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Heads up, the heat is on
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YAY! Summer has finally arrived! Rallies, clinics, preps and mounted lessons are in full swing all over the country. The fun has begun and the road to Festival lies ahead! Boots and tack are being cleaned and polished repeatedly and mounts are being kept groomed and spotless. All of this is a great reflection of the hard work and dedication of our Pony Club members. Meanwhile, old friendships are being rekindled and new ones are being made.

As all this is taking place, the summer heat and humidity are rising, especially in the South. So amid all the hubbub and fun take time out to review the Heat Illness Safety Page on our Pony Club Web Site. There is plenty of information there to remind you of the various stages of Heat Illness and how to recognize them and treat them. The important point of all of this is for you to remember to stay cool and hydrated. Drink plenty of water or sports drinks and avoid caffeinated beverages. Seek shade and avoid riding during the hottest parts of the day. Keep an eye on your friends and remind them to drink plenty of fluids too throughout the day. During any of these activities if anyone feels dizzy or develops a headache or muscle cramps it is very important to report this to an adult in charge so that appropriate steps may be taken get the person hydrated and cooled off.

It doesn’t happen often that we fall off our horses, but when we do it is important to make sure that we are safe. Now is also a good time to check out the Concussion Safety Page on the on web site. There you will find plenty of information on what a concussion is, and what the signs and symptoms are. You don’t have to black out or lose consciousness to have suffered a concussion! Just being confused after a fall, or feeling dizzy can indicate that you or your friend has suffered a concussion. Concussions are serious, but with the proper care and treatment they can be healed. However, without the proper care and treatment they may become more troublesome, and even worse if you suffer a second fall before you have fully recovered. It is important to remember that should you or a friend fall and show any signs or symptoms of a concussion you must stop play and seek medical attention. If there is any question as to whether a concussion has occurred: when is doubt, you must sit out!

There is a something blowing in the wind up ahead on the Festival road! Keep watching for further hints!  
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Fun of Festival 2014
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It’s not too late to join in the Fun of Festival 2014! Help support the current Pony Club members who will be traveling from all across the country to compete and participate in educational clinics and workshops by becoming a Festival Sponsor today! Take a look at the wonderful friends and sponsors who have already shown their support. If you are a Pony Club Graduate, you can sponsor a current member by becoming a Pony Club Alumni Festival Friend for only $150.
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Great Lakes used tack sale
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The Great Lakes Region is hosting their used tack sale during Festival this summer. Visit the trade fair in the comfortable and air conditioned Alltech arena and find exactly what you are looking for.
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USPC Festival

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Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, Kentucky
July 14-21
Tips and tricks for setting up your stabling area at Festival


Excited for Festival but not really sure what to expect when you get to the Kentucky Horse Park to ensure that your horse is comfortable and an efficient set-up for your team's tack room? Horse Management gurus (and Festival veterans!) Yvette Seger and Lara Hubner walk you through the layout of the Kentucky Horse Park facilities and offer tips and tricks regarding things to pack to ensure that you and your horse have an "Exceeds Standards" experience at Festival 2014. View the webinar recording here! Make sure to review the Festival Gold Book to be prepared for Festival!

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Hildegard Neil Ritchie Foxhunting Writing Contest
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First Place: Kristin Warrington, a C-1 Trad from St. Augustine Pony Club, in the Delmarva Region with “A Hunting Trio”

Second Place: Eliot Chi, a D-3 Trad from Cedar Ridge Pony Club, in the Great Lakes Region with “The Hunt”

Third Place: Casey Madden, a D-2 HM and D-1 Trad from Cranberry Country Pony Club, in the Southeastern New England Region with “Wizard’s Way”

The judges for the contest were Andrew Barclay, Anne-Marie Lacy and Mary Ewing. The winning submissions will be posted on the USPC website, included in the Pony Club News and published by the Chronicle of the Horse in their Foxhunting issue. Click here for more information about the Foxhunting Writing Contest.

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Membership numbers
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USPC is asking clubs, centers and horsemasters groups to increase their overall membership numbers by one member per year in both 2015 and 2016. The Plus One Membership Challenge has been developed in response to the five year decline in national membership numbers.
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Summer issue of Pony Club News now online!
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The summer issue of Pony Club News is now online here. Check out all of the latest news from Pony Clubs, Centers, Regions and alumni around the nation, articles about horse care and activities as well as a recap of the 2014 Rolex 3-Day Event.
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Festival Education
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H-B/H-A Prep which is 99 percent hands-on activities, Lower Level Standards and Certification Clinic, Biomechanics Workshop, Masters Clinics with Lendon Gray and Spy Coast Farms, Sports Psychology, Trailering Problems, Trailering 101, Equine Drugs, Vaulting, Polo, D Level Nutrition and other topics, Vet Box, Tai Chi, Farrier topics, Polocrosse, Saddle Fitting, Horse Massage, Holistic/Acupuncture/Herbs, Mechanics of Dressage, Rehab/Recovery, Understanding Metabolic Syndrome, Feeding the Metabolic Horse, Vet Topics with local veterinarians, Grooming the Upper Level Horse, Bits with Gina Miles, Horse Management D and C Level topics, Parasites, Forages and Hay and more!

Almost all topics and workshops will be held in the air-conditioned Alltech Arena along with the Trade Fair!

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, Riding with an NE, Distance Riding and Horsemanship/Ground Training. There will be one Early Morning Foxhunt, make sure to sign up as that is an extra riding opportunity here in Kentucky!

New Clinician Corner which has bios and a photos of some of the Festival clinicians.

Also new is Check out the Clinics, which gives a brief description of the unmounted topics that will be presented at Festival Education.

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Sideline Magazine now featuring USPC!
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Sidelines Magazine is now featuring Pony Club Members in each issue. Get your digital subscription for only $3.
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FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips introduces new video
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Thanks to our friends at FLAIR Equine Nasal Strips, we are pleased to be able to offer a wonderful educational video “Physiological Challenges Faced by Equine Respiratory System.” This video was developed for the World Equestrian Games held in Lexington, Kentucky. It is located in the Tack Trunk for the H-B and H-A Level members.
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New lesson plans now available
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13 new lesson plans covering mostly D-level unmounted instruction have been created for USPC that follow along with the Standards of Proficiency. More will be added in the next few weeks to include up through the C-level and beyond. Go to the Instruction Resource page to find the newest lesson plans available.

Chart of Learning — please look at this chart as it will help you and your members understand how to advance through the Standards in Pony Club.

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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 go to the Pony Club website forms page or follow this link to the application.

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20+ Year Local Legend Award
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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 a completed form. This form must be completed by a DC, JtDC, CA, ACA, RS or VRS and submitted along with $10 to USPC.
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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 the 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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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 here. 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.

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