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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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Championships East to offer educational opportunities
USPC
July 20-25 during Championships East at the Virginia Horse Center USPC will host educational opportunities for members. Be the first to sign up for D Camp, the USEA ICP Workshop, or the H-B Test. Three great opportunities for different levels of equestrians.
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Cha-ching!
USPC
Do you know what is sitting up in your dusty, over-cluttered barn attic? It’s not what you think ... you have cold hard CASH sitting up there waiting for you to dust it off and shine it up! Don’t have a place to sell it? Well, USPC can help with that! Check out Pony Club Classified ads. Whether it be that used saddle, that cute pony that you’ve outgrown, or if you’re really looking for a change you can list your real estate on our classifieds page as well. Are you an instructor or clinician? You’re in luck, promote your services or clinics on our classifieds page too! Maybe selling that old saddle could go towards buying a new saddle! Check out Pony Club classified ads here!
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Online training to keep members safe
USPC
Do you have parents, instructors or older members that could benefit from learning more about concussion or heat illness? Anyone can take the CDC's online training modules available on the safety page of the USPC website.
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We need you!
USPC
The Governance Committee of the USPC Board of Governors is beginning a year-long review of the By Laws and Policies of the Corporation. We need your insight, input, and participation!

Please take some time to review the By Laws and Policies and note any sections or sentences that you do not understand and/or would like to see changes. You may also recommend to us any By Laws or Policies that you believe we need to establish or codify.

Please submit an email to Chair, Governance Committee, loreleic@ponyclub.org. Use the subject line: 2015 By Laws and Policy Review. Please include specific information identifying the section or sentence in which you are making a recommendation.

Our suspense for input for this first phase of the review period is April 2nd, 2015.

If you want to be part of the By Laws review working group, let me know!

Lorelei Wilson Coplen
loreleic@ponyclub.org

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How to select music and choreograph for a successful musical freestyle webinar: March 31, 8 pm EST
USPC
This webinar will cover required and forbidden movements, how to select music that will be received well by judges and tips on how to create successful choreography. Please join us on March 31 at 8 p.m. EST for helpful tips in creating your musical freestyle.

About the Presenter
Katherine Abrams is an H certified member of Sinking Creek Pony Club located in Blacksburg, Virginia. Katherine has a wide variety of experience in dressage, show jumping, eventing, reining, and polocrosse. She is the head trainer at Harmony Hills Equestrian Center, and loves teaching students at all levels. She has competed at Pony Club Championships since 2003, and in 2012 was part of the Training Level Dressage division winning team. She was also a member of the winning pas de deux that year, scoring an 85 percent in the musical freestyle. Katherine has competed through 4th level at USDF recognized competitions on many different horses. In 2012, her quarter horse, Zans Blue Frost, was ranked first nationally for all first level quarter horses. Creating musical freestyles has always been a passion for Katherine. She has generated many innovative freestyles for Pony Club and recognized competitions, and is known for her challenging choreography and artistic flair.

To join this webinar please register with your name and email address. As always these webinars 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 to webinar@ponyclub.org.

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Visiting Instructor Program opportunities
USPC
Are you up for an exciting adventure to a different part of the country for a few days or a week this summer? Do you love teaching younger Pony Club members and sharing your horse management and riding knowledge? Would you like to get paid for doing something you love?

Would your club, center or region like to have a well-qualified A, HA, H or B visit and instruct in a summer, weekend or vacation camp or clinic?

If so, then the Visiting Instructor Program might be for you! Click here to view the webinar and learn how you can take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the Visiting Instruction Program.

View the slide show separately here.

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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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Championships T-shirt contest
USPC
Design the Championships 2015 T-shirt and win a $100 shopping spree to shopponyclub!
  • 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 gift certificate from shopponyclub 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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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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Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America Pony Club recognition program
USPC
Goal: To recognize Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club riding a Cleveland Bay or a Cleveland Bay part bred/sport horse. The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America is pleased to announce a recognition program for USPC members who participate in Pony Club on a pure or part-bred Cleveland Bay. The Cleveland Bay, an endangered breed, has long been recognized as having the heart, stamina and movement to make a winning sport horse. In addition, the Cleveland Bay is easily trainable and has a wonderful disposition that makes it the perfect mount for children. Because of the prepotency of the breed, when crossed with any other breed, the partbred can be counted on to portray the intelligence and kind disposition that the Cleveland Bay is noted for.
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International Foxhunting Exchange
USPC
October 22-31, 2015
Application must be received by April 1.
To qualify for the USPC Foxhunting International Exchange the applicant must be between 16 and 25 years of age on Jan. 1, 2015, with a minimum certification of C-3 at time of application. Applicant must be currently hunting with first (jumping) field.

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Nutritional notes
USPC
Question for Triple Crown Nutrition:
I recently purchased my first draft-cross horse. I have always had thoroughbreds and have had to work hard to keep weight on them. I am not familiar with what I should or should not be feeding a draft. She is a 17+ hand Belgium mare, and will soon begin light to medium work. She is on 24 hour turn-out right now and is getting grass hay. She appears to be an easy keeper so I am also concerned with grass intake when spring arrives.

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Who needs a new USPC Manual of Horsemanship? The C-Level manual is now back in stock!!
USPC
Who needs a new USPC Manual of Horsemanship? The C-Level manual is now back in stock!! Whether you're a member of the United States Pony Club who has achieved the D Level certificates of simply a rider who has mastered the same basic skills, this manual enables you to increase your skills and teaches you what you need to know in order to ride independently and correctly with good position, balance, and the use of the aids on the flat, over fences, and in the open. Read more to order yours today!
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The USPC Founders Award
USPC
Each year, the Advisory Committee selects and presents to the USPC Board of Governors a nominee, or nominees, to receive the Founders Award.

Persons eligible to receive this prestigious award must be living individuals who have been active volunteers in Pony Club for at least 20 years and who have served on the National level, either as a member of a National Committee or on the Board of Governors. Ideally, such a person should also have made a significant contribution to Pony Club in his or her Region or local Registered Club. The names of prior recipients of the Founders Award can be found in the USPC Directory.

If you wish to nominate someone who meets these high standards, and has not yet received the award, please follow this link to the application as the committee would like nomination forms in by July 1.

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20-plus year Local Legend Award
USPC
Established by the USPC Board of Governors in May 2010, this 20+ Year Local Legend Award is intended to honor those who have faithfully served their local club, center and/or region for at least 20 years. Recipient will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Pony Club News (space permitting), following receipt of complete form. This form must be completed by a DC, JtDC, CA, ACA, RS or VRS and submitted along with $10 to USPC.

This is a wonderful opportunity to thank those hard working volunteers in your area that support the clubs and region in so many ways. Follow this link to the application and there is no deadline, this is a wonderful thank you/appreciation that is available all year long!

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Understanding the 2016 Safety Expectations in the Standards Webinar, March 24, 8 pm EST
USPC
Incorporating Safety components into the Standards of Proficiencies introduced in 2015. Come and learn what will be expected and tested in each certification from the D-1 through A. Please join us on March 24th at 8pm EST to learn more about the Safety component of the Pony Club Standards.

About the Presenters
Nancy MacIsaac tries to stay out of trouble and can’t think of a better way than staying involved in Pony Club. She lives in Rio Rancho, New Mexico with her husband and golf buddy, Steve, and her aquatic frog, Fergus. She is currently the Regional Supervisor for the Southwest Region, and serves on the Quiz Committee, International Exchange Committee and Safety Committee. She is also CHMJ and has previously served as Chair of the Quiz Committee, HMO for the Southwest Region and on the Horse Management committee. Before moving to New Mexico, she and her family lived in Milford, Delaware. She and her daughter, Susan, were founding members of the Small Wonder PC in the Delmarva Region. Nancy’s daughter is a graduate H/A, and her son, John Paul, is her personal Mac tech support. She loves to sew and has been a sewing instructor for over 30 years. She plays golf in her spare time and wishes her handicap was lower!

To join this webinar, register with your name and email address. As always these webinars 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 to webinar@ponyclub.org.  

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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. 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.

The schedule for upcoming webinars is available here.

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