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Nashville Welcomes Pony Club Annual Meeting

Thursday, December 2, 2010   (0 Comments)
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News Release

Contact:Mary Robertson Pierson



The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.


LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY: Nashville, Tennessee, is the site for the 2011 Annual Meeting and Convention of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. From Wednesday, January 26th until Sunday, January 29th, 2011, an anticipated 1,000 Pony Club leaders, volunteers and youth are expected to attend the meeting for a variety of informative and exciting seminars on equestrian topics. Noted professionals from across the country will conduct workshops on subjects relating to equine activities and sports, and the popular Anatomy Room will be available for hands-on study. Younger Pony Club members will spend time in Pony Club Paddock. Of special interest is a workshop on "Return to Play” guidelines presented by Mike Pilato, a National Athletic Trainers Association certified athletic trainer and medical researcher with 18 years experience keeping all levels of athletes healthy and active. He is employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, Pennsylvania.

The keynote speaker will be Melanie Smith Taylor, Pony Club Graduate B, Tennessee Valley Pony Club, MidSouth Region. An Olympic Team Gold Medalist, Melanie Smith Taylor is an internationally recognized rider and trainer. In 1978 she won the American Grandprix Association’s Overall Rider of the Year and Lady Rider of the Year, and her mount, Val de Loire, was named the AGA Horse of the Year. That same year, she became one of only two riders to win the "Triple Crown of Show Jumping” after riding to victory in the American Invitational, the International Jumping Derby and the American Gold Cup. Other accomplishments include winning Team Gold at the Pan American Games, Individual Bronze at the 1980 Alternate Olympics and Champion and Reserve Champion at World Cup Finals.

Also available on site at the Annual Meeting will be the USPC Bookstore and an impressive trade fair of equestrian products. The Sheraton Music City Hotel will host the ­meeting. Media representatives are encouraged to attend. For information on the Annual Meeting, contact www.ponyclub.org (click on Annual Meeting) or call Wayne Quarles, USPC Activities Director, at 859/254-7669.

Pony Club is a non-profit organization that teaches horsemanship and the care of the horse to young people through the age of 25. Pony Club is a worldwide educational organization that originated in Great Britain in 1928. Pony Clu was founded as a non-profit national youth horsemanship organization in February, 1954. Today, there are over 600 Pony Clubs and Centers nationwide – including clubs in Alaska and Hawaii – with over 11,000 members.


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