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2015 membership applications available online now
USPC
The 2015 Membership Application has been posted to the USPC website. It is found under "Forms" as well as on the DC and CA Resource pages.

Please note the following —
  • All prorated members joining as of Sept. 1, MUST use the 2015 membership application. The 2014 form WILL NOT be accepted.
  • The membership application for Club and Center members is now the same.
  • A correctly completed membership application, including all necessary original signatures AND correct dues must be received by USPC for a membership to be activated.
We have been working to serve our members and volunteers better. In just this past year, we have expanded leadership training opportunities through National Examiner, Horse Management Organizer and Chief Horse Management Judges seminars, the DC/CA/RS training lunches during Festival and Tutoring Tuesday webinars. Online access to personalized Pony Club information has been increased to provide additional service and timeliness for national testing applications, Championship and Festival Education registrations and access to club/center/regional records. Expansion of online educational materials for members and instructors such as added lesson pans is ongoing. We are also excited by the development of our new website, which will continue over the fall and winter months with additional features and pages coming online. This fall, newly appointed club/center/regional leaders will find online orientation modules to help prepare them for their offices.

To help offset these numerous, improved services, dues are increasing. We hope you will find that USPC remains a true value.

Membership dues for 2015, beginning with the 2014 fall prorated option starting on Sept. 1, will be as follows:
    New Member - $140
    Renewing Member - $120
    Prorated New Member - $180
    Prorated Renewing Member - $160
Thanks for all you do to promote Sportsmanship, Stewardship and Leadership through Horsemanship.
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USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium hosted by Capital and Virginia Region Pony Clubs — Jan. 21-25, 2015
USPC
We hope you’ll join us to enjoy all that our Nation’s Capital has to offer, while making new friends, connecting with old friends, and learning new things at the USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium!
  • Meet USPC’s National Office Staff, BOG and Committee Chairs
  • National Youth Congress
  • National Youth Board
  • Trade Fair
  • Committee Meetings
  • RS/DC Leadership Meetings
  • Round Table Discussions
  • Research/Science Fair & Art Fair
  • Pony Paddock
  • Silent and Live Auctions
  • Workshops
  • Honors Banquet for National Youth Congress
  • USPC Banquet and Dance Party
Find more information at www.ponyclub.org.

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Eventing recognition awards
USPC
USPC Pony Club members will be recognized for their competition efforts both in USPC and USEA. USPC members will receive a certificate at the end of each year based on the criteria as outlined on the website. It will be the responsibility of the Pony Club member to get all the information together and send it to the National Office by Nov. 15, of each year. All competitions must be done during the current year. Interested Pony Club members should get their applications here, or from the forms section of the USPC website.
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Dressage recognition awards
USPC
USPC Pony Club members will be recognized for their competition efforts both in USPC and USDF. USPC members will receive a certificate at the end of each year based on the criteria as outlined on the website. It will be the responsibility of the Pony Club member to get all the information together and send it to the National Office by Nov. 15, of each year. All competitions must be done during the current year. Interested Pony Club members should get their applications here, or from the forms section of the USPC website.
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ASHA/USPC Annual Awards Program
USPC
Deadline Nov. 15 — USPC members will be recognized for participating in Pony Club Events on their American Saddlebred or Half-Saddlebred. Click here for more information. It will be the responsibility of the Pony Club member to get all the information together and send it to the ASHA by Dec. 15, of each year.
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Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America Pony Club Recognition Program
USPC
To recognize Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club riding a Cleveland Bay or a Cleveland Bay part bred/sport horse. The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America is pleased to announce a recognition program for USPC members who participate in Pony Club on a pure or part-bred Cleveland Bay. The Cleveland Bay, an endangered breed, has long been recognized as having the heart, stamina and movement to make a winning sport horse. In addition, the Cleveland Bay is easily trainable and has a wonderful disposition that makes it the perfect mount for children. Because of the prepotency of the breed, when crossed with any other breed, the part-bred can be counted on to portray the intelligence and kind disposition that the Cleveland Bay is noted for.

Eligibility:
1) Applicant must be a current member of The United States Pony Club.
2) The horse must be at least 1/8th Cleveland Bay, and be CBHS/CBHSA registered.
3) The horse need not be owned by the member, but member must have written permission from owner to participate in the program.
4) Complete application form with all required documentation and a photo. Click here for application.

Applications accepted at any time during the year. Processing applications may be delayed during holiday and end of show season. For more information, to obtain an application, or for help getting your Cleveland Bay registered contact: Gabrielle Gordon, 76 Corral Drive North, Keller, Texas 76244 or 817-431-8775. To learn more about the Cleveland Bay Horse, breeding programs, sales and award programs visit their website or send them an email.

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Club/center and membership renewals — sign up for online submission now!
USPC
All Club and Center leaders, please take a moment to let us know whether you will be saving money by completing your year-end requirements online.
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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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National Level Retesting procedures!
USPC
So you’re eligible for a National Level Retest? You probably have a lot of questions on when, where and how!

First, familiarize yourself with the opportunities, procedures, guidelines and rules for a retest by reading over the National Level Retest Procedures located at this link.

Next, you will need to complete your retest application by logging into your new, personalized Upper Level Testing page!

Log in using your user name and password. Under the heading “My Stuff”, click on “Upper Level Testing."

All retest application deadlines are 3 weeks prior to the retest start date.

For more information on National Level testing please visit the website.

Please contact Elizabeth Smith, Instruction Coordinator, with any questions at testing@ponyclub.org.

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Important information for Club/Center and Regional Leaders concerning the 2015 National USPC Youth Congress
USPC
What is the National USPC Youth Congress (NYC)? The NYC is USPC's way of recognizing outstanding H-B/C+/C-3/B/H-HM/H/H-A or A and up Pony Club members and providing them with an extraordinary opportunity for growth and development through a national conference of approximately 40 youth members and up to 5 outstanding Pony Club alumni. The NYC Program takes place each year the two days prior to the USPC Annual Meeting. The Program consists of group discussions, presentations and interaction with Pony Club Alumni, networking, etc. for youth members and alumni. The NYC culminates in the Honors Banquet at which the outstanding alumni are inducted into the USPC Academy of Achievement.

The NYC provides numerous benefits for the selected Pony Club members. It rewards them for leadership in their clubs/regions by giving them opportunities to network with others who share their love of and experience with horses. It exposes them to wider experiences outside of Pony Club by introducing them to outstanding alumni from all walks of life. It gives them opportunities to develop leadership skills through participation in a national forum. All lodging (3 nights) and meals (2 days) will be provided for youth delegates for the two days of the Youth Congress. Transportation will not be provided.

Youth delegates to the NYC must be nominated by their clubs and selected by their Regions based on the following criteria:

Youth Delegates:
  • Must be members in good standing of a member club of USPC in the current Year.
  • Must embody the qualities mentioned in the USPC Mission Statement.
  • Must hold an H-B/C+/C-3/B/H-HM/H/H-A or A certification or above.
  • Must be 18 years or older by Jan. 1, when NYC takes place.
  • Must demonstrate leadership and volunteerism,
  • Must be outstanding outside of Pony Club.

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NYB application
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The National Youth Board (NYB) is a small group of twenty dedicated older members of the U.S. Pony Club, which functions to increase communication between the organization’s government and its members. In addition, the board provides committees with a member’s insight into aspects of the organization under consideration, as well as bringing forth ideas and proposals regarding issues that the board feels need further attention. The National Youth Board was created in 2009 by delegates from the 2008 National Youth Council.

Delegates of the NYB must be at least 18 years of age, highly motivated and dedicated and have strong leadership and communication skills. It is expected that delegates maintain an open communication with the members they represent, providing an efficient medium for communication in a professional manner. Members are expected to attend the NYB conference at the Annual Meeting, as well as join conference calls scheduled throughout the year held as frequently as necessary and as determined by the chair. It is also expected that delegates have a high desire to serve as representatives of both the members and the Board of Governors of the organization.

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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 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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Flying lead changes after fences
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Have you ever ridden a perfect line in the hunter ring, only to miss a lead change afterward, diminishing, and often eliminating, your chances of placing in the class? If so, you're not alone. While lead changes come easily and naturally to some horses, they can be challenging for others, and as a rider, you must learn how to correctly ask your horse to change leads.
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Should dry hooves be soaked?
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Most of the U.S. is temperate, and Mother Nature does a great job of regulating the hoof’s ability to adapt. Only in extreme climates — such as the rainy Pacific Northwest, or the hot, dry Southwest — should horse owners intervene, and then only to help moderate the effects of the climate. In extremely wet climates, hooves can’t dry out, and the bottom of a hoof provides access for a variety of bacteria, especially if a frog is over-trimmed.
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Warm up exercises for equestrians
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The exercises presented in this article are intended to create perfect energetic, psychological and coordinative conditions for riding at peak performance. First, the author introduces the readers to exercises that optimize their brain functions while balancing energy between their body "halves." Movements that are generally problematic for many individuals today include rotational motions around the midline, as well as diagonal patterns.
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