The traditional Pony Club program is administered at the local level by parents and other adult volunteers. From this group, Club Sponsors sign up to ensure the success of the club. Club Sponsors are responsible for the direction of the club and will vote to enact policies for the club. From the Club Sponsors, a District Commissioner (DC) and any Joint District Commissioners (JtDC) are recommended to the Regional Supervisor (RS) for appointment. In addition, the Club Sponsors elect a Secretary and Treasurer.
To join a club at the local level, in most cases a child must have a horse or pony or access to a horse or pony. Some clubs have horses that members may use or have a relationship with an equestrian facility where an arrangement may be made for the members to use a horse. If your child doesn't have a horse, be sure to ask the DC about how this will affect your child should s/he become a member of the club.
An alternative to the local club is the USPC Riding Center Program. Riding Centers are equestrian facilities that have been recognized by USPC to offer the Pony Club program. Typically, Centers have horses that are available to their members. Learn more about centers.
Each club is different as to the activities they offer, when and how often they meet, the local dues charged, and the expectations for the members and parent involvement. Don't be afraid otocontact multiple clubs or centers in your area. Talk with the DC or other club officers about becoming a member of their club. Ask to observe a mounted and/or unmounted lesson. Talk with other parents in the club. This will give you a feel for the club, so you may decided which club is right for your family and will meet the needs and goals of your child.