What is Pony Club?

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Teach­ing thor­ough horse­man­ship through pro­gres­sive lev­els of in­struc­tion in horse care, knowl­edge and rid­ing skills is the United States Pony Club’s mis­sion. The process starts at “D-1” cer­ti­fi­ca­tion—re­ferred to as a “rat­ing” in the past—and con­tin­ues to A, a rare cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of horse­m­an­age­ment know-how and/or rid­ing skills that is as hard to earn as it is highly re­garded.

Al­though it’s a great foun­da­tion for all types of rid­ing, Pony Club is of­ten most as­so­ci­ated with event­ing. An evo­lu­tion about 10 years ago saw Pony Club add ed­u­ca­tional tracks in dres­sage and many other dis­ci­plines. It also added “Rid­ing Cen­ters” that can be op­er­ated by a pro­fes­sional us­ing horses in his or her sta­ble, rather than re­quir­ing mem­bers to have their own horse or ac­cess to one. Last, but not least, it’s not about ponies! Pony Club has al­ways wel­comed mem­bers with horses or ponies.

Pony Club orig­i­nated in Eng­land, and the United States Pony Club started in 1954. To­day, there are ap­prox­i­mately 600 clubs or cen­ters. To learn more or find one (or start one!) near you, visit pony­club.org.

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