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PonyPrep Celebrates in Style!

PonyPrep, the E-learning site from The Pony Club, has enjoyed incredible success in its first year, and is celebrating its anniversary by launching fantastic new features.

Launched at Olympia Horse Show in 2010, PonyPrep enjoyed over 1000 users signing up in the initial 48 hours live; it reached its one millionth page view in October, has delivered over 13,000 hours of learning development and currently has over 14,000 active users. The site was shortlisted for both ‘Best Learning Game of the Year’ and ‘Best E-learning Project Securing Widespread Adoption’ at the 2011 E.Learning Age awards.

Initially based around The Pony Club’s C and C+ Efficiency Tests, the site now also boasts content for D and D+ level, using videos, quizzes and interactions. As part of the anniversary celebrations several social features are being introduced, including ‘Club House’, an area for Members featuring news, blogs, photos and competitions to enter.

Education about the commitment of owning a pony also features, as users can collect virtual ‘PonyPounds’ through learning, allowing them to take part in virtual gymkhana games which also have a learning aspect. “These new features will help us educate both young people and their parents further” comments Judy Edwards, Chief Executive of The Pony Club. “PonyPrep has proved particularly beneficial for helping non-horsey parents with their equestrian care knowledge”.

A link up with Pony Club sponsor, The Blue Cross, enables users with enough PonyPounds to have a virtual Blue Cross companion pony visit their stables, educating them about the importance of companionship, and the vital re-homing work the leading animal charity does.

Kerry Taylor, Education Officer at The Blue Cross said: “Education should be engaging and fun and PonyPrep is one of the most exciting ways for young horse owners and riders to learn. We are thrilled that PonyPrep users can spend their PonyPounds to find out more about our rehabilitation and rehoming work, and perhaps even consider giving a loving home to a Blue Cross horse or pony.”

The new features will be rolled out on www.PonyPrep.org from midday on December 15th 2011.



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