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2015 National Level Testing schedule!
USPC
New National Level Testing dates, locations, and levels are continuously being added to the 2015 schedule as the regions submit their date requests! Keep checking the Online Testing Calendar for updated testing opportunities.

Visit the National Level Testing page on the USPC website for information including Standards of Proficiency, test sheets, study materials, application information and more.

All National Level Testing applications are now filled out and submitted online through your new USPC secure online profile.

Log in to https://secure.ponyclub.org using your user name and password. Under the heading "My Stuff," click on "Upper Level Testing." All test application deadlines are 12 weeks prior to the test start date.

Please contact Elizabeth Smith, USPC Instruction/Testing Coordinator, with any questions at testing@ponyclub.org.
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USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium
USPC
Live auction items at the banquet on Saturday night of the Annual Meeting will host some great biddable items. Don’t miss out on items for your club, center or family to enjoy.

XC schooling fence: Portable Novice fence

Two night stay at Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado plus $500 towards airfare

Point Two Air-Vest — black Pro-Air in whatever size the winner chooses

Foxhunting get away to benefit the International Exchange Program

One week stay in a house in Durango, Colorado

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Pony Club webmasters meeting
USPC
Do you currently maintain your club or region's website? Come meet other pony club webmasters and trade business cards. You never know when you might want to reach out to someone for help or advice.

Please join us
Pony Club Webmasters
Cocktails & Conversation
Thursday, Jan. 22
5-6:30 p.m.
Perks Lounge — Lobby Level
Hyatt Regency Crystal City
Arlington, Virginia
Questions: 202-352-8974, Dawn Bellinger

Whether you can join us or not on the 22nd, please join our Facebook group so you can stay in touch and find webmaster resources when you need them.

If you have questions please contact either Wayne Quarles, Activities and Events Director, Activities@ponyclub.org or Erin Woodall, Activities and Events Coordinator, Erin@ponyclub.org.

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Championships 2015
USPC
Entries open May 1

Goldbook posted after Feb. 15

Championships East — Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, Virginia
July 23-26

Championship West — Woodside Horse Park, Woodside, California
July 31-Aug. 9

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Western Dressage riders
USPC
Western Dressage will be included in both Championships East and West this year and I know some regions are planning to add these classes to their qualifying rallies. Standard USPC HM and Uniform Officiation will apply to all USPC rallies.

Western Dressage competition rules and tests are available on the USEF website.

Competition rules can be found here.

Tests can be found here.

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International Exchanges 2015
USPC
Games Exchange to be hosted by U.S. starting Sunday, July 12 – Sunday, July 26, with competition at Champ East, Lexington, Virginia on Saturday, July 25 — Canada and U.K. have confirmed.

Inter-Pacific Exchange to be hosted by Canada, Friday, July 31 – Monday, Aug. 17, with arriving and departing airport being Toronto.

Foxhunting Exchange to be hosted by U.S. in Lexington, Kentucky, from Thursday, Oct. 22 – Saturday, Oct. 31. Ireland and U.K. invited. Applications must be received by April 15.

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Adult members of Pony Club
USPC
Horsemasters Members are non-traditional participating members of USPC, and have been since their inception in 2000. Moving forward, Horsemasters members will be non-traditional participating members of existing clubs and centers or be able to form new clubs. This allows for clearer structure for Horsemasters Members and leaders as well as opens up opportunities for all members. The integration of Horsemasters Members into clubs is a choice for the Sponsors and club leaders to make. Find out what the future has in store.
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Out with the old ... in with the new!
USPC
Ready to start the New Year with something new? Whether it be that used saddle that’s collecting dust in the barn, or even that pony that you’ve outgrown, consider an ad in the Pony Club Classifieds. Check it out here.
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Joint supplements for young horses
Practical Horseman
Can dietary supplements such as glucosamine help prevent arthritis in horses? There's very little research to show which ingredients are helpful for horses in what quantities. But work being done at Texas A&M University suggests that glucosamine and similar supplements may be most helpful for a group of horses that seldom get them — yearlings who are still growing.
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Taking your horse's shoes off for winter? Consider barefoot all year long
My Horse Daily
Many horse owners like to pull their horse's shoes in the winter, and some experts say their horse could enjoy the same benefits of increased circulation and better hoof health if they were kept in a barefoot trim all year long. Here's one barefoot farrier's take on the matter.
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Improve rideability for confident courses
Practical Horseman
In most riding disciplines, rideability accounts for about 50 percent of success. A rideable horse responds to your aids promptly and reliably, just the way the brakes, accelerator and steering work in a high-performance car. He can slow down and accelerate rapidly and negotiate sharp turns at speed without drifting off track.
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10 of the best heavyweight stable rugs
Horse & Hound
Make sure your horse remains snug and warm during the coldest months of the year with this selection of heavyweight stable rugs. Featuring a wide variety of attractive designs with warm insulation, there is sure to be one perfect for your equine companion.
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