What is Pony Club?
History of United States Pony Club (USPC)
U.S. Pony Clubs started in 1954 to teach the English style of riding and the proper care of horses. It is an offshoot of the British Pony Club, which was created in 1929 as a junior branch of the Institute of the Horse. Since then, Pony Club has expanded to many countries around the world. The main purpose is to promote sportsmanship, stewardship and leadership through horsemanship.
In the last decade, U.S. Pony Clubs has made a consorted effort to strengthen its program to meet the needs of today’s horse involved youth. This has included, raising the age of graduation from 21 to 25, offering Pony Club through an established riding lesson business, expanding certifications to include the disciplines of Dressage and Show Jumping, bringing in Western disciplines, and including land conservation in the Standards of Proficiency. Please join us as we continue our mission of developing character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in our youth, thereby developing strong leaders for tomorrow.
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. About USPC Riding Centers
Our Core Values:
- Horsemanship with respect to health care, nutrition, stable management, handling and riding a mount safely, correctly and with confidence
- Organized teamwork including cooperation, communication, responsibility, leadership, mentoring, teaching and fostering a supportive yet competitive environment
- Respect for the horse and self through horsemanship; for land through land conservation; and for others through service and teamwork
- Service by providing an opportunity for members, parents, and others to support the Pony Club program locally, regionally and nationally through volunteerism
- Education at an individual pace to achieve personal goals and expand knowledge through teaching others