The National Level Certifications are facilitated on a national basis and require a greater depth of knowledge and proficiency than the local level certifications. Successful candidates are competent, all-around horsemen. These members are actively contributing to Pony Club by participating in a variety of Pony Club activities. National level members are also thoughtful leaders who set an example for all future horsemen.

Members are tested by USPC National Examiners who have apprenticed and demonstrated their understanding of Pony Club programs, goals, and the Standards of Proficiency. National Level tests are held throughout the country, with the summer months being the most popular. Pony Club members who would like to continue to the top levels of riding are offered tracks in Traditional (Eventing), Dressage, and Show Jumping. Members who choose to follow Horse Management to the highest levels offered can do so in the Horse Management track.

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H-B (Horse Management)

The H-B Certification covers Horse Management knowledge and skills that demonstrate increasing awareness, education, and competence in the care and handling of horses and in teaching those abilities to others. It reflects the theory and study as well as the practical aspects of unmounted horse management that can be expected of a high school level curriculum.

H-HM/H/H-A (Horse Management)

The H-HM/H/H-A Certification requires the knowledge, experience, and maturity to evaluate and care for a mount’s needs efficiently in a variety of circumstances; to competently ground train horses; and to teach riding and horse care to others. It reflects the theory and study as well as the practical aspects of unmounted horse management that can be expected of a college level curriculum.

C-3

The C-3 Certification reflects a basis of competence in riding, ground schooling, and horse care that will make possible a lifetime of pleasure with horses. The certification has both demonstration and discussion components. It is the first of the riding certifications to evaluate a member’s ability to seamlessly transfer their riding skills from their own horse to an unfamiliar horse.

B

The B Certification is for active Pony Club members who are interested in acquiring further knowledge and proficiency in riding. The B candidate is able to ride experienced mounts, both their own and others, with confidence and control. The B should be able to ride and care for another person’s experienced mount, maintaining proper mental and physical condition without undoing any of the mount’s education.

A

The A Certification is the highest riding certification available to USPC members. The A is able to ride mounts at various levels of schooling with judgment, tact and effectiveness; to train young mounts; and to retrain spoiled mounts.The A understands and demonstrates a variety of training techniques and discusses their training techniques as a trainer.

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