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Pony Club Receives Grant

Wednesday, June 27, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Press Contact: Shelley Mann, Shelley@PonyClub.org

Pony Club: www.ponyclub.org, 859-254-7669

Pony Club Receives Grant for Educational Experience

June 26, 2012 (Lexington, KY) – In its largest round of grant funding to date, USA Equestrian Trust has awarded nearly $240,000 to 11 deserving equine non-profits. Among the recipients is The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. ($9,855) who proposed creating a traveling display that will serve as an interactive, educational experience for children. The goal is to generate interest in horses and ponies through hands-on fun. Pony Club has already created a wildly popular interactive display housed at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Kids Barn and a traveling display to educate youth throughout the country and at equine venues seems well past due.

"We are very excited to have received this grant from USA Equestrian Trust as our goal is to create an educational display that can travel to various equestrian venues. Our current educational display that is part of the ‘Kids Barn’ at the Kentucky Horse Park has been extremely successful and we hope that our traveling display will continue to encourage and inspire young minds about the world of equines.” Stated Connie Jehlik, Director of Instruction and Education for Pony Club.

About USA Equestrian Trust - USA Equestrian Trust is a New York Not-for-Profit Corporation whose missionis to assist in preserving and/or enhancing the quality of equestrian sport in the United States of America. Its objects and purposes are exclusively charitable, educational,and dedicated to the fostering of equestrian sports. TheTrust is a private foundation pursuant to the United States Internal Revenue Code of 1986, and aSustaining Affiliate ofUnited States Equestrian Federation(USEF), the National Governing Body for equestrian sport in the United States. To find out more about USA Equestrian Trust and its programs, or to apply for the next round of grants, visit the Trust's website at www.trusthorses.org.

About Pony Club- The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country www.ponyclub.org.

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