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USPC Flash Teamwork Award
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Kathy Aranosian (owner of Flash, the USPC 50th Anniversary Breyer Model) sponsors a yearly contest. A perpetual trophy, and a Breyer Flash model are awarded to the winner during the USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium. The Flash Teamwork Award is to encourage the kind of teamwork generated by Kathy’s club when they were writing about Flash. Entries must be postmarked by October 15th this year. Click here for contest rules.
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2016 National USPC Youth Congress
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What is the National USPC Youth Congress (NYC)? The NYC is USPC's way of recognizing outstanding H-B through A 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 or centers and selected by their Regions based on the following criteria:

YOUTH DELEGATES
  • Be between 18-21 years old as of January 1, 2016;
  • Have attained a National Certification (H-B/C+/C-3, B, H/H-HM/H-A, A);
  • Demonstrate leadership and volunteerism;
  • Embody the qualities mentioned in the USPC Mission Statement;
  • Obey the USPC National Youth Congress Code of Conduct.
Click here to the NYC website page where you will find the link to the NYC Information for DC/CA/RS document for more detail. Applications deadline is November 15, 2015 Any questions please contact Connie Jehlik, Instruction Services Director instruction@ponyclub.org.

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New Traditional (Eventing) Standards and Test Sheets will be coming out in early 2016!
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Club and Center (Local Level) Test — Here are a few reminders
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  • Read and use the ‘Guidelines for Club/Center Level Tests’ located on the USPC website
  • Order D-1 through C-2 Certificates through Shopponyclub.org
  • Keep a copy of the test sheet in the club/center files and a copy/or original to the member.
  • Contact your Regions RIC (Regional Instruction Coordinator) for advice or help setting up a test and finding appropriate examiners.
  • Certificates can be handed out at the completion of the test or later depending on how the club/center wants to celebrate the success of its members.  

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National Level Testing and Retesting Reminders!
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2015 National Level Testing Candidates: Please make yourself familiar with the USPC Retest Procedures. Be aware of what the options, guidelines, and rules are for each type of test, as the criteria are very specific for each one. In the event that you become eligible for a retest, please refer to this document.

The Retest Procedures can be found on the National Level Testing page of the USPC website, and also by clicking here. If you are signed up for a National Level Test in 2015, please note that your test roster and test results are always available for viewing through your personal profile by signing in here. Please contact Elizabeth Smith, Instruction/Testing Coordinator, with any questions at testing@ponyclub.org.

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The USPC Foxhunting Certificate
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The Foxhunting Committee wants to recognize our members that participate in specific foxhunting activities. USPC Pony Club members will be recognized for their knowledge of Foxhunting. The award is separated into unmounted and mounted sections. The unmounted portion can be completed individually, and is required as part of the mounted section. Applications can be submitted at any point in the year. Click here for the application.
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Applications now being accepted for the 2016 International Mounted Games Team!
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In 2016, Australia will host the annual International Games Competition, which rotates between the US, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. The tentative tour time frame will be October 2016. More information will be available once an actual invitation is received.

This year the Regional Supervisor may nominate as many applications as he/she has for consideration. If a region has more than one applicant, the RS may rank order his/her applicants when submitting the regional applications. This ordering shall be based on any criteria the RS wishes to apply, and shall be at the sole discretion of the RS. The nominated candidates shall not be made aware of their rank, unless the RS wishes to divulge that information.

The Selection Committee will keep all information received strictly confidential. The RS will forward their nominations to Activities@ponyclub.org prior to the applicant submitting their application. The RS, DC/CA and other recommendation forms will be available online also.

The remainder of the application process is to be produced by the candidates. This year the application will be an online application and the riding video can be done on You Tube, so that everything is electronic. The online application may also be downloaded and mailed to the National Office. Riding videos shall show the skills as detailed in the current USPC Games Handbook and Rules for Games Competition. The same information is also available on the USPC website.

Applications are being accepted now. Please encourage any Pony Club members who wish to be on the team to work on their applications so that they may be received by the Selection Committee in a timely fashion. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 15th, 2015, with November 1st being the target to announce team selection. Applications received after October 15th, may not be accepted.

Send the written applications and You Tube links to: Activities@ponyclub.org.

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Mark your calendars for Annual Meeting 2016 Feb. 4-7 in Orlando, Florida
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www.ShopPonyClub.org
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Pony Club members (and parents) are super organized. It’s good horse management. Now members can be more organized with their study materials too! The USPC Card Box is a great way to store the flashcards members use for all of their certifications. Made of clear acrylic this handy card box can hold an entire set of H-B Flashcards, or up to two sets of D-level or C- Level Flashcards. No need for rubber bands anymore, visit Shop Pony Club to get your card box AND flashcards!
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Hoof care: The stages of laminitis
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Many things can cause inflammation of the hoof laminae. Serious cases may progress to founder. Dr. Scott Morrison of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital says horses have the best chances for recovery if treatment begins early, even before the horse shows signs of acute laminitis — increased digital pulse and pain in the feet.
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Horse health: Take a critical look at supplements in joint care
Racing Daily Form
Everybody has arthritis, or so it seems — even our horses. There are different types of arthritis, but the most common, called osteoarthritis, occurs as a result of constant wear and tear on the cartilage or a traumatic injury to the joint. Cartilage covers the ends of the bones that make up the joint and provides a cushion to protect them from grinding together during movement.
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