Youth member checking saddle before mounting horse

Rallies are Pony Club events that allow members to test their knowledge and skills in both horse care and riding in a competitive atmosphere. Rallies can be offered in various formats. They can be rallies administered by the Region with Clubs and Centers sending teams to compete or small events where one club or center holds a competition.

Pony Club values teaching independence and teamwork. This means that parents, coaches, and chaperones are not allowed in the barn area to allow the members to compete independently. Members work with their teammates under the supervision of Horse Management Judges. These are trained volunteers who are available to answer questions, do safety checks, and to judge and score the teams on their overall organization and horse care skills.

In all disciplines members compete as part of a team. Teams may be of mixed ages and skill levels. To ensure that competition is fair, members are judged based on their certification level. Each team in Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, and Polocrosse has 4-5 members with a Team Captain as well as a Stable Manager. Team Captains are responsible for representing the team in all official matters, while Stable Managers are in charge of coordinating the team schedule. As a team, members work together to ensure that each horse and rider is properly turned out and prepared to compete to the best of their abilities.

Quiz rallies are slightly different. Team members are unmounted and are tested on their equine knowledge in four separate phases. In some phases members may collaborate to answer a question and in others, they must answer individually. Topics range from horse care to horse sports to general equine knowledge and can offer a hands-on component.

In most Pony Club riding disciplines members are scored on their individual performances and judged on their horse care skills. Individual results are compiled and added together to create a team score. Two big team awards are given. One award is given to the team with the best Horse Management scores. Another award called the Overall Team Award is based on combined riding scores and horse management points.


General Rally Information & Materials

Participant Materials for those attending a rally as a team member, chaperone or coach may be found on the Championships Competition Information page.  This includes uniform officiation rules, chaperone duties form, coaching guideline, and the Championships qualifying criteria.    

Access the Championships Competition Information page.

Member Rally Prep Materials can be found on the Member Resource page of the Horse Management Discipline page.  This includes stall card, checklists, feed chart and more.  

Access the Horse Management Member Resource Page. 
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Everything But The Horse (EBTH) Rally

This rally is known as a “horseless” rally. It is geared towards new members and younger members of Pony Club who either do not have a horse or have never experienced a rally. The EBTH rally is meant to give members a chance to experience a Pony Club rally, but without the pressure of preparing a horse. It is conducted like a regular competition where members set up a tack room and stalls, and are judged on their Horse Management skills.

Model Horse Rally

Another version of a horseless rally, but this time members will set up and prepare their "barn" to hold a model horse. In addition, a riding competition will be held as members “ride” their horse in the ring or over a course. Members will compete in teams and the care of their “horse” is judged and scored.

Non-Qualifying Rally

This type of rally is for members who may have a horse, but may not be interested in, or ready to attend USPC Championships. The rules follow the Competitions and Horse Management rulebooks, but also allow for variances established by organizers. These modifications are clearly outlined for competitors before the competition and can range from allowing a bit not normally used in competition to adding grazing reins, or having a reader for dressage.

Qualifying Rally

This rally is administered at the Regional level and is conducted in accordance with the rules of competition as described in both the Competitions rulebook and the Horse Management rulebook. Competing at a Qualifying Rally is the route a member needs to take if they would like to compete at USPC National Championships.  Visit the Championships Competition Information page for the current Championships Qualifying Criteria.