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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April 20, 2017 The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. Participates in the Time to Ride Challenge

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce participation in the Time to Ride Challenge.

Time to Ride Challenge, administered by the American Horse Council’s Marketing Alliance, is an equine-industry-wide program with over twenty organizations working towards a common goal of connecting, or reconnecting people with horses.  In its fourth year, the Challenge offers $100,000 in cash and prizes to stables, associations, clubs, shows and equine businesses (called “hosts”) competing to introduce the most number of newcomers to horses at safe, beginner-friendly events.

Pony Club is committed to growing the horse industry cooperatively through the Time to Ride Challenge Association Program.  Two free registrations to the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC held in Louisville, KY January 24-28, 2018 and one $100 gift certificate to Shop Pony Club will be awarded to the top Pony Club or Pony Club Riding Center entered in the Time to Ride Challenge.

“Pony Club is thrilled to participate in the Challenge Association Program,” says Teresa Woods, Executive Director of The United States Pony Clubs. “This is a great way for clubs and riding centers to win prizes by participating in the Challenge.  More importantly, we can promote equine involvement and growth by helping connect newcomers to horses and joining fellow equestrians to share the benefits of horsemanship.”

To learn more about Time to Ride and sign-up for the Challenge visit TimetoRide.com.

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 17, 2017 Field of Four Teams Ready to Compete in the 2017 Prince Philip Cup Games at Rolex 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 2017 Prince Philip Cup Games will mark the competition’s 17th consecutive year it will be hosted during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The event will feature four teams from across the country. The tentative competition schedule is:

Friday, April 28
12:30 p.m. Celebrity Challenge Round, Walnut Ring (Rolex 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 29
8:30 a.m.  Prince Philip Cup Games Round 2, followed by Awards, Rolex Stadium

Sunday, April 30
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:

CAROLINA/MIDSOUTH/SOUTH REGIONS – DEMOLITION
Jessena Defler riding Sparrow
Mary Ledford riding Hayes
Sarah Beckwith riding Maverick
Henley Younts riding Two Bits

MIDWEST REGION – IT’S A GAME THING
Brooklynn Porter riding Fozi
Anna Lundberg riding Mr. Determined
Makinley Neill riding Gonzo
Ryan Raucher riding Zack
Sean Raucher riding Hershey

SUNSHINE REGION - BUTTERFINGERS
Joan Marchand riding Keyso
Laci Eiseman riding Karat
Zina Grechniw riding Marquis
Natalie Tanski riding Sprocket
Kali Walker riding Holly

MIDSOUTH – TURN N BURN
Kaia Baker riding Suzy Q
Hannah Centers riding Dunny
Anabelle Friend riding Cookies & Cream
Ashley Rankin riding Pinocchio
Maggie Williams riding SNF Odlief

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 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, offered to host the Prince Philip Cup competition as a competition/exhibition during the Rolex 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. 

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March 15, 2017 The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. Partners with The Right Horse Initiative

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to partner with The Right Horse Initiative; a collective of industry professionals and equine welfare advocates working together to improve the lives of horses in transition through a dialogue of kindness and respect.

The goals of the initiative, which include fostering a pragmatic and compassionate support system for horses in transition and creating a unified national network of equine professionals, are in line with the core values of Pony Club. This movement is dedicated to reframing the conversation about equine adoption.

To learn more about The Right Horse Initiative and find out how you can help, visit the righthorse.org.

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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March 13, 2017 New Professional Membership Opportunities

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is proud to announce the new Professional Membership. Now all instructors, professors, teachers, and educators can have access to ready-to-teach educational material for their students.

Individuals who join will receive a variety of previously unavailable Pony Club instructional materials such as organized lesson plans, webinars, and Pony Club IQ (an interactive online informational tool).  In addition to the member benefits, Professional Members can choose printed material such as The Badge Program Guides and Workbooks in either riding or horse management through easy-to-understand Educational Packages.

“Over the years we have received a lot of interest from the equine community for Pony Club educational material. USPC graduates and members are testaments to the quality and reputation Pony Club education provides. We are excited for this opportunity to reach more equine professionals and educators not currently affiliated with Pony Club.” stated Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration.
No previous Pony Club experience or affiliation is required. For complete membership information and how to join, please visit ponyclub.org today and pick the educational package that is best for you and your students.

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 13, 2017 Milestone Club Anniversaries Honored at the 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention hosted by USPC, Presented by County Saddlery

United States Pony Clubs, Inc. once again recognized numerous clubs for their dedicated longevity with Pony Club. The Club Milestone Award is awarded when a club reaches either its 25th or its 50th anniversary. This year fifteen clubs met a milestone anniversary.  

During the Meeting of the Corporation on Saturday morning, eleven clubs celebrated their 25th Anniversary by receiving a 25 Year Club Milestone Award. Those clubs include; Brazos Pony Club (Rio Grande Region), Grand River Pony Club (Great Lakes Region), Highland Hills Pony Club (Great Lakes Region), Lakefield Pony Club (Lake Shore Region), Midland Foxhounds Pony Club (South Region), Mount Peak Pony Club (Northwest Region), Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club (Virginia Region), Pacific Ridge Pony Club (Middle California Region), River Valley Pony Club (Carolina Region), Silver State Pony Club (Sierra Pacific Region) and Walnut Creek Pony Club (Midsouth Region).

Celebrating even bigger milestones, four clubs were honored this year with the 50 Year Club Milestone Awards.  Those clubs include; Ponca Pony Club (Midwest Region), Portola Valley Pony Club (Middle California Region), Portuguese Bend Pony Club (Camino Real Region) and Racine County Pony Club (Lake Shore Region).

“We congratulate and celebrate all of the clubs that have met these important milestones.  The devotion of our long-standing clubs is the back-bone of USPC and we look forward to honoring many more clubs in the coming years.” stated Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration. 

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 9, 2017 National Youth Congress and Alumni Academy of Achievement Inducted at 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention hosted by USPC, Presented by County Saddlery

Every year at Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC, presented by County Saddlery, 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 skills to help them navigate their futures. This year 25 delegates were a part of the three-day Congress.

Samantha Baer - Squamscott Pony Club, Central New England Region
Sarah Barnes – Riverview Pony Club, Camino Real Region
Megan Benton – River Riders Pony Club, Deep South Region
Sophie Buelow – Santa Ynez Valley Pony Club, Camino Real Region
Cyra Carlson – Rivers Edge Pony Club, Inland Empire Region
Jenna Dewald – Fallbrook Pony Club, Southern California Region
Carly Dyal – Fox and Hound Pony Club, Delmarva Region
John Filer – Whidbey Island and Emerald Hills Pony Clubs, Northwest Region
Lindsay Grimshaw – Na Lio Kai Pony Club, Hawaii Region
Hannah Holmes – Hunter’s Run Pony Club, Tri-State Region
Emily Hovis – Horse and Hound Pony Club, Midwest Region
Jodelle Marx – Columbia Winds Pony Club, Oregon Region
Jenna McCully – Magic Valley Pony Club, Intermountain Region
Alexandra McKinley – Orchard Hill Pony Club, Great Lakes Region
Ava Nadeau – Full Circle Pony Club Riding Center, Central New England Region
Jenna Neher – Lio Lii Pony Club, Hawaii Region
Kelsie Raucher – Heritage Livestock Pony Club Riding Center, Midwest Region
Mikayla Rebholz – Willowbrook Pony Club, Oregon Region
Sarah Shaw – Mr. Stewart’s Cheshire Foxhounds Pony Club, Eastern Pennsylvania Region
Sarah Smith – Woodside Pony Club, Middle California Region
Katie Steinjann – National Member, Middle California Region
Lilian Van Winkle – Ochlockonee River Pony Club, Sunshine Region
Anna Viazanko – Rolling Rock Hunt Pony Club, Tri-State Region
Lindsay Woods – Loudon Hunt Pony Club, Virginia Region
Michaela Yowaiski – Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club, Virginia 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 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 28th, 2017, Honors Banquet:

Kathleen Carr, DVM,MS, PhD - Dr. Kathleen Carr is an H-A graduate who grew up in a military family.  Her introduction to Pony Club came when she was 17 by joining the Benning Pony Club, though she began riding as a 4-year old.  
Dr. Carr is a graduate of the University of Georgia, receiving her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine.  She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology from Auburn University and her Masters of Science in International Studies from the U.S. Army War College.
Dr. Carr retired in July 2007 at the rank of Colonel after a 22-year active duty career in the U.S. Army.  She served in a variety of key operational and strategic positions throughout the Department of Defense (DoD).  Since 1994, Dr. Carr’s career focused on biodefense medical countermeasure research with assignments at the U.S Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs).  

Dr. Carr is married to Edwin (Ned) Taylor.  They enjoy their time on their farm in Sharpsburg, Maryland with their 3 dogs, 4 horses and barn cat.  Kathleen is the managing partner in Quantum Leap Eventing, LLC, a home-based business that focuses on teaching, coaching and training three-day event riders and horses.

Jennifer Lord, MD - Jennifer is an H-A graduate of Berks Pony Club in the Eastern Pennsylvania Region. Jennifer enjoyed everything Pony Club had to offer, although her favorites were the show jumping and combined training rallies, and teaching younger Pony Club members.

Jennifer graduated from Albright College in Pennsylvania with honors, where she obtained degrees in both Biology and Business Administration, as well as a minor in International Business.  She went on to earn her Doctor of Medicine degree at Medical College of Pennsylvania-Hahnemann School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  After finishing her training she moved to Austin, Texas where she began private practice specializing in hand and upper extremity surgery. 
After treating patients for eight years, Jennifer realized she wanted to have a bigger impact and reach more patients and left active medicine to pursue a start-up company.  She is currently working on a medical device to improve fracture care, although still maintains her medical license.

Jennifer currently lives with her husband and their two adopted rescue cats, Zen and Zoe.  She enjoys riding, competitive rowing, volunteering with the local animal rescue, and being an environmental steward as a Master Naturalist.

Lisa Roskens - Lisa is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Burlington Capital Group LLC.  Under Ms. Roskens leadership, the Company was restructured from an investment management firm to an organization with ongoing operating businesses built on a shared services platform.  Prior to coming to the Burlington Capital Group in 2000, Ms. Roskens served as Managing Director of Twin Compass, LLC and was the Director of Business Development at Inacom Corporation.  From 1995 to 1997, Ms. Roskens served as Finance Director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.   A graduate of Stanford Law School, Ms. Roskens was an attorney with the Kutak Rock law firm in Omaha, Nebraska from 1992-1995, specializing in commercial litigation.  

Ms. Roskens competed in marathons and triathlons, but her primary hobby has been equestrian, specifically as an amateur jumper rider.  In 2001, Ms. Roskens founded Take Flights Farms, a 501(c)(3) organization that incorporates horses into therapeutic and learning programs.  Her love for the sport and her home city spurred her to found the Omaha Equestrian Foundation in 2011, a 501(c)(3) that hosts an annual volunteer-run equestrian event, The International Omaha, and won the bid to host the 2017 World Cup Finals in Jumping and Dressage.   

Sara Williams - Sara Williams, a graduate "A" member of Panache Pony Club in the Sierra Pacific Region, has been involved in Pony Club for over 28 years as a member, instructor, examiner, DC and RIC. She became an attorney in 2004 and has primarily focused her legal career on helping youth as a juvenile defense attorney. Combining her knowledge of horses with her legal profession, she also handles equine law cases, including anything from contract disputes, sales and lease agreements to equine related personal injury cases.

Her memories of Panache Pony Club in California are so special to Sara. She believes that because they had so many involved parents that supported the member’s successes, many graduates are still involved in Pony Club today. Sara has tried to bring that sense of involvement to the clubs she has worked with since she has graduated from Pony Club herself.

Grooming for Gina Miles was an amazing experience for Sara as she was able to see professional horsemanship at the very top levels, as they traveled the world with horses. She and Gina would joke about how they used all of their Pony Club skills through this incredible journey.

Sara has a three year old daughter, Crosby, and lives in Woodland, California.

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 8, 2017 Successful 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention Hosted by USPC, Presented by County Saddlery

Pony Club members and equine enthusiasts converged in in the Camino Real Region January 25th -29th for the 2017 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC and Presented by County Saddlery. Over 600 attendees were treated to more than 60 educational workshops, presentations, and interactive learning experiences on a variety of equine topics.

Most of the fun was held in the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. Representatives from 42 Pony Club Regions, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on hand working to improve Pony Club programming for members and future members. Attendees were treated to a variety of activities from Educational Workshops, Trade Fair, Silent Auction, Research Fair and Anatomy Room.  The Workshop tracks allowed individuals to customize their experience to focus on sessions like Leadership, Parent, Veterinary and Disciplines.

Friday’s sessions included honoring the inductees into the Academy of Achievement for 2017: Kathleen Carr, DVM, MS, PhD, Jennifer Lord, MD, Lisa Roskens and Sara Williams.

Many Pony Club awards were presented at the Saturday morning Meeting of the Corporation. Four clubs received 50 year awards and eleven clubs received 25 year awards. Upper Level members received special recognition as three members were awarded A-level certification plaques. The Brookfield Land Conservation Award was presented to Fox Valley Pony Club, Lake Shore Region and Bath Pony Club, Tri-State Region. The Flash Teamwork Award went to Tuck Everlasting. For more information on honored clubs and members, visit http://blog.ponyclub.org/.

The Saturday night Banquet and Dance were highlights for many attendees as they honored the recipients of the Founders Awards for 2016: Jan Jensen, Alex Weiss, Shelley Kincaid, and Claire Harmon. Featured speaker for the evening was two-time Eventing Olympian and Pony Club graduate, Hawley Bennett. Bennett entertained the banquet guests with stories and personal memories from her days in Pony Club and Eventing career. More than 400 people attended the banquet and danced the night away.

It was announced that the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC will be held January 24-28 at the Galt House, in Louisville, KY in the Midsouth 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 12, 2017 United States Pony Clubs, Inc. & New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program Partner in Project

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is pleased to partner with The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. to launch an educational challenge designed to give Pony Club members an opportunity to adopt retired racehorses. Participants in the Challenge will showcase their horse management and riding skills learned through Pony Club while providing qualified homes and new careers for retired racehorses.


“By bringing together two organizations that are leaders in their fields, we will be able to provide an educational, incentive-based competition for Pony Club members that will ultimately increase the number of retired racehorses being moved into second careers," said Anna Ford, Thoroughbred Program Director for New Vocations. "We feel very strongly that this program will help educate the public on how much these horses have to offer once they leave the track while providing a wonderful opportunity for Pony Club members to experience equine ownership."

The New Vocations Pony Club Challenge was made possible through a grant provided by the WaterShed Animal Fund. For the Challenge, New Vocations will provide up to 50 free, retired racehorses, along with a $1,800 stipend, to eligible and pre-approved Pony Club members. These Pony Club members will compete for $10,000 in cash and prizes at the 2018 USPC Championships East in Dressage, Eventing, Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping or Western disciplines. More information can be found at newvocations.org.

“We are thrilled to partner with New Vocations to give Pony Club members this unique training and ownership opportunity.  Education and horsemanship is synonymous with Pony Club, so what better way for members to utilize their Pony Club knowledge? We look forward to seeing a preview of the Challenge at USPC Festival 2017,” said Teresa Woods, Pony Club Executive Director.

About New Vocations – New Vocations first opened its doors to retired racehorses in 1992. Starting with a single farm in Dayton, Ohio, the program has grown to six facilities in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Serving over 40 racetracks, the program works directly with owners and trainers in need of aftercare for their horses. New Vocations leads the nation in racehorse adoptions, taking in over 450 horses a year. The focus is on adoption verses retirement as the solution for a large number of horses leaving the track. Through education and adoption, each horse gets a purpose and a home.

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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November 11, 2016 Hawley Bennett will be Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention Hosted by USPC

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce that Hawley Bennett, two-time Eventing Olympian, will be the keynote speaker during the Saturday night awards banquet at the 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention hosted by USPC January 25-29, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. 

Bennett (B-2, Grove & Langley Pony Club, British Columbia) grew up on a hobby farm and was involved with the 4-H Horse Club and the Grove and Langley Pony Club throughout her childhood.  In 1994, Hawley met Livingstone, a 4-year-old off-the-track Canadian Thoroughbred gelding bred by Dr. Anderson of Langley, BC. Following a 4th place finish at the North American Young Riders’ Championship, Hawley, then just 21, was named to the Canadian Eventing Team Long List. Since then Hawley has accomplished numerous Top placings at the Three Star and Four Star levels including top placing at The Rolex Kentucky CCI4* Event. Hawley has competed on two Canadian Olympic teams, been a member of the Silver medal Pan American Games team and World Equestrian Games Team.

Early bird registration for the Convention ends November 15th; registration and schedule information can be found at https://www.ponyclub.org/Events/AnnualMeeting/. The 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention will offer many educational opportunities for both adult and youth equine enthusiasts. Throughout the week attendees can participate in a variety of workshops covering disciplines such as: Polocrosse, Games and Tetrathlon; or topics such as saddle fitting and energy sources for horses. In addition to workshops the Symposium includes a trade fair, silent auction, research project fair and a hands-on educational anatomy room followed by evening dinners and award banquets.

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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October 27, 2016 Pony Club Members Win at North American Junior Field Hunter Championships

The 2016 North American Junior Field Hunter Championships were hosted by Dr. & Mrs. Jack van Nagell at their own Boone Valley Farm on October 23rd in Lexington, KY. The event, designed for junior riders, is set in the hunt field with participants competing in Hilltopping and First Flight divisions.  More than 20 current and former Pony Club members competed and finished in the top ten of some challenging divisions. For a complete list of all USPC competitors and results click HERE.

Top finishers include:

Hilltop Division
Champion Mary Katherine Leveridge, C-1 Traditional, Half-Halt Pony Club, Heartland Region
Reserve Champion Cian Yorba, D-2 Traditional, Keeneland Pony Club, Midsouth Region

First Field 12 and Under
Reserve Champion Ainsley Colgan, D-3 Traditional, Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club, Virginia Region

Best Turned Out Award sponsored by Charles Owen
Ainsley Colgan, D-3 Traditional, Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club, Virginia Region

Highest Placed Pony Club member in each Division sponsored by Shapley’s Grooming Products
First Field 13 and Over Josa Comstock, H-B, Fox River Valley Pony Club, North Central Prairie Region
First Field 12 and Under Ainsley Colgan, D-3 Traditional, Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club, Virginia Region
Hilltoppers Mary Katherine Leveridge, C-1Traditional, Half-Halt Pony Club, Heartland Region

Foxhunting is a founding discipline of Pony Club. Riders compete through open space following hounds. The First Flight division is for riders who are comfortable riding at speed and jumping natural fences with a group, while the Hilltopping division is meant for riders not yet ready to add jumping to the thrill of the chase.  The goal of the Field Hunter Championships is to encourage today’s youth to continue to enjoy the tradition of riding across the country to the cry of hounds in good sport. Riders are expected to dress themselves and their mount in traditional hunting attire as well as being able to show their mount as a suitable hunting horse.

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 19, 2016 Registration Is Now Open for the 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention Hosted by USPC

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2017 USPC Equine Symposium & Convention.  This event will be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel in California January 25-29, 2017.  Further information regarding registration, schedule and hotel information can be found at www.ponyclub.org/Events/AnnualMeeting/.

The 2017 Equine Symposium & Convention will offer many educational opportunities for both adult and youth equine enthusiasts. Throughout the week attendees can participate in a variety of workshops covering disciplines such as: Polocrosse, Games and Tetrathlon; or topics such as saddle fitting and energy sources for horses. In addition to workshops the Symposium includes a trade fair, silent auction, research project fair and a hands-on educational anatomy room followed by evening dinners and award banquets.

To see highlights from previous conventions and information about things to do in the southern California area, please watch these videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD7_6sTaAOQ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no98Zr5fzvE

For younger attendees there is a daily Pony Paddock starting Thursday morning.  The Pony Paddock is a safe option for children under 12 to spend time playing and learning while parents, friends, and older siblings attend presentations and workshops. Youth registration is required but there is no additional charge.

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 26, 2016 Pony Club Represented at North American Junior Young Rider Championships

Over forty riders with Pony Club connections will be competing at the 2016 Adequan/FEI North American Junior Young Rider Championships presented by Gotham North (NAJYRC) held at the Colorado Horse Park July 26-31st. Riders from all over country and North American will be representing their Country, Region, Zone and Area at this prestigious Continental Championship recognized by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).

NAJYRC is the only championship held annually on this continent. Riders will be vying for team and individual medals throughout the week and hope to follow in the footsteps of many Olympians and World Champions who also had success at these Championships. 
Below is a list of competitors who are current and previous members of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and share a connection with this largest equine youth organization in the world. Pony Club is proud to be a part of these competitors’ lives and offers best wishes and success at NAJYRC.
 

RIDER DISCIPLINE and TEAM PONY CLUB and CERTIFICATION
Kayla Kadlubek Dressage, Region 1 Junior H-B/C-3, Difficult Run Pony Club
Allison Nemeth Dressage, Region 1 Junior C-1, Amwell Valley Hounds Pony Club
Nicholas Hansen Dressage, Region 1 Young Rider A, Keystone Pony Club
Mallory Chambers Dressage, Region 1 Young Rider C-2, Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club
Callie Jones Dressage, Region 2 Junior D-1, Rolling Hills Equestrian Pony Club
Meredith Talley Dressage, Region 2 Junior D-1, Four Rivers Pony Club
Cara Fragomeni Dressage, Region 4 Junior Lead Hound Pony Club
Codi Harrison Dressage, Region 4 Young Rider D-2, Meadowlark Pony Club
Gaylen Davis Dressage, Region 5 Junior Boulder Valley Pony Club
Lexy Donaldson Dressage, Region 5 Young Rider Great Lakes Region
Piper Newman Dressage, Region 6 Young Rider H-B/B Baywood Pony Club
Nila Venkat Dressage, Region 7 Junior H-B/C-2, Pacific Ridge Pony Club
Madison Lacy Dressage, Region 9 Junior C-1, Heart of Texas Pony Club
Eliza Eddy Eventing, Area I Junior D-2, Pentucket Pony Club
Hayley Rosenberg Eventing, Area I Junior C-1, Honey Hollow Pony Club
Tayler Stewart Eventing, Area II Junior C-2, Seneca Valley Pony Club
Elleanor Dembosky Eventing, Area II Junior C-1, Moore County Pony Club
MiKensey Johansen Eventing, Area III Junior C-2, Midland Foxhounds Pony Club
Emma Keller Eventing, Area III Junior C-2, Atlanta Pony Club
Haley Curry Eventing, Area III Junior C-2, Saddle Up Pony Club
Parker Miller Eventing, Area III Junior Pinchona Pony Club
Zoe Crawford Eventing, Area III Young Rider H-B/C-2, Norfolk Hunt Pony Club
Ellis Rold Eventing, Area IV Junior C-2, Lead Hound Pony Club
Lily Geelan Eventing, Area IV Junior D-3, Lead Hound Pony Club
Makenna Rold Eventing, Area IV Junior C-2, Lead Hound Pony Club
Anna Pierce Eventing, Area V Junior C+, Rockwall County Pony Club
Frances Littlejohn Eventing, Area V Junior D-1, Pineywoods Pony Club
Cassidy Snyder Eventing, Area V Junior Trinity Hills II Pony Club
Arden Stephens Eventing, Area V Junior D-1, Rackensack Pony Club
Dresden Sutherland Eventing, Area V Junior Trinity Hills II Pony Club
Clara Cargile Eventing, Area V Young Rider C-1, In Stride Pony Club
Alyssa Phillips Eventing, Area V Young Rider C-2, Trinity Hills II Pony Club
Delaney Vaden Eventing, Area VI Junior C-2, Northern Mines Pony Club
Claire Poch Eventing, Area VI Junior C-1, Oak Creek Pony Club
Josey Thompson Eventing, Area VI Young Rider C-2, Flint Hills Pony Club
Brenna MacLeod Eventing, Area VIII Junior H-B, Huron Valley Pony Club
Elizabeth Ragan Eventing, Area VIII Junior C-1, Hidden Bridge Pony Club
Nila Sabet Eventing, Area VIII Junior H-B/C-3, Cedar Ridge Pony Club
Alexandra Baugh Eventing, Area VIII Junior C-1, Keeneland Pony Club
Margaret Ragan Eventing, Area VIII Young Rider C-2, Covered Bridge Pony Club
Woods Baughman Eventing, Area VIII Young Rider C+, Keeneland Pony Club
Ryleigh Leavitt Eventing, Area IX Junior C-1, Pine Ridge Pony Club
Madeline Backus Eventing, Area IX Young Rider A, Hunter Hill Pony Club

When known, Pony Clubs and highest certifications attained have been listed. If you know of a Pony Club connection that is not listed here, or if we have inaccurate information, please let us know at advertising@ponyclub.org.

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 a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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July 20, 2016 Many US Olympians Have Pony Club Connection

When the world will be watching athletes from all around the globe competing in the ultimate sporting event, the Olympic Games, they will be watching several Pony Club graduates. There are Pony Club connections on every US Equestrian Team and Modern Pentathlon Team going to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. 

Below is a list of 2016 Rio Olympic USA competitors who are alumni of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and share a connection with this largest equine youth organization in the world. Pony Club is proud to have been a part of these competitors’ lives and offers best wishes and success in Rio.

RIDER DISCIPLINE PONY CLUB and CERTIFICATION
Allison Brock Dressage C-3, Lio Lii Pony Club
Sydney Collier Para-Dressage D-2, Cedar Ridge Pony Club
Phillip Dutton Eventing A, Nyngan Pony Club, New South Wales
Kent Farrington Show Jumping C-3, St. James Pony Club
Isabella Isaksen Modern Pentathlon Boston Mountain Pony Club
Margaux Isaksen Modern Pentathlon Boston Mountain Pony Club
Boyd Martin Eventing Forest Hills Pony Club, New South Wales
Clark Montgomery Eventing Brazos Valley Pony Club
Kasey Perry-Glass Dressage C-3, Sierra Gold Pony Club
Robert Dover Dressage, Chef d'Equipe A, Arlington-Fairfax Pony Club
David O'Connor Eventing, Chef d'Equipe B, Redland Hunt Pony Club


When known, Pony Clubs and highest certifications attained have been listed. If you know of a Pony Club connection that is not listed here, or if we have inaccurate information, please let us know at advertising@ponyclub.org.

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 a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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July 7, 2016 Pony Club Team to Compete at the 2016 US Pony Jumper Championships

Four United States Pony Clubs (Pony Club) members will attend the 2016 US Pony Jumper Championships held in conjunction with the US Pony Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY August 8-14th.  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 (C-2, Bluegrass Pony Club/Midsouth Region) riding Lark’s Magic
Megan De Michele (C-1, Misty Brae Farm Riding Center/Virginia Region) ridingGracie Lou
Alexis DiPasqua (C-3, Radnor Hunt Pony Club/Eastern Pennsylvania Region) riding Capezio
Genevieve Munson (C-2, Northwest Arkansas Pony Club/Midwest Region) riding Bluebelle

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), a C-1 Pony Club 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 2015. 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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July 6, 2016 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 Morgan Pence, a C+ member of Long Run Pony Club. Morgan will be attending Auburn University and plans to be a pre-vet major.

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 Margot Miller, is a C-2 Traditional/Horse Management member of Red Jacket Pony Club who plans to pursue a photography major at Savannah College of Art and Design.

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 Amanda Michael, C-2 Traditional/H-B Horse Management member of Harts Run Pony Club, who will be pursuing a major in advertising and photography; and Kelsie Raucher, a C-2 Traditional/H-B Horse Management member of Heritage Livestock Pony Club Riding Center, who will be majoring in business management at the University of Kentucky.

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 Lexie Carleton, a C-2 Horse Management/Traditional member of Cahaba Pony Club, who will be attending the University of Montevallo as a history major. 

The Pony Club Triple Crown Scholarship is sponsored by Pony Club and Triple Crown Feeds 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 Caroline Needham, a C-2/HB Horse Management member of Cape Henry Pony Club. Caroline will be pursuing a liberal arts major at James Madison University.

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 6, 2016 USPC Announces Foxhunting Writing Winners

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. has announced the winners of the Hildegard Neill Ritchie Foxhunting Writing Contest.

This contest is open to all D and C certified Pony Club members, whether they have hunted or not. The entry may be a short story, poem, song or essay on any aspect of foxhunting. The top three authors will receive cash prizes (1st: $200, 2nd: $100, 3rd: $50) to be spent on foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities.

USPC is pleased to have the contest judged by Nancy Ambrosiano, former USPC Foxhunting Committee chair and a Pony Club graduate, Mary Pierson, a lifelong Pony Club supporter and Norman Fine, creator of Foxhunting Life with Horses and Hound.  As always the entries were wonderful and the judges had a hard time making their final decisions.  After significant deliberation the results were:

First Place:  Lauren Rogers, a 24 year-old, C-1 member from Greeneville Foothills Pony Club, in the Carolina Region with “What Are We Doing Today”
Second Place:  Libby Nelson, a 10 year-old, D-2 member from De La Brooke Pony Club, in the Maryland Region with “The Hunt”
Tied for Third Place:  Brianna Rhodes, a 24 year-old, C-1 member from Kuenzi Equestrian Center Pony Club Riding Center, in the Lake Shore Region with “We’re Off Again” and MacKenzie Saunders, a 10 year-old, D-2 member from The Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club, in the Rocky Mountain Region with “Closing Hunt”

“What fun! I truly enjoyed reading the very creative efforts of both the hunting and ‘wish to be hunting’ members who entered the contest this year.  I think having so many entries is a clear indication that Foxhunting remains healthy in Pony Club” said judge Pierson.

The contest award is from a memorial fund established by friends of Mrs. Ritchie, who was a long-time Pony Club supporter and volunteer. She founded the Colorado Springs Pony Club in 1958 and was its District Commissioner for 30 years. She was Regional Supervisor of the Colorado (now Rocky Mountain) Region for 12 years and hosted regional Pony Club camps on her ranch for 20 plus years. She served several terms as a USPC Governor and received the USPC Founders Award in 1989.

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 1, 2016 Charles Owen Returns as USPC Championships East Sponsor

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to again welcome Charles Owen as the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Pony Club (USPC) Championships East. The USPC Championships East presented by Charles Owen will be heading to the Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), July 27th – 31st for the first time. 

“Pony Club is grateful that Charles Owen is continuing their support of Championships and recognizes the achievements, teamwork, sportsmanship and horsemanship that defines what Pony Club and our members are all about” said Teresa Woods, Executive Director of United States Pony Clubs, Inc. 

Each year, UPSC 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.

“Charles Owen is proud to play a role in keeping Pony Club riders safe as they compete at the USPC Championships East,” said Charles Owen’s Managing Director, Roy Burek. “We are thrilled to support the excellent horsemanship that Pony Club promotes in its youth members and to be ringside to cheer them again this 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.

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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May 25, 2016 2016 Live Oak Hounds USPC Foxhunting Challenge Award

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to announce the winners of the tenth 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.  A total of 68 Pony Club members competed this year, and that counted for more than 705 days out in the hunt field. 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.

"It's delightful that a vibrant new pony club, The Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club, has won the Live Oak Challenge Award this year - the club's close and continuing collaboration with a historic hunt such as Arapahoe is clearly paying off, and bodes well for the future of the sport in the region," noted Nancy Ambrosiano, USPC Liaison to the MFHA and president of Caza Ladron Hunt.

Congratulations to the 2016 Challenge winners:

1st Place: The Arapahoe Hunt Pony Club in Colorado who hunted with Arapahoe Hunt.
2nd Place: Cedar Knob Pony Club in Tennessee who hunted with Cedar Knob Hounds, Longreen Foxhounds, Hillsboro Hounds and Marlborough Hunt.

3rd Place: Elkridge Harford Pony Club in Maryland who hunted with Elkridge-Harford Hunt.

4th Place: Spring Valley Hounds Pony Club in New Jersey who hunted with Spring Valley Hounds.

5th Place: Buffalo Creek Pony Club in Virginia who hunted with Red Oak Foxhounds.

6th Place: Blue Mountain Pony Club in Pennsylvania who hunted with the Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt.

Also participating: Old Dominion Hounds Pony Club in Virginia who hunted with the Old Dominion Hounds.

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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April 27, 2016 Pony Club Schedule of Activities During Rolex

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 28

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
8:30 a.m. – noon Dressage Tests Begin Rolex Stadium                                                                           
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 29

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                            
8:30 a.m. – noon Dressage Tests Resume Rolex Stadium
10:15 a.m. Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille Walnut Ring
12:30 p.m. Celebrity Games Challenge Round Walnut Ring
Competing Celebrities:
o Ellen Doughty-Hume
o Allie Sacksen
o Colleen Rutledge
o Kim Severson
1:00 p.m. Prince Philip Cup Games – Round 1 Walnut Ring
The Four Teams competing this year:
o VIRGINIA REGION WE GOT GAME
o EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA/OLD DOMINION/NORTH CENTRAL PRAIRIE
    REGIONS BLOOMABILITY
o SUNSHINE REGION LEMONHEADS
o CAPITAL REGION RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
1:15 p.m. Autograph signing with Ellen Doughty-Hume & Julie Norman 
Pony Club Booth
1:30 p.m. Shapley’s Grooming care demo with Emma Ford
(Phillip Dutton’s head groom) Pony Club Booth

1:30 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Dressage Tests Resume Rolex Stadium
4:30 p.m.** Cross Country Course Walk Meet at the Start Box. Bunnie Sexton,
Graduate H-A and District Commissioner for Santa Ynez Valley Pony Club
will lead this tour. Wear your Pony Club Pin!


Saturday, April 30

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 live competition feed in the Pony Club Booth 
10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Cross-Country Test (Horses will start every four minutes. There will not be
1 ½ hour lunch break.)
10:15 a.m. Keeneland Pony Club Quadrille Walnut Ring
Noon Shapley’s Tail and leg care demo with Emma Ford Pony Club Booth
After Cross Country Shapley’s book signing with Emma Ford Pony Club Booth


Sunday, May 1

9:00 a.m.** Stadium Course Walk Meet under the Rolex scoreboard,
where Pony Club graduate and course designer Richard Jeffery
with Marc Donovan and Richard Lamb will lead this tour. Rolex Stadium
9 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
11:30 a.m. Presentation of USPC Prince Philip Cup Teams Rolex Stadium
11:30 a.m. Shapley’s grooming demo with Emma Ford Pony Club Booth
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 21, 2016 Many Rolex 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 2016 Rolex 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 Britian B, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire
Laine Ashker USA C-1, Sierra Gold Pony Club
Lisa Barry USA C-3, Rawlins Creek Pony Club
Maya Black USA A, Whidbey Island Pony Club
Allie Blyskal Sacksen USA A, Brandywine Hounds Pony Club
Tim Bourke Ireland A, Clew Bay Pony Club
Hannah Sue Burnett USA B, Long Run Pony Club
Kyle Carter Canada B, Mini Creek
Anna Collier USA H-A, Columbia Winds Pony Club
Sydney Conley-Elliott USA C-3, Gator Bayou Pony Club
Tiana Coudrey USA A, Santa Rosa Valley 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 USA A, Nyngan Pony Club, New South Wales
Eliza Farren USA C-2, Jericho Forest Pony Club 
Angela Gryzwinski USA H-A, Sangre de Cristo Pony Club
Elisabeth Halliday-Sharp USA C-3, Fallbrook Pony Club
Sinead Halpin USA C-1, Palmetto Pony Club
Lillian Heard USA B, Seneca Valley Pony Club
Ashley Johnson USA A, Amwell Valley Hounds Pony Club
Avery Klunick USA D-2, Wild Texas Pony Express
Alexandra Knowles USA A, Sierra Gold Pony Club
Sara Kozumplik Murphy USA A, Dominion Valley Pony Club
Marilyn Little USA Fredrick Pony Club
Elinor MacPhail USA C-2, Hunters Run Pony Club
Maddy Mazzola USA C-1, Redwood Hills Pony Club
Boyd Martin Australia Forest Hills Pony Club, New South Wales
Kurt Martin USA C-3, Keeneland Pony Club
Joe Meyer New Zealand D or C, Wainuioru Pony Club
Robert Meyerhoff USA C-2, Devil Mountain Pony Club
Doug Payne USA A, Somerset Hills Pony Club
Holly Payne-Caravella USA A, Somerset Hills Pony Club
Tim Price New Zealand Oxford Pony Club
Katie Ruppel USA D-3, Kalamazoo Valley II Pony Club
Colleen Rutledge USA A, Fredrick 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
Lynn Symanksky USA A, Difficult Run Pony Club
Mark Todd New Zealand Cambridge Pony Club
Ryan Wood Australia Dural 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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April 20, 2016 Celebrities Play Pony Club Games

Adding to the excitement of the 2016 Prince Philip Cup Games Competition held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, Pony Club will again hold the “Celebrity Challenge Round” where well known Rolex Celebrities (competitors and horsemen) are invited to join the four Pony Club teams for a round of games.


The Celebrity Challenge will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 29th, in the Walnut Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. “Celebrities” are graduate Pony Club members from the United States and other countries. Participation of the celebrities will depend upon the final Rolex competition schedule. Several famous alumni have expressed interest. Celebrities will arrive with helmets in hand and will be matched with suitable pony partners for a fun games exhibition.

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 enhance riding skills, physical coordination, and self-confidence. 

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 18, 2016 Pony Club offers educational opportunities and presents test at 2016 IEA National Finals

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is proud to present the written test for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) National Finals in both Hunt Seat and Western.  The Holy Innocents’ Horsemanship and Horseman’s Knowledge Tests – presented by The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. will take place during the 2016 National Finals on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington, Kentucky. 


The Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School Horsemanship Test and The Horseman’s Knowledge Test were created to promote and acknowledge horse care among Interscholastic Equestrian Association athletes.  They are intended to compliment the Interscholastic Equestrian Association’s mission to educate younger equestrians in all areas of equestrian studies and focuses on the belief that horsemanship always comes first.  The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is proud to support the Interscholastic Equestrian Association in their goal to foster and educate well-rounded horse people.

Pony Club’s Equine Educational Exhibit will be set-up during the event.  The educational traveling display is designed to share the passion of horses with adults and youth through interactive fun, and provide participants with an experience leading to future interactions with horses and ponies. It offers hands-on educational stations made from authentic equine components such as actual grooming and tack items.

Additionally, Pony Club will be presenting several topics as part of the IEA’s Speaker Symposium. The educational symposium is open to the public starting Thursday, April 21st through Sunday, April 24th.  Pony Club will be presenting “Riding Centers & USPC –make your job coaching easier” at 10am on Thursday, April 21st.  On Friday, April 22nd Pony Club is offering a “Study Session for the Written Test” at 9am and discussing “Opportunities available with Pony Club” at 3pm. Sessions are open to all age groups and anyone interested in learning more or getting involved in 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 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 a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership. 

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April 11, 2016 Field of Four Teams Ready to Compete in the 2016 Prince Philip Cup Games at Rolex 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 2016 Prince Philip Cup Games will mark the competition’s 16th consecutive year it will be hosted during the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The event will feature 4 teams from across the country.

The tentative competition schedule is:
Friday, April 29
12:30 p.m. Celebrity Challenge Round, Walnut Ring (Rolex 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 30
8:30 a.m.  Prince Philip Cup Games Round 2, followed by Awards, Rolex Stadium

Sunday, May 1
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:

VIRGINIA REGION WE GOT GAME
Grace Hecker riding Catch Me If You Can
Rachel Bailey riding Kerritts
Ronald Borta riding Jitter
Virginia Carpenter riding Jack in the Box
Scott Carpenter riding Sebastian

EASTERN PENNSYLVANIA/OLD DOMINION/NORTH CENTRAL PRAIRIE REGIONS BLOOMABILITY
Audrey Buchanan riding Super Sally
Margaret Buchanan riding Good Fortune
Jesse Bradley-Johnson riding Sunflower Power
Mackenzie Raniowski riding Daddy’s Fury
Sabrina Yashinsky riding Willow

SUNSHINE REGION LEMONHEADS
Megan All riding Parker
Joan Marchand riding Gwen
Lexie Ray riding Mr. Snuggles
Audrey Rosen riding Minnie
Kali Walker riding Holly

CAPITAL REGION RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Mitchell Walker riding Summit
Piper Fabry riding Ladybug
Mallary Graham riding Jose
Abigail Fischer riding Dusty
Sadie McBain riding Prince Harry

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 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, offered to host the Prince Philip Cup competition as a competition/exhibition during the Rolex 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.

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February 22, 2016 Milestone Club Anniversaries Honored at USPC Annual Meeting & Equine Symposium

Every year at USPC’s Annual Meeting, clubs are recognized for their dedicated longevity with Pony Club. The Club Milestone Award is awarded when a club reaches either its 25th or its 50th anniversary. This year we had a total of eleven clubs reach a milestone anniversary.

During the Meeting of the Corporations on Saturday morning, eight clubs celebrated their 25th Anniversary by receiving a 25 Year Club Milestone Award. Those clubs include; Huntsville Pony Club (Midsouth Region), Mad River Pony Club (New York/Upper Connecticut Region), Mountain Laurel Pony Club (Eastern Pennsylvania Region), Mt. Hood Pony Club (Oregon Region), Norfolk Hunt Pony Club (Central New England Region), Northern Mines Pony Club (Sierra Pacific Region), Saint John’s River Pony Club (Sunshine Region), and Timber Ridge Pony Club (North Central Prairie Region).

Celebrating even bigger milestones, three clubs were honored this year with the 50 Year Club Milestone Awards. Those clubs include; Rockingham Pony Club (Central New England Region), Saint Croix Pony Club (Sunshine Region), and Southern Illinois Pony Club (Midsouth Region).

“The 2017 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium will be hosted by The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and assisted by the Camino Real Region at the Westin LA Airport Hotel, in Los Angeles, CA. We look forward to congratulating additional clubs who reach these milestones,” stated Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Member Services and Regional Administration.

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 19, 2016 National Youth Congress and Alumni Academy of Achievement Inducted at USPC Annual Meeting & Equine Symposium

Every year at The USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium, 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 skills to help them navigate their futures. This year 30 delegates were a part of the three day Congress.

 

Camino Real Region
Jamie Biz
Intermountain Region
Heidi Steeneck
Northwest Region
Cecilia Black
Southwest Region
Erin Kober
Kaitlyn Dirkschneider

South Region
Anna Kate Johnson

Tri-State Region
Kaylee Van Winkle
 
Capital Region
Maggie Jackson
Metropolitan Region
Adeline Fleitz
New York/Upper Connecticut Region
Cooper Madden-Hennessey
Deep South Region
Amanda Austin
Kayla Pavlik
Middle California Region
Aislinn Finn
Devyn Hinkle
Old Dominion Region
Molly Ryan
 
Delmarva Region
Megan Calibey
Midwest Region
Leigh Ruckman
Oregon Region
Lauren Clay
Eastern Pennsylvania Region
Maia Jensen
Kassandra Moyer
New Jersey Region
Grace Lutfy
Heather Perry
Rocky Mountain Region
Darby Murphy
 
Hawaii Region
Renee Van Bergejik
Northeast Region
Katherine Sypher
Sierra Pacific Region
Kaitlin Curry
Inland Empire Region
Lindsay Kemp
Northern Lakes Region
Anessa DeMers
Sunshine Region
Mattie Kerker
White Mountain Region
Marcy Daley
   

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 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 two recipients were recognized at the February 3rd, 2016, Honors Banquet:

Marc Donovan - Marc grew up in Long Island, NY, and started riding at the age of eight. Early in his riding career, he showed Pony Hunters and later in the Equitation divisions. He was a member of Meadow Brook Hounds Pony Club and received his A rating in 1986.
After studying for two years at Rochester Institute of Technology, Marc continued his education at Emerson College and graduated with a degree in communications. Throughout college he rode horses and competed in Eventing across the East Coast. In the 1990s, he rode his horse Middlemarch to the CCI** level.

In the past several years Marc has designed show jumping courses for many competitions including the Carolina International CIC, US Pony Finals, Galway International CCI, Plantation Fields CIC, Richland Park CIC, Bromont CCI in Canada, and the American Eventing Championships. Marc assisted Richard Jeffery at the 2011 National Horse Show and assisted Richard and Conrad Homfeld at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. He is USEF ‘R’ licensed show jump course designer and the Eventing Director at the Carolina Horse Park in Raeford, NC.

Linda Zang - In 1965 Linda achieved both her USPC A and also her BHSAI certificate to set the stage for her career in the horse industry.  She continued her education by traveling to Ireland and Sweden to work with many European trainers and to attend the national school for instructors (for two years) where she received an Instructors certificate in Scandinavia in 1970.  She returned to the United States in 1972 and competed in national level dressage competitions.  In 1978 Linda competed at the World Championships in Goodwood, England and Germany as a recipient of the Asmis Fund. She was a member of the US Dressage Team for the Pan American Games in 1979 and a member of the US Olympic Team in 1980.

Linda is a FEI 5* Judge (one of 25 ju7dges of this ranking in the World) and is a member of the FEI Judges Supervisory Panel and has judged the top international championships in the World including: FEI World Cup Finals, Olympics, World Equestrian Games, Pan American Games, and European Championships. Besides judging Linda has been an FEI Technical Delegate for Pan American Games and Olympic Games plus others and has extensively judged in many countries around the globe. Linda is currently a member of the USEF Licensed Officials Committee but has been a member and advisor on many USDF and FEI Committees. Linda and was honored by the President of the United States for the Gerald Ford “Sports Ambassador” and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal of Honor and she continues to promote and support Dressage in the United States.

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 17, 2016 Awards Abound at USPC Annual Meeting & Equine Symposium

Orlando, FL hosted to the 2016 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium held February 4-7. The over 500 attendees were treated to more than 60 educational workshops, presentations, and interactive learning experiences on a variety of equine topics.

Most of the fun was held in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Orlando. Representatives from 42 Pony Club Regions, including Alaska and Hawaii, were on hand working to improve Pony Club programming for members and future members. Workshops and presentations were well attended, as well as other activities including the Trade Fair, Silent Auction, Research Fair, and Anatomy Room.

Friday’s sessions included honoring the inductees into the Academy of Achievement for 2016: Marc Donovan and Linda Zang.

Many Pony Club awards were presented at the Saturday morning Meeting of the Corporation. Three clubs received 50 year awards and eight clubs received 25 year awards. Upper Level members received special recognition as nine members were awarded A-level certification plaques. The Brookfield Land Conservation Award was presented to Wasatch Pony Club, Intermountain Region and Run O’ The Mill Pony Club, Lake Shore Region. The Flash Teamwork Award went to Claim Jumper Pony Club, Middle California Region. For more information on honored clubs and members, visit http://blog.ponyclub.org/.

The Saturday night Banquet and Dance were highlights for many attendees as they honored the recipients of the Founders Awards for 2015: Benjamin Hurt Hardaway III, Alita (Bunny) Hendricks, Nancy Ambrosiano, Michael Amos, and Judith Fannin. Current members; Anthony Kuenzi and Mia Volpenesta helped to kick off the 2016 Annual Fund with stories about celebrating the future of Pony Club. More than 350 people attended the banquet and danced the night away.

It was announced that the 2017 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium will be held January 26-29 at the Westin LA Airport Hotel, in Los Angeles, CA, hosted by the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. and assisted by the Camino Real 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 25, 2016 Founder’s Awards Presented at USPC Annual Meeting and Symposium

During the 2016 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium being held February 4-7 in Orlando, Florida,  five individuals will be awarded the Founders’ Award, an honor reserved for Pony Club’s most worthy volunteers. This prestigious award is made each year to those who have made a significant contribution to Pony Club at the Local or Regional and National Levels over a period of 20 years or more. The recipients of the Founders Awards for 2015 are: Benjamin Hurt Hardaway III, Alita (Bunny) Hendricks, Nancy Ambrosiano, Michael Amos, and Judith Fannin.


Benjamin Hurt Hardaway III. Co-Founder and former DC of Midland Foxhounds Pony Club, Ben was born in Columbus, Georgia where he also met and married Sarah Mcduffie. They had three children, Sarah, Mary, and Susannah who were all active members of the club. Ben is a life member of USPC and served on the Board of Governors from 1957 to 1962 with a second term 1968 to 1970. Ben was an active member of Midland Hunt where he enjoyed foxhunting and creating the Hardaway Crossbred hounds which are in 80 percent of crossbred packs in America today.

Alita (Bunny) Hendricks. Bunny joined Woodlawn Pony Club at age 11and obtained her “A” just weeks after her 16th birthday. Earning her BA degree in Elementary Education allowed her to teach elementary school for 21 years. As a new “A”, Bunny was a regular volunteer instructor for Suncoast Pony Club in Florida, teaching mounted and Horse Management meetings, coaching rally teams, teaching camps, and holding rating preps. Bunny is currently a National Examiner and Chief Horse Management Judge. She has been her region’s HMO and RIC, presented numerous H-B and H-A preps and numerous volunteer positions at the regional rallies. She is a proud parent of one son, and has been married 35 years to husband Mark.

Nancy Ambrosiano. A Pony Club member since the age of 6, Nancy graduated with her “A” from Princess Anne Hunt Pony Club in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She has taught Pony Club in Connecticut, New York, Virginia, North Carolina, and California. Nancy is still active with the USPC Quiz Committee and has helped judge classroom, barn, and mega-room at Champs West and Festival several times. She has chaired Communications, and served on Governance, Regional Administration, Marketing, National Youth Congress, and Foxhunting committees. She was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 2005 and has served two 3-year terms on the USPC Board of Governors.

Michael Amos. Mike’s daughter joined Walnut Creek Pony Club in 1992, and like all Pony Club parents, his first Pony Club jobs were hauling, feeding, mucking, raking, painting, or constructing jumps. Mike became the Treasurer and Joint DC of Walnut Creek Pony Club in Cincinnati and he was an all-around volunteer at the Midsouth mega-rally in 1993 in Lexington, Kentucky. Wanting to get more involved, Mike became an Assistant Horse Management judge in 1994 and just a year later a Chief Horse Management Judge. From 2000 to 2016 he served on the Board of Governors. He has been the VP of Regional Administration for two terms and Secretary for one term. His greatest accomplishments in Pony Club include implementing the age extension, creating the Midwest Championships, and presenting workshops on conflict resolution and organizing regional leadership training camps.

Judith Fannin. Judith started riding at age 10. Although her start was in mostly western classes, she was introduced to dressage and jumping at age 14 and was hooked. After her husband, Larry bought 10 acres she started teaching and became involved with Clearwater Pony Club as a sponsor. Both of Judith’s daughters ended up joining the club and Judith became the DC for several years before taking over as Regional Supervisor of the Sunshine Region. In 1987, both Judith and her oldest daughter, Janet decided to become National Examiners. After 24 years as an NE, Judith retired, but still loves the challenge of working with the young riders and the camaraderie of the incredibly knowledgeable National Examiners.

To see the full bios of each of the Founders being awarded at the 2016 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium click HERE.

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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