Pony Club Dressage 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 2014 Championships will be a part of the Festival Celebration, which includes several days of mounted and unmounted clinics. Festival will be held in Lexington, KY, at the Kentucky Horse Park. Check out the Festival 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 at Championships!
Dressage Committee Chair
Dressage Test Information
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Dressage at Festival 2014!
Pony Club Festival is held every three years at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY, and is a combination of Championship events and Educational mounted and unmounted clinics. Dressage is always popular during the Educational portion. Mounted Clinics will be offered for Training Level, First Level, Second Level, Third Level and Above, and Freestyle. With over 10 rings going at once, participants will be able to get top level instruction from outstanding clinicians. Click here to view the clinicians coming to teach at Festival!
In addition, on Saturday morning at the USDF headquarters, Lois Yukins is presenting on the topic Biomechanics and How It Relates to the Pyramid of Training. This will be an easy to understand description of the parts of the horse and how they can function most efficiently to be able to hand the training needed to develop a stronger, more comfortable ride wither on the flat or over fences. Lois is the USEF Chair of the L Education Program, a member of the USDF Judges Committee, as well of the USEF Dressage Committee and Licensed Officials Committee.
Festival and all its offerings is an amazing opportunity. Click here to learn more about the event and how to register. Festival Education is open to both members and nonmembers, youth and adult. We hope to see you there!
Emerging Dressage Athlete Program Opportunity at FestivalIn conjunction with Pony Club Festival, Lendon Gray will be hosting an opportunity for 10 youth riders to participate in the Emerging Dressage Athlete Program. Over two days, those selected to participate, will receive ride with Lendon Gray and will also attend unmounted Pony Club Festival clinics.
This program is separate from Pony Club Festival, and those interested must apply directly with Lendon Gray. Pony Club Festival registration is not required in order to be chosen. Click here to learn more.