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PONY CLUB'S INSIDE TURNS

Keep Warm With Pony Club Gear

There's still a lot of cold weather yet to come! Bundle up in our great Pony Club fleece jackets and headbands and stay warm. We also have a super fun polka dot sweatshirt for milder days or indoors — they flew off the tables at the Annual Meeting! Available in hooded or crew neck. Check out our online store to see all these and more.
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The Eleanor Brennan Memorial Fund

The Eleanor Brennan Memorial Fund was established to aid USPC in funding for instructor certification programs for Pony Club Instructors and upper-level members. USPC will award grants up to $500 to applicants that qualify. Fill out the application with required recommendations to be considered for this grant.
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Reminders For Background Checks, Youth Protection Training

Background checks
Volunteers required to complete a background check who are not in compliance shall not be permitted to represent USPC in a leadership role and will be removed from their position.

Click here to access the background check frequently asked questions webpage. Direct access to background check links may also be found under the Resource Tab of the menu bar on the DC Resource Page, CA Resource Page, and the Treasurer Resource page — all found above the blurb about the respective Digests.

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USDF Trip Harting Scholarship

The Fund provides a $500 scholarship for a current or graduate Pony Club rider with a rating of B or A to attend the USDF "L" Judge Training Program or Instructor Certification Program. The deadline is March 25. Details and application can be found here.
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Foxhunting Writing Contest

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 will receive $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 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 here.
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Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Tickets

Once again, USPC is pleased to announce that the Rolex Kentucky organizing group, Equestrian Events Inc., has donated two three-day general admission passes for this year's Rolex competition to each USPC Region that requests them. 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.
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Annual Discipline Newsletters

Be sure to watch for the annual discipline newsletters, which will be posted on the website shortly.
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Championships T-Shirt Contest

Design the Championships 2013 T-shirt and win a $100 shopping spree to the Pony Club Bookstore!
  • Contest deadline: April 1
  • Use one 8.5 X 11 sheet of white paper per entry
  • Use up to four colors (Fine point sharpies work the best)
  • Use the entire sheet of paper
  • Sign the artwork (and be sure your name, rating, age and Pony Club is printed on the back)
  • Contest will be open to all active Pony Club members
  • $100.00 gift certificate from USPC Bookstore awarded to winner
  • Send artwork to Activities, USPC, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511
The competition is called Championships, not Nationals. Both Championships East and Midwest competitions will use the same shirt design.

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Mark Your Calendars

USPC Championships East: July 24-28, Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, Va.
USPC Championships Midwest: Aug. 6-10, Kansas City Royal, Kansas City, Mo.

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Deadline Approaching For The Live Oak Hounds Challenge

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 through April 9, and the winners will be announced by May 1. Certificates must be postmarked by April 10.
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Is Your Club Or Center Interested In Riding Western?

In January 2012, Pony Club launched a two-year pilot program to introduce western riding as a potential Pony Club discipline. A select number of clubs and centers are offering the discipline to their members. Standards of proficiency and test sheets have been published for the D-1 through C-2 levels. A frequently asked questions page has been developed, and the committee is now working on gathering materials, resources and activity ideas to support the teaching of western riding.

There are some new openings for clubs and centers who would like to participate in the pilot phase of this program. If your club or center is interested in participating in the pilot program, please complete the online application for consideration.


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INDUSTRY STANDARDS


Horses' Inherent Response To Harsh, Soothing Tones Evaluated
The Horse
Your mare just walked calmly past that frightening yellow flower pot. Your gelding just placed one foot up on the trailer platform. And so you reward your horse's behavior and bravery with soft, soothing, encouraging words. Or do you? As it turns out, soothing, verbal praise might not convey a message of reward to horses.
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Horse Sense Helps Keep Teen Focused
Press Democrat
For high-achieving students as accomplished as Montgomery High School's Madison Bradshaw, picking the right college means weighing a number of priorities, including campus prestige and academic rigor. But for Bradshaw, a 4.85 GPA student who is first in her class of 434, finding a campus near a horse stable was one of the most important requirements.
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Relationship Of Zinc Level To Inflammation In Horses
Equinews
A study conducted at a Japan Racing Association training center has found a correlation between low zinc levels in horses' blood samples and disease states such as fever, infection, or inflammation. Researchers measured zinc level in the blood of 210 healthy Thoroughbred horses at rest and an additional 391 horses that had just finished a bout of intense exercise.
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Pros And Cons Of Feeding Sugar Beet
Horse & Hound
Recent peer-reviewed research carried out at Liverpool University highlighted a surprising relationship between feeding sugar beet and the likelihood of a horse suffering from large colon torsion (twisted gut). The research, which caused concern among some H&H readers, revealed a statistically significantly increased risk of large colon torsion associated with feeding all types of sugar beet products — both molassed and unmolassed — and preparations.
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