyn Garber. "Janet and Gil really deserve this. They are an inspiration to us all."

Garber received her award for her organizational and follow-up skills that she exercises on behalf of several horse activities and organizations in the county.

How to feed a horse

Last week's CCEC educational seminar covered general equine nutrition. Representatives from Purina Mills of St. Louis and R. D. Bowman & Sons in Westminster explained some of the intricacies of feeding horses and evaluating their nutritional needs to more than two dozen horse enthusiasts.


A horse owner has two options when it comes to feeding. He either can mix up his own feed or use a commercial mix. Any comparison of feeds should be based on comparing calories and nutritional value, not just volume, of the feed.

An active pleasure horse weighing about 1,000 pounds will need about 16,000 calories a day. If a horse consumes 1.5 pounds of hay for each pound of body weight, he also will need approximately 2.5 pounds of feed that provides 1,600 calories per pound or 4 pounds of feed that provides 1,000 calories per pound.

The number of calories per pound is not required information on feed tags, but your feed dealer can provide this information.

Calendar of events

Nov. 27-30 -- Dressage clinic with Erik Herbermann, Equilibrium Farm, Gambrills, (301) 721-0885.

Nov. 27-Jan. 1 -- Carriage rides in Frederick; Sundance and Victorian Carriage Companies. (410) 489-7863 or (301) 694-7433.


Nov. 28-29 -- Jumping clinic with Anne Kursinski, Shadowbrook Farm, Elkridge, (410) 796-4947.

Nov. 28-29 -- All-day clinics with David O'Connor, Maple Spring Farm, Glenwood, (410) 442-2295.

Dec. 1 -- Carroll County Equestrian Council general meeting, East Middle School, Westminster, 7:30 p.m. (410) 833-4593.

Dec. 3-6 -- Dressage clinic with Erik Herbermann, Equilibrium Horse Center, Gambrills, (301) 721-0885.

Dec. 5 -- Maryland pleasure horse seminar, South Carroll High School, Taylorsville, (410) 848-4611.

Dec. 12-13 -- Instructors' workshop with Jo Struby, Shadowbrook Farm, Elkridge, (410) 796-4947.


Dec. 18 -- Clinic with David O'Connor, Maple Spring Farm, Glenwood, (410) 442-2295.