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The US Park Police and Pony Club!
USPC
The Trust for the National Mall and the U.S. Pony Clubs, Inc., are working together to help raise awareness of the need to renovate the U.S. Park Police Stables on the National Mall. “We are delighted that the Pony Club has adopted the construction and design of the new U.S. Park Police Stables as a teaching case study for their students this year,” said Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall.

Pony Club members in horse management will develop design elements, working plans and recommendations for the new stables on the National Mall as part of their January 2015 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium in Washington, D.C.
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National Level Testing reminders!
USPC
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 website.

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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Protecting our cherished equine places and spaces webinar — Aug. 8 at 8 pm ET
USPC
This webinar is an introduction to the key land conservation issues that threaten to impact the future of equine sports and equine industry. These are issues that all equestrians and equine enthusiasts should be aware of and furthermore understand what can be done to protect the land we need to raise, feed, breed, train, compete and recreate with our horses.

About the Presenter

Holley Groshek
Holley was the Director of Administration and Equine Relations for the 2010 FEI World Equestrian Games Foundation where she developed, marketed and managed the Equine Village Partner program. Additionally, she spent eight years as Executive Director of the Kentucky World Trade Center. Holley holds an MBA with concentration in Marketing and International Business from Binghamton University, as well as a B.S. degree in liberal arts (with emphasis in biochemistry). An avid equestrian, Holley grew up in upstate New York and has more than twenty years of experience riding and competing as an amateur rider. She serves on the Kentucky Equine Humane Center Board of Directors. Working for ELCR holds a particular interest for Holley because she believes that loss of land for equine use is one of the most critical issues facing the horse world. Holley lives in Lexington with her three dogs Nika, Gucci and Peggy May. She enjoys riding in her free time.

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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Dreaming of that new saddle?
USPC
Ah yes, that beautiful saddle you saw the other day is dancing around in your dreams. The question is, how to get the cash to buy it? Have you considered selling your old saddle in the Pony Club Classifieds? People who read the Pony Club Classifieds are actively 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. Get that saddle out of your dreams and onto your horse!
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New Festival items still available!
USPC
Check out all the great new items available to show your Pony Club spirit. We rolled new items out during Festival and they are still available in case you missed the trade fair. See new hats, jackets, saddle pads, posters and even get an official USPC Festival 2014 T-shirt today.

Shop at www.shopponyclub.org

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British Open eventing title to Andrew Nicholson
Horsetalk
Andrew Nicholson won his third British Eventing Open title recently at Britain’s Gatcombe Park, riding the classy grey, Avebury. The combination added just 0.4 penalty points to their dressage score to finish on 38.5. He was also seventh on Nereo on 49.9, opting for a slightly quieter trip across the country for 7.6 time penalties.
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US Show Jumping Team victorious in CSIO5* Hickstead's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain
EquiSearch
The Hermès U.S. Show Jumping Team produced another impressive performance in Nations Cup competition. Two weeks after jumping to a second-place finish in the Mercedes-Benz FEI Nations Cup at CSIO5* Aachen, the U.S. went one better to win the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain presented by Longines at CSIO5* Hickstead.
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Driver shocked to see horse riding in tiny 2-door car in Brazil
New York Daily News
Talk about horsepower! A Brazilian motorist was caught on camera giving a lift to a nag in his tiny two-door Ford Del Rey. Evi Braga was driving in Fortaleza recently when she spotted the horse poking its head out of the compact car.
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Unlikely breeding produces striking dressage winner
Horsetalk
A spotted horse with unlikely breeding is making his mark on dressage in the great plains area of the U.S., proving that horses other than warmbloods can produce the goods to win at FEI level. Lakota Lace, an 11-year-old gelding of appaloosa, percheron and quarter horse bloodlines, picked up back-to-back wins in the Intermediaire I at the Dressage in the Rockies competition Colorado Horse Park recently.
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How do horses communicate? New signals found
Weird & Wild via National Geographic
A new study revealed that a horse’s large, highly mobile ears can help tell another horse where to direct its attention, which may help the observing animals locate food and evade predators.

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How horses jump
Practical Horseman
What makes a horse a world-class jumper? You might be surprised to learn there's no ideal formula. The best jumpers possess a combination of great strength and coordination, but exactly how they use their bodies to get from one side of a fence to the other varies from horse to horse.

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The Olympic dreams of an equestrian: Hunter Holloway is riding all the way to the top
The Kansas City Star
Hunter Holloway fell off of a horse the day before she was born. “That’s what’s wrong with me,” Holloway jokes about her mother’s fall the day before she gave birth.

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West nile virus surfaces in Indiana's Marion County
Viral Global News
Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus have been discovered in Indiana’s Marion County. The news was announced by the county’s health department, after mosquitoes collected from a surveillance trap tested positive for the zoonotic arbovirus. Thus far, there have been no reports in Indiana of any humans infected with the disease.
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Forget the Hamptons, Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is the place to be this summer
Forbes
The wild Chincoteague Pony became an official breed in 1994, though they’ve lived on neighboring Assateague Island, Virginia, for hundreds of years. There are various theories about how they got there in the first place, with some saying they were brought over by early settlers and others claiming they’re actually the descendants of equine shipwreck survivors. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company owns and manages the ponies, which are small and adorable enough that you’ll want to give them a big hug and scratch their ears, but they really are wild and you’re not supposed to touch them!
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