The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. started in 1954 to teach riding and the proper care of horses. It is based on The British Pony Club, which was created in 1929 as a junior branch of the Institute of the Horse. Since then, Pony Club has expanded to many countries around the world, with the main goal being to promote sportsmanship, stewardship and leadership through horsemanship.

What is in a name? Back in 1929, the term “pony” was used to describe the mount of a youth equestrian. With a name steeped in the tradition of educating the next generation of equestrians, the name Pony Club continues to focus on education and quality care of both horses and ponies.

In the last decade, Pony Club has strengthened programming to meet the needs of today's equestrians. This has included, raising the age of graduation from 21 to 25 for traditional youth members, offering Pony Club through an established riding center, expanding certifications to include the disciplines of Dressage and Show Jumping, bringing in Western disciplines, offering adult Horsemasters membership opportunities, and including land conservation in the Standards of Proficiency. With approximately 600 clubs and centers, there is a good chance we are near you!

 

Mission:

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., develops character, leadership, confidence, and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.

Vision:

The USPC Program is available to and accessible by an inter-generational community of equine enthusiasts with a focus on youth through multiple means of delivery

• An instructional program supported by mounted and unmounted lessons at all levels
• Multiple forms of membership
• Fully enabled by technology
• Marketed to multiple audiences
• Recognized and recognizable nationwide as the leader in Horse Management education
• Trained and Capable volunteers

 

Core Values:

Horsemanship with respect to healthcare, nutrition, stable management, handling and riding a mount safely, correctly and with confidence.
Organized teamwork including cooperation, communication, responsibility, leadership, mentoring, teaching and fostering a supportive yet competitive environment.
Respect for the horse and self through horsemanship; for land through land conservation; and for others through service and teamwork.
Service by providing an opportunity for members, parents, and others to support the Pony Club program locally, regionally and nationally through volunteerism.
Education at an individual pace to achieve personal goals and expand knowledge through teaching others.

 

The Pony Club Legacy

Learn about the rich history of Pony Club since its inception in 1954. Over 150,000 equestrians have gotten their start through USPC.

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Excellence in Equine Education

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Membership Options

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The Pony Club Community

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