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Pony Club to Host Festival This Year!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011   (0 Comments)
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The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

Sportsmanship – Stewardship – Leadership THROUGH Horsemanship

The Kentucky Horse Park, 4041 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington, KY 40511

859/254-7669 (PONY) Fax 859/233-4652 email: uspc@ponyclub.org

News Release

Contact: Shelley Mann

859/254-7669

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Pony Club to Host Festival This Year!

Every three years, a week long Festival is held at the beautiful and historic Kentucky Horse Park. 2011 Festival includes the USPC National Championships and additional educational opportunities for USPC members and their families. Come join the fun July 18-26!

Festival is a week-long celebration of Pony Club that brings together more than 4,000 Pony Club members from across the country. Its purpose is to provide a National Championships competition combined with a unique educational learning experience. Some outstanding clinics, both mounted and unmounted, are available during the Education portion of Festival.

The week starts with the USPC National Championships. Contestants from all across the country compete in Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping, Tetrathlon and Quiz. The second half of the week is the Education portion and is made of various clinics, workshops, lectures and camps, taught by well-known equestrian stars and professionals in all disciplines. Members will have the privilege to ride with equestrian greats such as: David O'Connor, Stephen Bradley, Allison Springer, George Williams, Reese Koffler Stanfield, Susan Harris and Bernie Traurig

Educational stations will be set up around the park during Festival with hands-on activities offered on subjects such as:


Vaulting

Bandaging

Equestrian Cross Training

How Saddles are Made

Feed by Weight

Land Conservation

Anatomy in Motion

Equine Nutrition

Trailering Safety

Lexington Mounted Police Sensory Class

Horse Rescue by Kentucky Large Animal Emergency Response Team

Safety Checks

English and Western Tack

Combined Driving

Tetrathlon

Mock Foxhunt

Veterinarian Topics

Rider Safety: Helmets and Vests


Festival Legends will be celebrated with a special party held Saturday, July 23. Recipients of the honored Festival Legends Award will be announced soon.

Pony Club is a non-profit organization that teaches horsemanship and the care of the horse to young people through the age of 25. Today, there are over 600 Pony Clubs and Centers nationwide – including clubs in Alaska and Hawaii – with over 11,000 members. Please visit http://www.ponyclub.org/ for more information or to get involved with Pony Club in your area.


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