Pony Club E-News
Apr. 21, 2015

Plus One Membership Challenge Leaderboard
USPC is asking clubs and centers to increase their overall membership numbers by one member per year in both 2015 and 2016. The USPC Plus One Membership Challenge is underway and so far, 133 clubs and centers have met the challenge. Will yours be next?

As of March 31, 2015, the leaders in this challenge are:

#1 Saddle Up Pony Club from the Deep South Region
#2 Cypress Springs Pony Club from the Sunshine Region
#3 Elkridge-Harford Pony Club from the Maryland Region
To view the rest of the leaderboard and to find out how to grow your club or center read more… More

Join us for 2015 Championships East and West!
Got USPC Championships on the brain? Did you know that there will be TWO championships this year? Members are invited to participate in either competition and can actually compete in BOTH. Be sure to check out the Gold Books for tentative schedules and entry procedures. Read more to find the educational opportunities offered at Championships East this year.

Championships East
July 22-26
Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, Virginia.

Championships West
July 31-Aug. 9
Woodside Horse Park, Woodside, California. 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. For full details, read more. More

Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association
Ride a draft cross? Interested in competing at championships? Here is an award especially for you! The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association is sponsoring the Rising Star Award. This award will be presented to the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in dressage, western dressage, eventing, show jumping, polocrosse or tetrathlon at USPC Championships East and West 2015, and will be recognized by DCBOA in the form of a trophy. Horses and riders must both be registered with the DCBOA. Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1, 2015. Click read more for registration and membership information as well as the award application. More

Championships 2015: How to be the beasts of the east in horse management webinar
Sponsored by Merck Animal Health, May 19th, at 8pm Eastern Time
Planning to make the journey to the Virginia Horse Center for Championships East this summer? Not sure what to pack to ensure that your horse and teammates will comfortable and organized in your Blue Ridge mountain retreat? Join Chief Horse Management Judge Yvette Seger for Tutoring Tuesday on May 19 to learn tips and tricks that will make setting up your stall and tack room relatively stress-free and set your team up for a successful championships experience!

About the Presenter Yvette Seger
While Yvette may be best known for her role as a Chief Horse Management Judge and her crazy socks, she serves Pony Club through several roles including member of the Eventing Committee, Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and as a member of the Board of Governors. In addition, Yvette is a Horsemasters member of the Wakefield Valley Pony Club and participated in several rallies including Championships East in 2013 and Festival 2014. When she’s not at a rally, attending a BOG meeting, or burning up the phone lines on a USPC teleconference, Yvette can be found competing her 14 hand “Super Pony” Finders Keepers or doting on her long-time (and now retired) eventing partner, Roger Rabbit. Yvette is a Graduate HA of Lake Shore Pony Club and was inducted into the USPC Academy of Achievement in 2012.

To join this webinar please register with your name and email address. As always these webinars will be recorded and posted here for viewing at a later date.

FAQs about webinars can be found here and any questions about webinars can be sent to webinar@ponyclub.org. More

The USPC Founders Award
Each year, the Advisory Committee selects and presents to the USPC Board of Governors a nominee, or nominees, to receive the Founders Award.

Persons eligible to receive this prestigious award must be living individuals who have been active volunteers in Pony Club for at least 20 years and who have served on the National level, either as a member of a National Committee or on the Board of Governors. Ideally, such a person should also have made a significant contribution to Pony Club in his or her Region or local Registered Club. The names of prior recipients of the Founders Award can be found in the USPC Directory.

If you wish to nominate someone who meets these high standards, and has not yet received the award, click read more for the application. The committee would like nomination forms in by July 1. More

20-plus Year Local Legend Award
Established by the USPC Board of Governors in May 2010, this 20-plus Year Local Legend Award is intended to honor those who have faithfully served their local club, center and/or region for at least 20 years. Recipient will be recognized in an upcoming issue of Pony Club News (space permitting), following receipt of complete form. This form must be completed by a DC, JtDC, CA, ACA, RS or VRS and submitted along with $10 to USPC.

This is a wonderful opportunity to thank those hard working volunteers in your area that support the clubs and region in so many ways. Click read more to the application and there is no deadline. This is a wonderful thank you/appreciation that is available all year long! More

Revised Dressage Standards and Test Sheets
Dressage Standards and Test Sheets, D-2 through A have been updated on the Pony Club website and the National Level Show Jumping Standards and Test Sheets, C-3 through A.More

Food is an important part of everyone’s day. What better way to show your Pony Club pride than to have a cool lunch box that is functional and cute too?

This fully insulated, lunch box has a waterproof main compartment, an easy loading u-zip top with durable Polar read, and a zippered front pocket. The inside can hold up to 9 soda cans at once plus ice.

No rally tack room is complete without snacks! More