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Positive Coaching Alliance And Pony Club
By Jennifer Sweet, Vice President of Regional Administration
Spring signals the beginning of the exciting Pony Club season for clubs, centers and regions. Camps, certifications, clinics, fundraisers, lessons, rallies and sponsors meetings are just a few of the things that are being planned. Before those plans are completed, here is a reminder of Pony Club’s core values.
Safety Committee Concussion, Heat Illness Awareness Training
Now that riding season is gearing up it is important to for everyone to be prepared in all aspects of safety for our members and volunteers. The Safety Committee kicked off its Concussion and Heat Illness Awareness Campaign at the Annual Meeting. It was good to see many of you at the RS, DC/CA Meeting and at the Concussion Workshop presented by Dr. Joe Grubenhoff. The Committee and the National Office have been busy updating our Safety Pages on the USPC website where we have posted all the materials you will need to take part in our Heads Up and Heat Illness Programs that we have adopted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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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 26 will be led by Doug Payne, a graduate from Somerset Hills PC. The show jumping course walk on April 28 will again be directed by International Jumping Course Designer and Pony Club graduate, Richard Jeffery. Check the Pony Club booth in the trade fair 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. New this year will be the Pony Club Tailgate. All friends and family of Pony Club are encouraged to stop by the Pony Club Tailgate along Nina Bonnie Boulevard and play games, win prizes and grab some cross country snacks. See you curbside!
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 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.
Draft Cross Breeders And Owners Association
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.
2013 Lendon Gray Youth Dressage Festival
July 12-14, in Saugerties, N.Y., and June 23, in Fruitport, Mich.
The USPC plans to send teams to both Lendon Gray's Youth Dressage Festivals this year. For full particulars on the competition, click here. While most of the cost of this competition will be the responsibility of the competitor, the Dressage Committee is doing fundraising to assist with entry fees and stabling costs. To qualify for the USPC Team you will need to file a declaration of intent to compete as well as fulfilling the qualifying criteria. The Declaration must be filed by May 1.
The paperwork is available here. Please send this paperwork to Wayne Quarles, USPC Activities and Events Director, 4041 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40511 or fax to 859-233-4652.
Foxhunting Writing Contest
The annual Hildegard Neill Ritchie Writing contest is open to all D or C 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 Pony Club 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 Pony Club Governor and received the Pony Club Founders Award in 1989. For full details, click here.
Fundraising Opportunity With Sneak-e-Snacks
The Pony Club Horse Treat Fundraising Program is designed to enable Clubs, Centers and Regions to market an exclusive Pony Club labeled 12-ounce sized bag of the Sneak-e-Snacks Horse Treats to raise funds to support the Pony Club mission and activities of each Club, Center and Region.
Participation in the program will also afford members an opportunity to develop new skills and to further develop character, confidence and leadership skills, while at the same time promoting Pony Cub to the equine community.
All proceeds from horse treat sales stays with the local Club, Center or Region. To learn more about this fun and exciting fundraising program visit the Pony Club fundraising page.
How Shoeing Affects A Horse's Performance
Steve Kraus, head of Farrier Services at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Sciences talks about understanding how proper shoeing can help a horse's performance.
Safety 1st, Then Fun
Horsemanship teacher Scott Thomson writes about his first horse riding experiences: "Early riding lessons were mostly about how to sit, keeping your heels down, using the reins, etc. You had to wear a helmet, but it was really more about liability protection rather than safety. Most riders put the helmets away after leaving the lesson arena and hitting the trail. Like most riders, I wasn't taught defensive riding skills."
The History Of William Cavendish, 'Father' Of Dressage
William Cavendish, first Duke of Newcastle was a poet, courtier and Royalist general with a love of art and architecture. But he is perhaps best known today for his love of horses and most especially, the art of manege, which evolved into the intricate sport of dressage.
A Utah Tale Of A Horse With No Tail
Secretariat could run like the wind, Trigger was a movie star and Mr. Ed could talk. As horses go, Soren is special, too, although you won't see why when first meeting him face to face. But as soon as this big red horse turns around, you will discover something is missing — his tail.
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