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The Pony Club UK Coaching Certificate in Generic Riding

The UK Coaching Certificate provides a recognised stamp of quality coaching across all sport and across the UK. The Pony Club offers Levels 1,2 and 3 of the Generic Riding qualification which is accredited by our awarding body 1st 4 Sport. 
It has helped to raise the profile of equestrian coaching by establishing best practise coaching standards.  We now have a nationally recognised framework of qualifications for coach education developed by the UK’s most successful sports.

How does the UKCC benefit me?  

UKCC makes it easier to identify the right coach for the right job from recreational enjoyment of equestrian sports to winning performance at the Olympics. 

The benefits UKCC can bring to you as an equestrian coach include:-

  • Effective, up to date ‘athlete-centred’ coaching skills.
  • A clearer pathway of opportunities for your personal and career development.
  • Access to best practice coaching standards and new coaching ideas developed across the UK by top sports coaches.
  • A greater understanding of high-quality world class coaching.
  • Access to expert advice and support on all aspects of coaching.
  • The satisfaction of helping your riders to achieve their goals
  • Encouragement to be the best coach that you can be.

What is the difference between each level?

The Pony Club currently offers the UKCC Generic Equestrian qualification at Levels 1, 2 and 3.

    Level 1 The role of the Level 1 coach is to assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision

    Level 2 The role of the Level 2 coach is to prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions. The technical equestrian knowledge required is around B Test level, and this coach will be able to plan a short series of linked lessons, e.g. for Camp or similar.  Candidates for level 2 courses must be able to demonstrate previous coaching experience.

    Level 3 The role of the Level 3 coach is to plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes This coach has a technical knowledge at around A Test level. This coach could also “mentor” Level 2 coaches who needed support.

    Level 4 UKCC Level 4 coaches will be visionary and knowledgeable decision makers who display exceptional skills, behaviours and the highest professional and ethical standards. They will advance their own and others’ development; lead cutting-edge programmes, or a specialist part of a programme; and make a positive impact on sport performance and behaviour.

If you would like to register for any of the listed courses below please Click here here to down load the candidate registration form and return to Katie Attenborrow on katie@pcuk.org.
Full course payment is required upon registration.

Course 1002 To be held at Birr House Equestrian Centre, Whinney Hill, Dundonald, Belfast BT16 1UA
Day 1 - Wednesday 12th Sept 2018
Day 2 - Wednesday 24th October 2018
Day 3 - Wednesday 21th Nov 2018
Assessment - Thursday 17th Jan 2019

Contact -  Debbie Osborough for more details.

Course 1003 To be held at Cobham Manor Riding Centre, Water Lane, Bearsted, Kent, ME14 3LU

Day 1 – 16th July 2018
Day 2 – 17th July 2018
Day 3 – 13th August 2018

Assessment and Day 4 – 10th September 2018

Course PC 153Barstobrick Equestrian & Indoor Recreation Centre, Castle Douglas DG7 2AG

Dat 1 - Friday 7th September
Day 2 - Friday 5th October
Day 3 - Wednesday 7th November

Assessment Day 4 - January 2019

Course PC 154Hayfield EC, Aberdeen

Day 1 - Friday 28th September 2018
Day 2 - Tuesday 30th October 2018
Day 3 - Tuesday 4th December 2018

Assessment Day 4 - Last week in January 2019

Course 1004 To be held at Priory Farm Long Barn, Bradley, Stafford ST18 9ED

Day 1 - Wednesday 15th August
Day 2 - Thursday 16th August
Day 3 - Thursday 13th September

Assessment Day 4 - Thursday 11th October

Course PC 155 Muirmill, Symington, Kilmarnock KA1 5SH

Day 1 - Tuesday 26th March 2019
Day 2 - Tuesday 16th April 2019
Day 3 - Tuesday 21st May 2019

Assessment tbc June 2019



To register you please complete the UKCC Application Form which is above.

Course 228 to be held at Hayfield Equestrian Centre, Hazlehead Park,Aberdeen, AB15 8BB
Day 1 - Thursday 19th April 2018
Day 2 - Friday 20th April 2018
Day 3 - Friday 29th June 2018
Day 4 - Wednesday 15th August 2018
Day 5 -  Thursday 27th September 2018
Assessment -  early October but date tbc
Contact - Lea Allen for more details.

Course 2002 to be held at Wittering Grange, Wansford, Peterborough, PE8 6NR
Day 1 - Wednesday 25th July 2018
Day 2 -Wednesday 15th August 2018
Day 3 - Wednesday 12th September 2018
Day 4 - Wednesday 10th October 2018

All running from 2pm - 8pm

Assessment days Wednesdays 17th and 24th October from 10am

Contact - Linda Pearce for more details.

Course 236 To be held at Pathead EC, Kirriemuir,  DD8 5BY

Day 1 - 24th September
Day 2 - 25th September
Day 3 - 29th October
Day 4 - 3rd December
Day 5 - 15th January 2019
Assessment - 29th January 2019

Contact - Lea Allen for more details.

Course 2004 To be held at Birr House Equestrian Centre, Whinney Hill, Dundonald, Belfast BT16 1UA

Day 1 - Monday 10th Sept 2018
Day 2 - Tuesday 11th Sept 2018
Day 3 - Tuesday 23th Oct 2018
Day 4 - Tuesday 20th Nov 2018
Day 5 - Wednesday 16th Jan 2019
Day 6 - Thursday 17th Jan 2019

Contact -  Debbie Osborough for more details.

Course 2005 To be held at: Myerscough College,St Michael’s Road, Bilsborrow, Preston, PR3 0RY

Day 1 - Thursday 25th Oct 2018 (1pm onwards)
Day 2 - Wednesday 28th Nov 2018 (2pm onwards )
Day 3 - Tuesday 18th Dec 2018 (1pm onwards)
Day 4 - Wednesday 30th Jan 2019 (1pm onwards)

Day 5 - Assessment TBC
Day 6 - Assessment TBC

Contact - Pam Prickett for more details.

Course 237 Barstobrick Equestrian & Indoor Recreation Centre, Castle Douglas DG7 2AG

Day 1 - Wednesday 5th September
Day 2 - Thursday 6th September
Day 3 - Thursday 4th October
Day 4 - Thursday 6th November

Day 5 & 6 Assessment - January 2019

Course PC PC 238 Muirmill, Symington, Kilmarnock KA1 5SH

Day 1 - Monday 25th February
Day 2 - Tuesday 26th February
Day 3 - Monday 25th March
Day 4 - Monday 15th April

Monday 20th May
Assessment - tbc June

To register you please complete the UKCC Application Form which is above.

UKCC Level 3

This course is aimed at experienced knowledgeable Pony Club coaches,  who wish to update their skills, with emphasis on better communication,  better understanding of riders’  needs, and how they learn best. There are also sessions on rider nutrition, fitness and sport psychology.

The course is run over 8 days, divided into four 2 day sessions, with classroom sessions in the mornings and coaching practice in the afternoons. All this is with very experienced tutors, with input from excellent top class coaches from the 3 major disciplines, who will pass on their wealth of knowledge.

On completion of the training days, there will be an assessment day, where the candidate will deliver 2 sessions in front of experienced Assessors.  When the candidate is found competent, they will then be added to the Visiting Coach list for The Pony Club, asked to be Mentors at the Pony Club Championships, and expected to travel to different areas to put their new inspirational ideas and knowledge into practice, and in turn raise the standard of riding throughout The Pony Club in the UK.

Please contact The Training team for further details on 02476 698 300


If you would like to register for any of the listed courses below please Click here to download the candidate registration form and return to Katie Attenborrow on katie@pcuk.org.
Full course payment is required upon registration.

2018 Level 3 course dates

Day 1- Wednesday 19th September
Day 2- Thursday 20th September

Day 3- 13th November
Day 4- 14th November

Day 5- 12th March
Day 6- 13th March

Day 7- 14th May
Day 8- 15th May

Assessment day- September TBC

Venue TBC


Cost of Training£500£650tbc
Cost of Assessment£150£300tbc

Need more help? - Contact your UKCC Regional Advisor:

Scotland (Area 1 & 19) Pink: Lea Allen leaarea1@hotmail.co.uk 07801 278785
North East (Area 2, 3 & 6) Light Blue: Shelley Wilson shellw100@yahoo.co.uk 07921705174
North West (Area 4 &5)  Dark Blue: Hilary Wakefield hilaryjw54@gmail.com07976 233695
Eastern (Area 6, 8 & 11) Yellow: Linda Pearce lindajeanpearce@gmail.com 07970 542011
Central (Area 7, 9 &12) Orange: Antonia Moller antoniamoller@yahoo.co.uk 07956 102545
Wales (18 &10) Light Pink: Hollie Cartwright little_miss_shinee@hotmail.com077070 75285
Northern Ireland (Area 17) Green: Debbie Osborough debbieosborough@aol.com 07719 606735
South West (Area 14, 15, 16) Purple: Anne Bolton anne.bolton18@gmail.com 07891081891

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If you are applying for a course in Scotland please see the following link for the application procedure

Horse Scotland Candidate Procedure Guide

Cancellation Policy 2018

Level 1 Registration and Certification requirements
Level 2 Registration and Certification requirements
Level 3 Registration and Certification requirements



Please send all completed forms to Katie Attenborrow on katie@pcuk.org followed by full payment for the course.


Looking for funding to help with the cost of your coaching course?
The Funding Opportunities for Coaching Guide provides details about funding available to support coaches and coaching across England.  Produced by sports coach UK in partnership with the England Coaching Network the Guide is an interactive PDF that provides information on funding available in England to support coaching.  View it here: www.sportscoachuk.org/resource/funding-coaching-guide

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