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An Introduction to Intercollegiate Riding Webinar: Oct. 13, 8 pm ET
In this webinar, we will provide an overview to four of the major intercollegiate equestrian organizations: the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA), the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA), the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) and the American National Riding Commission (ANRC). We will also discuss the newly evolving Intercollegiate Eventing League. Each of these organizations provides a unique opportunity for Pony Club Members to earn scholarships, recognition and further hone their horsemanship skills while in college, even if they no longer own a horse. Join us to learn answers to the most common questions about what it means to be a part of an intercollegiate equestrian team as well gain tips on how to prepare for your team try out. Be sure to join us for an Introduction to Intercollegiate Riding Webinar, October 13th at 8pm Eastern Time.

About the presenter
Christina Keim is a USPC graduate HA, current National Examiner and the coach of the University of New Hampshire's highly successful IHSA hunt seat team. She currently is the Regional President for the northern New England region of the IHSA and sits on its Board of Directors. Chris has written for several print publications on the subject of intercollegiate riding.

To join this webinar register here with your name and email address. As always webinars are recorded and posted for viewing at a later date. FAQs about webinars can be found at here and any questions about webinars can be sent to  

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What is the National USPC Youth Congress NYC?
The NYC is USPC's way of recognizing outstanding H-B through A Pony Club members and providing them with an extraordinary opportunity for growth and development through a national conference of approximately 40 youth members and up to 5 outstanding Pony Club alumni. The NYC Program takes place each year the two days prior to the USPC Annual Meeting. The Program consists of group discussions, presentations and interaction with Pony Club Alumni, networking, etc. for youth members and alumni. The NYC culminates in the Honors Banquet at which the outstanding alumni are inducted into the USPC Academy of Achievement.

The NYC provides numerous benefits for the selected Pony Club members. It rewards them for leadership in their clubs/regions by giving them opportunities to network with others who share their love of and experience with horses. It exposes them to wider experiences outside of Pony Club by introducing them to outstanding alumni from all walks of life. It gives them opportunities to develop leadership skills through participation in a national forum. All lodging (3 nights) and meals (2 days) will be provided for youth delegates for the two days of the Youth Congress. Transportation will not be provided.
Youth delegates to the NYC must be nominated by their clubs or centers and selected by their Regions based on the following criteria:

  • Be between 18-21 years old as of January 1, 2016;
  • Have attained a National Certification (H-B/C+/C-3, B, H/H-HM/H-A, A);
  • Demonstrate leadership and volunteerism;
  • Embody the qualities mentioned in the USPC Mission Statement;
  • Obey the USPC National Youth Congress Code of Conduct.
Go to the the NYC website page where you will find the link to the information for DC/CA/RS document for more detail. Applications deadline is Nov. 15, 2015. Any questions please contact Connie Jehlik, Instruction Services Director

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USPC Certifications
New Traditional (Eventing) Standards and Test Sheets will be coming out in early 2016!

Club and Center (Local Level) Test-Here are a few reminders:
  • Read and use the "Guidelines for Club/Center Level Tests" located on the USPC website
  • Order D-1 through C-2 Certificates through
  • Keep a copy of the test sheet in the club/center files and a copy/or original to the member.
  • Contact your Regions RIC (Regional Instruction Coordinator) for advice or help setting up a test and finding appropriate examiners.
  • Certificates can be handed out at the completion of the test or later depending on how the club/center wants to celebrate the success of its members.  

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National Level Testing and Retesting Reminders!
2015 National Level Testing Candidates: Please make yourself familiar with the USPC Retest Procedures. Be aware of what the options, guidelines, and rules are for each type of test, as the criteria are very specific for each one. In the event that you become eligible for a retest, please refer to this document.

The Retest Procedures can be found on the National Level Testing page of the USPC website.

If you are signed up for a National Level Test in 2015, please note that your test roster and test results are always available for viewing through your personal profile by signing in.

Please contact Elizabeth Smith, Instruction/Testing Coordinator, with any questions at

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Applications now being accepted for the 2016 International Mounted Games Team!
In 2016, Australia will host the annual International Games Competition, which rotates between the US, Canada, Great Britain and Australia. The tentative tour time frame will be October 2016. More information will be available once an actual invitation is received.

This year the Regional Supervisor may nominate as many applications as he/she has for consideration. If a region has more than one applicant, the RS may rank order his/her applicants when submitting the regional applications. This ordering shall be based on any criteria the RS wishes to apply, and shall be at the sole discretion of the RS. The nominated candidates shall not be made aware of their rank, unless the RS wishes to divulge that information.

The Selection Committee will keep all information received strictly confidential. The RS will forward their nominations to prior to the applicant submitting their application. The RS, DC/CA and other recommendation forms will be available online also.

The remainder of the application process is to be produced by the candidates. This year the application will be an online application and the riding video can be done on You Tube, so that everything is electronic. The online application may also be downloaded and mailed to the National Office. Riding videos shall show the skills as detailed in the current USPC Games Handbook and Rules for Games Competition. The same information is also available on the USPC website.

Applications are being accepted now. Please encourage any Pony Club members who wish to be on the team to work on their applications so that they may be received by the Selection Committee in a timely fashion. The deadline for receipt of applications is October 15th, 2015, with November 1st being the target to announce team selection. Applications received after October 15th, may not be accepted.

Send the written applications and You Tube links to:

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Intensive Riding Camp at Stoneleigh-Burnham School in Greenfield, MA offers a small group of advanced riders, ages 14-18, the opportunity to develop effective riding strategies for hunt seat competition in Interscholastic Equestrian Association events. Session runs June 28 – July 3, 2015. Call 413-774-2711 x256 for more information.

Shop Pony Club for back-to-school
School has started! Get the latest USPC gear to show your Pony Club pride this school year! Shop Pony Club offers great school items such as lunch boxes, notebooks, lanyards, tote bags, backpacks, polos, and jackets. All Pony Club products are chosen to be of the best quality and latest technology. Visit the Shop Pony Club website to learn more about all of these great items as well as member materials and new items added weekly!
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Tutoring Tuesday's archived!
Did you miss a Tutoring Tuesday webinar? Don’t fret! The webinars are recorded and available for viewing at 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

The schedule for upcoming webinars is available.

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Young horse training: Get it right from the get-go
Neil Davies writes: When someone has problems with an older horse, they often ask me if they can “restart” him. I’ve had a lot of people say “can’t I just go back to the beginning and start him all over again?” Sadly, the answer is no. Unfortunately, no one can erase a horse’s memory. You can’t tell any horse to forget what he’s already learned. You can’t tell him to forget about being confused or frightened.
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9 reasons riders love and hate autumn
Horse & Hound
What could be better than following hounds under a pink sky as the sun rises on a misty autumn morning, or riding across country in a landscape where everything that is still living or growing is tinged with gold?
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