The Pony Club Tests / Assessor Training

In order to support the development of assessors for The Pony Club Tests, the Training Committee, in conjunction with the Centre Membership Committee have devised a three-hour workshop to give interested coaches and instructors the relevant knowledge to begin assessing at D and D+ Test levels.  There is a further workshop to train C Test assessors from 2016.

D and D+ Test Assessor Training Workshops

These workshops will last three hours, and will include the following topics:

  • The Pony Club Test Structure
  • Discussion on and demonstration of the D and D+ standards
  • Questioning technique
  • Practical observation and questioning
  • Giving appropriate feedback

Attendees will receive a written feedback to take from the workshop, with clear guidance on how to progress.  Attendees will then be encouraged to shadow more experienced assessors in Centre or Branch D and D+ Tests before assessing independently.

These workshops cost £30 per person to attend.  They will count as a CPD refresher for attendees who also coach for The Pony Club. 
You will need to take along the Test cards for E, D, D+ and C Tests, and complete the Pre-Course Work prior to attending the workshop. 
You can view Efficiency Tests on our Efficiency Tests page and download the Pre-Course Work below. 
Pre-Course Work

Workshop Dates

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1415th May 2017Rosewall Equestrian, Mills Road, Weymouth, DT3 6HABecky Davies
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C Test Assessor Training Workshops

These workshops will last three and a half hours, and will include the following topics:

  • The Pony Club Test Structure
  • Discussion on and demonstration of C standard Riding and Care
  • Timetabling
  • Questioning technique
  • Practical observation and questioning
  • Delivering appropriate feedback

Attendees will receive a written feedback to take from the workshop, with clear guidance on how to progress.  Attendees will then be encouraged to shadow more experienced assessors in Centre or Branch C Tests before assessing independently.

These workshops cost £30 per person to attend.  They will count as a CPD refresher for attendees who also coach for The Pony Club. 
You will need to take along the Test cards for E, D, D+ and C Tests, and complete the Pre-Course Work prior to attending the workshop. 
You can view Efficiency Tests on our Efficiency Tests page and download the Pre-Course Work below. 
Pre-Course Work

This workshop will be run outdoors on grass, as required for the C Test, therefore we expect the first dates to be in the Spring.  Dates will be published here as soon as they are available.

Workshop Dates

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B Test assessors are expected to attend a refresher day at least once every two years in order to remain on the list.  These days are usually organised by the Area. 

AH and A Test refresher days for assessors are organised by the Training Committee and Pony Club Office. 

Upcoming Training Dates

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All assessors must be listed on The Pony Club Coach Database and fulfill the relevant requirements for the level of responsibility they are undertaking.

E Test

An assessor can be selected from within the Branch or outside the Branch . There are no specific requirements in terms of who you should select for these tests, but obviously they should be familiar with the levels required for the test they are assessing, and the level above and below that test. It is recommended that new assessors begin with the lowest test and work their way upwards as their experience grows. If you coach at a Centre and would like to become an assessor locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some exams at the various levels that you would like to work. The E Test in Centres may be assessed in-house.

D Test

An assessor can be selected from within the Branch but preferably from outside the Branch for best practice. There are no specific requirements in terms of who you should select for these tests, but obviously they should be familiar with the levels required for the test they are assessing, and the level above and below that test. It is recommended that new assessors begin with the lowest test and work their way upwards as their experience grows. If you coach at a Centre and would like to become an assessor locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some exams at the various levels that you would like to work. For D to C Test in your Centre, please invite an assessor from your local Brancht.  From 2017, new assessors at this level will be required to have attended an Assessor Training Workshop, and it is recommended that following the workshop, they should then shadow an experienced assessor at least once, and then co-assess with an experienced assessor before assessing independently. 

D+ Test

An assessor can be selected from within the Branch but preferably from outside the Branch for best practice. There are no specific requirements in terms of who you should select for these tests, but obviously they should be familiar with the levels required for the test they are assessing, and the level above and below that test. It is recommended that new assessors begin with the lowest test and work their way upwards as their experience grows. If you coach at a Centre and would like to become an assessor locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some exams at the various levels that you would like to work. For D to C test in your Centre, please invite an assessor from your local Branch for the Members’ test.  From 2017, new assessors at this level will be required to have attended an Assessor Training Workshop, and it is recommended that following the workshop, they should then shadow an experienced assessor at least once, and then co-assess with an experienced assessor before assessing independently. 

C Test

Assessors should be more experienced but again, DCs can select whoever they feel is suitable for this. If you coach at a Centre and would like to become an assessor locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some tests at the various levels that you would like to work. For D to C test, please invite an assessor from your local Branch for the Members’ test.  From 2017, new assessors at this level will be required to have attended an Assessor Training Workshop (C and C+ Test workshops will be available by 2016), and it is recommended that following the workshop, they should then shadow an experienced assessor at least once, and then co-assess with an experienced assessor before assessing independently. 

Road Rider Test

Two assessors will be required. A riding assessor who is at least a C test assessor and an experienced driver and a road safety assessor who is a Pony Club assessor, an experienced driver and has studied The Pony Club Road Rider DVD and Junior Road Rider book

C+ Test

Two assessors are recommended; one of whom must be a B test assessor, and one must be external to the Branch (The area rep will be able to help find you a suitable person) in some cases, one assessor can be used for C+. But they must then be a B Test assessor and external to the Branch. If you coach at a Centre and would like to become an assessor locally, please contact your local Branch to get involved and to shadow some tests at the various levels that you would like to work. For C+ test at Centres, please invite assessors from your local Branch for the Members’ test, one of them must be a B test assessor, the area rep or Centre Co-ordinator will be able to help find you a suitable person.  From 2017, new assessors at this level will be required to have attended an Assessor Training Workshop (C and C+ Test workshops will be available by 2016), and it is recommended that following the workshop, they should then shadow an experienced assessor at least once, and then co-assess with an experienced assessor before assessing independently. 

B Test

The area rep will be responsible for the creation and maintenance of the panel of well-qualified experienced assessors in the area. Their names must be submitted to The Pony Club Office. assessors must be selected from this approved list. All ‘B’ assessors must attend a study day every two years if they wish to remain on the panel. New ‘B’ test assessors should probation at a minimum of two ‘B’ tests before they can be approved by the area rep and join the ‘B’ test panel.

Lungeing Test

Assessed by an AH Test assessor.

AH Test

Four assessors, taken from the AH test assessors panel will assess a maximum of eight candidates at each test. An additional AH Chief assessor may be present, sent from The Pony Club Office to ensure uniformity of the standard of assessment. New AH assessors should probation a minimum of three AH Tests before they can be approved by the Area Rep and Chief assessor and join the AH test panel.

A Test

Three assessors, taken from the A Test assessors panel, will assess a maximum of eight candidates at each test. An additional A Test panel assessor may be present, sent from The Pony Club Office to ensure uniformity of the standard of assessment.

Code of Conduct for Pony Club Assessors



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