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Nominate a Coach for PCA's Double-Goal Coach award!
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If you know of great youth and high school sports coaches, who strive to win while teaching life lessons through sports, nominate them for PCA's Double-Goal Coach Award.

Our 20 national award winners receive $250, a stunning trophy and recognition in PCA's website, newsletters and media campaigns. Through the Dec. 31 nomination deadline, you may nominate as many coaches as you wish. Click here for additional details and to nominate coaches now!
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Need a Knowledgeable, Well-Trained Employee for Your Barn?
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Advertise your position in the Pony Club Classifieds. Pony Club Classifieds deliver an audience that is keenly interested in equine industry employment, as well as 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. Find a great employee to help build your business!
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The 2014 USPC Festival
USPC
Next year, the USPC Festival celebrates 60 years of equestrian education with USPC National Championships, Educational Clinics and Workshops. Click Read More to find additional sponsorship information.
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'Tis the Season for Background Checks!
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Are you planning to hold one of the positions listed below in 2014? If so, you are REQUIRED to favorably complete a periodic (currently, every three years) background check prior Jan. 1, 2014. Here is the link to access 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.

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)

NOTE: To determine if and when you last did a background check click "Read More" and follow the steps.
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Pony Club Festival
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The week-long Pony Club Festival is held every three years at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. National Championships are held the first three days. The following two days consist of mounted and unmounted clinics and workshops presented by Pony Club Graduates.

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Ruffles and the Brave Girl Who Loved Her to the End
The Pilot
There are few more beautiful relationships in a young girl’s life than her love for an animal. Be it dog, cat, rabbit or — in Emily Grace Swinson’s case — a horse, that connection is hardwired to the heart.

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Bright Side Farm: Matt Lauer and Family Jump into Equestrian Market
The Sag Harbor Express
After a flurry of construction activity which began late last year and continued through spring and into summer, there is a new horse farm set to debut on the East End.

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Important Information For Club/Center and Regional Leaders Concerning the 2014 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+ 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 five 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.
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ICP Workshop Grants Available
USPC
The Eleanor Brennan Memorial Fund: The Eleanor Brennan Memorial Fund was established to aid USPC in funding for Instructor Certification Programs for Pony Club Instructors and upper-level members. USPC will award grants up to $500 to applicants that qualify for this scholarship. Fill out the application with required recommendations to be considered for this scholarship.

If interested, fill out the application or call Instruction Services Director, Connie Jehlik at the National Office for more information. 859-254-7669 ext. 223, instruction@ponyclub.org

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Nutritional Notes
USPC
Question: With the winter months approaching, do I need to change my feeding program?

Click Read More for the answer! To submit a question of your own, visit Pony Club's Nutritional Notes page.

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Prepare to Bid!
USPC
The International Exchange Benefit Clinic Auction begins on Oct. 15 and will run for 10 days. Some of your favorite Pony Club clinicians: Richard Lamb, Janna Ritacco, Ann Haller, Sue Beth Bunn and Cathie McCleod, have generously donated clinics to support the International Exchanges and Special Programs.

The auction will be through eBay Giving Works.

Mark your calendars, start bidding and planning your clinics for the 2014 season.

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The Brookfield Conservation Award
USPC
The Nov. 1 deadline for The Brookfield Conservation Award is quickly approaching. The Brookfield Conservation Award is presented to a Pony Club whose members have helped promote land conservation through their dedication and hard work.
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What's On Your Holiday Wish List?
Horse Channel
You probably haven't even picked out your Halloween pumpkin yet, but there are subtle hints that the holiday season is just around the corner. The days are getting longer and our horses' coats are growing fuzzier by the minute. And, just in case you haven't noticed, many retailers have slyly positioned red and green hued items on prominent shelves, subliminal hints that it's time to start compiling your annual wish list.
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Riding to the Top Celebrates 20 Years of Service
Lakes Region Weekly
Riding to the Top, a nonprofit therapeutic riding center in Windham, N.Y., that serves individuals with a wide range of disabilities, is celebrating 20 years of service this year and is kicking festivities off with the organization's sixth annual Triple B, short for Boots, Bands and Barbecue.
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Horse Rescue Report: Falling Off
My Horse Daily
How many times have you fallen off your horse? After 22 years of riding, rescue horse advocate Cate Lamm says she's lost count of how many times she's fallen. Here's Cate with a look at how she tries to learn from her mistakes: "It's never fun—the aches and pains, the second guessing. I should've gone slower. If only I'd shortened my reins a little. I knew I was a little off today. I should've done ground work."
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Are Horses 'Logical' Thinkers?
My Horse
Sometimes it's a good idea to simply sit back and ponder horses. Consider what they're thinking and feeling (do they have feelings?). Read on to hear what John Strassburger, a trainer in California and an editor at 'Horse Journal,' has to say about it. Figuring out what and how horses think, and how we talk to them, is at the core of all training we do with horses.
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