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The Pony Club provides instructors with a range of ideas, activities and standards that they can integrate into their lesson planning. We also offer Instructor Training and Accreditation at very reasonable cost across the country. Please check the Training/Area Instructor Courses for more information on coaching courses being run in your Area. We also run two Instructor Conferences each year for anyone to attend with prominent coaches from the equestrian world. In 2011 and 2012, Yogi Briesner took the conferences. For more details and to book your place please refer to our Training Pages.
The Efficiency and Progressive Tests and the Achievement Badges provide excellent learning opportunities for Members and demonstrate a clear record of their achievements within their favourite hobby. All our tests and badges are accompanied by certificates, flashes or felts that can be ordered from our Merchandise Department (certificates, achievement badges, felts and flashes must be ordered over the telephone with a credit card).
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This document has been published by the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health and provides some useful advice regarding legislation affecting equestrian establishments.
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The Pony Club Efficiency Tests provide the backbone for our Training Structure. The E test is the first test on the ladder and is ideal for the youngest new Member, perhaps still on the lead rein. It is an optional test but is a really good introduction. This test may be examined in-house by the Pony Club Centre.
The D, D+, C and C+ test must be assessed by an external examiner from the local Branch. Your Regional Co-ordinator may also be able to assist in recommending someone in your local area. The C+ test must be examined by two people, one of whom should be a B test examiner. The Area Rep will have details of suitable people for this.
The Progressive Tests fit in between the efficiency tests. They are designed to enable Members to gradually increase knowledge but still achieve. The Bronze awards are taken before D test, Silver before D+, Gold before the C test and finally the Platinum Progressive Tests are the step before C+.
The Achievement Badges offer an excellent way of encouraging Members to learn all about caring for ponies as well as enjoying their riding! They complement the learning required for the efficiency and progressive tests and provide the Members (and parents!) with evidence of achievement. The badges can be sewn onto the Members Pony Club sweatshirt.
A range of mini badges are available for younger Members. They currently cover 14 different subject including feeding your pony and horse clothing.
On passing 21 of the main achievement badges, a gold certificate and badge may be applied for by the Centre Proprietor or Instructor. Please contact Caroline Pole in Merchandising to order these. The certificate and badge together cost Â£1.
We now offer a mini gold badge for younger Members passing all 14 of the mini badges. Again, these cost Â£1 and can be ordered via our Merchandise Department.
We produce two Centre Newsletters each year that are posted directly to the Centre Members in Spring and Autumn. The deadlines for sending in news and results tend to coincide with the end of the Easter and Summer school holidays.
In addition to the main Instructors Resource downloads, please find below some other useful downloadable info for Centres.
A bulletin is sent to all the Centres on a regular basis. They frequently contain administration instructions, competition offers for Members and discipline specific news. They may also include any alterations to Pony Club rules so are an important source of information.
April Centre Bulletin 2013.pdf
February Centre Bulletin 2013.pdf
December Centre Bulletin 2012.pdf
October Centre Bulletin 2012.pdf
July Centre Bulletin 2012.pdf
April Centre Bulletin 2012.pdf