Minimum age 13

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Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2016


This is a Test half way between C and B. Before taking the C+ Test, candidates must have passed the C Test Certificate.

The Test may be taken as a whole or in two parts:

  • C+ Riding
  • C+ Horse and Pony Care

Riders may be required to change horses or ponies for some flat work.


  • To become an educated and practical rider.
  • To ride safely over fences at all paces.
  • To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled pony and of a pony at grass.
  • To be capable of riding a well-mannered pony out hunting and in all Pony Club activities.
  • To ride intelligently and with due regard for others on the roads and in the country, and with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups.


1. Working towards a correct, supple, balanced position on the flat and over fences.
2. Comment on the suppleness of the horse or pony you are riding.
3. Discuss the horse or pony you are riding’s response to the aids and any loss of balance.
4. Apply aids correctly for increase and decrease of pace, turns and circles.
5. Turns on the forehand from the halt.
6. Halt and salute.
7. Show free walk on a long rein or with a loose rein.
8. Show change of leg at canter through trot and talk about the balance of the horse or pony.
9. Know the aids for and show leg yielding at walk.
10. Ride with reins in one hand.
11. Ride up and down steep hills and banks.
12. Jump a variety of fences show jumping and cross country.
13. Jump up and down hill.
14. Identify which fence was jumped the best and why.
15. Jump doubles.

What you need to know: (this is likely to relate to the horse or pony you are riding)
16. Understand the reasons for the equipment the horse or pony is wearing.
17. Discuss the advantages of a correct position.
18. Name the Scales of Training.
19. Discuss whether the horse or pony is working forwards in a suitable rhythm and tempo.
20. Understand the meaning of suppleness in a horse or pony.
21. Know the sequence of legs at all paces.


Recommended reading

Pony Club Publications:

  • The Manual of Horsemanship
  • So You Want to Buy A Pony? – Carolyn Henderson
  • Caring for a Horse or Pony – Carolyn Henderson
  • A Young Person’s Guide to Eventing – Gill Watson
  • To Be A Dressage Rider - Jane Kidd
  • A Young Person’s Guide to Show Jumping - Tim Stockdale
  • Wallcharts: Poisonous Plants; Grooming; Daily Feeding Planner; First Aid for Horses; Rider Safety; Tack.

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