May 27, 2020 Pony Club Offers Discounted Membership Opportunities

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., is pleased to announce discounted opportunities on membership for new and returning members, in response to the disruption caused by the global pandemic. Relief discounts for the remainder of 2020 and for 2021 will be available starting June 1.

“As our clubs, centers and regions begin to resume planning for upcoming activities, USPC wants to make being part of Pony Club an easier choice for new and returning members,” said Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration.  “This is a challenging time, and everyone has been affected by it in different ways. Pony Club wanted to do something to support our current and future members in continuing their horsemanship journey with us. We hope these relief discounts will be helpful to families.”

Pony Club strives to make riding and horsemanship education accessible to as many people as possible. Since 1954, more than 150,000 equestrians have gotten their start with Pony Club.

Discount options are available for new or returning members, including up to $60 off the regular rates for national dues on 2020 membership, as well as up to three free months of membership with prorated 2021 dues. To join or locate a Pony Club or Riding Center near you, visit our website.

About Pony Club – The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1954. Pony Club is the largest equine education organization in the world, with more than 10,000 members in the US, and over 500 clubs and riding centers nationwide. USPC is proud to provide education to youth and equestrians of all ages, with instruction and competitive opportunities in more than nine English and Western riding disciplines. Pony Club’s educational standards continue to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools, universities, equestrian professionals and organizations across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including Olympic team members, as well as successful business professionals and government leaders, have roots in Pony Club.

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April 20, 2020 USPC Festival Rescheduled for 2021

After careful consideration of the current circumstances and information available, The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., has made the decision to postpone USPC Festival 2020 Presented by SSG Riding Gloves to July 19-26, 2021. The triennial event was originally scheduled for July 13-20, 2020, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

Festival has been a beloved tradition for Pony Club since 1983. Held at the legendary Kentucky Horse Park, the weeklong event combines the best of Pony Club’s educational opportunities with the excitement of Championships competition in a team format. However, protecting the safety and well-being of Pony Club members, volunteers, staff, supporters, leadership, and the local community must take precedence at this time.

“Pony Club is a resilient, proactive and solution-oriented organization. For these reasons, we are committed to highlighting the positive during these unprecedented times,” said USPC President Ben Duke. “Together we will work to create new opportunities for learning, fun, camaraderie, and connection while we look forward to being safely back in action.”

Pony Club is appreciative of all that our organizers, volunteers, leaders, supporters, and members have invested in planning for Festival. Preparations are already underway to ensure that USPC Festival Presented by SSG Riding Gloves will be a memorable celebration for all in 2021.

About Pony Club – The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1954. Pony Club is the largest equine education organization in the world, with more than 10,000 members in the US, and over 500 clubs and riding centers nationwide. USPC is proud to provide education to youth and equestrians of all ages, with instruction and competitive opportunities in more than nine English and Western riding disciplines. Pony Club’s educational standards continue to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools, universities, equestrian professionals and organizations across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including Olympic team members, as well as successful business professionals and government leaders, have roots in Pony Club.

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April 13, 2020 Join Pony Club Now With A Special Offer for Free E-Membership

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., is excited to provide online education through a special free e-membership offer. Now through May 31, anyone interested in learning more about horses can use promo code PCIQ520 to sign up for a FREE Pony Club IQ E-Membership.

“In these challenging times, Pony Club would like to do something to help support the entire equine community,” said Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration. “We hope this free virtual membership will provide that crucial connection that people may be missing right now, along with educational benefits from Pony Club programming. We especially welcome newcomers to join us and discover what it’s like to be part of the Pony Club family.”

The IQ E-Membership opportunity offers access to a vast library of articles and knowledge written by scientists, veterinarians, and professionals in the equine industry. Information is organized by Pony Club certification levels from beginner through advanced to help members learn about horse management and progress at their own pace.

Online members will also enjoy access to the digital edition of the Pony Club News magazine and the Pony Club blog, where we pile on the knowledge, as well as Shop Pony Club, the online store to find all of your Pony Club gear, and special offers from Pony Club sponsors.

To learn more, visit the USPC website, and sign up now to make the most of this special offer. All free Pony Club IQ Memberships using this code are good through July 31, 2020.

About Pony Club – The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1954. Pony Club is the largest equine education organization in the world, with more than 10,000 members in the US, and over 500 clubs and riding centers nationwide. USPC is proud to provide education to youth and equestrians of all ages, with instruction and competitive opportunities in more than nine English and Western riding disciplines. Pony Club’s educational standards continue to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools, universities, equestrian professionals and organizations across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including Olympic team members, as well as successful business professionals and government leaders, have roots in Pony Club.

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April 9, 2020 Pony Club Offers Education Through Lunch ’N Learn Online Series

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., is pleased to offer online education through a special Lunch ’N Learn series launched in late March. Activities and content currently publish every weekday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Eastern time on the USPC Facebook page. All are welcome to participate.

“Learning with Pony Club is one thing that can keep us connected during this time when we are apart,” said Connie Jehlik, USPC Instruction Services Director. “Our program has so many educational resources, and we wanted to make those easily available. We created the Lunch ’N Learn series to keep our members engaged through fun, interactive education and activities.”

Online content created for the Lunch ’N Learn series includes videos, live Q&A sessions with experts, quizzes, scavenger hunts and more, plus tips, tools and resources for equestrians of all levels.

“While the global pandemic we are experiencing continues to affect all of our daily lives, Pony Club remains committed to delivering education to our members and the entire equine community,” said USPC Executive Director Teresa Woods. “Especially when social distancing may prevent some equestrians from riding or seeing their horses, these virtual horsemanship lessons are a way that we can help.”

About Pony Club – The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1954. Pony Club is the largest equine education organization in the world, with more than 10,000 members in the US, and over 500 clubs and riding centers nationwide. USPC is proud to provide education to youth and equestrians of all ages, with instruction and competitive opportunities in more than nine English and Western riding disciplines. Pony Club’s educational standards continue to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools, universities, equestrian professionals and organizations across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including Olympic team members, as well as successful business professionals and government leaders, have roots in Pony Club.

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March 10, 2020 Pony Club Welcomes SSG Riding Gloves as Title Sponsor of USPC Festival 2020

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., is pleased to welcome SSG Riding Gloves as the title sponsor of the USPC Festival 2020, to be held July 13-20 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky.

The USPC Festival is held every three years at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park venue. A Pony Club tradition since 1983, the weeklong event combines Championships competition with educational clinics and workshops covering all aspects of horse care and riding.

“SSG Gloves is proud to partner with an organization like Pony Club, and looking forward to being part of the USPC Festival 2020,” said Ed James, President, SSG Riding Gloves.

“Festival is the ultimate event for Pony Club members; the teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun at Festival is unparalleled,” said USPC Executive Director Teresa Woods. “Pony Club is grateful to SSG Riding Gloves for their generous support of this event, which brings Pony Club members memories that last a lifetime.”
Pony Club expects to welcome over 3,000 members, their families, friends, volunteers, and Pony Club leadership from across the country to Kentucky to enjoy competition, learning, and fun at the USPC Festival 2020, presented by SSG Riding Gloves.

About SSG Riding Gloves – From performance to pleasure riding, SSG® provides the most complete equestrian glove line on the market. SSG® has gloves for every equestrian need, from hunter/jumper, eventing and dressage to polo, racing and carriage driving, as well as western riding, roping and show events. Quality design and materials offer the perfect balance of fit, performance and style, at an affordable price. Learn more at ssgridinggloves.com.

About Pony Club – The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1954. Pony Club is the largest equine education organization in the world, with more than 10,000 members in the US, and over 500 clubs and riding centers nationwide. USPC is proud to provide education to youth and equestrians of all ages, with instruction and competitive opportunities in more than nine English and Western riding disciplines. Pony Club’s educational standards continue to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools, universities, equestrian professionals and organizations across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including Olympic team members, as well as successful professionals, government leaders and military officers, have roots in Pony Club.

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February 19, 2020 Pony Club Welcomes Kerrits as Official Apparel Sponsor

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., is pleased to welcome Kerrits as the Official Apparel Sponsor of Pony Club.

“At Kerrits, we are truly invested in supporting the future of equestrian sport in this country,” said Melissa Hubbard, CEO, Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel. “Horsemanship and education are crucial components of that future. Thanks to the work done by Pony Club, we are developing future leaders of our sport who embody those essential components of horsemanship and stewardship. We are thrilled to help support those efforts with our partnership.”

“As a nonprofit organization, Pony Club appreciates the support of generous companies like Kerrits to provide educational programs and activities for all Pony Club members,” said USPC Executive Director Teresa Woods. “Kerrits is known for their forward-thinking approach in the horse industry, and we appreciate their commitment to the future of equestrian sport. Kerrits’ inclusive line for riders at every stage and level is also a great fit for our organization.”
Kerrits joins USPC’s current stable of corporate sponsors, including The Horse media group, Shapley’s Grooming Products, Star Stable, Triple Crown Nutrition and Wintec.

About Kerrits Performance Equestrian Apparel – Sprouted in 1986, Kerrits thrives on creating innovative, functional and stylish equestrian apparel uniquely designed for women and girls who ride and love horses. Try their durable, colorful and budget-friendly schooling and show clothes at a local tack shop or view their selection online at Kerrits.com.

About Pony Club  The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club). There are more than 10,000 Pony Club members in the US, with over 500 clubs and riding centers nationwide. USPC is proud to provide education to equestrians of all ages (including adults); incorporate more than nine English and Western riding disciplines into instruction and competition opportunities; and to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools and universities across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including Olympic team members, as well as successful professionals, government leaders and military officers, have roots in Pony Club.

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February 14, 2020 National Youth Congress and Academy of Achievement Alumni Inducted at USPC 2020 Equine Symposium and Convention

Every year at the Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC, The National Youth Congress (NYC) convenes for three days. NYC recognizes outstanding Pony Club members, with delegates selected by their regions to attend three days of leadership training and workshops. This year 20 delegates were a part of the three-day Congress at the Equine Symposium & Convention, hosted by USPC and presented by the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, in Seattle, Washington, January 29-February 2, 2020.

A very special part of the NYC is the induction of outstanding USPC Alumni into the Academy of Achievement, honoring alumni who have attained outstanding success in their chosen fields. The alumni inductees join the delegates of the NYC as leaders and mentors, sharing their experiences starting from the common foundation of the Pony Club program. 

Three Pony Club alumni were inducted into the Academy of Achievement for 2020:
Katy Barglow, Ph.D.; David Silver; and Erin Tomson, Ph.D. (Visit http://blog.ponyclub.org/ to learn more about each of these distinguished alumni.)

“Pony Club gave me a strong foundation in riding, horsemanship, and the social-emotional skills that have shaped me as a person,” said David Silver, founder of the nonprofit organization Detroit Horse Power. “These experiences set me up on the path I have chosen to share the benefits of horses with kids in inner city Detroit.”

“I can confidently say I would not be in my current role without this background,” said Katy Barglow, who works as a vice-president in the biotech industry. “The biggest thing I learned [from Pony Club] was about leadership — how to teach, how to be a leader among your peers, and how to interact with people in positions of authority while still showing your own mastery.”

Barglow, who is also a wife, mother, dressage trainer and judge, offered valuable advice on work-life balance and time management during the workshops. The sessions provided a forum for the Academy of Achievement alumni and youth delegates to exchange ideas and share discussion on life skills and leadership topics.

“They really have a leg up in the world in terms of their preparation to do their best in college and coursework in whatever they choose to do. Pony Club has a lot of values that contribute to that. It was amazing to come here and feel the energy and see them all working together,” said Erin Tomson, a clinical assistant professor in the College of Communications at Washington State University. “We’re working to advance not only horse sports, but young people in general and all the things that are really important to improving our society.”

The following members were elected to the National Youth Congress for 2020:

Olivia Arbogast – Intermountain Region
Anika Baker – Middle California Region
Sarah Bonfield – Camino Real Region
Brooke Burchianti – Tri-State Region
Parker Chance – Maryland Region
Brooke DeCant – Old Dominion Region
Anna Fitzhugh – Maryland Region
Emily Garside – Tri-State Region
Nicole Hetzel – Midwest Region
Alexis Horn – Virginia Region
Gibsen Kaye – Lake Shore Region
Addison Leckrone – Northwest Region
Elizabeth Margeotes – New Jersey Region
Elizabeth Morgan – National Member
Savannah Ranes – Southern California Region
Claire Ristow – Lake Shore Region
Anderson Rogers – Eastern Pennsylvania Region
Ava Severs – Rocky Mountain Region
Sandra Jane Thomas – Sunshine Region
Catherine Yudlow – Sunshine Region

The USPC National Youth Congress and Academy of Achievement programs are made possible thanks to the support of Hastilow Competition Saddles, USA, and the Western & English Sales Association (WESA).

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club). There are more than 10,000 Pony Club members in the US, with over 500 clubs and riding centers nationwide. USPC is proud to provide education to equestrians of all ages (including adults); incorporate more than nine riding disciplines (including Western) into instruction and competition opportunities; and to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools and universities across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including Olympic team members, as well as successful professionals, government leaders and military officers, have roots in Pony Club.

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February 10, 2020 Milestone Club Anniversaries Honored at USPC Equine Symposium & Convention

Nineteen clubs were honored for their member dedication and longevity with the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. during the 2020 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC, presented by the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, in Seattle, Washington, on Feb. 1st. The Club Milestone Award is given to clubs reaching their 25th or 50th anniversary years.

“With so many clubs celebrating such important milestones, their commitment to Pony Club provides an example and inspiration to all. The passion of our long-standing clubs and their leadership is the backbone of USPC and we look forward to applauding future successes,” stated Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration. 

During the Meeting of the Corporation, 12 clubs celebrated their 25th anniversary by receiving a 25 Year Club Milestone Award. Those clubs include: Columbia River Pony Club (Inland Empire Region); Deer Creek Pony Club (Sierra Pacific Region); High Lakes Pony Club (Oregon Region); Highland Riders Pony Club (Oregon Region); Lead Hound Pony Club (Northern Lakes Region); Na Lio Kai Pony Club (Hawaii Region); Narrows Pony Club (Northwest Region); Oregon Trail Pony Club (Oregon Region); Rivers Edge Pony Club (Inland Empire Region); Santa Fe Pony Club (Southwest Region); Shetucket Valley Pony Club (New York/Upper Connecticut Region); Sun Basin Pony Club (Inland Empire Region).

Celebrating an even bigger benchmark, seven clubs were honored this year with 50 Year Club Milestone Awards. Those clubs include: Greenville Foothills Pony Club (Carolina Region); Lost Hounds Pony Club (Tri-State Region); Roanoke Valley Pony Club (Old Dominion Region); Roaring Fork Hounds Pony Club (Rocky Mountain Region); Sangamon Valley Pony Club (North Central Prairie Region); Shenandoah Valley Pony Club (Capital Region); Western Reserve Pony Club (Tri-State Region). 

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club). There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the US. USPC is proud to provide education to equestrians of all ages (including adults); incorporate more than nine riding disciplines (including Western) into instruction and competition opportunities; and to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools and universities across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and military officers, have roots in Pony Club.

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February 7, 2020 A-Level Certification Achievements Honored at USPC Equine Symposium & Convention

Six Pony Club members who earned A-Level Certifications were recognized for their accomplishment during the 2020 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC, presented by the Ben B. Cheney Foundation in Seattle, Washington, on Feb. 1st.

The following members were honored for achieving their A-Level Certification during 2019, with the presentation of awards sponsored by Stites & Harbison Attorneys PLLC:

Arielle Aharoni, Amwell Valley Hounds Pony Club, New Jersey Region
Gabrielle Dickerson, National Member
Alexis DiPasqua, Radnor Hunt Pony Club, Eastern Pennsylvania Region
Alexa Ehlers, National Member
Ema Klugman, Seneca Valley Pony Club, Capital Region
Lindsay Woods, Loudoun Hunt Pony Club, Virginia Region

The A Certification is the top level in the USPC certification program and is reached by fewer than one in 300 dedicated members. Throughout the international equine industry, it is widely recognized as the mark of a highly competent and knowledgeable horseperson.

“We are very proud of our newest A recipients,” stated Connie Jehlik, USPC Director of Instruction Services, noting this was not the first recognition for some. “Alexa Ehlers has now earned her second A Certification, and Ema Klugman has become Pony Club’s second ‘triple A,’ earning her A Certification in Eventing, Dressage and Show Jumping, which shows great determination and a very competent horsewoman.” 

Each of the Pony Club certification levels is more difficult than the preceding one, and requires Pony Club members to learn more about horses and their care, and to become increasingly accomplished riders and teachers to younger members. Along with an emphasis on helping its members learn to ride and care for horses, Pony Club promotes teamwork, a sense of responsibility, safety, good moral judgment and self-confidence.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club). There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the US. USPC is proud to provide education to equestrians of all ages (including adults); incorporate more than nine riding disciplines (including Western) into instruction and competition opportunities; and to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools and universities across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, as well as business professionals, government leaders and military officers have roots in Pony Club.

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February 6, 2020 Awards and Education at 2020 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC, presented by the Ben B. Cheney Foundation

Equine enthusiasts and Pony Club members and leaders converged on the Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center, in Seattle, Washington, on  January 29th–February 2nd, for the 2020 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC, presented by the Ben B. Cheney Foundation. Over 700 attendees were treated to more than 50 educational workshops, presentations, and interactive learning experiences on a variety of equine topics.

Attendees met “Where the Mountains Meet the Sea” in the Northwest Region. Representatives from 39 Pony Club Regions, including 41 states, were on hand working to expand Pony Club programming for current and future members. In addition to educational workshops, attendees enjoyed a variety of opportunities from viewing research project fair entries and exploring the anatomy lab to shopping the trade fair and silent auction. Pony Club members got advice to prepare for horse management at certifications and rallies, and workshop tracks focused on leadership, instruction, veterinary care and riding disciplines offered a customizable experience.

Friday’s convention activities welcomed 20 delegates to the 2020 National Youth Congress as well as honoring the inductees into this year’s Academy of Achievement: Katy Barglow, Ph.D.; David Silver; and Erin Tomson, Ph.D.

Many Pony Club awards were presented at the Saturday morning Meeting of the Corporation. Seven clubs received 50 year awards and 12 clubs received 25 year awards. Upper Level members received special recognition for achieving Pony Club’s highest certification, with six members earning their A Certification. The Brookfield Land Conservation Award was presented to Greenville Foothills Pony Club in the Carolina Region. The Flash Teamwork Award went to the Butte Valley Pony Club in the Sierra Pacific region.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has,” shared Deb Pearson and Holly Nielson in submitting their winning nomination for the Flash Award.

The Saturday night banquet was a highlight as attendees celebrated the recipients of the USPC Founders Awards for 2020: Katie Graham, Nancy MacIsaac, Nancy Pittman and Jan Whitehouse. Featured speaker for the evening was 5-star eventer and A-Certified Pony Club graduate, Maya Black. Black shared how her experiences in Pony Club laid the groundwork for her future success as a rider, trainer and Olympic equestrian. More than 370 people attended the banquet and danced the night away.

The 2020 Equine Symposium and Convention was possible thanks to the support of our sponsors, including the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Clover Valley Veterinary Services, University of Louisville Equine Industry Program, Arabian Horse Youth Association, RevitaVet Therapeutic Systems, Specialty Program Insurors, Tack Room Too, USPC White Mountain Region, North Country Pony Club, Passaconaway Pony Club, Ring Brook Farm and 8T Acres, as well as USPC corporate sponsors Kerrits, The Horse, Shapley’s, Star Stable, Triple Crown Nutrition and Wintec.
It was announced that the 2021 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC will be held January 27-31 at the St. Louis Grand Marriott, in St. Louis, MO, in the Midwest Region.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club). There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the US. USPC is proud to provide education to equestrians of all ages (including adults); incorporate more than nine riding disciplines (including Western) into instruction and competition opportunities; and to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools and universities across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and military officers, have roots in Pony Club.

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January 14, 2020 Pony Club Invites You to Join Us Where the Mountains Meet the Sea

The United States Pony Clubs (USPC) invites equestrians of all ages and disciplines to attend the 2020 Equine Symposium and Convention Hosted by USPC, Presented by the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, held in Seattle, WA, January 29- February 2, 2020, at the Hilton Seattle Airport and Conference Center. The event offers educational opportunities with 50+ workshops and seminars as well as trade fair shopping and more. Single-day registrations are available.

Workshop topics include Horse and Rider Biomechanics, Buying a Horse Dos and Don’ts, Careers in the Horse Industry, Developing the Young Horse, DIY Trail Obstacles, Gymkhana, Conditioning for Distance Riding, and Equine Infectious Disease Control, plus sessions on rider fitness, dressage, therapeutic riding, pasture management, farrier care, supplements, equine nutrition, conformation and lameness, as well as leadership training seminars.

Workshops are presented by equine experts, including equine veterinarians; trainers, judges and instructors affiliated with the United States Dressage Federation and United States Eventing Association; and nationally certified USPC members and graduates.

Pony Club A graduate and 5-Star event rider Maya Black will be the keynote speaker at the Saturday night banquet, in addition to presenting a workshop and signing autographs at the event.

The popular Anatomy Lab will also be returning, presented by Clover Valley Veterinary Services. Join equine veterinary experts for a hands-on, head-to-hoof introduction to equine anatomy featuring over 100 specimens.

Trade fair shopping and a display of entries from the Research Project Fair, presented by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, plus a silent auction and Saturday night banquet with a dessert dash round out a fun and educational experience.

Event sponsors include the Ben B. Cheney Foundation, Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, Clover Valley Veterinary Services, University of Louisville Equine Industry Program, Arabian Horse Youth Association, RevitaVet Therapeutic Systems, Specialty Program Insurors, Tack Room Too, USPC White Mountain Region, North Country Pony Club, Passaconaway Pony Club, Ring Brook Farm and 8T Acres, as well as USPC corporate sponsors Kerrits, The Horse, Shapley’s, Star Stable, Triple Crown Nutrition and Wintec.

Visit www.ponyclub.org/events/annualmeeting for registration information, schedules and a complete list of seminar topics.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club). There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the US. USPC is proud to provide education to equestrians of all ages (including adults); incorporate more than nine riding disciplines (including Western) into instruction and competition opportunities; and to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools and universities across the United States. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club.

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August 3, 2019 Pony Club's 65th Anniversary

In honor of Pony Club’s 65th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce that through the generosity of The Manton Foundation, The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. has received a $32,500 Matching Gift to support USPC Educational Programs. 

The Manton Match will begin on August, 3rd and continue through December 31st.  All Annual Fund gifts up to $32,500 will be matched dollar-for-dollar towards the Celebrate 65 Annual Fund Campaign to reach a Birthday goal of $65,000. 

“Pony Club would like to extend its most sincere thanks to The Manton Foundation and all of our supporters as they help us Celebrate 65 years!  It is an outstanding achievement and we are excited for Pony Club’s continuous bright future.” said Teresa Woods, Executive Director of The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

Pony Club relies on the Annual Fund, and all of the generous donors to help bridge the gap between member dues and the cost of creating quality equestrian educational opportunities and activities. The Annual Fund also provides training for the many volunteers who play a crucial role in providing programming for our members at the local, regional and national levels.

To support the Manton Match and to read more of Pony Club’s history, visit Celebrate 65.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age as Pony Club now offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults. www.ponyclub.org.

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August 1, 2019 2019 USPC Championships Central Set to Begin

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is heading to the Colorado Horse Park, August 5-11 for the 2019 USPC Championships Central in Parker, Colorado.

Each year, USPC holds National Championships in Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games, Quiz, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon. All members competing at Championships qualify through participation in regional rallies, where teams of members are selected.  Teams are scored not only on their success in the ring or on the field, but also on their Horse Management skills and knowledge.

There are a number of exciting opportunities for Pony Club members and supporters including the Opening Ceremony, Competitors’ Party and Member Showcase.  Nationally certified Pony Club competitors will be exhibiting their talents in the Member Showcase in the Colorado Horse Park arena.  Come watch USPC’s finest demonstrate their expertise in Dressage, Mounted Games, Eventing, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon.  The Member Showcase is also proud to feature “Are You Smarter Than a Quiz Competitor” Trivia and recognition of nationally certified Stable Managers.

A special treat!  The 2019 International Mounted Games Exchange is hosted by USPC and will be competing in Colorado during Championships.  The exciting competition between Australia, Canada, Great Britain, and the United States will occur on Thursday, August 8 at the Colorado Horse Park in Parker, CO.

“Pony Club is excited to welcome competitors and spectators to the 2019 USPC Championships Central at the Colorado Horse Park. We look forward to participants joining us for not only competition but also all of our exciting events” said Teresa Woods, Executive Director of United States Pony Clubs, Inc. 

Pony Club would like to thank the generous sponsors who provide support for this event.  Sponsors include Shapley’s Grooming Products, Triple Crown Nutrition, Star Stable Entertainment, The Horse, Middle Tennessee Pony Club Fund, and Western and English Sales Association (WESA).

The cornerstone of the Pony Club foundation are education, safety, sportsmanship, stewardship and fun.  Championships bring together hundreds of members, volunteers and families as there are activities for all to see and do during the event.  The team environment provides a unique experience that creates life-long bonds and for many is the pinnacle of achievement during their Pony Club career.

To learn more about the 2019 USPC Championships Central, please visit the Pony Club website or download the USPC event app today.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age as Pony Club now offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults. www.ponyclub.org

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July 23, 2019 2019 USPC Championships Set to Begin

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is heading to Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), July 25th – 28th for the 2019 USPC Championships East.

Each year, USPC holds National Championships in Dressage, Western Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games, Polocrosse, Quiz, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon. All members competing at Championships qualify through participation in Regional Rallies, where teams of members are selected.  Teams are scored not only on their success in the ring or on the field, but also on their Horse Management skills and knowledge.

The event kicks off Thursday evening with Opening Ceremonies, followed by Battle of the Barns Lip Sync Contest and Competitors’ Party in the Tryon Arena.  Pony Club Sponsor, Star Stable (www.starstable.com) will provide entertainment with singer/songwriter Amanda Örtenhag, and Matilda Opalpie, who will emcee the Battle of the Barns Lip Sync Contest.

The TIEC Saturday Night Lights event boasts fun for all!  Face-painting, special performers, a Venetian carousel and live music are just a small list of what is in store. In addition, nationally certified Pony Club competitors will be exhibiting their talents in the Member Showcase in the Tryon Arena.  Come watch USPC’s finest demonstrate their expertise in Dressage, Mounted Games, Polocrosse, Eventing, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon.  The Member Showcase is also proud to feature “Are You Smarter Than a Quiz Competitor” Trivia and recognition of all team Stable Managers.

“Pony Club is excited to welcome competitors and spectators to the 2019 USPC Championships East at the Tryon International Equestrian Center. We look forward to participants joining us for not only competition but also all of our exciting events” said Teresa Woods, Executive Director of United States Pony Clubs, Inc. 

Pony Club would like to thank the generous sponsors who provide support for this event.  Sponsors include Gore Trailers, Flair Equine Nasal Strips, Middle Tennessee Pony Club Fund, Shapley’s Grooming Products, Triple Crown Nutrition, Star Stable Entertainment SELECTiON.COM and The Horse.

The cornerstone of the Pony Club foundation are education, safety, sportsmanship, stewardship and fun.  Championships bring together hundreds of members, volunteers and families as there are activities for all to see and do during the event.  The team environment provides a unique experience that creates life-long bonds and for many is the pinnacle of achievement during their Pony Club career.

To learn more about the 2019 USPC Championships East, please visit the Pony Club website or download the USPC event app today.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age as Pony Club now offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults. www.ponyclub.org

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June 26, 2019 Pony Club Awards Members College Scholarships

Six exceptional Pony Club members were awarded college scholarships through The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. for outstanding achievements in academia, sportsmanship, and leadership through horsemanship. The recipients were chosen based on essay applications by a scholarship committee and administered by Pony Club according to the requirements for each opportunity.

The Pony Club Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. Scholarship is sponsored by Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. to reward Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club, who have achieved a Pony Club certification higher than a C-2 and who have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. This year’s recipient is Ema Klugman, an A Eventing member of Seneca Valley Pony Club from Clarksburg, MD. Klugman is currently attending Duke University and majoring in Public Policy and History.

The Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for higher education to an active Pony Club member who exhibits the qualities that Dorothy Renfro valued most: leadership, horse management, and volunteering time and energy to beneficial activities. She hoped to encourage horsemen and women in their academic pursuits. This year’s recipient of the Renfro Memorial Scholarship is Emma McKeighen, an H-B member of Carbon River Pony Club from Enumclaw, WA.  She will be attending California Polytechnic State University majoring in Business Administration.

The Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship is awarded annually to a Pony Club member pursuing a Liberal Arts degree in areas such as literature, music, theater, and visual arts, who has an overall GPA of at least 2.0. Recipient Mckenna Miller, C-2 member of Keeneland Pony Club from Fort Thomas, KY, will be majoring in Digital Media and Design at the University of Kentucky.

The Pony Club Jubilee Scholarships are awarded to two Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club. Applicants have achieved a Pony Club certification of C-2 or higher. Recipient Gianna Sbarbaro, an H-B member of Lio Lani Pony Club from Kailua, HI, is continuing her education in Business/Entrepreneurship.  Recipient Madison Ritsch, an H-B member of Eagle River Pony Club from Eagle, CO, will be majoring in Aerospace Engineering.

The Anson W. H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by Pony Club and the Equine Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) in memory of former Pony Club President and ELCR founder Anson Taylor. The Scholarship is awarded to a current Pony Club member who has been active with and committed to efforts on behalf of land conservation. This year’s recipient is Katrina Rowe, a B Dressage member of Seneca Valley Pony Club from Boyds, MD.  Rowe will be attending Middlebury College.

For more information, visit the Pony Club Scholarship programs page on our website.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age as Pony Club now offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults. www.ponyclub.org

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June 3, 2019 USPC Welcomes Star Stable

The United States Pony Clubs is pleased to announce new Corporate Partner: Star Stable Online, the number-one ranked and fastest growing online horse adventure game in the world. Currently, Star Stable is played in more than 180 countries with nearly 15 million registered users worldwide.  Star Stable allows players to dive into the joys of horse-riding, education, and adventure in 3D. 

Players can design their own characters and horses, compete in races and championships, and join riding clubs, all while interacting with users from around the world. Players discover Star Stable because they love horses, and then learn cooperation, problem-solving and self-expression. 

“Star Stable is proud to partner with Pony Club and sponsor the 2019 USPC Championships East to celebrate equine stewardship, friendship and adventure both in our game and within girl communities everywhere,” said Taina Malén, Star Stable Chief New Business Officer and Chief Operating Officer. “Star Stable players are young women who are passionate about horses, adventures and meeting friends, which aligns perfectly with the tenants of Pony Club to promote sportsmanship, stewardship and fun.”

Be sure to stop in and meet the Star Stable team during USPC Championships, July 24-28 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age as Pony Club now offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults. www.ponyclub.org

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May 8, 2019 Survey Says: Take the Impressions of Pony Club Survey

Have an opinion? We would like to hear it… Take the Impressions of Pony Club Survey. Your participation will help expand resources and educational opportunities to anyone interested in pursuing a life with horses.

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., was established 65 years ago to develop and encourage both, the knowledge of horsemanship, and the care of horses. Through the years, Pony Club has become the largest provider of equine education in the world. This year, we are asking you to reflect on the impact Pony Club has had, so we can explore how best to continue making educational resources accessible to all horse enthusiasts.

Feel free to share or forward this survey to any friends, family, and members of your community. All opinions and impressions are helpful and completely confidential. Please take 5-10 minutes to complete this survey and share any impressions you have of Pony Club as an organization. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DDMTLGP. Your answers will help USPC continue to better meet the needs of the equestrian community.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. USPC is proud to provide education to equestrians of all ages (including adults); incorporate more than 9 riding disciplines (including Western) into instruction and competition opportunities; and to be instrumental in curriculum development for schools and universities across the United States.  Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. For more information about USPC or to get involved (or re-involved) with Pony Club please visit our website.

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May 2, 2019 Pony Club was everywhere during the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Pony Club Members and Alumni were seen throughout the Kentucky Horse Park in waves.  Whether it was spectating, volunteering, performing demonstrations, grooms, judges, veterinarians or competitors the Land Rover Kentucky ThreeDay Event was Pony Club Proud.

Of the top 20 finishers 45% were Pony Club Alumni.  Included in this prestigious group is Boyd Martin (Aus – Forest Hills Pony Club) who placed second on Tsetserleg, Tim Price (New Zealand - Oxford Pony Club placed third) and Doug Payne (USA- Somerset Hills Pony Club placed fifth). 

In its 19th consecutive year at the Kentucky Three-Day Event, four Pony Club teams competed in the Prince Philip Cup Games sponsored by Hero Kids Foundation.  As one of Pony Club’s most popular disciplines, Mounted Games provided spectators with a great showing of talent, leadership and sportsmanship.

Final placings for the Price Philip Cup Games: 

1st OLD DOMINION/WHITE MOUNTAIN – STARSTRUCK 

Hannah Sutton riding Porkchop
Hailey Zaun riding Daddy’s Fury
Madison Zaun riding Sunflower Power
Shakira Marquis riding Misbehavin’
Reese Pike riding Fury

2nd MIDWEST REGION – IT’S A GAMES THING

Michaela Frye riding Curious George
Alyssa Kendrick riding Apollo
Alaina Morrissey riding Fancy That
Peyton Wiseman riding Tucker

3rd DELMARVA REGION– TIDEWATERBLUE CRABS

Kelley Abell riding Isaac
Michael Baugh riding Apollo
Tegan Carey riding Stripey Donald
Ruths riding Gizmo
Yasmin Wells riding JudyPower

4th CAPITAL/MARYLAND - THUNDERHOOVES

Mackenzie Hicks riding Gracie Ella Jensen riding Greystone
Gwen Daaghn Brooke Keiser riding Hershey Kiss
Kate Keiser riding Legally Blond
Kate Benjamin riding Jellybean


The United States Pony Clubs would like to extend a sincere thank you to Equestrian Events, Inc., event officials and Pony Club alumni.  Due to their support, USPC members had numerous chances to gain first-hand knowledge of the only CCI5* event in North America.   Local members from the Midsouth Region were given the opportunity to volunteer as gate crew for dressage, experiencing firsthand what it takes to be part of one of the most prestigious Eventing competitions in the world.

Prior to the event Pony Club members Grace Owens (C-2, Southern Run Pony Club, Deep South Region) and Julia Greene (C-2, Passaconaway Pony Club, White Mountain Region) submitted winning essays to be chosen as media interns in the Land Rover Media Center under Pony Club Alumni Ann Haller.  These interns attended press conferences, jobs, and interviewed key members of the event.

Ten current members were also selected to take part in a special “Meet and Greet” with Pony Club graduates, Courtney Carson (Doug Payne’s Groom, graduate C-2, Boskydell Pony Club, Midsouth Region), Doug Payne (graduate A, Somerset Hills Pony Club, New Jersey Region), and Allie Sacksen (graduate A, Brandywine Hounds Pony Club,  Eastern Pennsylvanian Region region). 

Thursday and Friday mornings Keenland Pony Club members presented an outstanding quadrille demonstration in the Walnut Ring.  The choreographed ride represented the Midsouth Region and stopped bystanders in their tracks.  It was the perfect kick off to the Demonstrations and Exhibitions that followed.

Saturday, Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix course designer, Guilherme Jorge gave an indepth tour of the competitors’ course.  Sunday Marc Donovan (graduate A, Meadow Brook Hounds Pony Club, Metropolitan Region), led the Pony Club Stadium Course walk before the final phase of the event commenced. 

During the event Pony Club alumni, members and friends made a special stop in the USPC Booth.  All were welcomed and able to sign up for special drawings, sign the Pony Club pin promise and purchase exclusive Pony Club merchandise!  A special thank you to Pony Club members and alumni who traveled so far; from South Africa, to right here in Lexington, the booth was full of members sharing one distinct love – Pony Club.

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April 29, 2019 Field of Four Games Teams Ready to Compete for the 2019 Prince Philip Cup at Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. will once again hold the Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games competition at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2019 Prince Philip Cup Games sponsored by Hero Kids Foundation will mark the competition’s 19th consecutive year it will be hosted during the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The event will feature four teams from across the country.

The tentative competition schedule is:

Friday, April 26th
12:30 p.m. Prince Philip Cup Games Round 1, Walnut Ring

Saturday, April 27th
8:30 a.m.  Prince Philip Cup Games Round 2, Walnut Ring

Sunday, April 28th
11:30 a.m. Presentation of Awards, Rolex Stadium

Mounted Games is a series of relay races on horseback, where the riders must perform different skills while riding at speed. These riders perform skills that require them to use hand-eye coordination, strength and speed - all while working as a team to complete each relay. Some games require them to dismount and pick an object off of the ground and then vault back on to the pony. Other games require weaving through poles or running alongside the pony. The goal of mounted games is to provide and teach games that will enhance riding skills, physical coordination, and self-confidence. To qualify for the Prince Philip Cup Games competition, each team must have achieved top honors at the USPC Championships the previous summer. The teams competing this year are:

DELMARVA REGION- TIDEWATERBLUE CRABS
Kelley Abell riding Isaac
Michael Baugh riding Apollo
Tegan Carey riding Stripey
Donald Ruths riding Gizmo
Yasmin Wells riding Judy

CAPITAL/MARYLAND REGIONS- THUNDERHOOVES
Mackenzie Hicks riding Gracie
Ella Jensen riding Greystone Gwen Daaghn
Brooke Keiser riding Hershey Kiss
Kate Keiser riding Legally Blond
Kate Benjamin riding Jellybean

MIDWEST REGION- IT’S A GAMES THING
Michaela Frye riding Curious George
Alyssa Kendrick riding Apollo
Alaina Morrissey riding Fancy That
Peyton Wiseman riding Tucker

OLD DOMINION/SUNSHINE/WHITE MOUNTAIN REGIONS- STARSTRUCK
Hannah Sutton riding Porkchop
Hailey Zaun riding Daddy’s Fury
Madison Zaun riding Sunflower Power
Shakira Marquis riding Misbehavin’
Reese Pike riding Fury

The competition was originally sponsored by HRH Prince Philip, due to his interest in supporting equestrian competition for youth that did not necessarily require a fancy or expensive mount. The original competition was an exhibition held at the National Horse Show, then later moved to the Washington International Horse Show. In 2000, EEI, the organizing group of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, offered to host the Prince Philip Cup competition as a competition/exhibition during the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age, as Pony Club now offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults. 

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April 20, 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Riders with Pony Club Connections

Pony Club shares a long history with the eventing community; most of America’s top-level eventers have a Pony Club background. The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is the only five-star eventing competition held in North America.

Pony Club connections can be found in every aspect of the Event from competitors, stewards, volunteers, coaches, spectators, and demonstration riders emphasizing that Pony Club really is where it all begins. Below is a list of 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event competitors who are Pony Club alumni and share a connection with the largest equine educational organization in the world.


About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age as Pony Club now offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults. www.ponyclub.org.

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November 2, 2018 The United States Pony Clubs Kicks-off "25 Days to 25K Challenge Campaign"

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. officially kicked off their 25 Days to 25K Challenge Campaign today, thanks to a generous gift from the Bates Family Foundation. The Campaign will run November 2nd – 26th. All gifts to the USPC Annual Fund during this time will count towards the Challenge Goal of $25,000.

The USPC Annual Fund supports, in part, many of the various opportunities Pony Club provides its members. These range from instructional and educational materials, competitions such as Championships and Festival, college scholarships for members, leadership training, Equine Symposium and Convention and educational outreach to name a few. “We are very grateful for the support from the Bates Family Foundation with this generous Challenge gift. They believe in the mission of Pony Club, and understand the skills, knowledge and empowerment that Pony Club provides for our members, in addition to creating accomplished equestrians. As an equine educational organization, our main focus is horsemanship, but through our programs USPC provides the opportunities for members to learn teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership, confidence and so much more. Our generous donors help us make this happen and we can’t thank all of them, and the Bates Family Foundation, enough,” said Executive Director, Teresa Woods.

Annual Fund Campaign gifts can be made online at 25 Days to 25K, by contacting the Development Department, calling the office at 859/24-7669, or by mail at USPC, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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August 16, 2018 Pony Club Members Shine at 2018 USEF Pony Jumper Championship

Two members of the United States Pony Clubs Pony Jumper Team, at the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm August 8-12, 2018, rose to the top of placings inside and outside of the ring.


Taylor Brinsfield (C-2 Traditional, Green Spring Hounds Pony Club/Maryland Region) rode Sprite in three Phases over three days to finish in third place in the Individual phase of the USEF Pony Jumper National Championship.

"It was just a wild experience, I'm super excited. If there are kids who are interested in riding, they should definitely come join.” Said Brinsfield.

After two rounds in the Alltech Arena, the USPC Pony Jumper team finished in fifth place. The team was made up of four riders: Keely Bechtol riding Lark’s Magic, Taylor Brinsfield riding Sprite, Nora Goldfarb (C-2 Traditional/Midsouth Region) riding Aluinn Denmark, and Megan De Michele (C-1 Traditional/Virginia Region) riding Gracie Lou.

L to R: Megan De Michele, Taylor Brinsfield, Nora Goldfarb, Keely Bechtol

Keely Bechtol (H-B HM/C-3 Show Jumping, Bluegrass Pony Club/Midsouth Region) received a $500 Emerson Burr Horsemanship grant for educational related expenses by winning the 15-17 age division. Bechtol placed in the top four of her division to move onto the hands-on portion of the testing.  She used knowledge gained through Pony Club to demonstrate top horsemanship skills in her division.

The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Fund was created in 2002 by friends and family of the late Emerson Burr to promote and perpetuate proper horsemanship in equestrian youth. The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grants are awarded by US Equestrian based on tests held at competitions throughout the year at the National and Zone levels. At the USEF Pony Finals, participants took a written test, followed by hands-on testing for the top four from each age group (9-11, 12-14, and 15-17).

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. www.ponyclub.org.

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August 9, 2018 Pony Club Team to Compete at the 2018 USEF Pony Jumper Championships

Four United States Pony Clubs, Inc. members make up the team representing Pony Club at the 2018 USEF Pony Jumper Championships held in conjunction with the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY August 7-12th.  Pony Club members from all over the country have been vying for a spot on the team for the last 12 months. 

L to R: Megan De Michele, Nora Goldfarb, Keely Bechtol, Taylor Brinsfield

Team Members:
Keely Bechtol (H-B, Bluegrass Pony Club/Midsouth Region) riding Lark’s Magic
Taylor Brinsfield (C-2 Traditional, Green Spring Hounds Pony Club/Maryland Region) riding Sprite
Nora Goldfarb (C-2 Traditional, Middle Tennessee Pony Club/Midsouth Region) riding Aluinn Denmark
Megan De Michele (C-1 Traditional, Misty Brae Farm Pony Club Riding Center/Virginia Region) riding Gracie Lou
Alternate: Isabel Brunker (H-B, Keeneland Pony Club/Midsouth Region) riding Blue’s Traveler

Three riders are returning members of the USPC team: Bechtol, Brinsfield and De Michele. “As member of the USPC Jumper Team, I have learned how to be a good horseman and valuable team player.” Said Brinsfield.

Coach and Chef d’Equipe Richard Lamb will guide the team over the three days of jumping competition.  Riders compete in three phases starting Thursday, August 9th. Lamb (Aiken, SC), Pony Club National Examiner and C-1 Graduate.

The team comes together in Kentucky to compete against other teams representing zones from all over the nation in both team and individual events jumping fences 1.05m to 1.15m height. De Michele’s favorite thing about the team is the “sense of team spirit that we have, feels like a rally – I like it.”

Goldfarb is riding on her first USPC team and “is excited to share the experiences as a team with these girls in the Alltech Arena.”

“From my time on USPC Pony Jumper teams, I have learned how to be confident in unfamiliar situations – you have to be brave to jump those jumps.” Said Bechtol.

Any Pony Club members D-3 certified and above were eligible for the team; qualifying began in June 2017. Unlike the other teams competing from the same zone the USPC members are coming from states and regions all over the country.  For more information on the USPC Team please go to the Pony Club website and for further information regarding the Championships please visit the USEF website.   

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. www.ponyclub.org.

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August 8, 2018 Pony Club Championships Head West

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. USPC Championships West 2018 will be held at Donida Farm Equestrian Center in Auburn, WA & Eventing Championships in conjunction with Area VII Young Rider Benefit Horse Trials will be August 6-12, 2018.

This year’s West Championships features National Championships in Dressage, Western Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games, Quiz, Show Jumping, and Tetrathlon. All members competing at Championships qualify through participation in Regional Rallies, where teams of members are selected. Teams are scored not only on their success in the ring or on the field, but also on their Horse Management skills and knowledge.

“Many Pony Club members put forth hard work, time, and dedication to qualify and compete at the Championships making it a much anticipated event. We thank Capaill as sponsor for Championships West for their recognition of the members commitment it takes to get to Championships. We wish all the competitors the best of luck for a fun and educational week.” Said Teresa Woods, USPC Executive Director.

The cornerstone of the Pony Club foundation are education, safety, sportsmanship, stewardship and fun.  Members learn teamwork, a sense of responsibility, safety, self-confidence, and leadership, through the riding and care of horses. The Championships bring together hundreds of members, volunteers and families as there are activities for all to see and do during the event.  The team environment provides a unique experience that creates life-long bonds and for many is the pinnacle of achievement during their Pony Club career.

To learn more about the USPC Championships West 2018 please visit the Pony Club website or download the USPC event app today.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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August 7, 2018 Pony Club Championships East A Success

Pony Club members returned to Tryon International Equestrian Center for the USPC Charles Owen 2018 Championships East, presented by Flair, LLC and Airowear July 25 – 29, 2018. Members competed on the same grounds that where the FEI World Equestrian Games will be held in September.

The event brought more than 500 competitors together representing twenty-six regions to compete in Dressage, Eventing, Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping, Tetrathlon, and Quiz. A large group of Pony Club leaders, volunteers, parents and friends helped to organize and staff the days of competition.

“I had so much fun competing in this year’s USPC Championships East. Tryon International Equestrian Center is an impressive venue that has so many opportunities for spectating and competing. One of my favorite things this year was that polocrosse was playing right outside the event barns. I have never seen a polocrosse match and it was so much fun watching in the mornings while I got ready for my rides. That is what I love about TIEC, all the disciplines are competing so closely so the competitors have to opportunity to watch other disciplines that we may not always have the chance to see regularly.” Said Eventing competitor Micaela Forsyth (H-HM/H-Traditional, Eastern Pennsylvania Region & National Youth Board Member).

In addition to the traditional competition, twenty-eight Pony Club members brought their Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds to participate in the New Vocations Pony Club Challenge competition in four different disciplines.  Seven members competed in Eventing, twelve in Show Jumping, nine in Dressage of which, two rode Western Dressage.  Members used their horsemanship skills to retrain their adopted mounts; over the weekend they were judged on performances in the ring as well as their Pony Club Horse Management skills in the barns. Caitlin Deisler (C-1 Traditional/HM, Red River Region) navigated Mach Seven to win the Eventing Division. Keely Bechtol (H-B/C-2 Traditional/C-3 Show Jumping, Midsouth Region) piloted Why Not Whiskey to top honors in the Show Jumping Division. Savannah Ranes (H-B/C-1 Flat/C-1 Dressage, Southern California Region) rode Jackson Square to take home the blue in the Dressage and Rhian Cline (C-1 HM/C-1 Western, Heartland Region) rode Conquest Neighplam to win the Western Dressage Division.

For a full list of results by discipline, please visit www.ponyclub.org. There was great competition in dressage, evening, quiz, show jumping and tetrathlon but the President's Cup competition sponsored by Hero Kids Foundation was the highlight event during the Saturday Nights Lights evening at Tryon International Equestrian Center.  Switchblade team hoisted the trophy Saturday night.  Team Members include: Captain Cora Raniowski (C-1, Old Dominion Region), Jess Bradley-Johnson (C-2, Eastern Pennsylvania Region), MacKenzie Raniowski (D-3, Old Dominion Region), and Azaria Smallwood (D-3, Eastern Pennsylvania Region).

Teams in each discipline were judged on their horsemanship skills at various points during the competition. Turnout Inspection ensured that the horse or pony was well-groomed and reflected regular care and that tack fitted properly. After each ride, Turn Back Inspections ensured that the young riders properly groomed their horses and cleaned their tack and equipment. In addition, each team worked together to properly equip their team tack room, which included a utility kit, first aid and veterinary care kit, extra tack and safety equipment.

About Pony Club—The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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July 23, 2018 Pony Club Championships Set to Begin

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is heading to Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), July 25th – 29th for the USPC Charles Owen 2018 Championships East, presented by Flair, LLC and Airowear.

Each year, USPC holds National Championships in Dressage, Western Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games, Polocrosse, Quiz, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon. All members competing at Championships qualify through participation in Regional Rallies, where teams of members are selected.  Teams are scored not only on their success in the ring or on the field, but also on their Horse Management skills and knowledge.

The event kicks off Thursday evening with the festive Opening Ceremonies bringing together Pony Club competitors, volunteers, friends and family for a celebration.  Spectators may attend the Championships at no charge.  The traditional TIEC Saturday Night Lights will feature the President’s Cup, a competition among the top five senior Games teams from the week’s competition.  Riders and horses will test their skills in relay games at high speeds, such as dunking an object into a basket at a full gallop, and passing a baton to other team members. Guests may purchase tickets directly from TIEC to watch the evening entertainment in the Legends Club; doors open at 6pm, competition starts at 8pm. 

“Pony Club warmly welcomes competitors from across the globe for the 2018 Tetrathlon Exchange and the New Vocations Pony Club Challenge to join us for fun and competition at this year’s USPC Charles Owen Championships East, presented by Flair, LLC and Airowear.” said Teresa Woods, Executive Director of United States Pony Clubs, Inc. 

Pony Club thanks all the generous sponsors of the Championships.  Charles Owen, a long time Pony Club supporter, is the title sponsor for East Championship; Flair, LLC and Airowear are presenting sponsors. 

The cornerstone of the Pony Club foundation are education, safety, sportsmanship, stewardship and fun.  Members learn teamwork, a sense of responsibility, safety, self-confidence, and leadership, through the riding and care of horses. The Championships bring together hundreds of members, volunteers and families as there are activities for all to see and do during the event.  The team environment provides a unique experience that creates life-long bonds and for many is the pinnacle of achievement during their Pony Club career.

To learn more about the USPC Charles Owen 2018 Championships East, presented by Flair, LLC and Airowear, please visit the Pony Club website or download the USPC event app today.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. ponyclub.org

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July 11, 2018 Pony Club Awards College Scholarships to Members

Six outstanding Pony Club members were awarded college scholarships through The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. for excellent sportsmanship, stewardship, and leadership through horsemanship. The recipients are chosen based on essay applications by a scholarship committee and administered by Pony Club according to the requirements for each opportunity.

The Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for higher education to an active Pony Club member who exhibits the qualities that Dorothy Renfro valued most: leadership, horse management, and volunteering time and energy to beneficial activities. She hoped to encourage horsemen and women in their academic pursuits. This year’s recipient of the Renfro Memorial Scholarship is Kassidy Woody, a C-1 Traditional/C-2 Horse Management/C-2 Flat member of Paradise Creek Pony Club. Kassidy will be studying equine/animal science, pre-veterinarian major.

The Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship is awarded annually to a Pony Club member pursuing a Liberal Arts degree in areas such as literature, music, theater, and visual arts, who have an overall GPA of at least 2.0. Recipient Brianna Nevins, a C-2 Traditional member of Run o’ the Mill Pony Club, plans to pursue a history major along with literature and psychology minors at St. Norbert College.

The Pony Club Jubilee Scholarships are awarded to Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club. Applicants have achieved a Pony Club certification of C-2 or higher. Elizabeth Larson, C-1 Traditional/C-2 Flat/H-HM Horse Management member of High Lakes Pony Club is continuing her education at Willamette University and is a second year recipient of the Pony Club Jubilee Scholarship.  Chelsea Hoyt a C-2 Traditional/H-B Horse Management of Wentworth Pony Club, will be majoring in equine science with an accounting minor.

The Anson W. H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by Pony Club and the Equine Land Conservation Resource in memory of former Pony Club President and ELCR founder Anson Taylor. The Scholarship is awarded to a current Pony Club member who has been active with and committed to efforts on behalf of land conservation. This year’s recipient is Kayla Bean, D-3 Traditional/H-B Horse Management member of Timber Ridge Pony Club, who will be attending the University of Iowa as a biomedical engineer major. 

The Pony Club Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. Scholarship is sponsored by Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. to reward Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club, who have achieved a Pony Club certification higher than a C-2 and who has an overall GPA of at least 3.0. This year’s recipient is Emma Smith a C-1 Traditional/C-2 Flat/C-2 Horse Management member of Peachtree Farms Pony Club Riding Center. Smith will be pursuing biology/pre-veterinary and art majors.

For more information, visit the Pony Club Scholarship programs page on our website.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. ponyclub.org

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May 18, 2018 2018 Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award
Photo by Paul Rehbock

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the twelfth annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge.  The Live Oak Challenge is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. For their achievements, $10,000 is distributed among the top Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest percentage (based on total number of members) of active Pony Club members hunting.  This award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and Past Presidents of the MFHA.

A total of 74 Pony Club members competed this year, accounting for more than 560 days in the hunt fields.  Ten hunt clubs from across the country welcomed the participating Pony Club members to participate in the hunts: The Arapahoe Hunt (CO), Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt (PA), Elkridge-Harford Hunt (MD), De La Brooke Foxhounds (MD), Live Oak Hounds (FL), Cedar Knob Hounds (TN), Belle Meade Hunt (GA), Hillsboro Hounds (TN), Monmouth Country Hunt (NJ), and Santa Fe Hunt (CA).

Photo by Robin Houck. Members of the Blue Mountain Pony Club


Congratulations to the 2018 Challenge winners:

1st Place: Blue Mountain Pony Club (Maryland Region)
2nd Place: De La Brooke Pony Club (Maryland Region)
3rd Place: The Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club (Rocky Mountain Region)
4th Place: Ochlockonee River Pony Club (Sunshine Region)
5th Place: Elkridge-Harford Hunt Pony Club (Maryland Region)
6th Place: Cedar Knob Pony Club (Midsouth Region)
7th Place: Pineland Riders Pony Club (New Jersey Region)
8th Place: Poway Valley Pony Club (Southern California Region)

USPC was founded in 1954 by a group of avid foxhunters. A knowledgeable rider on a happy pony (or horse) is the goal of Pony Club, and the hunt field is a great place to find many of these pairs. Pony Club offers several opportunities for members to explore Foxhunting as a group or individually through club or center activities, visit ponyclub.org for more information and to get involved.

About MFHA - The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America was formed in 1907 and is the governing body of organized fox, coyote, other acceptable legal quarry and drag hunting in the United States and Canada. The MFHA’s main activities are: the promotion of the sport; the publication of a Foxhound Stud Book; the recognition of organized Hunts which have met its standards; the recordation of countries and boundaries for organized hunting establishments; and the registration of Hunts as a preliminary step toward recognition.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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May 9, 2018 Pony Club Activities During the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

Attendees of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park were treated to all things Pony Club including demonstrations, Prince Philip Cup Games, educational opportunities and more.

In its 18th consecutive year at the Kentucky Three-Day Event, four teams competed in the Prince Philip Cup Games sponsored by Hero Kids Foundation.  Although the riders were there to compete, they kicked off the Games competition with a Celebrity Games Round on Friday, April 27th.  Pony Club Alumni Clark Montgomery (Brazos Valley Pony Club), Ellen Doughty-Hume (A, Trinity Hills II Pony Club) and Elinor MacPhail O’Neal (C-2, Hunter Run Pony Club) saddled their ponies and took turns running through the games with the Prince Philip Cup competitors. After two hotly contested rounds, Sunshine Region BUTTERFINGERS finished as the winners of the coveted trophy.  Sunday morning, all four teams entered the Rolex Stadium for their honor round in front of the cheering crowd.  

Final placings for the Price Philip Cup Games:

1st: SUNSHINE REGION – BUTTERFINGERS
Carolyn Lokay riding Ginger Snap Cookie
Laci Eiseman riding Karat
Zina Grechniw riding Marquis
Natalie Tanski riding Sheldon
Kali Walker riding Holly

2nd: MIDSOUTH – PICKLES
Jessena Defler riding Sparrow
Bibiane Crane riding Bullet
Laney Hardeman riding Clancy
Zoe Love riding Whinnie
Rachael Volk riding Roma
3rd: EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA/OLD DOMINION/TRI-STATE REGIONS – SWITCH BLADE
Margaret Buchanan riding Sky is the Limit
Jesse Bradley-Johnson riding Rudy
Molly Brown riding Traveller
MacKenzie Raniowski riding Bittens Pride
Maddie Zaun riding Sunflower Power
4th: SUNSHINE REGION – YELLOW JACKETS
Kani Schram riding Precious
Maggie Bennet riding Parker
Ava Geraci riding Miss Sparkles
Tahlia Ionno riding Domino
Ginger Martin riding Zipper

Thanks to the support of Equestrian Events, Inc., event officials and Pony Club alumni, USPC members had several chances to gain first-hand knowledge of what it takes to run the only CCI4* event in North America.  Two Pony Club members Isabel Brunker (H-B, Keeneland Pony Club) and Kaila McCormack (H-B, Metamora Hunt II Pony Club) were selected, from on their essay submissions, as media interns in the Land Rover Kentucky Media Center under Pony Club Alumni Ann Haller.  On Friday, ten current member’s names were drawn to take part in the second “Meet and Greet” with current Pony Club alumni involved in the event.  Competitor Colleen Rutledge (A, Fredrick Pony Club), FEI Steward Kathy Barker (Pony Club Volunteer) and Will Coleman’s groom Lucy Beard (C-3, Big Sky Region) spent time interacting with the members and provided insight on how Pony Club knowledge helps them in their roles. With the introduction of the Split Rock Tour Kentucky CSI3* Invitational Grand Prix, Course Designer Guilherme Jorge gave an in-depth tour of his course and designing decisions.  On Sunday, Richard Jeffery, Pony Club alumni, led the popular Pony Club Stadium Course walk before the final phase of the event commenced.

The local Midsouth Region was well-represented members of the Keeneland Pony Club showed off with a daily quadrille demonstration, many members volunteered as gate crew for Dressage, and nine USPC riders carried flags for the opening ceremony on Sunday before the Stadium Jumping phase.

All week Pony Club alumni and members made a special stop at the USPC Booth to sign the Pin Promise to show their Pony Club pride and pledge to wear their pins beyond Pony Club and purchase logowear and/or UPSC educational materials.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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April 25, 2018 Pony Club Schedule of Activities During the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to host a variety of events at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park April 26-29, 2018. Come join Pony Club in the fun and excitement of the Event.

Thursday, April 26th

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                                                                              

Pony Club Booth Located in Sponsor Village
• ShopPonyClub for logowear and gifts
• Sign our Pin Pledge Banner and receive a Pony Club Proud pin.
• Create your own Fan Sign to cheer on your favorite competitor!
• Watch the live competition feed in the Pony Club Booth
• Sign-up for free E-Membership
• Sign-up for exclusive Pony Club Meet and Greet with Three-Day Event riders and officials. (Open only to current USPC members D-3 HM or above, age 12-20; names will be drawn by 5pm.)

8:30 a.m. - noon Dressage Tests Begin Rolex Stadium
12:45 p.m. Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille Walnut Ring
1:30 p.m. Pas de Deux Walnut Ring
1:30 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.  Dressage Tests Resume Rolex Stadium


Friday, April 27th

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.                     Pony Club Booth Located in Sponsor Village
• ShopPonyClub for logowear and gifts
• Sign our Pin Pledge Banner and receive a Pony Club Proud pin.
• Create your own Fan Sign to cheer on your favorite competitor!
• Watch the live competition feed in the Pony Club Booth
• Sign-up for free E-Membership
• Sign-up for daily drawings
8:30 a.m. - noon Dressage Tests Resume Rolex Stadium
9:45 a.m.  Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille Walnut Ring
10:00 a.m.  Pas de Deux Walnut Ring
10:30 a.m.   Shapley’s grooming demo & autograph signing with Emma Ford Pony Club Booth
12:30 p.m.  Celebrity Games Challenge Round Walnut Ring
Competing Celebrities:
o Ellen Doughty-Hume
o Clark Montgomery
o Elinor MacPhail O’Neal
o Andrea Baxter
1:00 p.m. Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 1 Walnut Ring
The Four Teams competing this year:
o MIDSOUTH REGION – PICKLES
o SUNSHINE REGION – BUTTERFINGERS
o SUNSHINE REGION – YELLOW JACKETS
o EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA/OLD DOMINION/TRI-STATE REGIONS – SWITCH BLADE
1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Dressage Tests Resume Rolex Stadium
End of Competition USPC Media Internship – Press Conference (Essay contest winners only – closed to public).
6:00 p.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Welcome Speed Cup 1.45m Rolex Stadium


Saturday, April 28th

8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                     Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 2 Walnut Ring
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.          Pony Club Booth Located in Sponsor Village
• ShopPonyClub for logowear and gifts
• Sign our Pin Pledge Banner and receive a Pony Club Proud pin.
• Create your own Fan Sign to cheer on your favorite competitor!
• Watch the live competition feed in the Pony Club Booth.
• Sign-up for free E-Membership
• Sign-up for daily drawings
9:00 a.m.  - 3:00 p.m.   USPC/USEA Hospitality Tent Infield of the Cross Country Course
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                                                                                     Cross-Country Test (Horses start every four minutes)
11:00 a.m. Pas de Deux Walnut Ring
12:45 p.m.  CSI3* Grand Prix Course Walk Meet at the Rolex Stadium, where Course Designer Guilherme Jorge will lead this tour. Current Pony Club members only, late arrivals will not be accepted. Wear USPC Pin.
4:30 p.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Grand Prix Rolex Stadium
End of Competition Safety Concepts for Every Ride: Simulations for Reducing Cross Country Rotational Falls with Dr. Suzanne Smith  USPC/USEA Hospitality Tent
End of Competition           USPC Media Internship – Press Conference (Essay contest winners only – closed to public)

 

Sunday, April 29th

8:45 a.m.**                                           Stadium Course Walk Meet at the Rolex Stadium, where Pony Club graduate and Course Designer Richard Jeffery will lead this tour. Current Pony Club members only, late arrivals will not be accepted.  Wear USPC Pin.
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.                                                                                               

Pony Club Booth Located in Sponsor Village
• ShopPonyClub for logowear and gifts
• Sign our Pin Pledge Banner and receive a Pony Club Proud pin.
• Create your own Fan Sign to cheer on your favorite competitor!
• Watch the live stadium jumping competition feed in the Pony Club Booth
• Sign-up for free E-Membership
• Sign-up for daily drawing

11:30 a.m.  Presentation of USPC Prince Philip Cup Teams Rolex Stadium
Noon Opening Ceremony - Keeneland Pony Club Flag Presentation Rolex Stadium
1:00 p.m. Show Jumping Begins Rolex Stadium
3:00 p.m.  Presentation of the Awards Rolex Stadium

** Tentative - Times to be confirmed at the Pony Club booth in Sponsor Village.

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April 23, 2018 Field of Four Teams Ready to Compete in the 2018 Prince Philip Cup Games at Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. will once again hold the Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games competition at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The 2018 Prince Philip Cup Games sponsored by Hero Kids Foundation will mark the competition’s 18th consecutive year it will be hosted during the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The event will feature four teams from across the country.

The tentative competition schedule is:

Friday, April 27th
12:30 p.m. Celebrity Challenge Round, Walnut Ring (Land Rover competitors and, well-known Pony Club graduates will be joining the teams for this special exhibition.)
1:00 p.m. Prince Philip Cup Games Round 1, Walnut Ring

Saturday, April 28th
8:30 a.m.  Prince Philip Cup Games Round 2, Walnut Ring

Sunday, April 29th
11:30 a.m. Presentation of Awards, Rolex Stadium

Mounted Games is a series of relay races on horseback, where the riders must perform different skills while riding at speed. These riders perform skills that require them to use hand-eye coordination, strength and speed - all while working as a team to complete each relay. Some games require them to dismount and pick an object off of the ground and then vault back on to the pony. Other games require weaving through poles or running alongside the pony. The goal of mounted games is to provide and teach games that will enhance riding skills, physical coordination, and self-confidence. To qualify for the Prince Philip Cup Games competition, each team must have achieved top honors at the USPC Championships the previous summer. The teams competing this year are:

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA/OLD DOMINION/TRI-STATE REGIONS – SWITCH BLADE
Margaret Buchanan riding Sky is the Limit
Jesse Bradley-Johnson riding Rudy
Molly Brown riding Traveller
MacKenzie Raniowski riding Bittens Pride
Maddie Zaun riding Sunflower Power

SUNSHINE REGION – YELLOW JACKETS
Kani Schram riding Precious
Maggie Bennett riding Parker
Ava Geraci riding Miss Sparkles
Tahlia Ionno riding Domino
Ginger Martin riding Zipper

SUNSHINE REGION - BUTTERFINGERS
Laci Eiseman riding Karat
Carolyn Lokay riding Ginger Snap Cookie
Zina Grechniw riding Marquis
Natalie Tanski riding Sheldon
Kali Walker riding Holly

MIDSOUTH – PICKLES
Jessena Delfer riding Sparrow
Bibiane Crane riding Bullet
Laney Hardeman riding Clancy
Zoe Love riding Whinnie
Rachael Volk riding Roma

The competition was originally sponsored by HRH Prince Philip, due to his interest in supporting equestrian competition for youth that did not necessarily require a fancy or expensive mount. The original competition was an exhibition held at the National Horse Show, then later moved to the Washington International Horse Show. In 2000, EEI, the organizing group of the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, offered to host the Prince Philip Cup competition as a competition/exhibition during the Land Rover Three Day Event.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. Ponyclub.org

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April 20, 2018 Many Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event Riders Have Pony Club Connection

Pony Club shares a long history with the eventing community; most of America’s top level eventers have a Pony Club background. The Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is the only four-star eventing competition held in North America, competitors will be focused to bring home solid performances as they look forward to the FEI World Equestrian GamesTM in September.

Pony Club connections can be found in every aspect of the Event from competitors, stewards, volunteers, coaches, spectators, and demonstration riders emphasizing that Pony Club really is where it all begins. Below is a list of 2018 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event competitors who are Pony Club alumni and share a connection with the largest equine youth organization in the world.

RIDER COUNTRY CERTIFICATION and PONY CLUB
Andrea Baxter USA A, Black Oaks Pony Club
Hawley Bennett-Awad CAN Grove and Langley Pony Club (Canadian Pony Club)
Tim Bourke IRL A, Clew Bay Pony Club (Irish Pony Club)
Bruce “Buck” Davidson, Jr. USA UR, Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds Pony Club
Ellen Doughty-Hume USA A, Trinity Hills II Pony Club
Phillip Dutton USA A, Nyngan Pony Club, New South Wales (Pony Club Australia)
Savannah Fulton USA D-2, Full Moon Farm Pony Club Riding Center
Lillian Heard USA B, Seneca Valley Pony Club
Ashley Johnson USA A, Amwell Valley Hounds Pony Club
Alexandra Knowles USA A, Sierra Gold Pony Club
Marilyn Little USA Fredrick Pony Club
Elinor MacPhail O’Neal USA C-2, Hunter Run Pony Club
Boyd Martin USA Forest Hills Pony Club, New South Wales (Pony Club Australia)
Jennifer McFall USA C-3, Sierra Gold Pony Club
Joe Meyer NZL Wainuioru Pony Club (The New Zealand Pony Club)
Colleen Rutledge USA A, Frederick Pony Club
Kim Severson USA B, Diamondback Pony Club
Erin Sylvester USA C-2, North River Pony Club
Lynn Symansky USA A, Difficult Run Pony Club

New to this year’s event, the Kentucky Invitational CSI3* competition will held on Friday and Saturday in the Rolex Stadium.  Several riders competing for top honors will be US Olympian Kent Farrington, who got his start with the St. James Pony Club earing a C-3 certification.  Other CSI competitors with Pony Club roots include Marilyn Little (Fredrick Pony Club) and Charlie Jayne (Wayne-Du Page Hunt Pony Club).

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. www.ponyclub.org.

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February 14, 2018 Ben Duke Elected as United States Pony Clubs President

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to welcome Ben Duke as the President of USPC.  Duke will “take the Pony Club reins”, from outgoing President Nancy Pittman, with passion to keep Pony Club striving for excellence.  Ben is focused on strategic thinking to streamline Pony Club, emphasizing what Pony Club does well and ensuring a positive experience for all members. 

“It is humbling to now serve as President of the very organization that has given me so much, over so many decades. The United States Pony Clubs, as the nation’s most notable equestrian and leadership development organization, strives to share, to teach, to encourage, and to celebrate as it develops in its members the qualities needed to become successful, and to share that success with their communities.” Ben stated.

Ben is a graduate A (1974) from Cherry Creek Pony Club and grew up in Colorado Pony Clubs from 1964 to 1974. In 1975 he received his B.A. in Geology from Williams College in Massachusetts. From the Rocky Mountain Region, he began volunteering with Pony Club in 1977 and has served on numerous committees, including the Horse Management Committee, Advisory Committee, and the Board of Governors in the 1980s and 90s. Duke was a Chief Horse Management Judge at the first USPC Festival in Lexington, Kentucky, and served as a National Examiner.  He also is an active member of the Arapahoe Hunt in Colorado, where he serves as an honorary whipper-in.

Outside of Pony Club, Ben has been a non-profit development leader and executive for nearly 35 years, following a career in education and school administration. He now is retired.  Ben has been, throughout his life, a community leader, serving on numerous boards and committees. He presently serves as Chair of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Chair of the nominating Committee for the National Western Stock Show, and serves on the boards of both the Colorado State Fair Foundation, and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Denver Academy, the Colorado Historical Foundation, and the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation. He is a 27-year 4-H Leader in Elbert County, and he is the past president of the Elbert Douglas County Livestock Association. He was recognized for his accomplishments in Pony Club’s Academy of Achievement in 2004, and he was a recipient of the USPC Founders Award in 2011. Duke is a rancher, raising Red Angus commercial cattle, outside of Elizabeth, Colorado. 

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program.

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February 8, 2018 Milestone Club Anniversaries Honored at the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention Hosted by USPC

In Louisville, Kentucky eighteen clubs were honored during the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC for their dedication and longevity with United States Pony Clubs. The Club Milestone Award is awarded when a club reaches either its 25th or its 50th anniversary.

“As we celebrate the clubs that have met these important milestones, they continue to inspire with their dedication to Pony Club.  The commitment of our long-standing clubs is the back-bone of USPC and we look forward to applauding future successes.,” stated Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration. 

During the Meeting of the Corporation, fiftteen clubs celebrated their 25th Anniversary by receiving a 25 Year Club Milestone Award. Those clubs include; Ashuelot River Pony Club (White Mountain Region), Columbia Winds Pony Club (Oregon Region), Gator Bayou Pony Club (Red River Region), Liberty Oaks Pony Club (Sierra Pacific Region), Mountain Skyline Pony Club (Old Dominion Region), Northern Exposure Pony Club (Western New York Region), Palmetto Pony Club (Carolina Region), Passaconaway Pony Club (White Mountain Region), Rackensack Pony Club (Red River Region), Riders Unlimited Pony Club (Heartland Region), Sea Coast Pony Club (Northeast Region), Silver Snaffles Pony Club (Great Lakes Region), Snowy Peaks Pony Club (Rocky Mountain Region), Star Valley Pony Club (Intermountain Region), and Willamette Valley Pony Club (Oregon Region).

Celebrating even bigger milestones, three clubs were honored this year with the 50 Year Club Milestone Awards.  Those clubs include; Difficult Run Pony Club (Virginia Region), Greenwich Pony Club (Metropolitan Region), and Skagit Valley Pony Club (Northwest Region).

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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February 2, 2018 National Youth Congress and Alumni Academy of Achievement Inducted at 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC

Every year at the Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC, The National Youth Congress (NYC) convenes for three days. NYC began in 1998 to recognize outstanding Pony Club Members. The NYC delegates are selected by their regions and are provided the opportunity to learn valuable life leadership skills to help them navigate their futures. This year at the 20th Anniversary Celebration 24 delegates were a part of the three-day Congress.

Charlotte Arrouye— Pacific Ridge Pony Club, Middle California Region
Katherine Bartelt— Dune Riders Pony Club, Lake Shore Region
Ryder Black— Woodbrook Hunt Pony Club, Northwest Region
Rebekah Bond— Portuguese Bend Pony Club, Camino Real
Ryleigh Brown— Bath Pony Club, Tri-State Region
Kavita Bushong— Conestoga Pony Club, Delmarva Region
Koral Campbell— Midnite Run Pony Club, Alaska Region
Olivia Crespo— Pineland Riders Pony Club, New Jersey Region
Iva Cummings— Fox Hollow Pony Club, Sunshine Region
Madisyn DeCant— Crescent Bay Pony Club, Old Dominion Region
Lauren Greenleaf— Mt. Hood Pony Club, Oregon Region
Lily Huval— Plantation’s Pride Pony Club, Deep South Region
Elizabeth Larson— High Lakes Pony Club, Oregon Region
Rachel Larson— Rising Sun Pony Club, Northern Lakes Region
Kyle Larson— Rising Sun Pony Club, Northern Lakes Region
Carmen Leslie— Sawtooth Pony Club, Intermountain Region
Brenna MacLeod— Huron Valley Pony Club, Great Lakes Region
Colleen Mauro— Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club, Tri-State Region
Natasha Miro— National Member, Middle California Region
Rachel Morgan— Horseketeers Pony Club, Sunshine Region
Elizabeth Robinette— Cornhusker Pony Club, Midwest Region
Olivia Whitehead— Panache Pony Club, Sierra Pacific Region
Abigail Winfree— Deep Run Hunt Pony Club, Virginia Region
Margo Wattowa— Silver Springs Pony Club, Midwest Region
 
A very special part of the NYC is the induction of outstanding USPC Alumni into the Academy of Achievement. The Academy of Achievement was created 20 years ago to honor alumni who have attained outstanding achievements in their chosen fields. Honorees this year were selected from a distinguished group of nominees. The alumni inductees join the delegates of the NYC to help guide and mentor them by bringing a voice of experience into the discussion. 

The following four recipients were recognized at the January 27th, 2018, 20 year Anniversary Celebration:

Rob Burk - In December of 2015, Rob Burk took over as the Chief Executive Officer of the United States Eventing Association (USEA). Prior to his appointment as CEO, he served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Director of Programs for the USEA. Rob previously served as an Executive Director and Senior Adviser within the U.S. Department of Agriculture and as the Executive Director of a Governor appointed statewide equine industry advisory board and stable inspection/licensing program within the Maryland Department of Agriculture. He has provided advice and guidance to four Secretaries of Agriculture and two Governors on equine and agricultural matters.

Rob has competed in Hunter/Jumpers, Dressage, Reining, and Evented throughout his life with
notable success as a Young Rider in California. Through his childhood Rob's family moved approximately 8 times. As a result, Rob was a member of three different Pony Clubs (Fresno, Diablo, and Morgan Territory where he earned his H-A) in California. He graduated from Otterbein University with a B.S. in Pre-Veterinary Medicine/Pre-Graduate Equine Studies and earned a M.S.  from Virginia Tech. He served as an equestrian team coach for Otterbein University and the United States Naval Academy. Rob, a graduate H-A, attributes his successes to his upbringing through Pony Club and his trainers and mentors based in California, Ohio, Maryland, and Ireland, as well as his family. He is married to Dr. Amy Burk of the University of Maryland Equine Studies Program, and he has two daughters.

Dorothy Crowell - Dorothy, and her Horse of A Lifetime,  Molokai, were World Equestrian Games (WEG) Silver Medalists, two Time Olympians, the first US 4* Champions at Rolex Kentucky Three-Day, and top ten finishers at Badminton and Burghley. Radio Flyer, another TB she got directly off the track, took Dorothy back to the 4* level in her 40's, after she had "retired" to start a family and her own farm.  They competed at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day and Pau, in France. Dorothy is a Level IV instructor in the U.S. Eventing Association’s Instructor Certification Program, a C-3 Traditional graduate from Keeneland Pony Club and is currently the Coach of the Area VIII’s North American Junior Young Rider Championships Team. Though she has definitively retired from competing at the highest levels, she still loves to bring along Off-The-Track Thoroughbreds.

Kat Drake, PhD - Kat grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, spending most of her Pony Club years in the Great Lakes Region before moving to San Francisco.  She graduated as an H from Portola Valley Pony Club while completing her Masters in Epidemiology from the University of California Berkeley and Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science and Pharmacogenomics from the University of California San Francisco. 

After grad school, Kat started working in the Biotech/Tech start up world. Initially she worked as a Bioinformatics Scientist at diagnostics companies developing biomarker blood tests for inflammatory bowel disease and early detection of lung cancer. Now she’s working as Director of Informatics at Cytobank, Inc., a software startup whose aim is to make machine learning easy for biologists to help them rapidly analyze the large datasets they collect to monitor immune system function.

Kat has continued Eventing and currently has a young TB she’s hoping to move up to Preliminary next year, but also takes care to prioritize being active and spending time in the mountains doing things like backcountry ski touring for a week in British Columbia, or hiking 23 miles and 11K vertical feet in one day in Southern California.

Tim Leithead - Tim is a graduate H-A from Eastern PA Region and son of the late USPC President, Margo Leithead. He is a fine example of what Pony Club can produce in using skills "beyond the horse world."

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Tim worked as an IT developer and business strategist for "The Purchasing Group", at one point heading up their sole European Office. After working for them for 10 years, he did 2 and 6 years, respectively, with MedRisk and JP Morgan Chase. Tim was then involved in the start-up Moven where he lead the creation of a financial savings app before becoming a lead and principal consultant for Finvention, a world wide tech-innovation network and conference, that also fosters global entrepreneurship among students.

Tim's professional life has certainly been strong, but he has been strong as well as he is a cancer-survivor and also the father of two children, his first being born 16 weeks premature. The experience of his family with Cailin led them to become major advocates for the March of Dimes.

In addition to these things, in life past horses Tim also competes in autocross racing and has served on the Board of the University of Pennsylvania for the past two years. He comes from an amazing Pony Club  family with 4 siblings who are also USPC grads. Brother, Tad, was one of the first inductees into the Academy of Achievement and their father was a USPC Vice President and National Examiner.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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January 31, 2018 Awards Abound at 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention Hosted by USPC

Equine enthusiasts and Pony Club members and leaders converged on the Galt House Hotel, in Louisville, KY on  January 24th -28th, for the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC. Over 600 attendees were treated to more than 60 educational workshops, presentations, and interactive learning experiences on a variety of equine topics.

Attendees went “Back to the track” with the Midsouth Region. Representatives from 42 Pony Club Regions, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on hand working to expand Pony Club programming for members and future members. Members of Kentucky 4-H leadership earned continuing education credits and all attendees were treated to a variety of opportunities from Educational Workshops, to the Trade Fair, Silent Auction, Research Project Fair, Anatomy Room, and the new Horse Management and Certifications Room.  The Workshop tracks allowed individuals to customize their experience to focus on sessions in topics such as Leadership, Instruction, Veterinary, and Riding Disciplines.

Friday’s convention activities included the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Academy of Achievement and National Youth Congress as well as honoring the inductees into this year’s Academy of Achievement: John Robert Burk, Timothy M. Leithead, Dr. Katherine Anne Drake, and Dorothy Crowell.
Many Pony Club awards were presented at the Saturday morning Meeting of the Corporation. Three clubs received 50 year awards and 15 clubs received 25 year awards. Upper Level members received special recognition as eight members were awarded A-level certification plaques. The Brookfield Land Conservation Award was presented to Koko Crater Pony Club in the Hawaii Region. The Flash Teamwork Award went to The Prancing Ponies Games Team of Northern Exposure Pony Club in the Western New York Region. For more information on honored clubs and members, visit The Pony Club Pizza Blog.

The Saturday night Banquet and Dance were highlights for many attendees as they honored the recipients of the USPC Founders Awards for 2018: Tom Adams, Kimberly Cranford, Cathy Frederickson, and Anne H. Husted. Featured speaker for the evening was former Jockey and Pony Club graduate, Rosie Napravnick. Napravnick shared stories and personal memories from her days in Pony Club and her racing career. More than 350 people attended the banquet and danced the night away.

We would like to thank all of our 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention sponsors. All sponsors and their involvement can be found HERE.

It was announced that the 2019 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC will be held January 30-February 3 at the Hilton Stamford Hotel and Executive Meeting Center, in Stamford, CT in the Metropolitan Region.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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January 4, 2018 Premier Equine Education Gallops into Louisville, KY for the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention Hosted by USPC

Over fifty equine topics are slated for the 2018 Equine Symposium hosted by USPC, January 27th-28th, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. The final topics and schedule for the weekend is now available by visiting the USPC website.  Annually, the Equine Symposium and Convention brings together 500-700 equestrian enthusiasts who will learn from the numerous educational opportunities such as equine dentistry, trailer safety, how to land safely during an unexpected dismount and many other topics.

This year the Symposium has been approved by the University of Kentucky as 4-H continuing education credits for volunteer leaders and 4-H members. USPC looks forward to hosting equine enthusiasts, 4-H members and leaders to a weekend of learning in horse country and home of the Kentucky Derby.

Day-of-registration and pre-registration for the event are both available.  Information about attending is available on the USPC website

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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October 12, 2017 Win A Visit with Pony Club Alumnus Kent Farrington

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. alumnus Kent Farrington (C-3, St. James Pony Club) is giving back to Pony Club. Farrington, the number-one ranked show jumper in the world, will treat Pony Club members to a day at the CP National Horse Show in Lexington, Kentucky on Saturday, November 4th along with a chance to win a trip to the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida.

As a former USPC member, Kent knows firsthand that Pony Club is #whereitallbegins. Kent spent his early years learning and riding with St. James Pony Club in Illinois, and he greatly values the experience.

Here’s how to earn your tickets to the FEI World Cup at the National Horse Show and be entered for a chance to win the grand prize:

1) Post an Instagram of yourself demonstrating an aspect of horsemanship excellence: special nutritional care, attention to travel safety, detailed grooming, and unique tack are a few examples! Tell us a bit about your photo and get creative with your entry!
2) Tell us your club or center and mention your discipline
3) Follow @TeamKPF on Instagram
4) Tag #KPFtickets on your public post

Upon entry you will receive a private message with details on how to retrieve your free CP National Horse Show tickets! All participants will be automatically entered to win a GRAND PRIZE trip for two (along with a chaperone for winners under 18) to the 2018 Winter Equestrian Festival including airfare, accommodations, a private tour of Kent’s farm and VIP tickets to a Saturday Night Lights grand prix. Contest ends October 27th!

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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September 21, 2017 USPC Announces 2018 Championships East and West Dates and Locations

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce the dates and locations for the 2018 Pony Club (USPC) Championships East and West.  The USPC Championships East will be returning to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC) in Mill Spring, NC July 25th – 29th.  The USPC Championships West will be heading to Donida Farm Equestrian Center in Auburn, WA August 6th – 10th.  Eventing Championships West will be held in conjunction with the Area VII Young Rider Benefit Horse Trials in Chehalis, WA August 10th – 12th.

Each year, USPC holds National Championships in Dressage, Western Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games, Polocrosse, Quiz, Show Jumping and Tetrathlon. All members competing at Championships must qualify through participation in Regional Rallies, where teams of members are selected.  Teams are scored not only on their success in the ring or on the field, but also on their Horse Management skills and knowledge.

“Pony Club is thrilled to be returning to two top notch facilities for our 2018 Championships.  USPC members attending Championships East at the TIEC will get the chance to ride on the same grounds hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018.  Both Championships West facilities are excited to welcome USPC back to Washington state.” Said USPC Executive Director Teresa Woods. “We look forward to great competition events in the coming year.”
The Championships bring together hundreds of members, volunteers and families as there are activities for all to see and do during the event.  The team environment provides a unique experience that creates life-long bonds and for many is the pinnacle of achievement during their Pony Club career.  For more information regarding the Championships, please visit the Championships page of the Pony Club website.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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August 17, 2017 Pony Club Members Earn Top Scores in Emerson Burr Horsemanship Test

Two United States Pony Clubs, Inc. members earned top scores in the Emerson Burr Horsemanship Test during the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm August 8-13, 2017. Genevieve Munson (C-2, Northwest Arkansas Pony Club/Midwest Region) received a $500 grant for educational related expenses by winning the 12-14 age division. Munson competed at the USEF Pony Finals in Lexington, KY on the USPC Pony Jumper Team riding Bluebelle and finished in fourth place individually.

Megan All (H-B, Wekiva Basin Pony Club/Sunshine Region) produced the top score in the 14-17 age division earning her a $500 educational grant.  Megan attended the USEF Pony Finals in the Medium Green Pony division and placed in the top half of the jumping classes. Megan and her pony Minnie were also members of the winning Lemonheads Mounted Games team at the President’s Cup held during USPC Festival 2017.

The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Fund was created in 2002 by friends and family of the late Emerson Burr to promote and perpetuate proper horsemanship in equestrian youth. The Emerson Burr Horsemanship Grants are awarded by US Equestrian based on tests held at competitions throughout the year at the National and Zone levels. At the USEF Pony Finals, participants took a written test, followed by hands-on testing for the top four from each age group (9-11, 12-14, and 15-17). Munson, and All, demonstrated excellent horsemanship skills and knowledge learned in Pony Club to win their respective age divisions.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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August 7, 2017 Pony Club Team to Compete at 2017 US Pony Jumper Championships

Four United States Pony Clubs, Inc. members will attend the 2017 US Pony Jumper Championships held in conjunction with the USEF Pony Finals presented by Collecting Gaits Farm at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY August 8-13th.  Pony Club members from all over the country have been vying for a spot on the team for the last 12 months.  The four riders with the most points accumulated from the USEF Pony Jumper competitions earned their spot on the team punching their ticket to represent USPC at the Championships.

Team Members:
Keely Bechtol (H-B, Bluegrass Pony Club/Midsouth Region) riding Lark’s Magic
Taylor Brinsfield (C-2, Green Spring Hounds Pony Club/Maryland Region) riding Piper
Megan De Michele (C-1, Misty Brae Farm Pony Club Riding Center/Virginia Region) riding Gracie Lou
Genevieve Munson (C-2, Northwest Arkansas Pony Club/Midwest Region) riding Bluebelle
Alternate: Isabel Brunker (C-2, Keeneland Pony Club/Midsouth Region) riding Blues Traveler

The USPC Team will be led by Linda Allen as Coach and Richard Lamb as Chef d’Equipe. The team will come together in Kentucky to compete against other teams representing zones from all over the nation in both team and individual jumping events. Allen (Laredo, TX) has a long history in the Jumping discipline as well as distinguished list of credentials making her a great asset to the riders at the Championships.  She is a FEI 3* Jumping Judge, 4* Course Designer, 4* Technical Delegate, USEF “R” Jumping, Hunters and Hunt Seat Equitation Judge. Lamb (Aiken, SC), Pony Club National Examiner and C-1 Graduate, will also be on-hand to assist Allen and guide the team at the Event,

Any Pony Club members D-3 certified and above were eligible for the team; qualifying began in June 2016. Unlike the other teams competing from the same zone the USPC members are coming from states and regions all over the country.  For more information on the USPC Team please go to the Pony Club website and for further information regarding the Championships please visit the USEF website.   

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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August 2, 2017 Rosie Napravnik, Keynote Speaker as the 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention Hosted by USPC Goes "Back to the Track" in Louisville, Kentucky

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is going “Back to the Track” for the 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention hosted by USPC held at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky January 24-28, 2018 in the Midsouth Region. 

Keynote speaker for the Saturday night awards banquet will be Thoroughbred jockey and current trainer, Rosie Napravnik (D-3, Hunterdon Hills Pony Club). Napravnik’s storied career includes two wins in the Kentucky Oaks in 2012 and 2014.   In 2013 and 2014 she was a top ten earning jockey and in 2014 capped the year off by winning the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff race riding Untapable.

The 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention will offer many educational opportunities for equine enthusiasts of all ages. Actives include leadership training, workshops, anatomy lab, trade fair, research project fair, Pony Paddock, and the Saturday night banquet.

While in “The Horse Capital of the World”, attendees can get a taste of Louisville’s unique history and culture.  The famous Churchill Downs, Muhamad Ali Center, and several distilleries along the bourbon trail are minutes from the Galt House.  To see highlights from previous conventions, more information about Pony Club and things to do in the Midsouth Region, please watch these videos: “We are Pony Club” & 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention.
Information regarding schedule, registration and workshops can be found on the Pony Club website at https://www.ponyclub.org/Events/AnnualMeeting/ in October.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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July 31, 2017 Pony Club Festival Hailed a Success

The United States Pony Clubs Inc. Festival 2017 wrapped up after eight days of competition and education on July 24th. USPC Festival is a triennial event hosted at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park. The first part of the week is dedicated to the national championships team competition while the second part of the week hosts clinics, demonstrations, and presentations aimed at offering education in all aspects of riding and care of horses. USPC Festival 2017 gathered over 1,050 members competing in eight disciplines.

Quiz -316 competitors
Eventing - 198 competitors
Show Jumping - 248 competitors
Dressage & Western Dressage - 115 competitors
Mounted Games - 103 competitors
Tetrathlon - 57 competitors
Polocrosse - 14 competitors

The educational portion of Festival featured over 500 members learning from more than 60 equine experts made up of Olympians and Pony Club Graduates such as Allison Brock, Stephen Bradley, and Linda Allen. Attendees of all ages and levels participated in mounted and unmounted sessions gaining equine knowledge and skills.  A thrill for many was the Monday morning mock foxhunt lead by Iroquois Hunt Club Hunt Joint-Master, Lilla Mason.
“USPC Festival is the pinnacle event for Pony Club members; the teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun at Festival gives the attendees memories for a lifetime.  Many members travel across the country to ride at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park where many of their equine idols have competed.” Said USPC Executive Director, Teresa Woods. “Pony Club is grateful to all the volunteers, parents and sponsors who made USPC Festival 2017 a great event. We couldn’t do it without their hard work and support.”

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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July 12, 2017 Pony Club Celebrates Festival 2017

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to host the 12th triennial Festival July 18-24, 2017, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. Pony Club will welcome over 3,000 members, their families, friends, volunteers, and Pony Club leadership from across the country to Kentucky to enjoy competition, learning, and fun.

USPC Festival Championships is the culmination of training and hard work for over 1,050 members who competed at qualifying competitions throughout the year.  Held annually, National Championships in Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Mounted Games, Western Dressage, Tetrathlon, Polocrosse, and Quiz are showcased during the first part of the Festival week.

The educational phase of Festival offers a unique learning experience, offering outstanding clinics, both mounted and unmounted, presented for members, parents, and volunteers. The clinics are conducted by Pony Club Graduates, Olympians, and equine experts in various disciplines. Visit www.ponyclub.org to see a complete list of these talented individuals. A popular non-riding portion of Festival offers a myriad of clinics and workshops teaching all things equine. Anyone can participate in these unmounted educational opportunities and registration is available on-site.

The cornerstone of the Pony Club foundation are education, safety, sportsmanship, stewardship and fun.  Members learn teamwork, a sense of responsibility, safety, self-confidence, and leadership, through the riding and care of horses. The skills, habits, and values instilled through horsemanship are tested as member’s progress through the Pony Club Standards of Proficiencies and Certification levels.

USPC Festival is one of the most popular and best-attended Pony Club events where friendships and skills learned last a lifetime.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. ponyclub.org

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July 10, 2017 Pony Club Awards College Scholarships to Members

Six outstanding Pony Club members were awarded college scholarships through The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. for outstanding sportsmanship, stewardship, and leadership through horsemanship. The recipients are chosen by a scholarship committee and administered by Pony Club based on the requirements for each opportunity.

The Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually for higher education to an active Pony Club member who exhibits the qualities that Dorothy Renfro valued most: leadership, horse management, and volunteering time and energy to beneficial activities. She hoped to encourage horsemen and women in their academic pursuits. This year’s recipient of the Renfro Memorial Scholarship is Emily Roszhart, a C-2 Traditional/H-B Horse Management member of Caddo Creek Pony Club. Emily will be attending Dallas Baptist University and plans to major in psychology and counseling.

The Stanley R. and Martha C. Helbert Scholarship is awarded annually to Pony Club members pursuing Liberal Arts degrees in areas such as literature, music, theater, and visual arts, who have an overall GPA of at least 2.0. Recipient Rina Kirsch, a D-3 Traditional/C-2 Horse Management member of Clayton Canyon Pony Club, plans to pursue biology and theater majors at Juniata College.

The Pony Club Jubilee Scholarships are awarded to Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club. Applicants have achieved a Pony Club certification of C-2 or higher. The two recipients of the Pony Club Jubilee Scholarships are Elizabeth Larson C-1 Traditional/C-2 Flat/H-B Horse Management member of High Lakes Pony Club, who will be pursuing majors in biology and environmental studies at Willamette University; and Kaila McCormack, a C-2 Traditional/H-B Horse Management member of Metamora Hunt II Pony Club, who will be majoring in political science at the University of Michigan.

The Anson W. H. Taylor Memorial Scholarship is sponsored by Pony Club and the Equine Land Conservation Resource in memory of former Pony Club President and ELCR founder Anson Taylor. The Scholarship is awarded to a current Pony Club member who has been active with and committed to efforts on behalf of land conservation. This year’s recipient is Jodelle Marx, a C-2 Traditional/H-B Horse Management member of Columbia Winds Pony Club, who will be attending Pacific University as a psychology major. 

The Pony Club Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. Scholarship is sponsored by Pony Club and Triple Crown Nutrition, Inc. to reward Pony Club members for excellence in academic pursuits and outstanding achievements in Pony Club, who have achieved a Pony Club certification higher than a C-2 and who has an overall GPA of at least 3.0. This year’s recipient is Julia Marrinan, a C-3 Traditional/H-B Horse Management member of Shetucket Valley Pony Club. Julia will be pursuing English/Spanish major at University of Connecticut.

For more information, visit the Pony Club Scholarship programs page on our website.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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June 5, 2017 2017 Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the eleventh annual Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge.  The Live Oak Challenge is designed to encourage Pony Club members who do not regularly hunt to try the sport, and to reward members who hunt on a regular basis to act as mentors to the less-experienced Pony Club members. $10,000 in awards will go to the top Pony Clubs who regularly take the greatest number of active Pony Club members out hunting.  This award is made possible through the generous support of Mr. and Mrs. C. Martin Wood III, Joint Masters of the Live Oak Hounds in Monticello, Florida, and Past Presidents of the MFHA.

A total of 71 Pony Club members competed this year, accounting for more than 690 days in the hunt fields.  Nine hunt clubs from across the country welcomed the participating Pony Club members to participate in the hunts: Arapahoe Hunt (CO), Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt (PA), Elkridge-Harford Hunt (MD), Old Dominion Hounds (VA), Rolling Rock Hunt (PA), Bull Run Hunt (VA), Sewickley Hunt (PA), Spring Valley Hounds (NJ), and Bear Creek Hounds (GA).

Congratulations to the 2017 Challenge winners:

1st Place: The Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club (Rocky Mountain Region)

2nd Place: Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club (Virginia Region)

3rd Place: Elkridge-Harford Pony Club (Maryland Region)

4th Place: Woodbine Pony Club (South Region)

5th Place: Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club (Tri-State Region)

6th Place: Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club (New Jersey Region)

7th Place: Blue Mountain Pony Club (Maryland Region)

USPC was founded in 1954 by a group of avid foxhunters. A knowledgeable rider on a happy pony (or horse) is the goal of Pony Club, and the hunt field is a great place to find many of these pairs. Pony Club offers several opportunities for members to explore Foxhunting as a group or individually through club or center activities, visit ponyclub.org for more information and to get involved.

About MFHA - The Masters of Foxhounds Association of America was formed in 1907 and is the governing body of organized fox, coyote, other acceptable legal quarry and drag hunting in the United States and Canada. The MFHA’s main activities are: the promotion of the sport; the publication of a Foxhound Stud Book; the recognition of organized Hunts which have met its standards; the recordation of countries and boundaries for organized hunting establishments; and the registration of Hunts as a preliminary step toward recognition.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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June 1, 2017 USPC Festival 2017 Includes Education for All

The United States Pony Clubs cordially invites the equine community to participate in the USPC Festival 2017 at the Kentucky Horse Park, July 22-24th. Registration for the 12th triennial event is now open and Pony Club encourages all to come learn and join the fun.

USPC Festival offers a unique, premier opportunity for anyone interested furthering their equine education.  Over a three-day period, Olympians, international competitors, and judges will teach clinics and lessons on a variety of topics.  Mounted sessions are available from beginner level through the advanced levels of multiple disciplines such as Eventing, Dressage, Mounted Games and Show Jumping.  

Dressage participants will learn from expert clinicians such as Allison Brock, (C-3, Lio Lii Pony Club) 2016 Rio Olympic Dressage Bronze Medalist, FEI 5* Judge, Axel Steiner, and many other knowledgeable grand prix level competitors, and instructors. Interested Eventing participants can ride with FEI 4* competitor Allie Byskal-Sacksen (A, Brandywine Hounds Pony Club), Stephen Bradley (A, Loudon Hunt Pony Club) and Jerry Schurink (USEA Instructors’ Certification Program Faculty).

Returning to USPC Festival is Dressage4Kids with Olympian, Lendon Gray. The Dressage4Kids program and a masters clinic on July 22nd will be taught by Lendon featuring her insightful teaching and training skills in the sport of Dressage.

For participants not bringing a horse, the unmounted education offers an array of workshops.  Topics and presenters range from sports psychology with Daniel Stewart to equine acupuncture and dentistry with renowned veterinarians.  Other topics cover equine first aid, trailer safety, saddle fitting and many more. Featured authors of World Class Grooming, Cat Hill and Emma Ford, will present hands-on workshops on stable management, show tips, braiding, clipping, and cooling out horses. 

To register and more information regarding all the popular clinics and workshops, visit https://www.ponyclub.org/Events/Championships/Education.aspx.  Individuals from across the United States can participate in these educational opportunities.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. ponyclub.org

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May 8, 2017 Pony Club Alumni Have Strong Showing in the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

The 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event was a great year for Pony Club alumni, fifteen of the top twenty placings got their start in Pony Club.  

Out of the 59 starters, 39 horse and rider pairs completed the event. USPC is proud to announce that 69% of those pairs that completed the event are Pony Club Alumni from all over the world. The highest placing Pony Club Alumni was Zara Tindall, who placed third, representing the British Pony Club. Phillip Dutton placed in fourth as the highest scoring U.S. rider, representing The Pony Club Association of New South Wales.  Current FEI Young Rider and Pony Club member, Madeline Backus, finished in the top twenty at her first Rolex Kentucky Three-Day, a CCI4* event. USPC is very proud of all alumni that competed this year, and wish them the best of luck in future events. 

The final results stand as follows:
 

Placing Rider/Horse Certification and Pony Club
1st Michael Jung (GER) riding FISCHERROCANA FST  
2nd Maxime Livio (FRA) riding QALAO DES MERS  
3rd Zara Tindall (GBR) riding HIGH KINGDOM Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire
4th  Phillip Dutton (USA) riding MR. MEDICOTT A, Nyngan Pony Club, New South Wales
5th  Hannah Sue Burnett (USA) riding UNDER SUSPECTION B, Long Run Pony Club
6th  Matthew Brown (USA) riding SUPER SOCKS BCF C-3, Redwoods Pony Club
7th  Boyd Martin (USA) riding CRACKER JACK Forest Hills Pony Club, New South Wales
8th Phillip Dutton (USA) riding FERNHILL FUGITIVE A, Nyngan Pony Club, New South Wales
9th Kurt Martin (USA) riding DELUX Z C-3, Keeneland Pony Club
10th Phillip Dutton (USA) riding I’M SEW READY A, Nyngan Pony Club, New South Wales
11th Selena O’Hanlon (CAN) riding FOXWOOD HIGH  
12th Hawley Bennett-Awad (CAN) riding JOLLYBO Grove and Langley Pony Club
13th Lillian Heard (USA) riding LCC BARNABY B, Seneca Valley Pony Club
14th Erin Sylvester (USA) riding METTRAISE C-2, North River Pony Club
15th Lillian Heard (USA) riding SHARE OPTION B, Seneca Valley Pony Club
16th Tim Bourke (IRL) riding LUCKAUN QUALITY A, Clew Bay Pony Club
17th Jessica Phoenix (CAN) riding PAVAROTTI  
18th Lisa Marie Fergusson (CAN) riding HONOR ME  
19th Holly Payne-Caravella (USA) riding NEVER OUTFOXED A, Somerset Hills Pony Club
20th Madeline Backus* (USA) riding P S ARIANNA A, Hunter Hill Pony Club
21st Bruce (Buck) Davidson (USA) riding PETITE FLOWER UR, Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds Pony Club
22nd Joe Meyer (NZL) riding CLIP CLOP D or C, Wainuioru Pony Club
23rd Ellen Doughty-Hume (USA) riding SIR OBERON A, Trinity Hills II Pony Club
24th Jennifer McFall (USA) riding HIGH TIMES C-3, Sierra Gold Pony Club
25th  Will Faudree (USA) riding PFUN  
26th Holly Jacks-Smither (CAN) riding MORE INSPIRATION  
27th Clark Montgomery (USA) riding LOUGHAN GLEN UR, Brazos Valley Pony Club
28th Caroline Martin (USA) riding SPRING EASY  
29th Aidan Keogh (IRL) riding MASTER TREDSTEP Bray Hunt Pony Club
30th Sarah (Sally) Cousins (USA) riding TSUNAMI C-2, Lanchester Pony Club
31st Andrea Baxter (USA) riding INDY 500 A, Black Oaks Pony Club
32nd Kristin Schmolze (USA) riding BALLYLAFFIN BRACKEN  
33rd Kelly Prather (USA) riding TRULY WILEY  
34th William Coleman III (USA) riding TIGHT LINES  
35th Savannah Fulton (USA) riding CAPTAIN JACK D-2, Full Moon Farm Pony Club Riding Center
36th Tim Price (NZL) riding RINGWOOD SKY BOY Oxford Pony Club
37th Katie Ruppel (USA) riding HOUDINI D-3, Kalamazoo Valley II Pony Club
38th Ryan Wood (AUS) riding FERNHILL CLASSIC  
39th Robert Meyerhoff (USA) riding DUNLAVIN’S TOKEN C-2, Devil Mountain Pony Club

*Current Pony Club Member

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program. 

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April 26, 2017 Pony Club Schedule of Activities During the 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to host a variety of events at the Rolex Three-Day Event in Lexington, Kentucky April 28 – May 1, 2016. Come join Pony Club in the fun and excitement of Rolex!

Thursday, April 27th 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pony Club Booth Located in Sponsor Village
ShopPonyClub for logowear and gifts
• Sign our Pin Pledge Banner and receive a Pony Club Proud pin.
• Create your own Fan Sign to cheer on your favorite competitor!
• Watch the live competition feed in the Pony Club Booth
• Sign-up for free E-Membership
• Sign-up for daily drawings
• Sign-up for exclusive Pony Club Alumni Meet and Greet with
Rolex riders and officials. (Open only to current USPC members
D-3 H-M or above, age 12-20; names will be drawn at 5pm.)
9 a.m. – noon Dressage Tests Begins Rolex Stadium
11:00 a.m.  Flair© Equine Nasal Strips Demonstration at Pony Club Booth
12:45 p.m. Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille Walnut Ring
1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Dressage Tests Resume Rolex Stadium

Friday, April 28th 

9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pony Club Booth Located in Sponsor Village
ShopPonyClub for logowear and gifts
• Sign our Pin Pledge Banner and receive a Pony Club Proud pin.
• Create your own Fan Sign to cheer on your favorite competitor!
• Watch the live competition feed in the Pony Club Booth
• Sign-up for free E-Membership
• Sign-up for daily drawings.
9 a.m. – noon Dressage Tests Resume Rolex Stadium
10:15 a.m. Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille Walnut Ring
11:00 a.m. Flair© Equine Nasal Strip Demonstration at Pony Club Booth
12:30 p.m.     Celebrity Games Challenge Round Walnut Ring
Competing Celebrities:
o Madeline Backus
o Meghan O’Donoghue
o Colleen Rutledge
o Allie Sacksen
1:00 p.m. Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 1 Walnut Ring
The Four Teams competing this year:
o CAROLINA/MIDSOUTH/SOUTH - DEMOLITION
o MIDSOUTH REGION – TURN N BURN
o MIDWEST REGION – IT’S A GAMES THING
o SUNSHINE REGION - BUTTERFINGERS
1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dressage Tests Resume Rolex Stadium
End of Competition                USPC Media Internship – Press Conference (Essay contest winners only – closed to public)

Saturday, April 29th 

8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.                       Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 2, followed by awards Rolex Stadium
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Pony Club Booth Located in Sponsor Village
ShopPonyClub for logowear and gifts
• Sign our Pin Pledge Banner and receive a Pony Club Proud pin.
• Create your own Fan Sign to cheer on your favorite competitor!
• Watch the live competition feed in the Pony Club Booth.
• Sign-up for free E-Membership
• Sign-up for daily drawings

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.                 Cross-Country Test (Horses will start every four minutes. There will not be 1 ½ hour lunch break.)
After Cross Country Andrea Davidson book signing Brinelda and the Blue Pony at Pony Club Booth
End of Competition USPC Media Internship – Press Conference (Essay contest winners only – closed to public)

Sunday, April 30th 

8:45 a.m.** Stadium Course Walk Meet at the Rolex Stadium, where Pony Club graduate and course designer Richard Jeffery and Marc Donovan will lead this tour. Current Pony Club members only, late arrivals will not be accepted.
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.                                                                                               Pony Club Booth Located in Sponsor Village
ShopPonyClub for logowear and gifts
• Sign our Pin Pledge Banner and receive a Pony Club Proud pin.
• Create your own Fan Sign to cheer on your favorite competitor!
• Watch the live stadium jumping competition feed in the Pony Club Booth                                
• Sign-up for free E-Membership
• Sign-up for daily drawing.
11:30 a.m.  Presentation of USPC Prince Philip Cup Teams Rolex Stadium
Noon Opening Ceremony - Keeneland Pony Club Flag Presentation. Rolex Stadium.
1 p.m.  Show Jumping Begins Rolex Stadium
3 p.m.  Presentation of the Awards Rolex Stadium

** Tentative - Times to be confirmed at the Pony Club booth in Sponsor Village.

About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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April 24, 2017 Many Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Riders Have Pony Club Connection

Pony Club shares a long history with the eventing community, most of America’s top level eventers have a Pony Club background. Below is a list of 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event competitors who are Pony Club alumni and share a connection with the largest equine youth organization in the world.

RIDER COUNTRY CERTIFICATION and PONY CLUB
James Alliston Great Britain B, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire
Madeline Backus USA A, Hunter Hill Pony Club
Andrea Baxter USA A, Black Oaks Pony Club
Hawley Bennett-Awad CAN Grove and Langley Pony Club
Tim Bourke Ireland A, Clew Bay Pony Club
Hannah Sue Burnett USA B, Long Run Pony Club
Jenny Caras USA D-3, Shamrock Hounds Pony Club
Sarah "Sally" Cousins USA C-2, Lanchester Pony Club
Bruce "Buck" Davidson, Jr. USA UR, Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds Pony Club
Ellen Doughty-Hume USA A, Trinity Hills II Pony Club
Phillip Dutton Australia A, Nyngan Pony Club, New South Wales
Savannah Fulton USA D-2, Full Moon Farm Pony Club Riding Center
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp USA C-3, Fallbrook Pony Club
Lillian Heard USA B, Seneca Valley Pony Club
Aiden Keogh Ireland Bray Hunt Pony Club
Boyd Martin Australia Forest Hills Pony Club, New South Wales
Kurt Martin USA C-3, Keeneland Pony Club
Jennifer McFall USA C-3, Sierra Gold Pony Club
Joe Meyer New Zealand D or C, Wainuioru Pony Club
Robert Meyerhoff USA C-2, Devil Mountain Pony Club
Clark Montgomery  USA UR, Brazos Valley Pony Club
Doug Payne USA A, Somerset Hills Pony Club
Holly Payne-Caravella USA A, Somerset Hills Pony Club
Zara Phillips Tindall Great Britain Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire
Tim Price New Zealand Oxford Pony Club
Katie Ruppel USA D-3, Kalamazoo Valley II Pony Club
Colleen Rutledge USA A, Fredrick Pony Club
Allie Sacksen USA A, Brandywine Hounds Pony Club
Kim Severson USA B, Diamondback Pony Club
Bunnie Sexton USA H-A, Santa Ynez Valley Pony Club
Allison Springer USA A, Fox River Valley Pony Club
Erin Sylvester USA C-2, North River Pony Club
Lynn Symansky USA A, Difficult Run Pony Club


About Pony Club - The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.

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