Pony Club E-News
Mar. 3, 2015

2015 National Level Testing Schedule
New National Level Testing dates, locations, and levels are continuously being added to the 2015 schedule as the regions submit their date requests! Keep checking the Online Testing Calendar for updated testing opportunities.

Visit the National Level Testing page on the USPC website for information including Standards of Proficiency, test sheets, study materials, application information, and more.

All National Level Testing applications are now filled out and submitted online through your new USPC secure online profile.

Log in using your user name and password. Under the heading “My Stuff”, click on “Upper Level Testing.”

All test application deadlines are 12 weeks prior to the test start date.

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

Mark your calendars for Championships East and West
USPC Championships East July 22-26
USPC Championships West July 31-August 9

Tentative Educational Schedule for Championships East


D Camp information
D Camp during Championships East: This camp is designed for the Pony Club youth member (6 years old and above) up to the D-2 Level. This is an exciting opportunity to ride their mount twice a day in small group instruction and taught by experienced Upper Level Pony Club members and graduates! Besides riding they will have unmounted instruction in the barn and a chance to experience taking care of their pony while at the Virginia Horse Center. This camp will begin on Thursday afternoon and end Saturday evening so the campers can be with their families on Sunday and be able to watch the competition and awards ceremonies. Parents will pick their campers up and feed them each day during camp. Only snacks and fluids will be available in the barn area. There will be limited number of slots (20 max) for D Camp. Registration will be open May 4. More details will be in the Gold Book which will be released in March.More

USEA ICP Workshop
USPC is once again hosting a USEA Instructor Certification Program (ICP) Workshop. This year the workshop will be held July 21-23, at Virginia Horse Center, Virginia. We will have a Teaching of Dressage Workshop, both Levels I and II. Thanks to the generosity of the Brennan family, we are able to offer this workshop at no cost to USPC instructors/examiners/or upper level Pony Club members (18 and above) through the Eleanor Brennan Fund. Please read the detailed information found here. If you qualify and are interested, fill out an application and reference forms to be considered for this workshop. We will notify you if you have been accepted or not in late June after the closing date. There is no limit or cost to USPC members as auditors. You must fill out the application and release form. Please contact Connie Jehlik if you have any further questions. More

H-B Test
Local volunteers are helping to organize this special opportunity for qualified Pony Club members to take their H-B Test prior to Championships East. Test will be held at the Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center which is on the grounds of the Virginia Horse Center. Please register online via your upper level testing profile at Secureponyclub.org by choosing the H-B test on July 20-21 in the Unassigned Region category. The deadline to register for this test is April 27. Please contact Elizabeth Smith if you have any questions or problems with registering. More

Visiting Instruction Program
Are you up for an exciting adventure to a different part of the country for a few days or a week this summer? Do you love teaching younger Pony Club members and sharing your horse management and riding knowledge? Would you like to get paid for doing something you love?

Would your club, center or region like to have a well-qualified A, HA, H or B visit and instruct in a summer, weekend or vacation camp or clinic?

If so, then the Visiting Instructor program might be for you! Please click here to view the webinar and learn how you can take advantage of the unique opportunities offered by the Visiting Instruction Program.

To view the slide show separately click here.   More

Foxhunting Writing Contest
The annual Hildegard Neill Ritchie Writing contest is open to all D or C-rated Pony Club members. The winning submission will receive a $200 cash prize to be spent on foxhunting dues, hunt capping fees, Pony Club camp or anything related to these activities. Second place will receive $100; third place, $50. The winning entries will be published in USPC News and in The Chronicle of the Horse. The contest award is from a memorial fund established by friends of Ritchie, who was a long-time Pony Club supporter and volunteer. She founded the Colorado Springs Pony Club in 1958 and was its District Commissioner for 30 years. She was Regional Supervisor of the Colorado (now Rocky Mountain) region for 12 years and hosted regional Pony Club camps on her ranch for 20 plus years. She served several terms as a USPC Governor and received the USPC Founders Award in 1989.More

Rolex Kentucky 3-Day Event tickets
Once again, USPC is pleased to announce that the Rolex Kentucky organizing group, Equestrian Events Inc., has donated two three-day general admission passes for this year's Rolex competition to each USPC Region that requests them. These general admission tickets do not include grandstand seating. To claim these tickets for your region, contact Wayne Quarles by March 15 with your request plus a request for any additional tickets your region may desire. More

Deadline approaching for The Live Oak Hounds Challenge
The Live Oak Hounds Challenge is a way to encourage clubs and their members to become involved in the sport of foxhunting. Clubs who get the most members who have not hunted before — or have hunted on a limited basis — to participate in three or more hunts during the season are awarded cash prizes. Click here to access full details on the challenge. The award period will run June 1 through April 9, and the winners will be announced by May 1. Certificates must be postmarked by April 10.More

2015 Pony Finals Team
August 3-9, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky at the Kentucky Horse Park
USPC has been designated by USEF as its own zone and has the opportunity every year to send a team to compete at the USEF Pony Finals! USPC may take a team of the top three or four pony/rider combinations. Classes held at USEF Licensed regular (not local) competitions starting on or between June 1 and July 2. Riders must be current members in good standing of USPC with a minimum D3 rating and declare their intent to compete for USPC by March 15. Click here for more information and the declaration. More

Championships T-shirt Contest
Design the 2015 USPC Championships T-shirt and win a $100 shopping spree to www.shopponyclub.org!

The competition is called Championships, not Nationals. Both Championships East and West competitions will use the same shirt design. More

International Foxhunting Exchange : Oct. 22-31
Application must be received by April 1.

To qualify for the USPC Foxhunting International Exchange the applicant must be between 16 and 25 years of age on Jan. 1, 2015, with a minimum certification of C-3 at time of application. Applicant must be currently hunting with first (jumping) field. More

Safety committee — helmet and medical armband/ bracelet policies
Changes in USPC helmet standards (Policy 0125.A)
European-made helmets bearing the (BS) EN1384 certification marking will be phased out by January 1, 2016. This is in line with the decision The Pony Club and other British horse organizations have made concerning this standard.

USPC will accept helmets bearing the (BS) EN1384 mark to be worn through the end of 2015, but will no longer accept them in 2016. At that point the only certifications that will be accepted are the ASTM F1163 (North America), AS/NZ 3838 (Australia & New Zealand) and PAS 015 (United Kingdom).

Medical armbands/bracelets (Policy 0128)
Please click here to the FAQs about medical armbands and bracelets.   More

Remember to save the date
2016 USPC Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium Feb. 3-7, 2016 at the Doubletree Universal Orlando. See you there! More

The ins and outs of jumping in-and-out
Practical Horseman
Almost all jumper courses, from grand prix to smaller local shows, include an in-and-out, or double, question: a combination of two jumps separated by one or two strides. In-and-outs are also found in equitation classes, hunter derbies and even some hunter courses as well as in the cross-country and show-jumping phases of eventing. More

Innovative products celebrated at equestrian industry awards
Horse & Hound
From an identification tag containing emergency details to solar lighting for stables, there were “some cracking products” named as winners of this year’s innovation awards at the British Equestrian Trade Association’s annual trade fair. The 2015 awards — which celebrate new and exciting products launched in the past year — attracted a record 99 entries. More