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Pony Club is a volunteer-based organization
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From parents and local leaders, to regional officers, to the Board of Governors — volunteers make Pony Club happen. The USPC Board makes decisions based on the work and recommendations of established Committees. It is our Committees that make the many National opportunities happen for our members, such as Championships in all disciplines, Visiting Instructors, International Exchanges, National Youth Congress, and much more. We need YOUR help in keeping our Committees strong and active in serving the needs of our members. Committee descriptions and duties can be found in the corresponding National Policy.

To see a list of National Committees and to share your interest in serving, please visit this link: http://www.ponyclub.org/?page=ComInterest.
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Need to declutter the tack trunk?
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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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Instruction News
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New in 2015, the USPC will be hosting a USEA Instructors Certification Program (ICP). Location has not yet been determined but most likely will be during the summer months. Be on the lookout for more information in the near future!

All H-B and up members, have you been working on your Barn Plan to submit to the National Mall Trust at the Annual Meeting? It's not too late; check out this Webinar that was recorded in October for more information.

The Horse Management Handbook Rules for Rallies is being updated for the 2015 rally season along with all discipline rulebooks.

The USPC Advanced Manual of Horsemanship is to be released soon. We are very excited about the revised/updated manual for our Upper Level members. Purchase of the manual should be available in the New Year!

The Dressage Standards have been revised slightly; new ones will be released after the Board Meeting in January.

Horsemasters Test Sheets for the Traditional Track are being revised and will be available in the new year. Other Horsemasters Test Sheets and Standards for other tracks are being developed along with the revised Standards in 2015.

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National Level Retesting Procedures
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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: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.ponyclub.org/resource/resmgr/testing/2014_uspc_retest_policy_-_pd.pdf.

Next, you will need to complete your retest application by logging in to your new, personalized Upper Level Testing page!

Log in to https://secure.ponyclub.org 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: http://www.ponyclub.org/?page=NationalLevelTesting.

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

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Imagine a better ride
Equus
It's true that no one learns to ride by standing around. But standing around imagining a ride is a little different. Nearly three decades of research prove that mental imagery raises confidence, improves focus, encourages consistency and aids motivation in a wide variety of sports. By strengthening neural networks in the brain, imagery also reinforces physical skill.
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What to do with a horse that can't be ridden
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There's an old adage among longtime horse owners: Eventually all horses go lame. Fortunately, most lamenesses are short-lived, and the horse recovers. But what are your options when your horse becomes permanently unsound? Whether a chronic condition has advanced to a severe disability, or your horse suffers a catastrophic injury, a lame yet otherwise healthy horse presents a heartbreaking dilemma.
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Equine dental technicians: What they can and can't do
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Are you confused about what treatment an equine dental technician can perform in your horse's mouth? Owners are not alone, as a recent poll of British Equestrian Veterinary Association members showed that more than half were unclear on what EDTs are permitted to do.
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Jessica Mendoza teaches jumping in young riders Grand Prix
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Netherlands-based British young rider Jessica Mendoza taught her competitors how to ride at Jumping de Achterhoek. She took an impressive win in the Young Riders Grand Prix by achieving the only clear jump off round and being remarkably fast as well.
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