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Championships 2015: How to be the Beasts of the East in Horse Management Webinar, sponsored by Merck Animal Health, May 19, at 8 pm ET
USPC
Planning to make the journey to the Virginia Horse Center for Championships East this summer? Not sure what to pack to ensure that your horse and teammates will comfortable and organized in your Blue Ridge mountain retreat? Join Chief Horse Management Judge Yvette Seger for Tutoring Tuesday on May 19 to learn tips and tricks that will make setting up your stall and tack room relatively stress-free and set your team up for a successful championships experience!

About the Presenter Yvette Seger
While Yvette may be best known for her role as a Chief Horse Management Judge and her crazy socks, she serves Pony Club through several roles including member of the Eventing Committee, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and as a member of the Board of Governors. In addition, Yvette is a Horsemasters member of the Wakefield Valley Pony Club and participated in several rallies including Championships East in 2013 and Festival 2014. When she’s not at a rally, attending a BOG meeting, or burning up the phone lines on a USPC teleconference, Yvette can be found competing her 14 hand “Super Pony” Finders Keepers or doting on her long-time (and now retired) eventing partner, Roger Rabbit. Yvette is a Graduate HA of Lake Shore Pony Club and was inducted into the USPC Academy of Achievement in 2012.

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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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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How YOU can support Championships
USPC
Help us spread the word of the many great sponsorship opportunities for the 2015 USPC Championships.
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The USPC Founders Award
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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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SPONSORED CONTENT


The Pony Club tack trunk
USPC
The Pony Club tack trunk is the place to find study materials, articles, checklist, standards and test sheets for your specific level. You must be signed into enter the tack trunk but members of all levels will find great study materials.

You will find quizzes to make sure you're "tacked up" with all the best information, study "aids" to keep you focused on your goals, and links to various materials to help "groom" you for success.

As a member you may visit any part of the tack trunk:
  • Prepare for your next Certification
  • Review information from past Certifications
  • Study ahead for future Certifications
Please look around the Pony Club tack trunk often, as we will be working on expanding the selection of learning materials available to Pony Club members.

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Join us for 2015 Championships East and West!
USPC
Championships East
July 22-26
Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA.

Championships West
July 31-Aug. 9
Woodside Horse Park, Woodside CA.

Read more for Educational Programs offered at Championships East.

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USPC/ USDF Dressage Recognition
USPC
Plan ahead! USPC Pony Club members are recognized for their participation in both USPC Rallies and USDF Competitions. USPC members receive a certificate at the end of each year based on the criteria below. It will be the responsibility of the Pony Club member to get all the information together and send it to the National Office by the November 15th deadline each year.

Blue Ribbon Club — Completion of 1 USPC Dressage Rally at the Walk/Trot Level or above and 1 USDF or USEF Dressage Show at the Walk/Trot Level.

Medallion Club — Completion of 1 USPC Dressage Rally at the Training Level or above and 1 USDF or USEF Dressage Show at the Training Level.

Bronze Medal Club — Completion of 1 USPC Dressage Rally at the First Level and 1 USDF or USEF Dressage Show at the First Level.

Silver Medal Club — Completion of one USPC Dressage Rally at the Second Level and 1 USDF or USEF Dressage Show at the Second Level.

Gold Medal Club — Completion of one USPC Dressage Rally (this can be in competition at any level or by being a volunteer for the rally) and completion of 1 USDF or USEF Dressage Show at Third level or above.

All competitions must be completed during the current year. Click here for the application. Riders may apply for more than one award each year.

Any questions should be directed to the USPC Activities Director, Wayne Quarles, 859-254-7669.

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National Level Testing reminders!
USPC
Please note that all National Level Testing applications are now to be submitted through your personal profile by signing in here.

For detailed application instructions and additional information on National Level Testing, click here.

All applications a fees must be submitted 12 weeks prior to the test start date.

The 2015 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/Testing Coordinator, with any questions at testing@ponyclub.org.

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  TRAIN FOR IEA THIS SUMMER

Intensive Riding Camp at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, MA offers a small group of advanced riders, ages 14-18, the opportunity to develop effective riding strategies for hunt seat competition in Interscholastic Equestrian Association events. Session runs June 28 – July 3, 2015. Call 413-774-2711 x256 for more information.
 


Merck Animal Health, sponsor of the USPC Webinar Series
USPC
Pony Club is pleased to welcome Merck Animal Health as the Sponsor of the USPC Webinar Series. Merck Animal Health is a leader in research and dedicated to the development, production and marketing of innovative, high-quality animal-health products for all major farm and companion animal species. Merck is the maker of Safe-Guard® (fenbendazole) Paste, Equi-bits® (fenbendazole), and Power-Dose® (fenbendazole), and is committed to helping all horse owners “Get Deworming Right” by helping to manage parasite resistance and protect horses.
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ShopPonyClub.org
USPC
Are you saving up for that special horse or pony? Keeping up with all of those pennies, quarters, nickels, and dimes can be tedious. The Pony Club Piggy Bank is a great way to track your savings progress! After all, “money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a pony and that’s kinda the same thing!”
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INDUSTRY STANDARDS


Shetland pony midge study offers clues to curbing allergies
ScienceDaily
Shetland ponies' immune response to insect bites is helping scientists understand how people could be prevented from developing allergies. The horse immune system can respond to midge bites in a way that prevents — rather than triggers — allergic reactions, researchers say, adding that this reaction is similar to what happens in people with allergies. Understanding what triggers allergic reactions could help researchers come up with ways to stop people developing sensitivities.
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Cellphone use: Warning issued for riders
MyHorse Daily
So-called “distracted driving” laws prohibiting cellphone use while driving are being enacted around the nation, and now it is time for the equine community to take notice, says one equine safety professional. “It’s important for riders to remember that the horse can be an unpredictable animal,” notes Wayne G. Hipsley, chairman of HorseSafetyUSA.com.
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My jumper is heavy on the forehand
Horse Channel
Some horses are physically predisposed to being heavy on the forehand. The top of their hip is higher than their withers. Yet even these "downhill” horses can improve their self-carriage and balance with specific schooling tactics. First, you must teach your mare to carry herself on the flat. She has learned to lean on your hands for support, and you need to interrupt and correct that habit.
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