The Frank Bierman Challenge Cup
for Excellence in Eventing
Awarded at Championships
The Bierman Challenge cup is a perpetual trophy awarded annually to the Training Level Competitor at USPC Championships who demonstrates excellence in the Cross Country phase of Eventing with a mount that is properly fit and conditioned.
The Bierman Challenge cup was donated to USPC by Frank Bierman, Director of Show Operations for the Virginia Horse Center, long time Pony Club supporter and avid fox hunter. Frank believes that the cross country phase of Eventing best demonstrates the skills of a well rounded horseman and most closely mirrors his beloved fox hunting, the activity that led to the establishment of the USPC.
The criteria for selection of the recipient is: The Training Level rider who completes the cross country course with no jumping or time penalties, coming closest to the optimal time with no signs of a stressed mount and an acceptable recovery rate as indication of the mounts overall condition. In the event of a tie, the best combined score of all three riding phases will be used, and if necessary the Formal Inspection score will be used to break a further tie.
The trophy is kept on display at the USPC headquarters with each annual recipient's name engraved on the Cup. The recipient will receive an engraved Jefferson Cup.
Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Rising Star
The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association is sponsoring the Rising Star Award for the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in the each level (Beginner Novice, Novice, Training and Preliminary) of Eventing at the Pony Club National Championships.
The award will be in the form of a trophy. Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA by July 1. Registration and Membership information may be found on the DCBOA Web site.
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American Junior Paint Horse Association/USPC Awards
The American Junior Paint Horse Association (AJPHA) is pleased to sponsor the AJPHA/USPC Awards Program for Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club activities on their registered Paint Horses. The ASHA/USPC Awards focus on activities and competitions in which Pony Club members participate with their horse as well as emphasizing Horse Management and leadership skills. To be eligible for the AJPHA/USPC Awards Program the rider must be a current Pony Club member and the horse must be registered with the American Junior Paint Horse Association. Click here for the application.
Eventing Recognition Awards
USPC Pony Club members will be recognized for their competition efforts both in USPC and USEA. USPC members will receive a certificate at the end of each year based on the criteria below. It will be the responsibility of the Pony Club member to get all the information together and send it to the National Office by November 15th each year.
Blue Ribbon Club - Completion of 1 USPC EVENTING Rally at the Beginner Novice Level or above and 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Beginner Novice Level or above.
Medallion Club - Completion of 1 USPC EVENTING Rally at the Novice Level or above and 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Novice Level or above.
Bronze Medal Club - Completion of 1 USPC EVENTING Rally at the Training Level or above and 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Training Level or above.
Silver Medal Club - Participation in one USPC EVENTING Rally (this can be in competition at any level or by being a volunteer for the rally) and completion of 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Preliminary Level or Preliminary Level 2-day event, CCN* or CCI*.
Gold Medal Club - Participation in one USPC EVENTING Rally (this can be in competition at any level or by being a volunteer for the rally) and completion of 1 USEA Horse Trial at the Intermediate or Advanced Level or an Intermediate 2-day event, CCN** or CCI** or above.
All competitions must be done during the current year. Interested Pony Club members should get their applications filled out by the appropriate individuals, and they can apply for more than one award each year. Click here for the application.
All applications must be submitted to the National Office by November 15th of each year. Any questions should be directed to the Activities Services Director, Wayne Quarles, or Activities Assistant, Erin Woodall.
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