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What did I miss during the 2015 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium?
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Read what decisions the Board of Governors made and what opportunities are available to your members in the meeting’s Course Walk.
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Check out the Pony Club Pizza Blog
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We pile on the knowledge for all the great happenings, awards, accomplishments, facts, and fun of Pony Clubs past, present and future!
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USPC hosts ICP Workshop
USPC
USPC is once again hosting a USEA Instructor Certification Program (ICP) Workshop. This year the workshop will be held July 21-23, 2015 at Virginia Horse Center, Virginia. We will have a Teaching of Dressage Workshop, both Levels I & II. Thanks to the generosity of the Brennan family, we are able to offer this workshop at no cost to USPC instructors/examiners/or upper level Pony Club members (18 and above) through the Eleanor Brennan Fund. Please read the detailed information found here and if you qualify and are interested fill out an application and reference forms to be considered for this workshop. We will notify you if you have been accepted or not in late June after the closing date.

There is no limit or cost to USPC members as auditors. You must fill out the application and release form found here. Please contact Connie Jehlik instruction@ponyclub.org if you have any further questions.  

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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 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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Quick how to complete Youth Protection Training!
USPC
Here’s how to access the Youth Protection Training Module. Log in to PonyClub.org using your own user name and password. If you do not remember your log in information you may contact officeadmin@ponyclub.org for assistance.

NOTE:
  • Please do NOT take the training while signed in under someone else’s name as you will NOT receive credit yourself and will have to re-take the training.
  • Do not log in as your club, center, or region as you will receive an error message.
Under the "Safety” tab found on the menu bar of the website, from the drop down click on "Youth Protection.” Then click on Youth Protection Training in the beige rectangle near the top of the page.

There are three sections to the full module. Completing the entire module takes approximately 30 minutes. You may choose to do one section and come back at a later time to complete the remaining sections or do all three sections in one sitting.

When you have satisfactorily completed a section with a pass rate of 100 percent on the short quiz, you will receive 1 CEU (you will get 1 CEU for each section that is satisfactorily completed). Once you have completed and passed at 100 percent all three quizzes, the words “Youth Protection Training” will appear in your USPC Profile under Certifications.

Have questions? Please email Caryn Sappelli, USPC Compliance Coordinator, at admin@ponyclub.org

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Foxhunting Writing Contest
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The annual Hildegard Neill Ritchie Writing contest is open to all D- or C-rated Pony Club members. The winning submission will receive a $200 cash prize to be spent on foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities. Second Place: $100; Third Place $50. The winning entries will be published in USPC News and in The Chronicle of the Horse. 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. For full details, click read more.
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Rolex activities and free tickets
USPC
Once again USPC is pleased to announce that the Rolex organizing group, Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI), has donated two 4-day general admission passes for this year's Rolex competition to each USPC region that requests them. Note: these general admission tickets do not include grandstand seating. To claim these tickets for your region, contact Wayne Quarles by March 15, 2015, with your request plus a request for any additional tickets your region may desire.
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2015 Rulebooks and Annual Discipline Newsletters
USPC
All updated Rulebooks have been posted on the Pony Club website and are available at www.shopponyclub.org. Annual Discipline Newsletters are available now also.
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Deadline approaching for the Live Oak Hounds Challenge
USPC
The Live Oak Hounds Challenge is a way to encourage clubs and their members to become involved in the sport of foxhunting. Clubs who get the most members who have not hunted before, or have hunted on a limited basis, to participate in three or more hunts during the season are awarded cash prizes. Click here to access full details on the challenge. The award period will run June 1-April 9, and the award winners will be announced by May 1. Certificates must be postmarked by April 10.
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How can 'I Support'
USPC
Pony Club, as an organization is dedicated to educating our members who in turn become leaders and mentors through our programs. Pony Club programs instill teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and prepare our members for real world experiences with a greater sense of character and confidence. You, as a volunteer, supporter, graduate, parent and leader are key to Pony Club’s success. You help to inspire and motivate Pony Club members to believe in themselves and others, showing them that they can make the world a better place.
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INDUSTRY STANDARDS


High-tech equine lameness detection
Practical Horseman
Your horse trots up to meet you at the pasture gate, and you can see right away that he’s off. You don’t see any sign of injury. Maybe he stepped on a rock, you think. You give him the day off, but the next day he’s still sore. You call your veterinarian. What can you expect when the vet arrives?
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The draw of horses after an accident
My Horse Daily
Why do we love horses? Why are we drawn to them, even after injury or heartbreak? Famed clinician and trainer Julie Goodnight shares her thoughts on the topic: Horses have their own gravity. If you’ve loved them in the past and been pushed away because of an injury or accident, it’s possible you’ll be drawn right back to their beautiful, sleek, powerful sides.
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44 places to go cross-country schooling
Horse & Hound
If you would like to enjoy some cross-country schooling this winter, the facilities listed below are normally open during the winter months, some thanks to an all-weather arena, subject to ground conditions. Weather does occasionally force closure even for all-weather facilities, so do phone ahead to check before pitching up to ride.
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