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Pony Club Dressage 2012 Activities

Regional Rallies: In a regional rally, teams of Pony Club members from a particular area test their skills without outside help, but with the advice and support of judges and officials. Teamwork, cooperation and high standards are stressed and outside assistance is limited to coaching in restricted situations. Participating in a Regional Dressage Rally or even a local one put on by your club/center or a neighboring club/center is a great way for you to compete on a team, just like they do in the Olympics and other international events! Check out the Pony Club Dressage Rulebook for competition rules.

Testings to the Standards:

National Level Certifications - In 2007 Pony Club members were given the opportunity for advancement in their choice of discipline at the Upper Levels. They could proceed in the track of Eventing (Traditional), or "specialize" in the either Dressage or Show Jumping. The Dressage Certifications are truly specialized in the discipline, and will give you the skills and knowledge to set you up for continued success. Check out the Standards of Proficiency and other resources and materials for Dressage National Level Certifications.

Local Level Certificates - The Pony Club Program structure encourages members to take tests which enables them to learn progressively about horse and pony care and riding. The Standards for Riding on the Flat (Dressage) are the building blocks required for the National Certifications you'd like to pursue, including the Dressage Specialty. Each test is designed with certain objectives in mind. Members passing a local level Standard hold a "certificate" at that level. Check out the Standards of Proficiency for the Local Levels.

Pony Club Championships: The USPC National Championships have contestants from all across the country competing in Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping, Tetrathlon and Quiz. Regions will send teams or members for mixed team to compete. Just like in a rally, teams are scored not only on on their success in ring or on the field, but also for their Horse Management. In 2012, two Championship Events will be held, one in Lexington, VA, and the other in Cle Elum, WA. Dressage competition at Training Level and 1st Level and Above is offered at Championships. All competitors will ride Test 1 of their level once, Test 3 of their level twice, and a musical freestyle. Quadrille is also available for teams to enter. Check out the Championships page for more details!

 


 

Welcome to the Dressage Web pages. Please note that there are new Dressage Tests put out in 2011 and a new Training Level Freestyle from Pony Club. Follow the link below for more information about the new tests. We hope that you enjoy looking through the site and we hope to see many of you in Virginia and Kansas for Championships!


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Dressage at Festival 2011!

Congratulations to all the teams who competed in the Dressage Championship competition.  While the weather was hot, it was still a wonderful opportunity for our members to show off their skills.

During the Education portion of Festival, numerous Dressage workshops were held.  Here are just a few of the clinicians that gave words of wisdom and some great instruction.  The next Festival is planned for 2014 - mark your calendars!

 

Reese Koffler-Stanfield

1. In 2009, I qualified to ride our horse Goubergh's Kasper for the Grand Prix National Finals. We had a amazing qualifying season and ended up finishing 4th overall in the country at Grand prix and on the USET Active Athlete List. To ride at Gladstone was my riding goal and to do so well at Grand Prix was a career highlight!

2. I remember going to the barn with my mom at age 6 yr. I remember watching her ride and then climbing up in the saddle with her. Sometimes the instructor would even give me a "private lesson" when I could steer all by myself. It was so inspiring to think that one day I would be riding all by myself.

3. This Festival will be the 3rd one that I have had the pleasure to teach and participate. Every time I come, I meet such wonderful riders, horses, parents, and dedicated volunteers. I know this year it won't be any different. I look forward to meeting and teaching everyone again this summer! (Photo by Mary Phelps)

Linda Zang 

My earliest memory of riding was when I was five years old I started riding ponies. From that point on, I tried practically every type of riding starting with Western, then Hunters, Pony Club, Eventing, Open Jumping. I really started dressage when I was in my early twenties.


Some of my fondest memories and accomplishments have been competing in Europe before coming back to America in the 70's. Of course, the alternate Olympics in 1980 and the trials leading up to that selection were very exciting. Prior to the FEI Freestyle competitions, I very much enjoyed doing "the Adagio" in exhibition with a dancer to music in the early 80's. Judging my first World Cup Final in the early 90's was a real thrill. I have done three more since but judging the Olympics in Atlanta, representing my home country, was the greatest thrill of all!

I traveled and competed throughout the United States and Canada in competitions. Pony Club is one of the finest international organizations I have come in contact with. It helps promote better horse care and riding basics. My experience as part of the Pony Club has given me the opportunity to meet people with the same love of the horse, as well as the opportunity to learn, travel and excel. I started to ride dressage because of Pony Club and became more interested when I went to Europe and trained in Sweden in 1968. I am really looking forward to Festival 2011 at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Linda Hoos

My most memorable equestrian event was when my horse "Rhythm & Blues” ridden by my husband Bill Hoos finished Rolex stadium with a double clear show jumping round. He received a standing ovation.

Bill bought this little 15.3 thoroughbred for me after he had been "cowboy” broke with bad results. He was 3 years old and very frightened. I felt at the time he was very special, it turned out he was.

My earliest memory of riding was my weekly lessons on "Trustee” every Saturday morning starting when I was 9.

I look forward to helping students find that "Ah Ha” moment when all of a sudden something clicks, and the communication between the horse and rider is there. I like to have them leave with both the horse and rider saying "now I get it”.

 

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