Pony Club is for horse-crazy kids like you who want to hang out with friends, learn to ride, and have a great time. Meet up with other members like yourself, and spend time learning about horses and ponies, their care, and health. You don’t have to own a horse or pony to participate, just have a love of them. Whether you like to trail ride, compete, or just hang out at the barn, Pony Club can start you on the path to a life with horses.

What will I do in Pony Club?

In Pony Club you will attend mounted and unmounted meetings where you will learn all about how to care for horses and ponies, as well as learn how to ride. Everyone begins Pony Club at the same level. As members learn and develop at their own pace, they have the opportunity to progress through the Pony Club Certification system. Certifications are how members show their progress through levels of riding and horse knowledge. Certifications go from grassroots skills at the D-level, all the way up the most advanced A-level.

For very young members there is Junior Pony Club, a fourteen week program designed to introduce Pony Club in an easy-to-understand manner. During camps, certifications, and Rallies there is  time to be around friends — both human and equine. At camps, members will spend days immersed in horse-care heaven, and learning in special lessons from visiting instructors.

All Pony Club competitions are team competitions called Rallies. Team competition is a fun and important part of Pony Club education and training, and is a strong bonding element. Rallies include; Horseless Rallies (where members use model horses to learn the ropes of team competition), Quiz Rallies (where members use their horse management knowledge to compete in a battle of the brains), and riding Rallies for all ages. Members over the age of 10 can compete in regional Rallies in many disciplines to qualify for Championships competition. For members who wish to commemorate just how far they have come, there is also a badge program available where members earn patches to place on saddle pads, jackets, ribbons, and vests to show their Pony Club  progress.

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For more information on how to join, ask your parents to contact the local leader in your area. Often you and your family can go watch a Pony Club activity so that you can see firsthand if Pony Club is right for you. Beware you will probably make new horse crazy friends while there! For more information on membership categories click here.

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