Joining the Pony Club
Q My daughter has been riding at a local riding school for about two years and is keen to join the Pony Club, but I’m not sure what it involves. What are the benefits of joining The Pony Club?
Findlay says: The Pony Club is great for making friends and improving riding skills while having fun. It is also very useful for learning stable management, practical care and theory. There are all sorts of activities: show jumping, dressage, cross-country, games, polocrosse, tetrathlon and even pony racing. The lifeblood of the pony club is through working rallies and the annual pony club camp, where children of similar age/stage are taught in groups by qualified instructors and can work towards Pony Club tests in horsemanship and horse care. The more competitive may aim for pony club teams and the chance to compete at the annual Pony Club Championships, against branches from all over the UK. There is no need to have an expensive show pony – in fact, the best pony club ponies are usually ordinary looking ponies that can do a bit of everything.
Regular pony club branches require you to own/ borrow a pony, but if you don’t have a pony, a riding school based Pony Club Centre can offer the benefits of pony club using riding school ponies.
The Pony Club is run by volunteers and so relies on parents being involved and helping out (putting up jumps, fence judging, doing teas etc), but this just adds to the fun and sense of camaraderie. Do encourage your child to join Pony Club, it is well worth it!
The Pony Club is well worth joining