Started in 2001, the Pony Club Horsemasters membership option was developed to meet the needs of Pony Club parents and other adults to learn more about horses and ponies and ultimately become more secure in their knowledge about horsemanship and riding skills. Horsemasters is open to anyone who is not a current Participating Member, 18 years of age or older.
The Pony Club Horsemasters curriculum is based on the USPC Standards of Proficiency. These Standards of Proficiency are within the framework of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. as the educational program of instruction and evaluation of its members for certifications in three primary areas: Horse Management, On the Flat, and Over Fences. Pony Club Horsemasters members participate in the riding disciplines which include Dressage, Show Jumping, Hunt Seat, Western and Eventing.
Beginning levels (D-1, D-2 and D-3) offer an introduction to the fun and challenge of riding, establishing a foundation of safety habits and knowledge. Horse Management focuses on acquiring the skills related to care and handling of the mount along with related equipment and trailer safety. The beginning level member also learns and, can be evaluated, on their riding skills on the flat and over fences, if desired, with safety, security and basic balance as the primary focus.
The intermediate levels (C-1 and C-2) emphasize growing independence and responsibility in the care of one’s mount and tack while becoming a more competent rider. Similar to the beginning level, the intermediate levels focus on advancement and evaluation of Horse Management skills as well as development towards a secure, independent seat, increased control and confidence in all phases of riding.
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