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WIN THIS BLANKET!
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Shop Pony Club is giving a one-of-a-kind Pony Club Fleece Blanket away to one lucky shopper! Now through April 15, if you purchase ANY Pony Club logo item, your name will be entered into a drawing to win this super cool blanket!

Head over to http://www.shopponyclub.org and get shopping!
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The Pony Club Pizza
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Need some helpful hints about passing turnout inspections with flying colors or staying penalty-point free at rallies? Look no further than The Pony Club Pizza! We are currently blogging Horse Management tips twice a week, written by the Horse Management Guru herself, Yvette Seger! Pesky dandruff issues? No problem! Confused about Jog Outs? Got that covered! Tips for those topics, and many more, can be found here: on our blog.
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Festival Education 2014
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The following UNMOUNTED Instruction topics are planned for Festival 2014: Lower Level Standards and Certification Clinic,H-B/ 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.

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2014 USPC Annual Directory Going Online!
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All corporate 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 3 hole punched paper.
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Need to Declutter the Tack Trunk?
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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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Instruction Updates
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Gold Book for Festival 2014 is on now on the Pony Club website.
Entries for both Championships and Education will be online May 1, 2014.

New Dressage D-2 through C-2 Test Sheets are now available on the website .

New 2014 Horse Management Handbook and Rules for Rallies is available for download or purchase from the Shopponyclub.org. You can purchase or download just the Competitor section (part 1) or the entire Handbook (parts 1-3) which includes the Judges/Organizer and Horse Management Organizer sections.
Competitors are only required to have (part 1) for all rallies.
The 2014 HM Handbook will be in effect May 1, 2014.

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Festival 2014 and NAJYRC 2014
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We are excited to be sharing the Kentucky Horse Park this year with the North American Junior/Young Rider competition. With the two competitions on the same venue this will be an amazing week of World Class Youth Competition unparalleled anywhere in the world. While both competitions are large endeavors, the organizers of both see this as a great opportunity to share experiences and give both groups a chance to learn more about both programs. We hope that members from both competitions will take time to watch the other competition and we are currently comparing schedules to find a time for a group social activity.
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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month
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Perhaps recently or even in the past, you or someone you know has suffered a concussion or traumatic brain injury. In the past several years much information has been published and made available to download from online for brain injury victims and their families to aid them in understanding the aftereffects of concussion, and what to expect during the recovery and treatment phases. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga., has declared March to Brain Injury Awareness Month, launching a concentrated campaign to increase awareness of how to recognize, treat, and prevent a brain injury.

This campaign is also offering downloadable tools to aid, not only the victims and their families but the healthcare providers and first responders as well, in dealing with a person believed to be concussed. The Safety Committee invites you all to take some time to go to the CDC Brain Injury Awareness Facebook page and view the materials the CDC has made available for public use. There is a wealth of information on the page which features many Apps and downloadable charts and pamphlets.

Also the USPC Safety Web page, located on our USPC Website, has a separate page dedicated to Concussion. If you have not already done so, please go to that page and familiarize yourself with the information that is there. As a reminder, per USPC Policy 0126, all persons in a leadership position in must take the Concussion Training Module which can be accessed from the Concussion page. If you have not completed the module already, please do so now. We also recommend that all our members and families to take the training module too. It is an excellent tool to help you understand how to recognize and treat a concussion.

So as the snow melts in the North and Spring fast approaches, we wish you all a safe and fun riding season!
-The USPC Safety Committee

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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 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 "Read More".
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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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Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association
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Ride a Draft Cross? Interested in competing at Championships? Here is an award especially for you! The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association is sponsoring the Rising Star Award. This award will be presented to the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Polocrosse or Tetrathlon at USPC Championships East and Midwest 2013, and will be recognized by DCBOA in the form of a trophy. Horses and riders must both be registered with the DCBOA. Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1. Registration and Membership information as well as the award application may be found here .
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Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America Pony Club Recognition Program
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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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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 12th and 13th. 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 15th 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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Pony Club Center Administrator Receives Prestigious Award
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Out of over 1,700 nominees, Michelle Hargreaves, CA of Hidden “K” Stables Pony Club Riding Center is one of 25 recipients of the 2014 PCA Double-Goal Coach Award, Presented by MaxPreps. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a national non-profit organization improving the youth and high school sports experience. This award honors youth and high school sports coaches for their excellence in pursuit of the goal of winning and the even more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports. A rousing congratulations goes out to Michelle! Click here to see the complete press release.

PCA partnered with Pony Club at the 2014 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium held this past January in Portland, Ore., making presentations on how their teachings and goals can apply to the Pony Club experience. Keep a watch for PCA opportunities throughout the year!

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National Level Testing Reminders!
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Please remember that all National Level Testing applications are to be submitted online. Online applications and payment must be submitted and processed by the National Office by the applications deadline.

NEW FOR 2014: All application deadlines are 12 weeks prior to the test start date. For more information on National Level testing please visit our webpage.

The 2014 test schedule can be found here.
You must be logged in to the USPC website in order to access the test schedule.

Please contact Elizabeth Smith, Instruction Coordinator, with any questions at testing@ponyclub.org

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How to be a Visiting Instructor Webinar, April 15, at 8 p.m. ET
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Do you enjoy teaching, like to travel, and meet new people? Do you have a need for an exemplary upper level Pony Club member at an upcoming camp, prep, certification, rally, or unmounted activity? Look no further — take advantage of the unique opportunities presented by the Visiting Instruction Program. If so, please join us on April 15, at 8 p.m. ET to learn more about this exciting program and what it has to offer.

To join this webinar please register here and register with your name and email address. As always these webinars will be recorded and posted on our website 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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ShopPonyClub - Always Open for Business!
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Nutritional Notes
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Tutoring Tuesday's Archived!
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Did you miss a Tutoring Tuesday webinar? Don’t fret! The webinars are recorded and available for viewing on our website. 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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The ABC's of the NYB
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The USPC National Youth Board has been hard at work. Check out their first ever news letter to see what they have been up to.
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