Pony Club youth member riding cross-country

Pony Club creates athletes through organized teamwork and responsible leadership. The challenge of reaching riding goals and becoming active horsemen and women encourage Pony Club members to become both better athletes and ambassadors for their sport. The Pony Club Standards of Proficiency outline skills needed to ride well and stress being able to safely and responsibly care for their equine partners. Members have opportunities to compete in the disciplines of Dressage, Eventing, Games, Gymkhana, Polocrosse, Quiz, Show Jumping, Tetrathlon and Western Dressage. Pony Club offers instruction and competitive opportunities to members in several other disciplines as well.

Watch Pony Club competitors at the 2017 USPC Festival Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park participate in the various Pony Club disciplines.  Learn more about each discipline below.

Our thanks to US Equestrian for live streaming the USPC Championships event and for putting together this video highlighting our members and disciplines.  

Learn more about USPC Championships.

 
 

Pony Club Competitive Disciplines

Dressage

The French term for “training” is the harmonious development of the horse and rider in both mind and body. Pony Club works with the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) to promote the sport of Dressage and its principles. Visit the Pony Club Dressage pages.

Eventing

Known as the Equine triathlon because it includes three phases: Dressage, Cross-Country, and Show Jumping. Pony Club shares a rich history with the United States Eventing Association (USEA) in providing eventing opportunities to members. Visit the Pony Club Eventing pages.

Games

Provides a fun mounted sport that teaches basic natural aids, physical coordination, self-confidence, and teamwork skills. Visit the Pony Club Games pages.

Gymkhana

A brand new discipline in Pony Club that allows riders to display their horsemanship and teamwork through precise, controlled actions at high speeds. Visit the Pony Club Gymkhana pages.

Horse Management

The ultimate goal of Horse Management is to create a safe, knowledgeable, well-rounded horse person. Horse management includes veterinary knowledge, nutritional needs of the horse, conditioning schedules, conformation and soundness issues, farm management needs, trailering, and land management.  Visit the Pony Club Horse Management pages.

Polocrosse

Also called lacrosse on horseback, this sport develops strong self-confidence in riding ability while improving eye-hand coordination. Pony Club collaborates with The American Polocrosse Association (APA) to run matches.  Visit the Pony Club Polocrosse pages.

Quiz

Promotes a deep understanding and familiarity with the material presented at each testing level. Essentially a "question and answer” competition, quiz is a fundamental and creative learning tool. Much of the answers in Quiz come from a suggested reading list including Pony Club’s Manuals of Horsemanship which can be found at ShopPonyClub.  Visit the Pony Club Quiz pages.

Show Jumping

Focuses on the agility and attention of the horse and rider as they navigate brightly colored fences. Pony Club mirrors rules developed by the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA).  Visit the Pony Club Show Jumping pages.

Tetrathlon

An exciting four-phase sport comprised of running, swimming, riding, and shooting. Competitors must show good riding abilities as well as general athletic abilities. Tetrathlon in Pony Club fosters athletes who often continue into Modern Pentathlon, an Olympic event.  Visit the Pony Club Tetrathlon pages.

Western Dressage

Promotes balance, rhythm and carriage while using the training techniques from both classical dressage and western horsemanship. Visit the Pony Club Western Dressage pages.

Resource Disciplines

Distance Riding

Two types of this discipline are Endurance riding and Competitive Trail riding. Riders compete over distance for the best conditioned horse. Pony Club encourages members to use rules and guidelines set by the North American Endurance Ride Conference (NAERC). Visit the Pony Club Distance Riding pages.

 

Driving

Similar to Eventing, except with the horse pulling a carriage through the three modified Eventing phases. The American Driving Society (ADS) works with Pony Club to instruct members on the sport of Combined Driving.  Visit the Pony Club Combined Driving pages.

Foxhunting

One of the founding disciplines of Pony Club. Rides take place in open fields following hounds. The Masters of the Fox Hunting Association (MFHA) works to bring Foxhunting and land conservation to members of Pony Club.  Visit the Pony Club Foxhunting pages.

Hunter Seat Equitation

An official certification track for members, it is derived from the hunt style of riding with equitation. The focus is on basic balanced and effective communication between the rider and horse. Pony Club works with the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) to promote member participation.  Visit the Pony Club Hunter Seat Equitation pages.

Polo

Also called “The Sport of Kings”, it is  a team sport on horseback similar to polocrosse except that the ball is hit instead of carried. Pony Club works closely with the United States Polo Association (USPA) to promote the sport of polo.  Visit the Pony Club Polo pages.

Vaulting

Essentially gymnastics on a moving horse. Pony Club and the American Vaulting Association (AVA) work together to educate members on the sport of Vaulting.  Visit the Pony Club Vaulting pages.