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Important Rally Announcement:
USPC
The Horse Management Committee has been working very hard on the new Horse Management Handbook. It has taken a little longer than expected and is currently being reviewed by the Instruction Council and PAC. It should be approved and released shortly. This being the case, we realize that Rallies are fast approaching and that the members and the officials need time to read and understand the new handbook.

In an effort to help both the members and officials, if you have a Rally in March or April use the current Horse Management Handbook and newsletter.

All Rallies beginning May 1 will use the 2014 Horse Management Handbook and Newsletter.

Note: Those Qualifying for Championships under the current HM Handbook will be judged according to the 2014 HM Handbook at Championships in July of 2014.
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New Wording for D-1 through C-2 Restest
USPC
Effective Jan. 1, the wording for D-1 through C-2 Retest is as follows:

A candidate may retest only if the candidate qualifies for a retest by passing the minimum number of sections stated on the test sheet and the original Examiner has recommended the candidate to retest. Those testing during the current year have until Aug. 31 of the following year to retest. Candidates must arrange for retests through their DC/CA.

You may notice that this wording now reflects what has been occurring at the Upper Level H-B and above.

We are in the process of changing this wording on all test sheets.

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Dorothy Renfro Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership
USPC
Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to nominate one of our many excellent DCs or CAs for the Dorothy Renfro Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership.

In celebration of the 15th year of the Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Renfro family has generously gifted an additional award for 2014 for The Dorothy Renfro Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership. This $1,500 cash award will go to a Club or Center whose leader is selected through your nominations. This Award is for the DC or CA who goes above and beyond the duties of a DC or CA by using those leadership abilities to recruit and retain members, and continually inspire them through the core values of Pony Club: Horsemanship, teamwork, respect and education.

For more information about the award and how you can make a nomination please visit the Pony Club website. Here is the link for your convenience.

There are so many excellent DCs and CAs so please be sure to nominate yours today. The deadline for submissions is March 15.

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Fast Facts on Background Checks, Youth Protection, Heat Illness, and Concussion Training!
USPC
• Background checks only need to be done every three years.

• Background check results are usually back in 48 hours, however they may take up to six weeks!

• For youth protection, heat illness, and concussion training, you must log on the Pony Club website as yourself to receive credit for the training.

• For heat illness and concussion training, the USPC website links under the "Safety" tab will take you to the CDC website. To insure you receive credit when for completing the training, please return to the USPC website to take the Pony Club quizzes!

• If you need further assistance you may contact the Compliance Coordinator, Caryn Sappelli, 859-559-0667 at the Pony Club National office. We are happy to assist you in completing your requirements.

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2014 USPC Annual Directory Going Online!
USPC
All members will receive a digital version of the 2014 Annual Directory, and will have access to the digital version on the USPC website. But to have a full paper hard copy, it will need to be purchased. To pre-purchase a paper version, of the 2014 USPC Annual Directory members will need to follow the link below to order. 2014 Annual Directories are available for $9.99 and will come as 8.5”x 5.5” loose leaf three hole punched paper.
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Need to Declutter the Tack Trunk?
USPC
Sell your stuff in the Pony Club Classifieds. People who read the Pony Club Classifieds are always interested in ponies and horses, used tack, and even equine properties for sale. Check it out at www.ponyclub.org. In the News & Media drop down menu, select Classifieds. FAQs, rates, and signup sheets are all there. Turn your unused tack into cash!
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Foxhunting Writing Contest
USPC
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.
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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 four-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, with your request plus a request for any additional tickets your region may desire. To read more about Rolex its it sponsors, year’s entrants or to purchase grandstand seating or additional tickets go here.
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Annual Discipline Newsletters
USPC
Be sure to watch for the Annual Discipline Newsletters, which will be posted on the website shortly.
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From Shop Pony Club
USPC
Our new website is up and running! Be sure to check out our numerous new items like the Tech Tattoos and the new Soft Shell Jacket. New items will continue to be added as we expand our logo wear line and, as always, we are your one-stop-shop for all things Pony Club.
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Pony Club Pizza
USPC
Have an idea for a fun, educational, horse-related blog post? Give us a shout! We might feature your post on the Pony Club blog. Send your possible posts to Shelley Mann at marketing@ponyclub.org with any photos you would like included. Be creative! It can be anything from an educational how-to blog about making horse treats to lesson plans for teaching lower-level members. In the meantime, head on over to www.blog.ponyclub.org and check out all the posts from this year’s annual meeting in Portland, Ore.
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Lower Level Examiner Training Webinar, Feb. 25, 8 p.m. ET
USPC
USPC Club/Center level Examiners play a vital role in the function and image of The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. The USPC Instruction Counsel has recognized the difficulties that are sometimes associated with those positions and wants to assist in training Lower Level Examiners to encourage consistency in examination standards across the country. Administering a Certification of any level requires numerous skills. This webinar will cover the details of becoming a knowledgeable, successful and consistent Club/Center level Examiner.

Please register for this webinar by visiting here. As always this webinar will be recorded and posted here for viewing at a later date.

FAQs about webinars can be found here and any questions about webinars can be sent here.

SueAnn McClelland
SueAnn is currently the Co-Chair of the D-1 Through C-2 Instruction Committee, Co-RIC of the Northwest Region, and a member of Advisory and Governance Committees. She has been involved with USPC for the past 19 years as club Treasurer, DC, Regional Treasurer, Regional and National Test Organizer, Vice RS and RS. She is the proud parent of Lena, a graduate H and third year law student at the University of Oregon. SueAnn currently lives in Kingston, Wash., with her husband Jeff, two horses, two cats and a dog. SueAnn’s horse Lithium has been training her in dressage for the past nine years.

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Nutritional Notes
USPC
Question: The USPC Big Sky Region asked "We feed TC Growth and 30 percent supplement to our coming 2-year-old and I have two questions: First, I soak the feed overnight. Do we lose vitamins this way? and second, is the molasses necessary in the Growth feed? It seems like we're feeding 'sugar cereal' to our baby. (Although I've been searching for a similar feed that's not so sweet - that's available in our area - I still have not found anything better. It seems like the formula should be changed to fit current knowledge about glycemic index, etc.) We tried a sample of LMF super supplement (I think it's comparable to 30 percent?) and our horses much preferred the taste of LMF over TC, which made me want to buy it, but I stuck with TC 30 percent because it has the probiotics and hoof vitamins included and LMF does not. Thank you!"

Click "READ MORE" for the answer! To submit a question of your own, visit Pony Club's Nutritional Notes page.

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Florida Is a Retirement Spot for Horses, Too
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Whenever a horse arrives at Mill Creek Farm in Florida, Peter and Mary Gregory make the aging animal a promise to last the rest of its days. "We say you'll never be worked or ridden again," said Peter Gregory, director of the farm. "And you'll be here forever."

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Winter Care of the Horse
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One of the best ways to help your equine companion deal with cold temperatures is to increase the grain portion of his diet by 25 percent just before cold weather sets in. As temperatures drop a horse must spend more energy to keep warm.

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Kennewick, Wash., Girl Vows to Get Back on Horse After Traumatic Brain Injury
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Tears fill Emma McCord's eyes inside a stable on the outskirts of Kennwick as she is reminded of the limitations her traumatic brain injury has caused. The 12-year-old buries her face in her mother's armpit for a moment.

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Tutoring Tuesday's Archived!
USPC
Did you miss a Tutoring Tuesday webinar? Don’t fret! The webinars are recorded and available for viewing here. The recorded presentation is available as well as the Power Point presentations. You will need to register with your name and email address to view the presentation. FAQs about webinars can be found here and any questions about webinars can be sent to webinar@ponyclub.org.
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USPC Treasurer's Training
USPC
We all know that the job of a Club or Regional Treasurer can be especially daunting. This webinar will be an expansion of the information covered at the Treasurer's Training workshop held during the USPC Annual Meeting. As there is a significant amount of information to cover the Treasurer Training webinars will be split into two parts, to be offered on Tuesday, March 4 and Tuesday, March 11. The two webinars will cover everything a club or regional treasurer needs to know to do the job effectively. Please make sure to register for both webinar dates.
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Festival Education 2014
USPC
The following UNMOUNTED Instruction topics are planned for Festival 2014: Lower Level Standards and Certification Clinic, H-A Prep, H-B Certification, Masters Clinics with Lendon Grey and Spy Coast Farms, Sports Psychology, Trailering 101, Equine Drugs, Vaulting, Polo, D level Nutrition, HB Conditioning Schedules, Farrier, Tai Chi, Vet Box, Polo Crosse, Saddle Fitting, Horse Massage, Holistic/Acupuncture/Herbs, Mechanics of Dressage, Rehab/Recovery, Understanding Metabolic Syndrome in the Horse, Feeding the Metabolic Horse, Grooming the Upper Level Horse, Bits, Horse Management D and C Level, Parasites, Forages and Hays.
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