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From the Bookstore
USPC
Extra! Extra! “Read” all about it! All general knowledge titles are 25% off for a limited time. All Threshold picture guides now only $8.95! The discount does not include Pony Club manuals, guides, or other Pony Club materials. We also have our super popular royal blue polo shirts back in stock! Go on over to the Bookstore website (www.bookstore.ponyclub.org) and take a look. Stay tuned for exciting changes happening soon in the Bookstore!
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Pony Club Bookstore goes entirely online
USPC
Continue to get all of your educational materials and logo wear at great prices with excellent customer service but now The Pony Club Bookstore is online only! The USPC National Office is closing its physical bookstore. You can continue to order all your favorite Pony Club items online or via phone at http://uspcbooks.stores.yahoo.net/ or 859-254-7669. More exciting changes and opportunities for our members coming soon.
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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? Pony Club Classifieds deliver an audience interested in ponies and horses, used tack, and even equine properties for sale. Check it out at www.ponyclub.org.


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D4K Event in Atlanta
USPC
A unique competition consisting on three equally weighted sections of a Reading Assigment/Written Test, one Ridden Dressage Test and Dressage Equitation Class. An educationally themed competition, this event is meant to inspire our riding Dressage Youth by having Olympian Lendon Gray and this year's Headliner Gwen Poulin to spend time with our competitors and parents via a dinner with shared stories and questions and answers.

We are excited to bring the innaugural D4K event to Altanta. New York has been hosting this festival for over 10 years now, and Nick and I have attending the Michigan Festival the past two years. See this year's results here: .http://www.dressagedaily.com/article/lendon-gray-youth-dressage-festival-midwest-results

And go to www.Dressage4Kids.com for more information.

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 International Games Exchange!
USPC
In 2014, Great Britain will host the annual International Games Competition, which rotates between the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Australia. Dates and details have not been received as yet.

Each Regional Supervisor may submit as many applications as he/she has for consideration. If a region has more than one applicant, the R.S. may rank order his/her applicants when submitting the regional applications. This ordering shall be based on any criteria the R.S. wishes to apply, and shall be at the sole discretion of the R.S. The nominated candidates shall not be made aware of their rank, unless the R.S. wishes to divulge that information. The Selection Committee will keep all information received strictly confidential.

Applications and details can be found on pages 58-67 of the 2009 *USPC Games Handbook and Rules for Games Competition. The same information is also available on the USPC website at www.ponyclub.org.

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 applications to be received is Oct. 1, 2013. Applications received after that date may not be accepted.

Send the written applications and DVDs to:

4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511

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The USPC Foxhunting Certificate
USPC
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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Do You Need A Background Check?

Are you planning to be a volunteer leader in one of the following positions in 2014? If you plan to hold one of the following positions, you are REQUIRED to favorably complete a periodic (currently every three years) background check prior to your term of office.

1. Board of Governors

2. Advisory members

3. International Exchange Coaches & Chaperones

4. National Examiners (NEs) and apprentices

5. Chief Horse Management Judges (CHMJs)

6. Regional Supervisors (RSs) and Vice RSs

7. District Commissioners (DCs) and Joint DCs

8. Center Administrators (CAs) and assistant CAs

9. Activities & Instruction Committee Chairs

10. NYC Committee Members

11. Visiting Instruction Committee members

12. Club and Regional Treasurers

13. Horse Management Organizers (HMOs)

14. Regional Instruction Coordinators (RICs)

For details go to the background check frequently asked questions webpage. Direct access to Background Check Links may also be found under the RESOURCE Tab of the menu bar on the DC Resource Page, CA Resource Page, and the Treasurer Resource page – all found above the blurb about the respective Digests.

NOTE: To determine if and when you last did a background check follow these steps:

1. Go the Pony Club Web site and sign in using your own USER NAME and PASSWORD. If you do not remember your sign in information you can contact Aileen Gordon for assistance.

2. When you sign in to the Web site, go to Profile Home and click on Bio. Look under “Additional Information”, if “Background Check” is listed with a date, that is the date you did the check. Background checks are valid for three years from the date listed.

3. If you do not see “Background Check” listed in your profile, you may access the link for on-line submission or review Frequently Asked Questions. Click the “Resources” tab on the home page, select “Frequently Asked Questions”, then select “Background Checks.” Direct access to Background Check Links may also be found under the RESOURCE Tab of the menu bar on the DC Resource Page, CA Resource Page, and the Treasurer Resource page – all found above the blurb about the respective Digests.

4. If you require further assistance you may contact the Background Check Coordinator at the Pony Club national office.

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Now Accepting Applications for the National Youth Board
USPC
Due by Sept. 30, 2013

The National Youth Board is made of 20 youth members from across the U.S. They have two seats on the USPC Board of Directors, so their voice is well heard. This is totally separate from the National Youth Council program which meets for three days yearly at the Annual Meeting, however many participants of past NYC programs have stepped up to serve on the National Youth Board and most are busy helping many regions establish Regional Youth Boards. Information on the National Youth Board (NYB) can be found at the http://www.ponyclub.org/?page=nyb.

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Prepare to Bid!
USPC
Beginning Oct. 15, you will have a chance to bid on Clinics which are being offered by some favorite Pony Club Clinicians, while supporting USPC International Exchanges and Special Programs. Some of the Clinicians who have generously donated their time include (list incomplete): Richard Lamb, Janna Ritacco, Ann Haller, Sue Beth Bunn, Cathie McCleod. The Auction will be held again this year through eBay Giving Works. http://givingworks.ebay.com/

We will continue to update the list of Clinicians and items offered, and will send out the link before Oct. 15th! Mark your Calendars. This is a great way to schedule clinics for the 2014 season.

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