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USPC Festival 2014
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The Festival Goldbook is currently online, as well as a list of local hotel offering Pony Club rates and options for offsite layover stabling. Entries open May 1, for both Championships and Festival, and closing date for both is July 1.

New this year, we will be using the Alltech Arena for our Trade Fair, Games and Quiz, with Polocrosse playing in the former polo field in front of the Alltech arena. So no matter what the weather, we will have an air conditioned/dry place to shop, eat and relax.

Quiz will be hosting an International Exchange during Festival Championships, with teams from the U.S., Canada and Australia. In addition, the Quiz Challenge is slated to take place. The Challenge has been sent to all Equestrian Discipline and Breed Associations, 4-H, FFA and other youth groups. We look forward to a fun time for all. So far we have heard from IEA, and British Pony Club Branches in Jamaica and Mexico.

This year Championships is sharing the Kentucky Horse Park with the North American Junior and Young Rider competition. This is a great opportunity for the members of the two largest North American Youth Competitions to share and learn more about both organizations. The Organizers of both are working on plans to encourage opportunities for interactions between the members of both groups.
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Save the date!
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Annual Meeting 2015 – Come join the Capital and Virginia Regions for a Monumental Experience! The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held Jan. 21-25, 2015, at the Hyatt Crystal City, Arlington, Va. Check it out here !
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Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event
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Don’t miss the excitement of Rolex! Be sure to stop by the Walnut Arena and cheer on the Prince Philip Cup Games competition players. This year's XC course walk on April 25, will be led by Alexandra “Allie” Knowles, an “A” graduate from Sierra Gold Pony Club. The show jumping course walk on April 27, will again be directed by International Jumping Course Designer and British Pony Club graduate, Richard Jeffery. Check the Pony Club booth on Vendor Row for final times and locations to meet. Wear your Pony Club pin! Several members of the National Youth Board will be helping out with the Pony Club booth this year. Stop by and talk to the NYB members to share you regions successes/struggle with your Regional Youth Boards. All friends and family of Pony Club are encouraged to stop by.

See you at Rolex!

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USPC artwork contest
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Submit your artwork for the Festival Features Cover Contest now. 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. 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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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 here.
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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, 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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Outgrown your pony?
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Pass him on to an eager student with the Pony Club Classifieds. People who read the Pony Club Classifieds are looking to purchase 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. Let someone new enjoy your pony as much as you have!
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Order your 2014 USPC Annual Directory by April 15!
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To receive a hard copy of the 2014 USPC Annual Directory members will need to pre-purchase a paper version by April 15. All members will receive a digital version of the document and will have access to the digital version on the USPC website but to have a full paper copy it will need to be purchased.

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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USPC instruction updates

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.

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Foxhunters awards
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For those of you who were lucky enough to get in some foxhunting, despite the crazy winter weather, don’t forget to complete your Live Oak Hounds Foxhunting Challenge award certificates. Because of the weather, I know many people may have had trouble getting in the full number of hunts, so go ahead and fill out partial certificates. This is a great way to earn money for your club, if any of your members participated in foxhunting activities.
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Nutritional Notes and Triple Crown Winners!
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Congratulations to the Triple Crown Lucky 100 Winners! These Lucky 100 went home with $1,000 each to use to further their equine education. Thanks to the many Pony Club members who participated. We think everyone is a winner!

Have a question about feeding your horse or pony? Ask the experts from Triple Crown Feeds right here! Nutritional Notes is a great way to ask your nutritional questions, and receive an answer in the next issue of ENews. You can also review all of the previous questions that have been asked, which may help you as you study for your next certification.

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Top riders lined up for Belton trials
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Many former Olympic medal winners are taking part as well as the 2013 top-ranking event riders. In the starting box are top U.K. riders including Pippa Funnell, the only rider to win the Rolex Grand Slam, and Lucy Wiegersma, the world number three.

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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.

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The Pony Club Pizza
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As a member progresses through the levels, they get to a point where they are expected to be actively teaching and testing at the club or regional level. This can be anything from going to a new center and testing six D1's to being an available coach at rally.

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Brain awareness
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March was brain awareness month but USPC recommends being aware of your brain every month. Check out the CDC Heads Up Facebook page.
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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. Tetrathlon Training and Fencing coming to Festival too, join in the fun!

MOUNTED Instruction will be two days only, July 20-21. Riding disciplines available to choose from are: Cross Country, Dressage, Show Jumping, Games, Western, Polocrosse, Distance Riding, and Horsemanship/Ground Training, Ride with an NE and an Early Morning Foxhunt!

Sign up to ride with Lendon Gray as an option during Festival — she will take 10 riders for this special Emerging Dressage Athlete Program. More detail in the Gold Book!

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. Good basic riding skills will be taught using a variety of methods such as playing games on horseback, learning how to ride in the open safely in a group and working towards their next certificate will all be taught during the mounted instruction. Besides riding they will have un-mounted 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.

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

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