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Have A Safe, Happy And Healthy Summer
Many parts of our country are suffering from the effects of violent storms including property destruction from high winds and flooding. Other sections are suffering from fires storms. The following newsletter, published by The Equestrian Medical Safety Association, an organization dedicated to the philosophy, principals and application of safety of people in equestrian activities, has some excellent articles on how to deal with these adverse conditions.
Beginning on page four of the newsletter is an article about how to develop a step-by-step disaster plan for you and your horses. It lists items to be kept in an emergency kit as well as items to be kept in your own veterinary first aid kit. Page 10 has an excellent article on emergency concussion management. There are many other useful articles and editorials in this issue that you may find of further interest including an editorial on page 12 by Dru Malavase, a USPC Legend and past Safety Chair, about protective head gear.
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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 complete form. This form must be completed by a DC, JtDC, CA, ACA, RS or VRS and submitted along with $10 to USPC.
This is a wonderful opportunity to thank those hard working volunteers in your area that support the clubs and region in so many ways! Click here for the application.
Tutoring Tuesday's Webinar Schedule
Tutoring Tuesday's is quickly becoming popular. Check out the webinar schedule and topics so you can join them yourself or share with those members or instructors who might be interested in the topic being taught.
Up next is HB-Prep — Using the Cards to Prepare. Click here for more about the webinar and presenters Sydney Wilson and Leanne J. Barnett.
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Message From Pony Club CEO, Kevin Price
I know this a busy time of year for many of you, but do hope all of your Pony Club activities are progressing well. As previously shared in my March message, I have been pursuing various avenues to build relationship with other organizations, and to educate people on the many changes which have taken place within Pony Club.
New Materials For Organizing A Rally Page
Need help organizing a rally? Need access to materials, resources and information to help you and your members have a successful rally experience?
Check out the new Rally Organizer Resource page on the website. You will find links to rulebooks, discipline information, 2013 Chief list, insurance and safety information, as well as paperwork for the rally and after the rally.
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The Pony Club Tack Trunk
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.
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 2013: All applications deadlines are eight weeks out prior to the test that is being applied for. For more information on National Level testing, click Read More.
The test schedule can be found here. Any questions, please contact Instruction Coordinator Elizabeth Smith.
Congratulations To The Winners Of The 2013 Hildegard Neil Ritchie Foxhunting Writing Contest
First Place: Celsie Hennessy, a C2-Flat from Middle Tennessee Pony Club, in the Midsouth Region with "I Dream."
Second Place: Kathryn Craig, a C1-Trad from Baywood Pony Club, in the Northwest Region with "The Working Student."
Third Place: Ashley Allen, a D1-Trad from Sandia Creek Ranch Pony Club Riding Center in the Southern California Region with "A Lovely Day for the Red Fox."
The winning submissions will be posted on the USPC website, included in the Pony Club News and published by the Chronicle of the Horse in their Foxhunting issue. Click Read More for information about the Foxhunting Writing Contest.
Start Planning Now For Festival 2014!
July 15-21 — Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Ky.
Every three years, a weeklong Festival is held which includes the USPC National Championships, followed by educational mounted and unmounted clinics. Start planning now to attend this once in a lifetime event!
Cheer On Your Pony Club Teams!
Pony Club will be well represented at several national and international events this summer. For more information about any of these programs visit our website, or to make a donation to support the teams click here.
USPC will be sending two teams to the Lendon Gray Youth Dressage Festival, July 12–14 in Saugerties, N.Y. The Youth Dressage Festival is a competition that highlights the dedication of riders 21 and younger, and gives them a chance to showcase their knowledge and skills both on and off of the horse.
Throughout the weekend, Pony Club members will compete in dressage seat equitation, individual dressage tests and a written exam. There is also the opportunity to have "roving trainers" work with individual riders and their horses to further their dressage knowledge. Click Read More to learn about the representing Pony Clubs.
It's Time For Club And Region Nominating Committees
By VPRA, Jennifer Sweet
If you haven't already, it's the time of year for Club Sponsors and Regional Council meetings to elect a Nominating Committee for your 2014 Officers. A regular meeting for both Club Sponsors or the Regional Council may be called with a 15-day notice.
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Sponsored by Triple Crown Nutrition
Question: I have a 20-year-old Morgan/Welsh cross mare who is partially retired due to a shoulder injury. She is OK with small (light riders) in the arena so she does not get a lot of conditioning work.
She is also a very easy keeper. She is kept at grass and gets two cups of an easy keeper pelleted feed once a day in which I mix her supplements. During the winter she is fed a great grass hay I buy from a neighbor plus her supplements. She is not obese, but she is not fit. Any suggestions for maintaining a healthy weight for her? She has never foundered or coliced in the seven years I have had her.
Click Read More for the answer! To submit a question of your own, visit Pony Club's Nutritional Notes page.
Penrose Farm 50th Anniversary And Reunion
Were you a working student at Penrose Farm? Or did you compete and enjoy Pony Club activities at Penrose?
Penrose Farm in Knoxville, Tenn., has been a hub of Pony Club activity over the past 50 years, and it's time to celebrate and say thank you.
Join in the fun on Aug. 18 at Penrose Farm to celebrate 50 years of priceless memories and special times. Good as Gold!
The Margo Leithead Cornerstone Award For Excellence In Horse Management
Pony Club is pleased to announce the establishment of the Margo Leithead Cornerstone Award, which will recognize those teams who excel in horse management at Championships. Awards will be given to all winning Horse Management Teams at Championships beginning in 2014.
Donations to the Margo Leithead Cornerstone Award may be made online.
Turn Feed Bags Into Money Bags
What can you do with an empty feed bag? Well, like many horse folks, you could reuse them as trash receptacles in the tack room. Or, you could cut out the brown paper inner lining and use them as poultice wraps (many of you are smiling now because you've done this). And some creative types might repurpose them as clever gift wrap for horsey friends — with baling twine "ribbon," of course!
But many of you may not know about another, more profitable way to use empty feed bags, that is, if they are Southern States®, Legends® or Triple Crown® feed bags from a Southern States location: Turn them into cash!
Report To Regions, Clubs And Centers
By VPRA, Jennifer Sweet
The Spring Board meeting has concluded. The board had a large agenda in which much business was conducted.It was good news to hear that all of the business put forth by Regional Administration, including a new Council structure similar to that of Activities and Instruction was approved. The following initial committees were formed and chairpersons were appointed.
Monitor Horses Closely At Shows
A dose of "good horse sense" by participants at summertime equine shows can help both animal and owner to excel while showing. Dr. Dave Freeman, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension equine specialist, said special attention to a horse's management and health program is a necessity during the show season.
Related story: 10 tips to stay safe with your horse in hot weather (Horse Channel)
Preparing For Eventing Means That 1st Dressage Test
Cate Lamm writes: "Anyone who believes dressage is easy has never tried it. Finding that balance of riding between the aids is a lifelong pursuit. As a beginner, I felt completely blind most of time. But occasionally, the light would come on, and I'd have an 'aha' moment that made it all worthwhile."
Orphan Foal And Teddy Bear
What's cuter than a fuzzy foal? How about a fuzzy foal cuddling a giant teddy bear? Breeze the foal is an orphan and it's unknown what happened to his mum. But he's receiving the best care possible — and lots of snuggle time — at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary in Devon, England.
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