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Festival Championships – Lexington, Ky., – July 14-18, 2014
Festival Education – Lexington, Ky., – July 19-21, 2014
Entries Close July 1, 2014
What is USPC Festival?
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.
American Saddlebred Horse Association/USPC Awards Program
The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to sponsor the ASHA/USPC Awards Program for Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club activities on their registered American saddlebred or half-saddlebred horse. The ASHA/USPC Awards focus on activities and competitions in which Pony Club members participate with their horse as well as emphasizing horse management and leadership skills. Pony Club members can earn points by riding in lessons, clinics and preps or by competing in regional and/or national rallies or achieving a regional or national rating level. To be eligible for the ASHA/USPC Awards Program the rider must be a current Pony Club member and the horse must be registered with the American Saddlebred Horse Association. Click here and look under "A" for more information and the application.
Annual Meeting and Equine Educational Symposium
WHO: All Youth Members, All Horsemasters, All Parents, All Volunteers, All Leaders
WHAT: Education, Training, Friends and Fun!
Thursday & Friday - Leadership Training
Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - Equine Educational Symposium
Saturday - Meeting of the Corporation and Banquet
WHY: The Annual Meeting in coming West! Join us and find out just what the National
Organization can do for you.
Outgrown Your Beloved Pony?
Pass him on to an eager student with the Pony Club Classifieds. Pony Club Classifieds deliver an audience that is 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. Let someone new enjoy your pony as much as you have!
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Shop Pony Club
Just in time for the holidays, we have brand new USPC merchandise available. For a preview, click here.
Nominate Coaches for Double-Goal Coach Awards
At the 2014 Annual Meeting and Equine Symposium, Pony Club will be continuing a partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance by hosting a PCA workshop once again for all RSs, DCs, and CAs. This partnership extends beyond the workshop which is great news because they have many year-round programs of interest to others in Pony Club. Here is an award for which Pony Club instructors/coaches may be eligible. Please take a look and if you know someone who qualifies, please nominate them. You just might help your favorite Pony Club instructor win a cash prize!!
International Exchange Games Team 2014
The Games and International Exchange Committees are pleased to announce the names selected for the 2014 Games International Team that will travel to the U.K. to compete Aug. 2 – 17.
International Games Team: Grace Butler (Midsouth), Emily Hruda (Maryland), Coltin McBain (Capital), Courtney Swartz (Maryland, and last year's alternate), and Riese Wismer (Midwest).
1st and 2nd Alternates: Emily Beckwith (South), Eliza McBain (Capital)
The coach will be Ashley Desjardines and the chaperone will be Jennie Stone.
International Tetrathlon Exchange
Forms and information are now online for 2014 here.
Hurry and complete your application, the deadline is Feb. 1, 2014 and we want to see you down under mate!
Pain Management for Horses with Laminitis: Where Are We Now?
When an owner makes the difficult decision to euthanize a horse with laminitis, it's often because the horse is simply in too much pain to justify prolonging treatment. For this reason, researchers are continually trying to come up with improved analgesic (pain relief) methods.
Giving Horses a 2nd Chance to be Amazing Again
The number of starving and neglected horses in the United States is rising, often due to overpopulation. Many of them end up at slaughterhouses, where horse meat is then shipped off to countries where it's seen as a delicacy. But at Pure Thoughts Horse Rescue in Loxahatchee, Fla., they not only try to save these beautiful animals from abuse, but they also try to give them a second chance.
Caring for Horses Through Life and Death
Medical advances and an ever-increasing knowledge base about health and disease over the last century have resulted in longer lives for humans and animals. There is no question that these advances have saved lives, but not all applications have been desirable.
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