October 14, 2019 EQUITANA is Coming to the USA

EQUITANA, the world's largest equestrian event, is coming to the USA and Pony Club is thrilled to be part of it! The EQUITANA USA show will be held Friday, September 25 – Sunday, September 27, 2020 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The event welcomes all riding levels, disciplines, breeds and enthusiasts of all ages to come together to celebrate the horse. Pony Club will be onsite to provide interactive fun for the entire family during the three-day celebration with an exciting display inside the Covered Arena.

EQUITANA began in 1972 as a bi-annual trade fair in Germany. It has been the leading international exhibition for the equestrian industry for over 35 years. EQUITANA has events currently in Germany, Australia, and now the USA. The trade show portion will feature the latest products and services from riding equipment and apparel to horse care supplies, gifts and more. Exhibitors will include a number of the most popular brands – both classic and fun! You will have the unique opportunity to enjoy an array of programming to learn from authors, veterinarians, equestrian performers, top professionals, and Pony Club while being entertained throughout the day and into the night. EQUITANA USA is must-attend for all horse lovers, as well as an enjoyable event for families and friends.

To learn more about EQUITANA USA, September 25-27, 2020, visit equitanausa.com.

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October 1, 2019 Contest Deadlines Approach

With fall in the air, various deadlines for different opportunities are approaching.  Check out the information for the: 

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July 31, 2019 Watch the Pony Club Member Showcase

On Saturday, July 27, nationally certified members participating in USPC Championship East in Tryon, NC, had the opportunity to be a part of the first Member Showcase.

The Member Showcase is a brand-new addition to USPC Championships, sparked by a National Youth Congress suggestion. This event has been created to celebrate the members who have met the challenge of earning a national level certification and have chosen to compete at Championships, highlighting their continued participation in Pony Club and focusing on thier accomplishments in and out of USPC.

The Showcase began with a mounted and unmounted parade of all members participating in the Showcase, followed by the member spotlights. The member spotlights allowed members to demonstrate their skills in the discipline in which they were competing. Their photograph and a short bio was displayed on the jumbotron in the Tryon stadium during their spotlight time.

The Tryon International Equestrian Center live streamed and recorded the Member Showcase.  Watch the Showcase and be inspired by this wonderful group of Pony Club members.

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July 25, 2019 Int'l Games Exchange Underway in Colorado

The USPC International Mounted Games Exchange team is in Colorado from July 25 - August 9 to compete against teams from Australia, Canada and Great Britain. Find them on Facebook to follow their journey.

Team Members: Lena Bruno, Brynn DeLong, Brianna Philipp, Natalie Tanski, Kali Walker
Team Manager: Allison Thomas
Team Coach: Katie Robertson  

Learn more about International Exchanges and upcoming opportunities.

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July 12, 2019 Pony Club Ride Around the World - Aug 3rd

USPC turns 65 this year, but we're not the only one celebrating -- The Pony Club in the United Kingdom turns 90!  On August 3rd, Ride Around the World Day is a chance for Pony Club members, past and present, to put our arms around the world and unite with Pony Club members all over the globe.

Everyone is welcome to take part whether riding, competing, grooming or simply spending time with horses and friends and enjoy a sociable Ride Around The World Day activity and encourage others to take part on social media.  There is even music kindly provided by Andrew Lloyd Webber, husband of The Pony Club President, Lady Lloyd Webber for those who wish to use it as the soundtrack to their activity or on videos created on the day.  

Please share the message about this exciting opportunity to connect with The Pony Club Family around the world and get as many people, as well as horses and ponies, involved as possible.   Put up a post on your Facebook or Instagram ahead of the day to show how you are thinking of joining in and invite your friends along too. Simply post on your channels and use the hashtag #PonyClubWorldRide

Learn more and access the music on The Pony Club UK website

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June 25, 2019 Podcast with Ben Duke

United States Pony Clubs President, Ben Duke, talks about the many opportunities the organization provides to the equestrian youth and its plans for the future on the Wisdom by WESA podcast.     Listen for free. 

Brought to you by Horse Radio Network, this podcast is in conjunction with the Western and English Sales Association (WESA), which provides the world’s largest trade events for retailers and manufacturers in the Equine Industry. 

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June 13, 2019 May Board Meeting Course Walk

The USPC Board of Governors met May 18, 2019, at the USPC headquarters in Lexington, KY.

The May Course Walk highlights decisions and discussions that occurred during the Board Meeting.

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June 4, 2019 Pony Club News Photo Contest - Celebrating 65 Years

The Contest? Recreate this photo of Pony Club from 1954! The winner will have their photo featured in the Rally Recap issue of the Pony Club News Magazine. Show off your Pony Club pride and help us celebrate 65 years of Pony Club fun.

Contest entry deadline is August 15th, 2019.  Entries should be emailed to the Marketing Department.

Photo should be from a Pony Club function- rally, championships, meeting, etc. AND Photo should be 5 x 7 and 300 dpi minimum

With each submission, be sure to include:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Club or Center Name
  • Region Name

Submit your photo for the USPC Pony Club News Photo Contest today!

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May 27, 2019 Championships Registration Now Open

For members who want to compete in Championships East or Central (or both!) registration is now open.  This year individuals will complete, submit and pay for their own championships registration.  Their RS will then assemble teams from the submitted registrations.   Members must be age, certification and competition eligible in order to register for Championships.  

Championships Eligibility criteria for each discipline may be found on the Championships Competitor's information page, or within each discipline's rulebook.   The link to register for Championships is located on the Championships Competitor's information page.  

(NOTE: Parents who wish to complete the registration for their child, or submit payment for their child's registration, must be logged in as their child.  This may be accomplished by clicking on your child's name listed in your Personal Profile.)

Championships EAST Entry Deadline: July 1, 2019 Noon ET

Championships CENTRAL Entry Deadline: July 15, 2019 Noon ET

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May 15, 2019 What's Your Opinion on Pony Club?

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

Take the Pony Club Impressions Survey.  Your participation will help USPC expand resources and educational opportunities to anyone interested in pursuing a life with horses.

Please feel free to share or forward this survey to any friends or family.  All opinions and impressions are helpful and completely confidential.

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April 22, 2019 Thank You to Our Volunteers

Pony Club Volunteers are the backbone of our organization. They are dedicated, hard-working, enthusiastic and give their all to provide educational programming for members of all ages. Pony Club could not do all that it does without them.

To all of the Pony Club Volunteers, we celebrate YOU not only during the month of April, but all year long.

Ways to Say Thank You

  • Take a moment this month just to say "Thank you" to the volunteers who work so hard to make Pony Club happen.  
  • Consider honoring a special Pony Club Volunteer during the month of April with a gift to the USPC Annual Fund. An honorary gift will mean so much to them, and to the many members who receive the benefit of their dedication.
  • For a volunteer at the local or regional level who has “gone above and beyond the call of duty” award them with the Volunteer Recognition Award.
  • For those individuals who have faithfully served their local club, center, and/or region for at least 20 years, honor them with a Local Legend Award.
  • Volunteers who have served for period of 20 years or more, with significant time at the national level and have made significant contributions at the local and/or regional level, nominate them for the Founder's Award. Nomination are due July 1, and the award is presented at the Convention during the Saturday Night Banquet.
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March 21, 2019 Convention Board Meeting Course Walk

The USPC Board of Governors met during the 2019 USPC Equine Symposium & Convention held in Stamford, CT, January 30 - February 3.   

The Convention Course Walk highlights decisions and discussions that occurred during the Board Meeting.

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March 18, 2019 USPC at the Kentucky Three-Day Event - April 25-28

You'll be able to find Pony Club all round at the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event being held at the Kentucky Horse Park, April 25 - 28, 2019.   Pony Club members will be participating in the Prince Philip Cup (Games competition), holding Quadrille demonstrations, working the in-gate for Dressage, and will be the flag bearers on Sunday at the start of Show Jumping.  And, of course, many of those participating in the competition are Pony Club alumni!  

On Sunday morning there is the opportunity for Pony Club members to participate in a Show Jumping course walk.  This course walk is open only to Pony Club members.

Shop Pony Club will on the grounds across from the main Rolex Arena entrance.  Come find us on "the hill" in this new area for vendors to do some Pony Club shopping, or just stop in to say "hi."   Additionally, Shop Pony Club will have all the information on activities and opportunities available to Pony Club members.

There is a very special Media Internship opportunity available for 2 Pony Club members.   To apply,  you must be a current Pony Club member in good standing, between 15 - 20 years of age, hold a C-2 or higher certification, and already be attending the event (no admission passes or travel expenses included).  Learn more and apply.

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March 1, 2019 Horse Industry Safety Summit - April 23

The University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs, Saddle Up Safely and other partnering organizations will host an inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit on Tuesday, April 23, prior to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The event will be held at Spindletop Hall, 3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EDT and will host researchers, equestrians and equine enthusiasts. In a format that combines expert panels, individual speakers and poster presentations, the summit will focus solely on ways to keep equine riders and handlers safe.

“Saddle Up Safely and the University of Kentucky are thrilled to gather this stellar lineup of professionals from all facets of equestrian sport to highlight the importance of safety in all aspects of equine interaction,” said Fernanda Camargo, UK associate professor and equine extension specialist. “Working with horses inherently places riders and handlers at risk. We look forward to offering an event entirely focused on what can be done to keep people safe when working around horses.”

Sessions include discussions on helmets and helmet testing; traumatic brain injuries; how to fall from a horse safely; concussion protocol; protective vests and how safety is seen from both the competitor and organizational viewpoints.

The summit organizing committee consists of representatives from UK Ag Equine Programs, UK College of Health Science, Kentucky 4-H Horse Program, United States Pony Clubs, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Retired Racehorse Project, Saddle Up Safely, North American Racing Academy and UK
College of Public Health.

The Horse Industry Safety Summit is sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Dinsmore Equine Law/Laura Holoubek. Registration is $50 per person and includes lunch.

Purchases tickets and get more information.

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February 21, 2019 College Scholarships & Visiting Instruction Program

USPC will administer the awarding of 6 College Scholarships this year.  If you are in college or have been accepted to an institutes of higher learning and would like to apply, check out the available scholarships.    Deadline to apply is March 31st.

The Visiting Instruction program is accepting applications for summer camp/clinic placement.  Members who have earned an H-B or higher certification and are between the ages of 18 - 25 are eligible to apply.  Even if you don't know your summer availability, you are encourage to apply as placements will continue through the end of April.  Applications for summer placement will be accepted through March.   Review the application requirements and benefits of being a Visiting Instructor.



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January 29, 2019 USEF Pony Finals Pony Club Team Declaration Available

Do you want to compete at the 2019 USEF Pony Finals?  USPC is looking for riders in good standing with USPC and have a minimum D-3 certification. Riders must also be members of USEF and ponies must be recorded with USEF at the time of declaring their intent to compete for USPC.

Declare your intent to compete as a part of the USPC team by March 10th. 

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January 15, 2019 2019 Rulebooks and Handbooks Available

The Pony Club Discipline RulebooksHorse Management Handbook  and Safety Handbook have been updated for 2019.  The Rulebooks and HM Handbook may be downloaded from the Rulebook page of the website.   The Safety Handbook is available to download from the Safety page.    All may be purchased from ShopPonyClub.

The Discipline Rulebooks have been reorganized for more consistency and uniformity of layout and information between disciplines.  Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who helped with this massive reorganization.   

Western Dressage, Gymkhana and Western Trail rulebooks are currently being updated and will be posted later this year.


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December 31, 2018 2019 Changes for Championships & Rallies

In an effort to offer a better experience, and more opportunities to our membership, the Activities Department and Discipline Committees spent much of 2018 restructuring and reorganizing competition opportunities within USPC.  The most exciting is the expansion of USPC Championships with new divisions offered in every discipline.

Expansion of USPC Championships
Starting in 2019, members 10 years of age on Jan. 1, 2019 will have competition opportunities in all disciplines.  A minimum of D-2 riding certification is required for all mounted disciplines and a D-2 horse management for unmounted participation.  Minimum competition eligibility requirements for divisions are set by each discipline and details are available here.

New Rulebooks in Every Discipline
Members and leaders will enjoy a streamlined structure and uniformed presentation throughout every rulebook. USPC rally rules closely follow parent organization (USEF, APA, etc.) rules and in some (attire, bits, saddlery, etc.) instances referencing the parent organization’s rulebook may be required.  The new 2019 rulebooks will be available at the Equine Symposium & Convention in Stamford, CT and online beginning January 30. The following is an overview of the rules that will be in effect for 2019.

Regional Rallies Redefined
Rally divisions have been reorganized to integrate members of all ages.  For Dressage, Eventing, Polocrosse, Show Jumping and Western Dressage, each competition level has Junior divisions (17 years and below) and Senior divisions (18 and above).  Games, Quiz and Tetrathlon divisions have all been reorganized to address the overlap of existing divisions.

With the expanded opportunities for Championships participation, an update to rally terminology was needed.  As a reminder, regions may hold more than one rally per discipline, per year as necessary with the approval of the RS.

Standard Rally
Standard rallies are always preferred.  These rallies exactly follow the discipline rules per the rulebook, including utilizing a chief horse management judge from the approved CHMJ list on the USPC website, and any other specified licensed officials.  Certain divisions of Championships require members attend a standard rally.  Attendance at a standard rally and meeting minimum eligibility requirements guarantees a member’s ability to attend Championships.  

Modified Rally
Modified rallies may diverge from the discipline rulebooks.  Alterations generally occur because of limited resources.  Attendance at a modified rally will make some members eligible for the modified divisions at Championships, but it does not meet the minimum eligibility requirements for other divisions.

Competition Attire Rules for Turnout by Discipline
Rally attire rules have been expanded to more accurately reflect common discipline competition attire.  Competition attire has also been moved into the corresponding discipline rulebook. An overview of the 2019 competition attire rules can be found at this link.

With the significant changes for 2019, Activities will be dedicating a significant portion of time at the Equine Symposium and Convention to discuss the new rulebooks and expanded opportunities to attend Championships.  We look forward to seeing many of you in the RS/DC/CA leadership training and we will be hosting an educational workshop on Saturday of the Symposium.  If you are not available to attend the Equine Symposium and Convention, keep your eyes open for upcoming webinars about the topics.

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December 18, 2018 Fall Course Walk now available

The USPC Board of Governors met at the Pony Club National Office Headquarters in Lexington, KY November 3-4, 2018

The Fall Course Walk highlights decisions and discussions that occurred during the Board Meeting.

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December 4, 2018 25K in 25 Days Challenge Met

WE DID IT!  Thank you to all who helped us reach our goal during our 25 Days to 25K Challenge Campaign.  Together we were able to exceed our goal in only 16 days, raising over $32,000. Working in true Pony Club spirit, we met the Challenge and made it happen even sooner than planned!  

This is great news because we are now that much closer to our 2018 Annual Fund goal of $188K.  We have through December 31st to raise the remaining $47,000. Let’s blow the roof off this goal too.    

USPC provides top quality educational programs, while keeping dues low for our members. National participating membership dues only cover 40% of the total cost involved in providing programming for each member. The remaining 60% comes from other sources. Pony Club programs and activities are supported through the fundraising efforts of the National Office and the generosity of its members, friends and volunteers. 

Any gift, no matter the size, makes a difference - make your gift today.

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November 21, 2018 Shop Pony Club Holiday Deadlines

Are you considering Christmas gifts from Shop Pony Club? Get your orders done early to guarantee getting your fabulous items before Christmas. Stop and shop early. November 30th is the last day to order embroidered items to get them in time for Christmas! December 14th is the last day to order all other items to receive in time for Christmas!


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October 29, 2018 Research Project Fair Accepting Applications

Experimental projects and literature reviews can be about any topic related to horses and/or Pony Club. The Project Fair is open to Pony Club members of all ages and certification level. Projects may be done individually or in Groups. Entry Form, Abstract and Project Approval Form due January 4, 2019.   

Access the Details and Entry Form.

Have you ever wondered why horses behave a certain way? Are you curious about how different approaches to horse care might affect your horse’s health or performance? Do you have questions about how or why certain horse management practices are preferred over others? Are you interested in developing a strategy to learn more about your horse? If you answered “YES!” to any of these questions, then the Pony Club Research Project Fair is for YOU!!

1. Develop a Project Idea and determine whether you want to do a LITERATURE REVIEW or an EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT and whether you will complete the project by yourself or as part of a group
2. Complete the Entry Form
3. Complete the Project Approval Form (Experimental Projects only)
4. Write a short summary or abstract about your project (be sure to proofread!)
5. Submit your Entry Form, Abstract, and Project Approval Form (when applicable) to the Research Project Fair Coordinator by January 4, 2019!

QUESTIONS? Ask the Research Project Fair Coordinator: Yvette Seger.

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October 15, 2018 NEW - Body Protection Requirement

Beginning January 1, 2019, USPC REQUIRES body protection to be worn whenever a member is jumping cross country/solid obstacles (Policy 0800.E).

A recent study by Andres et al. found a statistically significant decrease in the number of injuries reported when a member was wearing a safety vest for cross country compared to riders that did not. There was also a trend towards a rider having a lower incident severity level if they were wearing a vest at the time of the incident. The study found that wearing body protection during cross country reduced the relative risk of injury by 56%.

This study lead to the creation of the USPC Policy 0800.E, which states that wearing a properly fitted (per manufacturer’s guidelines) equestrian body protector is required when jumping cross-country/solid obstacles during any activity sponsored by the USPC, its Regions, Registered Clubs or Riding Center Programs. Prior to the implementation of this policy, body protection was only strongly recommended for cross country jumping.

Additionally, since not all vests are certified, USPC recommends wearing a body protector that is ASTM-certified (if manufactured in the US) or certified to BETA Level 3 (if manufactured in Great Britain).

Information regarding vest fit and certifications are available on the Safety page,  as well as the 2019 versions of the USPC Safety Booklet and the Horse Management Handbook (available January 2019).

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October 5, 2018 Games & Inter-Pacific Int'l Exchange Applications Being Accepted

Interested in traveling and meeting Pony Club members from different countries?  Applications are currently being accepted for Team Members, Coach and Manager for the 2019 Mounted Games International Exchange (hosted by United States, July 25-August 9) and Inter-Pacific Exchanges (hosted by Hong Kong, Jun 30 - July 13).

Mounted Games application deadline is December 1.  Learn more.
Inter-Pacific Exchange application deadline is December 1. Learn more.

International Exchanges affords each participant a new cultural, educational experience, often with a competitive team endeavor.  Members travel with their team and stay with a host family in the country where they are competing. Each team will travel with a Coach and Team Manager selected by USPC. The Coach and Team Manager will be responsible to the safety and sportsmanship of all members while on the exchange. Exchanges are offered in Games, Tetrathlon, Inter-Pacific, Foxhunting, Polocrosse, and Quiz. Each exchange has its own age and certification requirements. Members who meet the criteria for the requirements are encouraged to apply.

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October 1, 2018 2019 Equine Symposium & Convention Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2019 Equine Symposium & Convention from January 30 - February 3, 2019 at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, CT is not open. Get the best deals with early registration which ends November 15. 

There is something for everyone at the 2019 Equine Symposium and Convention. Activities include: a wide range of workshops such as: "Staying Healthy in Tick Country: Awareness and Prevention of Tick-Borne Diseases", "Your Guide to the HB Papers", "Turning Setbacks into Comebacks", and "How to Get there? Qualifying for Championships 2019", anatomy room, trade fair, Saturday Night Banquet, and more.

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September 5, 2018 2019 Equine Symposium & Convention Early Registration will begin October 1st

Mark your calendars for the 2019 Equine Symposium & Convention from January 30 - February 3, 2019 at the Hilton Stamford Hotel in Stamford, CT. Get the best deals with early registration starting on October 1st, 2018. There is something for everyone at the 2019 Equine Symposium and Convention. Activities include: a wide range of workshops such as: "Staying Healthy in Tick Country: Awareness and Prevention of Tick-Borne Diseases", "Your Guide to the HB Papers", "Turning Setbacks into Comebacks", and "How to Get there? Qualifying for Championships 2019", anatomy room, trade fair, Saturday Night Banquet, and more.

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August 31, 2018 National Youth Board Application Deadline October 1st

Are you ready to contribute on national level? The NYB application is now an online submission application!

The DEADLINE for the application submission AND receipt of the letter of recommendation is October 1.  Please visit the NYB page to access the link for application and begin your application today!

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August 24, 2018 D Manual Clarifications and Corrections

Please check out this link and read over the clarifications and corrections that have been made to the D Manual of Horsemanship. Look under the heading Pony Club Resources once you click here.

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August 20, 2018 Brookfield Conservation Award Deadline Nov 1st

The Brookfield Conservation Award rewards efforts for the promotion of land conservation through member, club or regional dedication and hard work. Applicants may be a club, region, or individual, and up to two $500 awards may be given yearly. The deadline for submissions is November 1st.  Learn more

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July 5, 2018 Spring Course Walk Now Available

The USPC Board of Governors met at the Pony Club National Office Headquarters in Lexington, KY May 20-21, 2017.

The Spring Course Walk highlights decisions and discussions that occurred during the Board Meeting.

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June 11, 2018 It's Rally Season

This time of year our members are out participating in rallies, clinics, and even championships. There are certain items that members are required to wear and use at those events. Shop Pony Club has all of your rally and championships materials. Stock up on member pins (tie tack or safety back), medical armbands, manuals, and rulebooks to help you in your quest for that top placing!

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June 4, 2018 The Hawks Nest Fund Scholarships for H-HM/H/H-A Certifications

Through the generous support of the Hawks Nest Fund at the New York Community Trust, Pony Club is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships for members who are 16 – 18 years of age, and who pass a certification of H-HM/H/H-A prior to December 31, 2018.

The scholarships of $150 each will be awarded to 2018 first-time candidates upon passing of all sections of the test, followed by successful re-test candidates until the funds are depleted. To apply for one of these limited scholarships you will need to complete the necessary test application and send an email to: Macee Matott at testing@ponyclub.org requesting that your name be submitted for a Hawk’s Nest Fund Scholarship. As certifications are successfully completed, the $150 scholarship will be refunded to the individual, until all scholarship money has been awarded.

Requirements to be eligible for a Hawk’s Nest Fund Scholarship:
Must be 16 - 18 years of age as of December 31st, 2018
Must pass all sections of an H-HM/H/H-A certification prior to December 31st, 2018.
First-time passing candidates will be considered first, followed by re-test candidates who have successfully passed all sections by December 31st, 2018.  

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May 25, 2018 Competing this summer? USPC will recognize your successes!

Did you know that USPC offers awards for participation in Pony Club rallies and other recognized competitions? Each fall, the National Office processes certificates for all members who have submitted a completed application, recognizing their participation in both Dressage and Eventing. Find out more information about the Dressage Recognition Awards and Eventing Recognition Awards. Questions? Contact Erin Woodall, Activities and Events Director, or Erin Roland, Activities and Events Coordinator.

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May 15, 2018 Championships Registration Now Open

Championships registration is now open. All registrations are submitted by the Region for competitors. Please contact your Regional Supervisor (RS) to review paperwork and payment deadlines for the entry process. Further detail of the entry process for championships is located online in each guidebook. Make sure the guidebook corresponds to the event you are attending. The guidebooks are located on the USPC website. 

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May 10, 2018 USPC Founders Award Nominations due July 1st

Each year the Advisory Committee selects and presents to the USPC Board of Governors a nominee(s) to receive this prestigious award (Founders Award). Nominees must be living and have volunteered for USPC for a period of 20 years or more with the majority of the service at the national level, such as a member of a Pony Club National Committee or on the Board of Governors. In addition, the person should also have made significant contributions at the local and/or regional level. Nominations are due July 1, and the award is presented at the Convention during the Saturday Night Banquet.

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March 1, 2018 Course Walk Available from USPC January Board of Governors Meeting

The USPC Board of Governors met January 26th and 28th at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY during the 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention hosted by USPC. 

The Course Walk highlights decisions and discussions that occurred during the Board Meeting.

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February 26, 2018 2018 Horse Management Handbook Revision

There is only ONE REVISION in the 2018 Horse Management Handbook. You can download the new page and insert into your 2017 version or purchase a complete 2018 version at www.shopponyclub.org.

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February 8, 2018 Interested in Attending Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event?

Once again, Equestrian Events Inc. has graciously offered 2 sets of four-day admission passes to the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event, for each of the USPC Regions.

To take advantage of this offer, the RS of any interested regions should me, erin@ponyclub.org by March 15th.  Note: these general admission tickets do not include grandstand seating for Dressage or Stadium, which can be purchased at www.rk3de.org. As this is a lovely benefit to our Pony Club Members, we will be requesting that each person who receives tickets send a personal thank you note to EEI for their generosity to Pony Club. Specific instructions on how and where to send thank you notes will be included when the tickets are mailed.

Media Internship
Do you dream of a career in Equine Media?  Ever wondered what it would be like to attend the Land Rover Kentucky Press Conference at the end of each Competition Day?  Now is your chance!  USPC is currently accepting essays, from members 15-20 years of age, certified a C-2 or above for this unique opportunity.  Two lucky Pony Club members will be selected from the submissions to attend a Press Conference and get an exclusive tour of the Rolex Kentucky Media Center with Pony Club Alumni Ann Haller.   

Essay Requirements

At the end of the day, only one person gets to be recognized as the “Winner” of Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.  As equestrians, we all know that it takes a community to support and help that person reach their goals.  Please discuss the “village” that it takes for riders to reach those goals. 
500 Words or less, to be emailed to activities@ponyclub.org by Monday, April 16th, by 5pm Eastern Time.  Must already be planning to attend the event. (No admission passes or travel expenses included)

Prince Philip Cup Games
2017 will mark the 17th consecutive year the Prince Philip Cup has been hosted during the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. The event features the top four Junior teams from the 2016 Games Championships. On Friday, there will be a Celebrity Challenge Round, which includes Event competitors and, well-known Pony Club graduates who join the teams for a few rounds. The tentative competition schedule is:

Friday, April 27
12:30 p.m. Celebrity Challenge Round, Walnut Ring
1:00 p.m. Prince Philip Cup Games Round 1, Walnut Ring

Saturday, April 28
8:30 a.m. Prince Philip Cup Games Round 2, followed by Awards, Rolex Stadium

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

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February 7, 2018 Pony Club Classifieds - Sell it Here!

Pony, horse, tack, real estate - you name it, you can sell it! Pony Club classifieds offers a great place to market your items to fellow horsemen across the country.

Pony Club Classified online ads is the perfect place to sell those items.  Visit our website HERE to get started.

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January 18, 2018 Pony Club Table Top Display Rental Available

Planning to promote your club, center or region? 

Hosting a Pony Club open house or attending an equine event in your area?  Your club, center and/or region can rent the USPC Table Top Display for any event.  The rental includes one 6-panel display, one 3-panel display, table cloth, round-trip shipping and printed promotional material for $50.  Fill out the rental form today to reserve your space. 


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January 8, 2018 Visiting Instruction Program Application Deadline February 28th

The Visiting Instructor Program (VIP) is an opportunity for older Upper Level members to travel to clubs, centers, and regions across the nation to share their knowledge and hone their teaching skills.

Applications to become a Visiting Instructor (VI) and to have a VI come teach are accepted throughout the year for dates through out the year. However, to facilitate the high demand during the summer, a deadline of February 28 has been established.

Learn more here & Application can be found here.

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December 15, 2017 Proposed By-Law Change

During the January 26-28, 2018 USPC Board Meeting at the Equine Symposium and Convention, the Governors will consider proposed amendments to the By-Laws of The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

Review proposed amendments.

Any comments on the proposed changes must be submitted in writing and may be submitted by email.  All comments must be received by January 15, 2018.


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December 15, 2017 Course Walk Available from USPC October Board of Governors Meeting

The USPC Board of Governors met October 28th and 29th in Lexington, KY at the USPC National Office. 

The Course Walk highlights decisions and discussions that occurred during the Board Meeting.

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November 30, 2017 25 Spaces Left for the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is halfway to its goal of rehoming 50 retiring racehorses with United States Pony Clubs members.

Adopters of Challenge horses receive a free horse, an $1,800 stipend and the ability to compete against other Challenge members for $10,000 in cash and prizes at Pony Club Championships East in 2018 in Tryon, North Carolina.

Competitors can ride in one of six disciplines: dressage, eventing, games, polocrosse, showjumping or western. The stipend has no restrictions; it can be used for veterinary expenses, training, transportation, entry fees or anything else pertaining to the care of the Challenge horse. Once the Challenge is completed, adopters of Challenge horses are able to keep, sell or lease their horses. It is hoped that this innovative program will allow New Vocations to place even more retiring racehorses into caring, qualified homes each year.

For more information or to apply, please click here.

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November 14, 2017 Register Now for the 2018 Equine Symposium & Convention

The 2018 Equine Symposium and Convention, hosted by The United States Pony Clubs held in the Midsouth Region,  January 24th – 28th at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, KY. This Symposium brings together 1,000+ Pony Club members, volunteers, leaders and families from across the country. The weekend is filled with workshops, educational activities, along with a Research Project Fair designed for all levels and ages of Pony Club members,
and a fun Saturday banquet with Keynote Speaker Rosie Napravnik, Thoroughbred jockey, trainer and former Pony Club member.  Register here now. 

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October 4, 2017 It's Time for National Youth Congress Nominations

Club/Center and Regional Leaders-Please NOMINATE a qualified individual for the National Youth Congress (NYC).

Nominees must be 18-21 years old as of January 1, 2018 and must have obtained a National Certification. Nominations are due by November 15th, 2017. A delegate and one alternate may be nominated. This year is very special; it is NYC’s 20th anniversary year. For more information, please visit the National Youth Congress page for more nomination details.  Here is the nomination form

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September 7, 2017 Tune in for Tutoring Tuesdays

Missed the last Tutoring Tuesday?  Watch the recorded webinar with Merck Animal Health's Dr. Bryant Craig about Mare Care and the usage of Regu-Mate (altrenogest) here.  

About the Presenter  - Dr. Bryant Craig, D.V.M.

Dr. Bryant Craig has cared for some of the Quarter Horse racing industry’s top horses during his veterinary career. Prior to joining Merck Animal Health, Craig owned and operated a private equine veterinary practice for six years in central Oklahoma, before joining the Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie as a resident veterinarian in 2005.

At Lazy E Ranch, Dr. Craig oversaw an average of 1,000 breedings per year including 400 embryo transfers, foaled out 300 mares, and cared for some of the Quarter Horse racing industry’s premier stallions including all-time leading living sire Corona Cartel. In addition to the ranch’s reproductive services, Craig also oversaw the health, fitness, and nutrition program for the ranch’s sales horse operation.
Dr. Craig received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Oklahoma State University. He joined the Merck Animal Health equine veterinary technical services team in 2013. His areas of interest include reproduction, sports medicine and lameness, herd health, and infection disease, preventative care, and vaccinology.

Dr. Craig also has recent research publications titled:
• “Prevalence factors associated with equine herpesvirus type 1 infection in equids with upper respiratory tract infection and/or onset of neurological signs from 2008-2014” (Vet Rec 2015)
• “Voluntary Surveillance Program for Equine Influenza Virus in the United States from 2010 to 2013” (J Vet Intern Med 2015).
Outside of his equine interests, Dr. Craig enjoys family ski vacations, fishing with his sons, and endurance biking with his wife.

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September 1, 2017 2018 International Mounted Games Exchange Applications Due October 1st

USPC is currently accepting applications for the 2018 International Mounted Games Exchange to Great Britain.

Applications for the exchange are available on the USPC Current International Exchanges webpage. Further details about the dates and locations will be shared once the invitation is received from Great Britain. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 1st, 2017, with November 1st being the target to announce team selection. Applications received after October 1st, may not be accepted.

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August 14, 2017 National Youth Congress Accepting Applications

USPC is accepting nominations for the 2018 National Youth Congress.

Members must be 18-21 years old as of January 1, 2018 and have obtained a national certification. Nominations are due by November 15th, 2017. For more information, please visit the National Youth Congress page

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August 10, 2017 Vote Now! 2017 USPC Discipline Challenge

Join in the fun by making your donation online and indicate your discipline of choice in the “additional gift information” field.

You can also mail your donation to USPC, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511 and include your “vote”. The totals raised for each discipline will be added to the overall totals on the Discipline Challenge Leader Board. The Discipline Challenge will continue through September 1st so there is still time to show your support.

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