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USPC offers educational programming and opportunities through several different membership types so that everyone can share their love of horses. All levels of membership in The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. develop character, leadership, confidence, and a sense of community.  Joining USPC allows you to forge your path with horses based upon your lifestyle, needs, and level of local involvement. Whether you want to research educational topics, learn more with friends and family, or volunteer within your community, Pony Club has membership options for your needs.

The following requirements apply to adult Participating Members:

Center, Club, and National Members of USPC aged 18 and over, are required to provide proof of SafeSportTM Trained Course completion. In addition, all members aged 21 and over, must complete a favorable USPC background check. Residents of Pennsylvania may need to submit valid Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances if applicable - please see details on the Background Check page.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have already completed a favorable USPC background check within the last three years, or Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearances if applicable within the last five years, you will not need to submit a new USPC background check or clearances at this time.  Upon expiration, an updated USPC background check will be required.

If you have completed the SafeSportTM Trained Course, through USEF or another sports organization, you may email your proof of completion to the Compliance Coordinator who will record your completion of the training in your USPC record.

Professional Memberships

Professional Membership is an option for individuals such as instructors, professors, teachers, and other educators interested in ready-to-teach educational materials for their students.

Professional Membership ($95)
Professional Membership is a membership for  instructors, professors, teachers, and other educators interested in ready-to-teach educational materials for their students. This membership option has a 365-day term based on the anniversary of the join date. Member benefits include: an online profile, organized and easy-to-understand lesson plans, access to Pony Club IQ with articles relevant to your teaching, bi-monthly E-News, and Pony Club webinars. Professional Members may purchase additional educational packages providing access to comprehensive materials to help teach basic horse care and riding skills to students. Add-on packages include Achievement Badge workbooks and guides, introductory level certification materials, and complimentary Pony Club IQ E-memberships for your students.

Learn more about the Professional Membership and the available educational packets.     

Become a Member!

Sample Lesson Plans from Professional Member Benefits

Sample Resource from Equine Management Curriculum Educational Package

Supporting Memberships

Corporate Memberships
Corporate Membership is a membership option for individuals 18 years or older and is required for Pony Club leaders. This membership connects local leaders/volunteers to Pony Club’s national administration by enabling them to vote at Pony Club’s Annual Meeting of the Corporation. As a Corporate Member you will also receive a subscription to the print magazine, special notices and updates throughout the year, and access to an online directory. There are two types of Corporate Memberships: Annual Corporate Membership and Life Corporate Membership.

Annual Corporate Membership ($60)
Annual Corporate Memberships may be purchased online on a yearly basis. Become a Corporate Member.

Life Corporate Membership ($375/$1,000)
Life Corporate Membership is a one time purchase of membership that lasts for the life of an individual.  Many graduates and long-time volunteers stay involved in Pony Club through the benefits of Life Corporate Membership. Life Corporate Members receive a Life Member pin and certificate. All Life Corporate Membership dues go directly to the Pony Club Endowment Fund to support future generations of Pony Club members. Become or purchase a Life Corporate Membership for someone today!

Online Memberships
Online Membership is an option for members of all ages to have access to an interactive online experience and access to Pony Club resources. There are four types of Online Memberships: Introductory E-Membership, Pony Club IQ E-Membership, Alumni Membership, and Friend Membership.

Introductory E-Membership (Free)
Introductory E-Membership is free limited access version of the online memberships. Become a Member for free using the Promo Code JoinUSPC

Pony Club IQ E-Membership ($15)
Pony Club IQ E-Membership is an interactive online membership. It allows the member electronic access to Pony Club publications, Pony Club IQ, and special sponsor offers. Pony Club IQ is a microsite developed for our members to enhance their equine knowledge with current and reputable information. Pony Club IQ E-Membership is a yearly renewable membership. Pony Club IQ E-Membership dues cannot be applied towards any other Pony Club membership. Become a Member.

Alumni Membership ($35)
Alumni Membership is an annual membership for former participating members of all ages to maintain a connection with Pony Club while supporting the organization at a level below the Corporate Membership. With this membership, you will receive an Alumni Membership pin and online access to Pony Club publications. Most importantly you can continue to be a proud member of Pony Club.  Become an Alumni Member.

Friend Membership ($35)
Friend Membership is an annual membership, open to anyone over the age of 18. This membership option is a way for individuals with an interest in Pony Club to proudly support the organization as a member and is ideal for volunteers, instructors, or family members. With this membership you will receive a Friend Membership pin and online access to Pony Club publications. Become a Friend Member.


Participating Memberships

Participating Membership is an option for individuals who would like to ride and take part in the fun and educational offerings of USPC clubs and centers. National dues are outlined on the membership form, which may be found on the USPC website. Regional and local dues vary, be sure to ask the District Commissioner or Center Administrator for details.

Club/Center Membership
Individuals who wish to participate in mounted and unmounted meetings, clinics, rallies, certifications, exchanges, or other special opportunities do so by becoming a member through a local Pony Club or Pony Club Riding Center.  Find a club or center in your area to join. 

National Membership
Pony Club National Membership is an option for members 18 and older with a C-2 Horse Management certification level or above who are not able to participate with an individual club or center on a regular basis. The National Membership will offer individuals the opportunity to be a member of Pony Club on a national level without a specific region, club, or riding center affiliation. These members will have the opportunity to share their passion of Pony Club with others and will have the chance to ride with other clubs/centers, rally in other regions, compete at championships and pursue national level certifications. National Members pay dues directly to Pony Club, instead of at the local and regional levels. To participate in club, center or regional activities, they must pay-as-they-go.  Learn more

Club/Center Leader Instructions for Online Membership Submission

Member/Parent Instructions for Online Membership Submission

Renewal Instructions for Online Renewals

Participating Membership Form – NOTE: If you are unable to complete online membership submission, a hard copy may be used. This form must be completed and submitted to the club or center that you are joining.  The DC/CA will then submit your paperwork to the National Office with the appropriate payment.  Membership activation may be delayed when submitting hard copy.

2023 Membership Form (includes Prorated Membership rates)

2022 Membership Form


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