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The Pony Club’s first UKCC Level 3 course begins this week at Swallowfield Equestrian Centre, Lapworth, Warwickshire. We are still short of a few demo riders on both Thursday (26th) and Friday (27th) this week. Coaching practice is an essential part of the considerable amount of work required to achieve this qualification and so good riders to work with are also very important! The coaches on the course are already experienced and qualified but are looking to further their skills.
Demo riders working at PC Intermediate level (approximately BD Novice & jumping at 1 metre) or above are invited to come along and ride for one or two 40-minute sessions. They will be coached individually or in groups and there is no charge to them. They can bring more than one horse if they wish.
The course dates: 26 & 27 September 2013 (Swallowfield Equestrian, Warwickshire), 25 & 26 November 2013 (Bury Farm EC, Buckinghamshire), 13 & 14 January 2014 (Vale View EC, Leicestershire), 10 & 11 March 2014 (Solihull Riding Club, West Midlands)
Demo riders will needed on all days, so if you know anyone locally who may be interested in some additional training free of charge, please ask them to contact Jenny Yates on 02476 698305 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Pat Crann on 07788 913423 or email@example.com
One of the objectives of The Pony Club is to give instruction in riding and horsemastership and to educate Members to look after and to take proper care of horses and ponies. Pony Club instructors and coaches deliver training and support Members to help them develop their riding and horse and pony care skills.
Instructors and coaches must base their teaching on The Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship and Instructor’s Handbook in order to avoid conflicting methods. For more information, click on the Pony Club Instructors tab below.
In order to teach for The Pony Club, all Instructors must be present on the Instructor database and satisfy at least one of the following Continual Professional Development (CPD) requirements:
In addition, accredited coaches for another BEF discipline body (British Eventing, British Dressage, British Showjumping, UK Polocrosse Association etc.) may be used in The Pony Club but only for the discipline that they are accredited in.
Those instructing regularly (4 or more times in a 30 day period) must also have an enhanced disclosure check with the DBS (or a PVG scheme check if based in Scotland).
Pony Club CPD Courses are listed on the Area Instructor Courses page.
From January 2014, Pony Club Coaches and Instructors will be split into four categories according to their use and role within The Pony Club. Each category will have specific requirements as laid out below:
The requirements for each category of Pony Club Coaches / Instructors are detailed below:
Accredited coaches for another BEF Member Body (i.e. are currently listed as a coach by the Member Body and have attended CPD as required by that Body) may be used in The Pony Club but only for the discipline that they are accredited in, if the Member Body is specific to a particular sport.
* Where Supervised / Volunteer Coaches are coaching regularly (i.e. four or more times within any 30 day period) a DBS (or PVG or Access NI) check and attendance at a Safeguarding & Protecting Children workshop is required.