In addition to the awards listed below, USPC also offers awards and recognition in specific disciplines.  Click on the discipline icon below to learn more about the awards available in that discipline.






Show Jumping


Open to All Disciplines

Margo Leithead Cornerstone Award for Excellence in Horse Management 

This award, named in honor of Pony Club's 19th President, Margo Leithead, recognizes the teams demonstrating excellence in Horse Management during competition in all disciplines during USPC Championships event(s). This award was first presented in 2014 during the Championships portion of Festival.

Breed Recognition Awards

American Connemara Pony Society Award

Awarded to the highest placed registered Connemara Purebred or Half-bred in the disciplines Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping. To be eligible, a copy of the
pony’s registration must be submitted to the appropriate Discipline Secretary prior to the competition. 

American Saddlebred Horse Association/USPC Awards Program

The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to sponsor the ASHA/USPC Awards Program for Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club activities on their registered American Saddlebred or Half-Saddlebred Horse. The ASHA/USPC Awards focus on activities and competitions in which Pony Club members participate with their horse as well as emphasizing Horse Management and leadership skills. Pony Club members can earn points by riding in lessons, clinics and preps or by competing in regional and/or national rallies or achieving a regional or national rating level. To be eligible for the ASHA/USPC Awards Program the rider must be a current Pony Club member and the horse must be registered with the American Saddlebred Horse Association.

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Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America Pony Club Recognition Program

The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America is pleased to announce a recognition program for Canadian and United States Pony Clubs members who participate in Pony Club on a pure or part-bred Cleveland Bay. The Cleveland Bay, an endangered breed, has long been recognized as having the heart, stamina, and movement to make a winning sport horse. 

For more information, to obtain an application, or for help getting your Cleveland Bay registered visit the website or contact Gabrielle Gordon, 76 Corral Drive North, Keller, Texas 76244 or 817-431-8775. 

Cleveland Bay USPC Championships Award

The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America is pleased to announce an additional opportunity for Pony Club Cleveland Bay Horse owners to be recognized.  For all locations of Pony Club Championships, the Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America will give the Cleveland Bay USPC Championships Award to the highest placed registered pure or part-bred Cleveland Bay in all mounted disciplines. To be eligible, competitors must complete the application by July 1st of the competition year. For more information visit the website or email

Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Rising Star Award

The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association sponsors the Rising Star Award for the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) at the Pony Club National Championships in various disciplines. Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA.  Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1.

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Dressage: Awarded in each level 
Eventing: Awarded in each level 
Polocrosse: Awarded in each level 
Show Jumping: Awarded in each level 
Tetrathlon: Awarded in each level 

Thoroughbred Incentive Program (TIP) Awards

TIP awards will be available to USPC Championship participants in every division of Dressage, Eventing, Polocrosse, Show Jumping, and Tetrathlon. Only Thoroughbreds that have been registered with The Jockey Club or a foreign Thoroughbred stud book recognized by The Jockey Club are eligible to participate in TIP classes and awards. Riders and owners must apply for a TIP number. There is no fee to register for a TIP number. It is the responsibility of the rider/owner to provide the horse show with the eligibility information.

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