What is Pony Club?
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.