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Welcome to Festival 2014!
Hear all of the late breaking news for Festival! Everything from last minute changes to competition schedules, find out when scores are posted, change of venues and emergency weather notifications Make sure to sign-up to for the topics that you want to keep up with!

Simply text the appropriate discipline keywords (listed below) to 703-596-1410! Shortly, you will receive a confirmation text letting you know that you have been added to the group. (please note that regular text message fees apply, to opt out, reply with "stop"

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Festival Education
Un-mounted Topics
H-B/H-A Prep which is 99 percent hands-on activities, Lower Level Standards and Certification Clinic, Biomechanics Workshop, Masters Clinics with Lendon Gray and Spy Coast Farms, Sports Psychology, Trailering Problems, Trailering 101, Equine Drugs, Vaulting, Polo, D Level Nutrition and other topics, Vet Box, Tai Chi, Farrier topics, Polocrosse, Saddle Fitting, Horse Massage, Holistic/Acupuncture/Herbs, Mechanics of Dressage, Rehab/Recovery, Understanding Metabolic Syndrome, Feeding the Metabolic Horse, Vet Topics with local veterinarians, Grooming the Upper Level Horse, Bits with Gina Miles, Horse Management D and C Level topics, Parasites, Forages and Hay and more!

Almost all topics and workshops will be held in the air-conditioned Alltech Arena along with the Trade Fair!

Mounted Instruction will be two days only, July 20-21. Riding disciplines available to choose from are: Cross Country, Dressage, Show Jumping, Games, Western, Polocrosse, Riding with an NE, Distance Riding and Horsemanship/Ground Training. There will be one Early Morning Foxhunt, make sure to sign up as that is an extra riding opportunity here in Kentucky!

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Festival Clinicians
Click the "Read More," link to see who the Pony Club clinicians will be for each discipline at Festival!
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New Clinician Corner!
There is now a new Clinician Corner which has bios and a photos of some of the Festival clinicians.

Also new is Check out the Clinics, which gives a brief description of the unmounted topics that will be presented at Festival Education.

Read more on special opportunities available during Festival education.

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Look who's coming to Festival
Thank you to all of our generous Festival Sponsors who have joined us to support the Championships and Educational opportunities at Festival 2014.

Many of them, along with our Corporate Sponsors will be in our popular trade fair so you can stop by and say thank you in person!

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Instruction updates
New - Thanks to our friends at FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips we are pleased to be able to offer a wonderful educational video "Physiological Challenges Faced by Equine Respiratory System." This video was developed for the World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located in the Tack Trunk for the H-B and H-A Level members.

New lesson plans now available
13 new lesson plans covering mostly D level unmounted instruction have been created for USPC that follow along with the Standards of Proficiency. More will be added in the next few weeks to include up through the C level and beyond. Go to instruction resource page to find the newest lesson plans available.

Chart of Learning - please look at this chart as it will help you and your members understand how to advance through the standards in Pony Club.

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The USPC Founders Award
Each year, the Advisory Committee selects and presents to the USPC Board of Governors a nominee, or nominees, to receive the Founders Award.

Persons eligible to receive this prestigious award must be living individuals who have been active volunteers in Pony Club for at least 20 years and who have served on the National level, either as a member of a National Committee or on the Board of Governors. Ideally, such a person should also have made a significant contribution to Pony Club in his or her Region or local Registered Club. The names of prior recipients of the Founders Award can be found in the USPC Directory.

If you wish to nominate someone who meets these high standards, and has not yet received the Award, please go to the Pony Club website forms page or follow this link to the application.

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20+ Year Local Legend Award
Established by the USPC Board of Governors in May 2010, this 20+ Year Local Legend Award is intended to honor those who have faithfully served their local club, center and/or region for at least 20 years. Recipient will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Pony Club News (space permitting), following receipt of a complete form. This form must be completed by a DC, JtDC, CA, ACA, RS or VRS and submitted along with $10 to USPC.
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USPC Festival


Championships & Education

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky

July 14-21, 2014

Festival Gold Book

Horsemasters are invited to Compete at Festival

See applicable Goldbook for qualifications and entry procedures. Contact Erin Woodall for information about getting entered!

Other Happenings at Festival

International Quiz Exchange – This exchange will host teams from Canada, Australia and the US. The week will start as a cultural exchange with competition taking place in conjunction with Festival Championships.

Quiz Invitational Challenge – An invitation has been sent to all discipline, breed and youth groups to create teams to compete head to head during the Festival Championships. Let’s see how USPC and the other organizations match up in horse knowledge and care. Mark your Calendars for Annual Meeting 2015

Jan. 21 -25, in Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia

View the video to see what Annual Meeting is all about!

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National level testing reminders!
Please remember that all National Level Testing applications are to be submitted online. Online applications and payment must be submitted and processed by the National Office by the applications deadline.

New for 2014: All application deadlines are 12 weeks prior to the test start date.

For more information on National Level testing please visit the website.

The 2014 test schedule can be found here.
You must be logged in to the USPC website in order to access the test schedule.

Please contact Elizabeth Smith, Instruction Coordinator, with any questions.

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The Masters of Foxhounds Association launches hunt staff career training apprenticeship for Pony Club members
The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America (MFHA) is offering one or two individuals the chance to apprentice with one of the nation’s top professional huntsmen and train for a career as professional hunt staff.

This is an opportunity for an individual to get a start in the career of mounted foxhunting. This inaugural program is part of an MFHA and the United States Pony Clubs partnership to establish ongoing hunt staff apprenticeships. The MFHA feels that the education and riding credentials given by USPC are an ideal foundation for developing high quality hunt professionals.

To be considered for an apprenticeship, the candidate must be a USPC C-3 traditional or higher certified member, be 18-years-old or older, and have the recommendation of the local DC or Master of Foxhounds. One, or possibly two, candidates per year will be chosen by the MFHA’s Professional Development Committee. The interview process will include riding tests and interviews conducted at a camp, time and date to be announced soon. The first year-long apprenticeship will begin May 1, 2015. During that year the apprentice(s) will be employed by the hosting hunts and will receive on the job training by one of the top huntsmen in North America. They will also participate in a rigorous study program put forth by the MFHA, supplemented by hunt and kennel visits and by attending hound shows. They will work extensively with a representative of the MFHA, who will mentor the apprentice and oversee the study program. The mentor will make periodic visits and will communicate with the huntsmen and masters of the hosting hunt as well as the apprentice.

At the successful completion of the year-long apprenticeship, the mentor and the MFHA will assist the apprentice in finding a job in the business. The mentor will continue to be available for as long as necessary to help the candidate make a smooth transition to a professional position.

For more information on this program, please contact Andrew Barclay.

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Your old Kentucky home: Tips and tricks for setting up your stabling area at Festival! Webinar — 8 p.m. ET
Excited for Festival but not really sure what to expect when you get to the Kentucky Horse Park to ensure that your horse is comfortable and an efficient set-up for your team's tack room? Join Horse Management gurus (and Festival veterans!) Yvette Seger and Lara Hubner as they walk you through the layout of the Kentucky Horse Park facilities and offer tips and tricks regarding things to pack to ensure that you and your horse have an "Exceeds Standards" experience at Festival 2014.

About the Presenters

Yvette Seger
While Yvette may be best known for her role as a Chief Horse Management Judge and her crazy socks, she serves Pony Club through several roles including HMO of the Capital Region, member of the Horse Management Committee and as a member of the Board of Governors. In addition, Yvette is a member of the Wakefield Valley Pony Club Horsemasters group and participated in several rallies including Championships East in 2013. When she’s not at a rally, attending a BOG meeting, or burning up the phone lines on a USPC teleconference, Yvette can be found competing her 14 hand “Super Pony” Finders Keepers or doting on her long-time (and now retired) eventing partner, Roger Rabbit. Yvette is a Graduate HA of Lake Shore Pony Club and was inducted into the USPC Academy of Achievement in 2012.

Lara Hubner
Lara is a graduate HA, Chief Horse Management Judge, examiner, and coach. She held the position of HMO in the Central New England region for several years. Currently serving on the Horse Management Committee, and is Co-Chair for 2014. Locally she volunteers with Rockingham Pony Club and loves teaching and coaching mounted games to Pony Club members. In her non-Pony Club life she is a Technical Product Manager for a global financial services firm and skates with the amazing ladies of New Hampshire Roller Derby.

To join this webinar please register here with your Name and E-mail address. As always these webinars will be recorded and posted for viewing at a later date.

FAQs about webinars can be found at the website and any questions about webinars can be sent to

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Pony Club and Sidelines
USPC members and friends are now featured every month in Sidelines Magazine! Read more to see how you can get a subscription to the online magazine for only $3 a year.
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Dreaming of that new saddle?
Ah yes, that beautiful saddle you saw the other day is dancing around in your dreams. The question is: how to get the cash to buy it? Have you considered selling your old saddle in the Pony Club Classifieds? People who read the Pony Club Classifieds are actively interested in ponies and horses, used tack, and even equine properties for sale. Check it out at In the News & Media drop down menu, select Classifieds. FAQs, rates and signup sheets are all there. And get that saddle out of your dreams and onto your horse!
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Survey hopes to take global snapshot of horse care
What do horse owners in France and Holland feed their horses? Do riders in England use the same bits and saddles as riders in Australia? Do horse owners in the United States or Spain use the internet the most to find out about horse care? The University of Sydney and the International Society for Equitation Science want to find out the answers to these questions, and others like them.

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California Chrome becomes America's horse
San Francisco Gate
America's horse. That's what California Chrome has become. Right after the solidly built chestnut colt with four white feet and a big white blaze down the center of his face won the Preakness recently, putting him on the doorstep of thoroughbred immortality, Steve Coburn, the colt's co-owner who cries as often as his horse wins, offered up California Chrome to the people.

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Dressage training exercises to calm your hot horse
The best Grand Prix dressage horses make the work look effortless. They can coil and release their energy from the lightest touch, make seamless transitions from neat, crisp collection to breathtaking extension. That kind of power often comes at a price; many top upper-level dressage horses are hot horses, sensitive rides.

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Are you with me? Moving with your horse
Practical Horseman
You do not need much skill to maintain a good position if your horse is not moving. You can bring any (brave) unsuspecting person who has never been on a horse to the stables, put him in the saddle and move him around until he has an excellent position. However, that illusion vanishes the moment the horse takes a step. It takes years of practice to follow your horse's motion correctly. While the position of the dressage rider is different from that of the hunter-jumper or cross-country rider, the underlying concept is the same: to ride effectively, you must learn to follow your horse's motion.
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Is your horse getting too fat?
Horse & Hound
Owners have assessed 1 in 3 of their horses as obese, according to an Animal Health Trust survey published in the Equine Veterinary Journal in February. This is up from 1 in 5 in a similar study 3 years ago. This research follows a comparable study, published by Nottingham University in 2011, that found at least 1 in 5 horses used for leisure was overweight or obese.
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New veterinary guidelines: The latest in equine parasite control
DVM360 Magazine
In recent years, important epidemiological changes in equine parasite populations have altered how veterinary researchers and practitioners approach parasite prevention and control. In response to these changes, the American Association of Equine Practitioners recently charged a subcommittee with producing a comprehensive set of guidelines that would help veterinarians control infestation in their equine patients.
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What do equine nasal strips do for horses?
The New York State Gaming Commission ruled recently to overturn its ban on nasal strips for racing horses. California Chrome, the horse hoping to take home the Triple Crown for the first time in 36 years, used the strips in the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. The horse’s trainer had pushed to use them again in next month’s Belmont Stakes.
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