What is Pony Club?
Winter Rose Pony Club is a youth equestrian club located in north Scottsdale, Arizona. Our goal is to develop character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports. We are part of the Southwest Region and ultimately part the the U.S. Pony Club. Meetings are held bi-weekly at Winter Rose Equestrian Center. This club and all Pony Clubs are run by volunteers. Not only does volunteering keep our club running but it is a great way for parents to learn. Our Pony Club offers programs in dressage, show jumping, mounted games, and quiz. During “unmounted”meetings, members learn about feeding, shoeing, veterinary care, and other areas of horse management. Mounted meetings are provided by our instructors; under adult supervision, the more experienced Pony Club members instruct and assist younger members. View our Pony Club Badge Program and Lesson Plan
Why Should I Join?
1.) To expand you knowledge of horsemanship.
2.) To challenge yourself physically, intellectually and emotionally.
3.) To learn how to care for your pony?s health and happiness.
4.) To share your passion of horses with other kids who want to share theirs.
5.) To participate in friendly competitions that will encourage your success.
6.) To make new friends who will inspire you and push you towards personal goals as well as group goals.
7.) To become a better communication not only with horses but people, too.
8.) To have a GREAT time!
What do Pony Club members do? Pony Clubbers can look forward to:
- Bi-weekly Pony Club meetings
- Group competitions, (mounted and unmounted,) such as Rallies and Quiz
What are Ratings?
They are an evaluation of members to encourage them to constantly try to become outstanding horsemen/women.
- “D” Ratings are an introduction to the enjoyment and challenge of riding, while establishing a foundation of personal safety and knowledge of the daily care of the pony and tack.D1- D3 members learn to ride independently, with control, while keeping a balanced seat at the walk, trot and canter, as well as over low fences.
- Ratings advance to “C”, “B” and “A” as your knowledge and skill grow.
Rallies- Fun events with different riding disciplines to compete in with other clubs to evaluate yourselves, your team and make new friends.
Quiz- A competition with teams of four to put your knowledge of horsemanship.
History of USPC
USPC is a non- profit organization that was formed in Feb. of 1954. The founders were enthusiastic fox hunters who recognized the need for providing sound instruction to youngsters who have horses about safety on and off the horse, proper riding skills and how to take proper care of their horses. This was especially important to those who could not afford lessons. The format has changed over the years with more students who do not own their own horse and are taking lesson at riding facilities. Pony Club standards are not taught in many riding facilities, which is why PC Centers are important.
Please call Hannah Brisso at 602-579-3424, or email her at Hlbrisso@yahoo.com
All USPC forms can be found here