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Festival Education 2014
USPC
Festival Education 2014

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.

MOUNTED Instruction will be two days only, July 20, and 21. Riding disciplines available to choose from are: Cross Country, Dressage, Show Jumping, Games, Western, Polocrosse, Distance Riding and Horsemanship/Ground Training.

D Camp during Festival Education: This camp is designed for the Pony Club youth member up to the D-2 Level. They will ride twice a day and get to experience group instruction taught by a few of our very successful Graduate A Pony Club alumni. Besides riding they will have unmounted instruction in the barn and a chance to experience taking care of their pony while at the Kentucky Horse Park.
There will be limited number of slots for D Camp so make sure to register early. Registration will be online only and tentatively set for May 1, 2014.

Plan to come and learn and be part of Festival Education as a Pony Club family, July 19-21, 2014.

Click here for Festival Education Fees .
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A Message From the President
USPC
Dear USPC,

This email is to let you know that Kevin Price has moved on from his position as CEO at The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. We would like to thank Kevin for his service to Pony Club, he has been instrumental in initiatives that will carry us forward. Tom Adams, former USPC President and longtime USPC Board member has agreed to step in as Interim CEO. Tom, the staff, and I, look forward to continuing to work closely with our volunteers to assure a bright future for Pony Club.

Thank you,

Dan Murphy
USPC President

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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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ShopPonyClub - Always Open for Business!
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USPC Artwork Contest
USPC
Submit your artwork for the Festival Features Cover Contest today. Festival Features is the USPC Festival Souvenir Program given to all attendees during the week long celebration of Championships and Education in July at the Kentucky Horse Park. Contest entry deadline is May 1, 2014.
Entries can be emailed to Marketing@ponyclub.org or mailed to Art Contest at USPC, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, Ky. 40511. With each submission be sure to include:
  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Email
  • Age
  • Certification level
  • Club or Center
  • Region
The winning entry will not only appear on the cover of Festival Features, the presenter will also win a $200.00 gift certificate for www.shopponyclub.org.

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NEW Wording for D-1 through C-2 Retest
USPC
Effective January 1, 2014 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 August 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 and Standards for the Club/Center Level Test.

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2014 USPC Annual Directory Going Digital!
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. 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 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 3 hole punched paper.

Click here to order .

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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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Nutritional Notes
USPC
Question: We just purchased a 10 yr. old Thoroughbred and he arrived underweight. I have been giving him 2 full 4lb scoops of Purina Strategy and a pound of Purina Amplify TWICE a day. He is putting on weight but I hate giving him that much grain. every day. Is there any other way to add weight without feeding so much grain. He has access to brome hay 24/7 free choice through a "slow feeder" system.

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

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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 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
USPC
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 (activities@ponyclub.org) by March 15, with your request plus a request for any additional tickets your region may desire.
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Mark Your Calendars for FESTIVAL 2014
USPC
USPC Festival Championships July 14-18,
USPC Festival Education July 19-21,
Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY
http://www.ponyclub.org/?page=Festival

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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, through April 9, and the winners will be announced by May 1. Certificates must be postmarked by April 10.
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2014 Pony Finals Team
USPC
August 5-9, 2014 in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Horse Park USPC has been designated by USEF as its own zone and has the opportunity every year to send a team to compete at the USEF Pony Finals! USPC may take a team of the top three or four pony/rider combinations. Classes held at USEF Licensed regular (not local) competitions starting on or between July 2, 2013, and June 1, 2014. Riders must be current members in good standing of USPC with a minimum D3 rating and declare their intent to compete for USPC by March 15, 2013. Click here for more information and the declaration.
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USPC Eventing Grand Prix Award
USPC
Are you aware that thanks to our generous sponsors, USPC is able to offer $5,000 to the winning Preliminary Eventing Team at USPC Championships? This award is only offered during Festival years at the Kentucky Horse Park. This prize offers an incentive to Upper Level members to come to Championships. We wish to make Championships an exciting destination event for all our young preliminary riders. In 2011 all five members of the team won a $1,000 prize, including the Stable Manager, rewarding their excellence in riding, horsemanship and teamwork. You can see how they spent their money via the USPC Eventing Discipline web site.
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Quiz Exchange hosted by The US are July 11 - 20, 2014
USPC
Applications are due May 1, 2014.

To qualify for the USPC Quiz Team the competitor must be between 16 and 20 years of age as of Jan. 1, 2014, with a minimum certification of H-B at time of application. International Teams consist of four team members. The Selection Panel determines the team using information in the applications and recommendations. The Selection Panel will consider a candidate’s ambassadorial attributes as well as the teamwork abilities of each candidate. The exchange runs July 11-20, 2014. Please note additional days prior to the exchange may be used for team building. For further information and application.

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Calling all Pony Club Foxhunters!
USPC
The MFHA has just announced a special Youth Scholarship opportunity to attend the 2014 MFHA Foundation Staff Seminar, which will be held in Lexington, Ky., April 12, and 13. Take a look at the full weekend of educational Foxhunting activities being offered at this seminar.

The recipient of the Youth Scholarship will receive 50 percent of their travel costs and tuition to attend the Seminar. To eligible you must:
  • Have hunted for 3 years
  • Must have hunted at least 6 times in each of those three years
  • Need a letter from the MFHA of your hunt briefly describing the need and how attendance will help a dedicated youth to become more involved in Foxhunting.
Applications are due March 15, and should be mailed to:

Dennis Foster, Executive Director
MFHA
P.O. Box 363
Millwood, VA 22646

Or emailed to: office@mfha.com and Jenn@mfha.com. Please put “Youth Scholarship, Staff Seminar” in the subject line.  

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Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival
USPC
The Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival will be held at The Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Md., November 14th – 16th, 2014. The MAEF is 'The Indoors for Everyone' and offers an equitation finals to riders who have shown and won in USEF Zones 2 and 3.

They are offering a $1,000 Scholarship for eligible Pony Club members. Visit their website for full details about this opportunity.

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The 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 - http://www.ponyclub.org/?page=OppAwards

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

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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 and more.

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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, 2014. 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. Topics will include:

USPC Treasurer’s Training Webinar 1, March 4:
  • Role and responsibilities of the club/regional treasurer
  • Best practices for keeping financial records well organized and transparent
  • Fiscal Guardianship
  • Formulating and using an annual budget
  • Internal reporting to the club, region and national office
  • Conducting a peer audit of financial records
USPC Treasurer’s Training Webinar 2, March 11:
  • Maintaining the club’s non-profit status
  • External reporting to state and federal agencies
  • Resources available to treasurers
Join this both of these webinars by visiting the links above and registering with your name and email address. As always these webinars will be recorded and posted at http://www.ponyclub.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=112383&id=198879 for viewing at a later date.

FAQs about webinars can be found at http://www.ponyclub.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=112383&id=191956 and any questions about webinars can be sent to webinar@ponyclub.org.

Katrina Dean
Katrina has been involved with Pony Club as a parent and volunteer for over 19 years. She has two daughters, both rated H-A. Emma, 25, is a third year student at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and Hayley, 23, works in logistics during the week and teaches riding on the weekends. Over the years Katrina has held the positions of Joint DC, DC, Regional Secretary, Vice Regional Supervisor, Regional Supervisor and Regional Treasurer. Katrina has organized many rallies over the years, and was the organizer for Championships West in 2010. Professionally, Katrina works in the field of information technology and currently works as a data analyst at a major bank.

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2014 Horse Management Handbook — What's New? Webinar, March 18, at 8 p.m. ET
USPC
The Horse Management Handbook has been revised for 2014 and will be implemented on May 1, for all USPC rallies. This webinar will cover what has changed, what been added and what has stayed the same. Most of the changes have been updates to clarify the prior version’s wording and to simplify the text and usability for members, parents and instructors. The fundamentals of HM in Pony Club remain the same but we will cover specific changes with some explanation. We will also discuss the new three part structure, who the audience is for each and what is required for rallies. Please join us on March 18, at 8 p.m. ET to get updates on the 2014 Horse Management Handbook.

To join this webinar please register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/320346368006208513 and register with your name and email address. As always these webinars will be recorded and posted at http://www.ponyclub.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=112383&id=198879 for viewing at a later date.

FAQs about webinars can be found at http://www.ponyclub.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=112383&id=191956 and any questions about webinars can be sent to webinar@ponyclub.org.

Lara Hubner
Lara is a graduate HA, Chief Horse Management Judge, examiner, and coach. She held the position of HMO in the Central New England region for several years. Currently serving on the Horse Management Committee, and is Co-Chair for 2014. Locally she volunteers with Rockingham Pony Club and loves teaching and coaching mounted games to Pony Club members. In her non-Pony Club life she is a Technical Product Manager for a global financial services firm and skates with the amazing ladies of New Hampshire Roller Derby.

Brenda Yike
Brenda joined Pony Club at age 12 and comes from a true Pony Club family. Both parents are USPC Legends and Founder’s Award recipients, and her sister is a Graduate A. Brenda is a Graduate B from Bath Pony Club in the Tri-State Region. She is currently a CHMJ, HMO, a Regional Instructor, on the Quiz Committee and Co-Chair of the Horse Management Committee. She has been a C3 Examiner and past Regional Instruction Coordinator.

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Thank you to all of the generous sponsors who supported the 2014 Annual Meeting
USPC
The USPC would like to thank all those who sponsored the 2014 Annual Meeting. Please "read more" to find your sponsor logo!
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