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USPC International Tetrathlon Exchange 2014 Now Accepting Applications!
USPC
Team USPC 2014 will consist of four boys and four girls, one chaperone and one coach. Team members must be between the ages of 16 and 20 (as of Jan. 1, 2014), with one boy and one girl who may be over 21, who will compete in a separate competition for 21-24-year-olds.
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Shop Pony Club Today
USPC
With Annual Meeting just around the corner, Shop Pony Club is brainstorming several new items to have on-hand in Portland, Ore.! Stay tuned and see you on the west coast! To tide you over, be sure to check out the newest products on our website like the Trailer Hitch Covers and the New Pocket Logo Hoodies!
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USPC Annual Meeting 2014!
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The Oregon Region invites you to Return to the West for a fun filled weekend of leadership training, educational workshops and socializing!

A special offering for the 2014 Annual Meeting! Saturday offsite workshop tracks including the HB and Up and Horsemasters will be held at Fall Brooks Farm and will include hands on activities and live demonstrations. Busing and lunch will be provided to attendees of the offsite workshop tracks. There is no cost but per-registration is required since there is limited space. Registration for the offsite tracks will close on Dec. 22, and please designate your intent to attend.

Registration for the 2014 United States Pony Clubs Annual Meeting is now open. Please visit the Online Registration to register. Regular registration prices of Adult $140 and Youth $110 are available until Jan. 3. After Jan. 3 registrations will only be accepted onsite at the prices of Adult $155 and Youth $125. There will be a limited number of tote bags and proceedings book available for onsite registrants and there will be no Banquet Tickets available for purchase onsite.

If you have questions please contact either Wayne Quarles, activities and events director, Activities@ponyclub.org or Erin Woodall, activities and events coordinator, Erin@ponyclub.org.

Tentative Schedule Online Registration Workshop Information Sponsorship Information

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Pony Club Announces a New Award to Recognize a DC or CA for Leadership Excellence
USPC
Announcing the new Dorothy Renfro Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership

We are very pleased to announce a new recognition award for 2014 to honor one of our hardworking DCs and CAs, who will be nominated by their peers.

In celebration of the 15th year of the Dorothy Renfro Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Renfro family has generously gifted an additional award for 2014 "The Dorothy Renfro Memorial Award for Excellence in Leadership." This $1,500 cash award will go to a Club or Center whose leader is selected through your nominations. This Award is for the DC or CA who "goes above and beyond the duties of a DC or CA by using those leadership abilities to recruit and retain members, and continually inspire them through the core values of Pony Club: Horsemanship, Teamwork, Respect and Education."

For more information about the award and how you can make a nomination please click this link.

There are so many excellent DCs and CAs – please be sure to nominate yours today.

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Fast Facts on Background Check and Youth Protection, Heat Illness, Concussion Training!
USPC
• Background checks only need to be done every three years.

• Background check Results are usually back in 48 hours, however they may take up to one month!

• For Youth Protection, Heat Illness, and Concussion training, you must log on the Pony Club website as YOURSELF to receive credit for the training.

• For Heat Illness and Concussion training, the USPC website links under the Safety tab will take you to the CDC website. To insure you receive credit when you have completed the training, please return to the USPC website to take the Pony Club quizzes!

• If you require further assistance you may contact the Compliance Coordinator, Caryn Sappelli, 859-559-0667 at the Pony Club National office. We are happy to assist you in completing your requirements.

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What is USPC Festival?
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Festival is a week-long celebration of Pony Club that brings together more than 4000 Pony Club members and family members from across the country. Its purpose is to provide a National Championships competition combined with a unique educational learning experience.

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Woman Dedicates Life, Work to Miniature Horses
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A Loretto, Pa., senior was 36 years old and had seven children before she started her love affair with raising miniature horses. Genny Biter, who has lived in Loretto for some 40 years with her husband Dan on their six-acre farm, fondly looked at the enlargement of the photograph of her first horse, Teddy, on the wall of her kitchen.
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Sisters Promote the Power of Horses as a Way for People to Heal at Minnesota Farm Near La Crosse
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When breast cancer survivor Dawn Johns Swenson was in the heat of her chemotherapy treatments, she found solace in the pasture. The time she spent with her horse, a thoroughbred named Eddie, was safe, emotionally healing and stress-relieving. "Horses are empathetic and emotional," Swenson said. "There's nothing like a horse hug to make you feel better."
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Fire Crews Help Sick Horse in Rescue Mission
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The mare, Lilley, had been taken in by the Brownbread Horse Rescue in England's Ashburnham, but collapsed shortly after her arrival on Dec. 4. Because the sick horse was so weak, she was unable to get back on her feet. Worried staff at the centre called East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service for help.
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Kennewick, Wash., Girl Vows to Get Back on Horse After Traumatic Brain Injury
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Tears fill Emma McCord's eyes inside a stable on the outskirts of Kennwick as she is reminded of the limitations her traumatic brain injury has caused. The 12-year-old buries her face in her mother's armpit for a moment. She quickly reappears with a smile and begins to laugh as she remembers how lucky she really is.
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Fossils of 4.4-Million-Year-Old Horse Found
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Scientists poking around Ethiopia's fossil-rich badlands say they have discovered the first pieces of an extinct species of horse that was about the size of a small zebra and lived about 4.4 million years ago. The specimens were found in what is now an arid desert. But at the time this grass-eating horse roamed the planet, the region would have been covered in grasslands and shrubby woods — rich grounds for grazing.
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For Mustang Million Competitors, Turning Wild Horses Into Gentle Beasts Means Big Money
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A wild mustang trainer from Texas, a former champion in one of the most competitive horse events in the country, faced a new challenge this year. He had to train his daughter on how to tame and prepare a wild horse for Texas' Mustang Million competition in just 120 days, all for a chance at winning hundreds of thousands of dollars to help their family.
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Cuddly Farm Animals Brighten Lives of Special-Needs Kids
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