WHAT IS PONY CLUB?
We are Pony Club! (featuring our very own Carolyn)
The US Pony Club (USPC) provides opportunities for instruction and competition in English riding, horse sports, and horse management for children and young adults up to 25 years of age. The Millbrook Pony Club (MPC) is made up of members of different ages, ratings, interests and abilities from Dutchess County, NY and the surrounding areas.
USPC is unique because its educational programs place equal emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse-care fundamentals, and team participation with sportsmanship. From the moment youth join USPC until they graduate, they are part of a broad network of activities and educational programs that promote the health and safety of both horse and rider. USPC is dedicated to developing knowledgeable, competent, responsible, and caring horsemen.
PONY CLUB MOTTO:
A HAPPY CHILD ON A HAPPY HORSE!
Pony Club is one of the leading junior equestrian organizations in the world, represented throughout 30 countries! The United States Pony Club (USPC) has over 600 individual clubs spread throughout all 50 states and the Virgin Islands, with more than 10,000 members. The United States Pony Club was established in 1954 by a group who wanted a structured program to not only teach their children sound riding skills, but also how to care properly for their mount.
Established in 1954, Millbrook Pony Club is one of the original members of the United States Pony Club.
The club is part of the New York/Upper Connecticut Region Pony Club.
A concern for safety is an important part of the foundation of USPC. Ours was the first equine organization to require its members to wear safety helmets. Our guiding beliefs regarding safety reach into every aspect of the organization. Volunteers and staff make safety a priority.
Millbrook Pony Club (MPC) is one of USPC’s 600 local not-for-profit 501(c)3 clubs. Each club is a member of a regional organization. We are affiliated with the New York/Upper Connecticut Region, which has 16 clubs. Funds to support Millbrook’s activities and educational programs are raised through modest membership dues, charitable contributions and the fundraising activities of club members and their parents/guardians.
Our club is made up of members who reside in Dutchess County and surrounding counties. All individuals who join Millbrook Pony Club must be a minimum of 7 years of age at the time they apply for membership. Members range from 7-25 years of age.
As a member club, we subscribe to the Mission Statement and Guiding Beliefs of the USPC. Membership in Pony Club requires a strong personal and time commitment from our members and their parents/guardians. We encourage those interested in Pony Club to read the USPC Mission and Guiding Beliefs below and to review our website to be sure Pony Club is right for you!
The mission of the United States Pony Clubs is to provide a program for youth that teaches riding, mounted sports, and the care of horses and ponies, thereby developing responsibility, moral judgment, leadership, and self-confidence.
USPC is an educational organization which progressively develops the well-rounded horse-person.
· The well-rounded horse-person is capable of riding safely and tactfully on the flat, over fences, and in the open. Knowledgeable care of horses and ponies (horse management) is basic to the well-rounded horse-person.
· USPC is committed to the well-being of the horse.
· Fair and friendly competitions develop teamwork and sportsmanship.
· Fun and friendship are part of Pony Club.
· USPC requires parental and volunteer involvement and support. The USPC is committed to safety.
· The local Club is the core of USPC.
Millbrook has a very active instructional program! Each month throughout our season we provide both mounted and unmounted instruction. Our instructors come from a diverse pool of professional clinicians, veterinarians, farriers, upper level and “graduate” pony clubbers and others.
The New York/Upper Connecticut Region also schedules clinics and camps, such as Horse Management Seminars, Standards and Ratings Clinics, Rating Preps, Summer Prep Camp, etc. These activities are open to all pony clubbers.
Another wonderful part of being a Pony Club member is participating in competitive rallies. Pony Club rallies provide an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in an atmosphere of cooperation, fun and teamwork. A rally allows Pony Club members to test their skills against others. In addition, rallies are educational experiences that expose participants to new ideas and ways of doing things. At these rallies, participants who meet age and rating requirements for their chosen discipline can also vie for the honor of representing the Carolina Region at the national competition.
National Championships sponsored by the United State Pony Club (USPC) brings together Pony Club members from all over the US to compete in Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping, Mounted Games, Tetrathlon, Polocrosse and Quiz.
The USPC has Standards of Proficiency and all members are rated according to their individual competencies. New members join as Unrated Members (UR). Through the rating process members can demonstrate their skills/knowledge as they progress through various skills levels (ratings) D1-A.
Fun and Games:
Millbrook provides plenty of opportunity for fun as well. Our badge program helps our youngest members get started on horse management. Games and polocrosse are team