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USPC Helmet Awareness Campaign Poster Contest — sponsored by Charles Owen
USPC
The poster artwork design should convey the concept of why it is important to wear a helmet every time you ride. The overall contest goal is to educate the equestrian community (regardless of discipline) to wear a helmet every time you ride.

Any original artwork will be considered and must be submitted as 8.5”x11” high resolution 300 dpi or better.

Opening Date — Sept. 1, contest entry open to all participating Pony Club members. Judging based on originality and what best conveys the theme/message.

Closing Date — Postmarked or emailed to execassistant@ponyclub.org by Oct. 27 — send entries to Safety Committee, 4041 Iron Works Pkwy, Lexington, Kentucky 40511.

The winning submission will be announced in the winter issue of Pony Club News. The winning poster will be displayed and distributed at the Annual Meeting. It will also be available for download from www.ponyclub.org for all members and leaders to display in barns, tack shops, feed stores and even your room.

Contest prizes will be announced in the next E-News.  
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Introduction to the new online club/center records — Sept. 9, at 8 pm ET
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2014 is the 3rd year Pony Club has been able to offer online membership renewals to our members with clubs and centers! Last year over 50 percent of the membership was renewed online. If you have not taken advantage of this process yet and are considering it or are planning to do so for this fall or want a refresher course, please join us!

With feedback from the clubs, centers and regions from last year's online submissions of the Year End Packet, we have made some changes to streamline and improve the process. It's a nice thought to not have to complete and send in paper! Join us for a tour of the Year End Packet section of your club's or center's record, and see how it is laid out for you to be able to accomplish the Year End Packet requirements.

To join this webinar please register here with your name and email address. As always these webinars will be recorded and posted on the 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.

Aileen Gordon, USPC Content/Data Manager
Aileen is on staff at the USPC National Office and has been leading the conversion and consolidation of Pony Club’s multiple databases into one great database in the "cloud."

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Instruction notes
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To DC's and CA's —

It has come to our attention in a variety of ways that our Pony Club members across the country are not aware and/or studying our Standards of Proficiency. These standards are the bread and butter of our instruction programs and in order for your members to be successful at all levels they must be reading, studying, digesting and learning the skills necessary for the specific certification level that they are pursuing. Members can even look at test sheets prior to a test from the D-1 to the A, to gain more insight into their certification.

All standards and test sheets can be found in a few different places which are listed below. Please make sure all new members this fall have access to this information and maybe a print-out of the D level Standards.

Remember your RIC (Regional Instruction Coordinator) is only an email or phone call away for advice in this area. They can help you and your club with an instruction program that will help your members progress thru the levels. Your Regional HMO (Horse Management Organizer) is also a very good reference for you. In addition we also have curriculum reference pages available online as well as a skills set list. Educational material can be found:

Log in then go to "Member Opportunities"

http://www.ponyclub.org/default.asp?page=tacktrunk

(Good spot for PC members to search for study material, access standards, check lists and test sheets, etc.)

http://www.ponyclub.org/?page=LocalLevelTesting

(Good spot for leaders to find testing guidelines, testing materials, flow charts, references mentioned above, standards, etc.)

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Important information for club/center and regional leaders concerning the 2015 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 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+ or higher National Certification
  • 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
See the website here.

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Plus One Membership Challenge!
USPC
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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Now accepting applications for the 2015 Inter-Pacific Exchange!
USPC
In 2015, Canada Britain will host the Inter-Pacific Exchange (IPE), which rotates between the U.S., Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. The tentative dates for the IPE Exchange to Canada are July 31 - Aug. 17, 2015.

To qualify for the USPC Inter-Pacific International Team the competitor must be between 17 and 21 years of age on Jan. 1, 2015, with a minimum certification of B at time of application. International teams consist of the top four. The selection panel determines the team using information in the applications and recommendations. The selection panel will consider a candidate’s ambassadorial attributes as well as the riding, riding on borrowed horses and teamwork abilities of each candidate. The International Team will join teams from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and New Zealand. The exchange runs July 31 - Aug. 17, 2015. Please note international travel may require additional days for travel and training before departure.

For more information and to apply please visit the 2015 Inter-Pacific Exchange page.

Questions:
Wayne Quarles, Activity Services Director
Pony Club National Office
4041 Iron Works Parkway
Lexington, Kentucky 40511

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New certificate check list
USPC
New — certificate check list now available for the riding portion of the Dressage Club/Center Level tests. Listed with the other check lists on this webpage.
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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 to https://secure.ponyclub.org using your username 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 webpage.

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

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Regional Year End Packet submissions — Sept. 16, at 8 pm ET
USPC
With feedback from the clubs, centers and regions from last year's online submissions of the Year End Packet, we have made some changes to streamline and improve the year end regional report process. It is quite the thought to think about not having to shuffle through piles of papers to get your work done! Join us for a tour of the Year End Packet section of your region's record, and see how it is laid out for you to be able to accomplish the year end packet requirements.

In addition for the RSs specifically, we will discuss memberships being renewed online and the submission of the year-end materials of clubs and centers — what you will be receiving electronically, what those notices mean to you, how to keep track of who has accomplished what and what still needs to be done by a club or center.

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 the 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.

Aileen Gordon, USPC Content/Data Manager
Aileen is on staff at the USPC National Office and has been leading the conversion and consolidation of Pony Club’s multiple databases into one great database in the "cloud."

About Karol Wilson, USPC Director of Regional Administration
Karol is the staff member who works closely with the Vice President of Regional Administration in overseeing and working with Pony Club leaders in regions, clubs and centers.

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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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MFHA Fairly Hunted Award
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Awarded by the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA), this recognition will be given each year to any young person who hunts five times and is so acknowledged by a Master. No examination is given and no requisite skills are required — just having had the experience of participating in hunts.

Anyone under the age of 18 who participates in foxhunt is eligible, regardless if they are a member of Pony Club or not. So, bring your friends and introduce them to the sport of foxhunting!

The MFHA Board of Directors will present participants with a pin, certificate, a one-year subscription to Covertside, the Magazine of Mounted Foxhunting and their names will be mentioned in an honor roll at the annual meeting. Visit the MFHA website for more information and to find a hunt in your area.

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Terrific opportunity for B and above Pony Club members and graduates over the age of 21
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The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Foundation (TAA) is very pleased to invite B and above members and graduates, over the age of 21 to become TAA site inspectors.

Founded in part by The Jockey Club, Keeneland Association and The Breeders’ Cup, the TAA accredits and funds nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Canada that retire, retrain, rehabilitate and place thoroughbreds into post racing careers. Its accreditation process is approved by the American Humane Association and American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP). TAA prides itself on its ability to uphold its stringent code of standards and attributes the ability to do so to its official site inspectors, many of whom are veterinarians recommended by the AAEP. A per diem and mileage are available for site visits.

The application is published online with a job description here.

There is an immediate need for site inspectors in Indiana, Michigan, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. Ongoing inspections are conducted throughout the year across North America. If you have any questions, please contact TAA’s executive director, James Hastie, a Pony Club Graduate and USPC Life Member, at (315)263-5326, or Jhastie@thoroughbredAftercare.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 PowerPoint presentations. You will need to register with your name and email address to view the presentation.

FAQs about webinars can be found on the website and any questions about webinars can be sent to webinar@ponyclub.org.

The schedule for upcoming webinars is available here.

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