Brookfield Conservation Award: The Brookfield Conservation Award is named in honor of the historic Brookfield Farm near Lexington, KY. The original parcels of Brookfield were received from the British monarchy in the late 1700s. In 2000 Brookfield was placed in the Bluegrass Conservancy by its owners, Betsy and Jack van Nagell. The Brookfield Conservation Award rewards efforts for the promotion of land conservation through member, club or regional dedication and hard work. Applicants may be a club, region, or individual, and up to two $500 awards may be given yearly. The deadline for submissions is November 1st. Click here for full award guidelines and criteria.
Fox Hunting Writing Contest: The Hildegard Neill Ritchie Writing contest is open to all D and C Pony Club members in good standing, whether they have hunted or not. The entry may be a short story, poem, song or essay on any aspect of Foxhunting. The winning entries will be published in USPC News and in The Chronicle of the Horse. The winning submissions will receive a cash prize to be spent on Foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities. Click here for full details. Deadline for submissions is May 1. Read the 2012 top submissions: 1st Place, 2nd Place, Tie: 3rd Place, 3rd Place
Live Oak Hounds Challenge: A way to encourage clubs and their members to become involved in the sport of Foxhunting. Clubs who get the most members who have not hunted before, or have hunted on a limited basis, to participate in three or more hunts during the season are awarded cash prizes. Click here to access full details on the Challenge. The Challenge runs September 1 thru March 30.
USPC Flash Teamwork Award: Kathy Aranosian (owner of Flash, the USPC 50th Anniversary Breyer Model) is sponsoring a yearly contest, for which she will supply a perpetual trophy, to encourage the kind of teamwork generated by her club when they were writing about Flash. Entries must be postmarked by October 1st each year. Click here for contest rules. To read the winning submissions for 2010, click on the placing: FIRST PLACE, SECOND PLACE, THIRD PLACE
Championship T-Shirt Design Contest: Calling all artists! Each year Pony Club members are requested to send in an orginial design of their own to be used for the Championships T-shirt for that year. Members of any age and rating may participate and the winning designer will recieve a $100 Gift Certificate to the Bookstore. Entries must be submitted by April 1st.
Use one 8-1/2 X 11 sheet of white paper per entry
Use up to four colors (Fine point sharpies work the best)
Use the entire sheet of paper
Sign the artwork (and be sure your name, rating, age and club/center name is printed on the back)
Contest will be open to all active Pony Club members
$100.00 gift certificate from USPC Bookstore awarded to winner
Send artwork to Activities, USPC, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Kentucky 40511
Have you ever looked at your horse and said "I wonder why…?” Is there something you always wanted to learn about your horse? Now you have an excuse to spend time with your best four-legged friend, satisfy your curiosity and educate your fellow Pony Club members. Participate in the Pony Club Research Fair Competition, which is held every year during the Annual Meeting, typically in Januray.
Come up with an idea and test it out! Ask your veterinarian, DC/CA or RIC for help in coming up with ideas. There are no dumb ideas! No project is too small. Pony Club members at all levels can participate. Experimental based projects are highly encouraged. However, literature research-based projects will also be accepted.
Click here for information on the Research Fair to held at the 2013 Annual Meeting.