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Honor someone special with a gift to Pony Club
USPC
As we begin to think about the upcoming holiday season, it's a perfect time to start planning your gift giving. A gift to Pony Club is a perfect way to Honor a special Pony Club friend, equine partner, volunteer, graduate or member. You can make an honorary or memorial gift to the UPSC Annual Fund, or to a specific fund of your choice here. A card will be sent to the person you would like to honor on your behalf.
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Club/center packet — Early Bird winners
USPC
Congratulations to Chestnut Hill Pony Club in the Maryland Region, Cornerstone Equestrian Pony Club Riding Center in the Northwest Region and Green Spring Hounds Pony Club in the Maryland Region!

These are the winners of the club/center packet Early Bird drawing for the 2015 renewal year.

Each club/center drawn will receive a free registration to the 2015 Annual Meeting and Convention Jan. 21-25, 2015, in Arlington, Virginia. Congratulations to our winners and thank you to everyone who submitted their renewal packets early this year!

Sincerely,

Kay, Dawn and Karol
USPC Member Services Department

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Declutter the tack trunk
USPC
Sell your stuff in the Pony Club Classifieds. People who read the Pony Club Classifieds are always 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. Turn your unused tack into cash!
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'Tis the season to ShopPonyClub
USPC
Don’t forget, ShopPonyClub when you are doing your holiday shopping on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29, or Cyber Monday, Dec. 1! We are your go-to for Pony Club merchandise! There are many new products in stock from Pony Club saddle pads to long-sleeve quarter zip shirts. There is something for everyone for this holiday season! Stop by today!  
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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 webpage.

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

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USPC Annual Meeting 2015!
USPC
The Capital and Virginia Regions invite you to the 2015 Pony Club Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium, a weekend of leadership training, educational workshops and socializing. Workshops begin Friday afternoon and run until noon on Sunday. A wide variety of topics offer something of interest to everyone, whether a Pony Club member, parent, leader or horse enthusiast.

Workshop speakers for 2015 include Wendy Murdoch presenting Five Minute Fixes to Improve Your Jumping and Daniel Stewart discussing his new book Pressure Proof Your Riding and covering Rider Fitness and Focus. Lower Level Examiner Training will be offered, including Lower Level Examiner Training specific to the Dressage and Hunter Seat Equitation Tracks.

Pony Club Members also have the opportunity to participate in the Art and Research Fair. Information about both opportunities will be available on the website shortly.

Regular registration prices of Adult $140 and Youth $110 and the ability to register for meal functions will be available until Jan. 6, noon EST. Visit online registration to register, please note that you must submit and pay for your registration prior to the January 6th deadline to receive the regular registration prices.

After January 6th, late registration will still be available online at the prices of Adult $155 and Youth $125 but please note that no meal function tickets will be available during late registration and there will be a limited number of tote bags and proceedings book available for late registrants.

Questions? Contact Wayne Quarles, Activities and Events Director, Activities@ponyclub.org or Erin Woodall, Activities and Events Coordinator, Erin@ponyclub.org.

Tentative schedule Workshop information Online registration Trade Fair information Sponsorship information

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Use of funds and budgeting info for club/Region Officers
USPC
In this time of Annual Meetings and budgeting, some questions have come up with regards to earmarking funds and individual accounts. Click "Read More" to read the answers to those questions and some others that you may not have been aware of.
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Volunteer award recognition opportunities
USPC
Are you aware of how easy it is to recognize some of the great volunteers in your area? Remember those people who have gone above and beyond for your club or center this holiday season and all year long!

Click here to nominate someone for the 20+ Year Local Legend Award.

Click here to nominate someone for the Volunteer Recognition Awards.

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Tutoring Tuesday's archived
USPC
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 Power Point Presentations. You will need to register with your name and email address to view the presentation. FAQs about webinars can be found here and any questions about webinars can be sent to webinar@ponyclub.org.

The schedule for upcoming webinars is available on the website.

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Build a better bascule with Peter Pletcher
The Practical Horseman
Bascule. You’ve likely heard the term when riders are discussing a horse’s jump. But what does it mean? Picture a dolphin jumping a wave: the bascule is the round arc its body makes as it reaches the apex of its jump. Now picture a top hunter curling over a fence, his back rounded upward as he stretches his neck forward and down with his knees jerked high.
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New FEI recommendations for indoor and arena eventing
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A new set of recommendations for organizers of indoor and arena eventing competitions has been released by the FEI, which advises that such competitions should be classified at 3* level.

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US Dressage Finals at the Kentucky Horse Park
HorseChannel.com
From Nov. 6-9, top horse-and-rider teams from around the country came to the Kentucky Horse Park to compete in the U.S. Dressage Finals. The competition awards championship titles to competitors from Training Level through Grand Prix.

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Ian Millar claims 2014 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship Title
Horse-Canada.com
Ian Millar of Perth, Ontario, won the 2014 Greenhawk Canadian Show Jumping Championship, held on Nov. 8, at The Royal Horse Show in Toronto, Ontario.

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Mary King — the ultimate eventer
The Horse Magazine
Mary King is a phenomenon, seemingly ageless, she produces horse after horse and just keeps on winning the world’s biggest, toughest three day events. Mary rode in her first Badminton in 1985 at the age of 24, and finished seventh on Divers Rock. Seven years later, she won Badminton on the great King William, and she was back again to win it on Star Appeal in 2000.
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Top 4 tips for staying active with your horse this winter
Michigan State University
The cold winter season can often cause a lack of activity or involvement with your horse. Sometimes, this problem is caused by an absence of knowledge of how to keep up with your horse and maintain health and physical strength during this generally less than ideal riding season. But, keeping up with and maintaining your horse’s health is just as important during the winter as any other season.
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Joint supplements for young horses
The Practical Horseman
Can dietary supplements such as glucosamine help prevent arthritis in horses? There’s very little research to show which ingredients are helpful for horses in what quantities. But work being done at Texas A&M University suggests that glucosamine and similar supplements may be most helpful for a group of horses that seldom get them — yearlings who are still growing.
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