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Pony Club Updates!
Four new recommended jumping courses have been added to the website to be used for the D-2 and D-3 jumping and the C-1 and C-2 jumping part of the Club/Center level tests. For the Hunter Seat Equitation, the recommended course work for the D-2 and D-3 different courses will be added soon for the HSE C level tests. Here is the link.
Horsemasters Standards of Proficiency for the Intermediate 1 and 2 as well as the Test Sheets are available now! Check out the website.
Update on the Western Pilot program: The cap has been removed from clubs and centers applying to be part of the Western Pilot program. If your Club/Center is interested please apply to be part of the program here.
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Join Us At The Premiere Party!
The new Pony Club interactive and education display will make its premiere at the International Horse Show in Omaha, Neb., April 12-13. Join us April 13 from 4:30-6 p.m., along with Triple Crown Nutrition for a "Premiere Party," and be the first to see the new Pony Club display. If you are a current Pony Club member you will be able to take part in an exclusive course walk. Members, Graduates, Family and Friends are invited so mark your calendars for April 13 4:30-6 p.m. and stay to watch the Grand Prix. Tickets sold separately at www.worldclasshorseshows.com.
Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Events
If you are planning to attend the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event, be sure to stop by our booth in the Trade Fair or by the new the Pony Club Tailgate Event on Cross-Country Day. There will be refreshments, games, fun, prizes and give-aways! Details and exact location to follow.
Beth Glosten’s program will improve your riding skills through body awareness and mindful excercises. Clinics, Seminars, and Classes - Book and DVD.
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Prep For Your Next Certification With Flash Cards
Be sure to go to the Pony Club Bookstore and get your sets of the new "D" and "C" level flash cards. These question and answer cards are the most popular new item we've introduced in years. Great for unmounted meetings or individual study — try them on mom and see how much she's learned!
The "D" level cards are just $11.95 and the "C" only a dollar more. Find them both at http://uspcbooks.stores.yahoo.net/.
Fundraising Opportunity With Sneak-e-Snacks
The Pony Club Horse Treat Fundraising Program is designed to enable Clubs, Centers and Regions to market an exclusive Pony Club labeled 12-ounce sized bag of the Sneak-e-Snacks Horse Treats to raise funds to support the Pony Club mission and activities of each Club, Center and Region.
Participation in the program will also afford members an opportunity to develop new skills and to further develop character, confidence and leadership skills, while at the same time promoting Pony Cub to the equine community.
All proceeds from horse treat sales stays with the local Club, Center or Region. To learn more about this fun and exciting fundraising program visit the Pony Club fundraising page.
Foxhunting Writing Contest
The annual Hildegard Neill Ritchie Writing contest is open to all D or C Pony Club members. The winning submission will receive a $200 cash prize to be spent on foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities. Second place will receive $100; third place, $50. The winning entries will be published in Pony Club News and in The Chronicle of the Horse. The contest award is from a memorial fund established by friends of Ritchie, who was a long-time Pony Club supporter and volunteer. She founded the Colorado Springs Pony Club in 1958 and was its district commissioner for 30 years. She was regional supervisor of the Colorado (now Rocky Mountain) region for 12 years and hosted regional Pony Club camps on her ranch for 20 plus years. She served several terms as a Pony Club Governor and received the Pony Club Founders Award in 1989. For full details, click here.
Championships T-Shirt Contest
Design the Championships 2013 T-shirt and win a $100 shopping spree to the Pony Club Bookstore!
The competition is called Championships, not Nationals. Both Championships East and Midwest competitions will use the same shirt design.
- Contest deadline: April 1
- Use one 8.5 X 11 sheet of white paper per entry
- Use up to four colors (fine point sharpies work the best)
- Use the entire sheet of paper
- Sign the artwork (and be sure your name, age and Pony Club is printed on the back)
- Contest will be open to all active Pony Club members
- $100 gift certificate from USPC Bookstore awarded to winner
- Send artwork to Activities, USPC, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
Deadline Approaching For The Live Oak Hounds Challenge
The Live Oak Hounds Challenge is a way to encourage clubs and their members to become involved in the sport of Foxhunting. Clubs who get the most members who have not hunted before — or have hunted on a limited basis — to participate in three or more hunts during the season are awarded cash prizes. Click here to access details on the challenge. The award period will run June 1 through April 9, and the winners will be announced by May 1. Certificates must be postmarked by April 10.
Draft Cross Breeders And Owners Association
Ride a Draft Cross? Interested in competing at Championships? Here is an award especially for you! The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association is sponsoring the Rising Star Award. This award will be presented to the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Polocrosse or Tetrathlon at USPC Championships East and Midwest 2013, and will be recognized by DCBOA in the form of a trophy. Horses and riders must both be registered with the DCBOA. Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1. Registration and membership information, as well as the award application, may be found here
Cleveland Bay Horse Society Of North America Pony Club Recognition Program
Goal: To recognize Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club riding a Cleveland Bay or a Cleveland Bay part bred/sport horse. The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America is pleased to announce a recognition program for USPC members who participate in Pony Club on a pure or part-bred Cleveland Bay. The Cleveland Bay, an endangered breed, has long been recognized as having the heart, stamina and movement to make a winning sport horse. In addition, the Cleveland Bay is easily trainable and has a wonderful disposition that makes it the perfect mount for children. Because of the prepotency of the breed, when crossed with any other breed, the part-bred can be counted on to portray the intelligence and kind disposition that the Cleveland Bay is noted for.
Pony Club Championships, Sponsorship
Plans for Championships are underway at the National Office but we also need your help.
An Englishman Who Rides Western
Santa Ynez Valley News
Film Director-Producer Terry Hughes is a member of the huge group of horse enthusiasts in the Santa Ynez Valley. Apparently not wanting to miss out on any fun, he rides cutting horses and also races his Thoroughbreds at the California tracks.
Labor Of Love: Farriers Find Job Is Perfect Fit
The Fayetteville Observer
Jerry Langdon has been shoeing horses for more than 30 years, certainly a noteworthy stretch of time. After all, the trade may seem like a disappearing art, akin to spinning wool or repairing watches. But in North Carolina, the occupation doesn't appear to be dying out.
Girl, Pony Ride Long Trail To Success
The Onalaska Holmen Courier Life
When Christina Blomquist first met her pony, Sierra, she thought she would never be able to ride her. The sassy, spirited Pony of the Americas breed was barely more than a filly at 4 years old. Blomquist was 9 at the time and just getting serious about her career in youth equestrian.
Reflections On Dressage And Dancing With Horses In Florida
The Huffington Post
Author Georgianne Nienaber writes: "I had not seen my equestrienne friend for more than five years when I found out she was hauling a new horse from Texas to Wellington, Fla. — only a three-hour drive from my winter lair on the Gulf. For the uninitiated, tony, upscale Wellington is the center of the universe for horse competition during winter months in the United States."
Dance Party Pony Goes Viral
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