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Do You Know The Answer?
Pony Club has been teaching horse management skills since 1954 and is committed to making competitive educational opportunities available to other equine organizations and their members. And now, 2013 will mark the first quiz invitational hosted by the United States Pony Clubs Inc.
All equine organizations are encouraged to send individual youth members or teams of up to four to compete in the USPC Quiz Invitational to be held in conjunction with Pony Club's Championships East July 26-28 in Lexington, Va., and Aug. 6-11 in Kansas City, Mo., for Championships Midwest. USPC Quiz Competitions consists of five phases designed to test each competitor's equine knowledge in both the classroom and the barn.
Individual competitors or representatives from equine organizations interested in competing should contact Wayne Quarles firstname.lastname@example.org or at 859-254-7669.
Visit the Pony Club website for competition information, recommended resources and a sample study guide. Opening dates are May 1 and entries must be received by mid-July.
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Mark Your Calendars For 2014
Pony Club will host the first USPC Quiz Challenge, July 13-19, 2014 during USPC Festival. The USPC Quiz Challenge will be an international test of equine knowledge and management skills offered to qualified youth interested in testing their knowledge against the best and brightest. Pony Club would like to make more knowledge based competitions open to non-Pony Club members to help promote quality horse care regardless of riding discipline.
The Pony Club tack trunk is the new place to find study materials, articles, checklist, standards and test sheets and the recommended reading list for your specific level:
You will find quizzes to make sure you're "tacked up" with all the best information, study aids to keep you focused on your goals, and links to various materials to help "groom" you for success. As a member you may visit any part of the Tack Trunk to prepare for your next certification, review information from past certifications, and study ahead for future certifications.
Please look around the Pony Club Tack Trunk often, as we will be working on expanding the selection of learning materials available to Pony Club members.
NEW! In the H-B and H-A level Tack Trunk you will see that the bandage reference information for C-3, B and H-A has been recently updated. Please check it out and share.
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Tutoring Tuesdays: Establishing a Junior Board
8 p.m. EDT May 7
Are you curious about ways to engage your Club, Center or Region's older members in a unifying way? Or are you looking for different ways to become involved within Pony Club? Join National Youth Board members Geneva Torsilieri and Alex Ambelang for a discussion of ways to promote a Junior Board in your Club, Center or Region! Junior Boards are a fantastic way to get members involved in making decisions, organizing events, and making the most of your years in Pony Club. If these aspects of the Pony Club experience are ones that you would like to explore, join us for this informational discussion!
Join this webinar here, registering with your name and email address. FAQs about webinars can be found at here, and any questions about webinars can be sent to email@example.com.
Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Events
Don't miss the excitement of Rolex! Be sure to stop by the Walnut Arena and cheer on the Prince Philip Cup Games competition players. This year's XC course walk on April 26 will be led by Doug Payne, a graduate from Somerset Hills PC. The show jumping course walk on April 28 will again be directed by International Jumping Course Designer and Pony Club graduate, Richard Jeffery. Check the Pony Club booth in the trade fair for final times and locations to meet. Wear your Pony Club pin! Several members of the National Youth Board will be helping out with the Pony Club booth this year. Stop by and talk to the NYB members to share you regions successes/struggle with your Regional Youth Boards.
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Save Money! Support Horses!
As a member of the United States Pony Club, you are eligible for
significant savings on nationally known products. Not only are you
a part of an association that lives for the Equine sport, but your membership entitles you to special savings on products used for your equine farm, business, or personal use. To enjoy the benefits of one-stop buying, call toll-free at 877-576-6872.
Join Us On Cross-Country Day
If you're headed to the Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event in a few weeks, plan to stop by the Pony Club Tailgate spots (#114 and #115) along Nina Bonnie Boulevard. The tailgate will open at 9 a.m. for coffee and donuts before the first horse goes on course. There will be refreshments throughout the day, great prize giveaways including a Wellfleet Eventer Bridle donated by SmartPak.
We'll have fun and games all day long, and for a small donation we will even watch your bags for you so you don't have to carry them around the cross-country course. This will be a great meeting spot for all Pony Club friends and family.
The United States Pony Club's Equine Educational Exhibit
The educational display presented by The United States Pony Clubs Inc., offers 14 educational stations made of authentic equine components such as bones from a real horse and actual grooming tack items.
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.
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.
2013 Lendon Gray Youth Dressage Festival
July 12-14, in Saugerties, N.Y., and June 23, in Fruitport, Mich.
The USPC plans to send teams to both Lendon Gray's Youth Dressage Festivals this year. For full particulars on the competition, click here. While most of the cost of this competition will be the responsibility of the competitor, the Dressage Committee is doing fundraising to assist with entry fees and stabling costs. To qualify for the USPC Team you will need to file a declaration of intent to compete as well as fulfilling the qualifying criteria. The Declaration must be filed by May 1.
The paperwork is available here. Please send this paperwork to Wayne Quarles, USPC Activities and Events Director, 4041 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511 or fax to 859-233-4652.
Kentucky Gives Day
The United States Pony Clubs will be participating in Kentucky Gives Day April 24. Kentucky Gives is a one-day, online giving event organized by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network. The event will raise money for many worthy Kentucky-based causes during a 24-hour period on April 24. Please check out our profile on Razoo and support the educational programs of Pony Club by participating in this one-day event and donating directly online. This is a great way for family and friends to also support Pony Club. Pass along the date — April 24!
From The Bookstore — 'Dressage For The Not-So-Perfect Horse'
Have a mount that just doesn't seem to like dressage? Or a youngster you're just starting? Janet Foy's "Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse" is the ultimate go-to publication for teaching any horse, young or old, the ropes of dressage. This 218-page, hardbound book, features chapters on everything from building a solid foundation, to achieving success at third and fourth level, along with chapters on specific exercises and movements like stretching the frame on the circle, trot and canter lengthenings, and the more difficult movements of piaffe and canter pirouettes. Foy is a USEF S and FEI 4* dressage judge who has ridden, competed and judged for more than 35 years. She has ridden and trained everything from thoroughbreds and Arabians, to quarter horses and Appaloosa crosses. "Dressage for the Not-So-Perfect Horse" has instantly become a staff favorite in the office. Get your copy today from the USPC Bookstore.
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.
Special Offer for Clubs, Riding Centers
Every Club and Center needs one of these beautiful Books! This collector's item includes award-winning artwork, as well as chapters
about the history of foxhunting, and the sport
as we know it today. The Masters of Foxhounds Association has generously made a limited number of these books available to Clubs and Centers. For only $15, your Club or Center can own one of these keepsake books — and that price includes the shipping! But only while supplies last, limited to one per Club/Riding Center. Offer is good for Clubs and Centers only.
How To Fit A Horse Blanket
Is a too tight blanket rubbing your horse the wrong way? Here are some tips for checking the fit on your horse's blanket from Karmen Mills of Around the Bend Farm in Newcastle, Calif.
Taking The Reins
Desoto Times Tribune
As one of the hundreds of teens who pass through the doors of the Palmer Home in Starkville, Miss., 15-year-old Gatlin was in desperate need of a second chance. Gatlin is a teenager who comes from a dysfunctional home and was transferred to the Palmer Home for Children in 2012. To cope with his new surroundings, the staff suggested he enroll in a new horsemanship program that runs in conjunction with Palmer Home.
10 Training Tips: Hot Horses
Horse & Hound
If you ask any professional rider how they like their horses, "quite hot" will often be the reply. They want their equines to have the power and the will to perform. Consequently, horses are being bred to be physically imposing with expressive movement. This has resulted in a trend for anyone who wants to make it to acquire a "hot" horse. So how do you cope when you find yourself sitting on more than you bargained for?
Can't Relax At The Lope
It takes physical endurance and strength to perform the lope well. When it's time to lope, the horse's lack of balance and topline development are more evident. Try this conditioning program to develop your horse's hindquarters and topline.
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