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There are numerous awards available through Pony Club for our members. Below is a list of the awards available by discipline. Some awards you can apply for recognition, while others are awarded based on your competitive achievements. By clicking on the link below each award description you can find out more specific information about each award.

 
Open to all disciplines
Margo Leithead Cornerstone Award for Excellence in Horse Management - This award, named in honor of Pony Club's 19th President, Margo Leithead, recognizes the Teams demonstrating excellence in Horse Management during competition in all disciplines during USPC Championships event(s). This award will be first presented in 2014 during the Championships portion of Festival.


American Saddlebred Horse Association/USPC Awards Program - The American Saddlebred Horse Association (ASHA) is pleased to sponsor the ASHA/USPC Awards Program for Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club activities on their registered American Saddlebred or Half-Saddlebred Horse. 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. Pony Club members can earn points by riding in lessons, clinics and preps or by competing in regional and/or national rallies or achieving a regional or national rating level. To be eligible for the ASHA/USPC Awards Program the rider must be a current Pony Club member and the horse must be registered with the American Saddlebred Horse Association. Click here and look under A for more information and the application.


Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America Pony Club Recognition Program - Goal: To recognize Pony Club members who participate in Pony Club riding a Cleveland Bay or a Cleveland Bay part bred/sport horse. The Cleveland Bay Horse Society of North America is pleased to announce a recognition program for Canadian and United States Pony Clubs members who participate in Pony Club on a pure or part-bred Cleveland Bay. The Cleveland Bay, an endangered breed, has long been recognized as having the heart, stamina and movement to make a winning sport horse. In addition, the Cleveland Bay is easily trainable and has a wonderful disposition that makes it the perfect mount for children. Because of the prepotency of the breed, when crossed with any other breed, the partbred can be counted on to portray the intelligence and kind disposition for which the Cleveland Bay is noted.


Eligibility:
1) Applicant must be a current member of either the Canadian or The United States Pony Clubs.
2) The horse must be at least 1/8th Cleveland Bay blood, and registry paperwork indicating Cleveland Bay ancestry.
3) The horse need not be owned by the member, but member must have written permission from owner to participate in the program.
4) Complete application form with all required documentation and a photo. Applications accepted at any time during the year. Processing applications may be delayed during holiday and end of show season.
For more information, to obtain an application, or for help getting your Cleveland Bay registered contact: Gabrielle Gordon, 76 Corral Drive North, Keller, Texas 76244 or 817-431-8775. To learn more about the Cleveland Bay Horse, breeding programs, sales, and award programs visit their Web siteor send them an email.

Dressage
USPC/USDF Dressage Recognition Awards- These awards must be applied to by the Pony Club member and are based on theirparticipation in both USPC Rallies and USDF Competitions. 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 the November 15thdeadline each year. Click here for more information about these awards.


The Dover "I Love Pony Club" pin- This special award is for Dressage competitors in the Musical Kur and Pas de Deux divisions at USPC Championships.Click here for more information about these awards.


Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Rising Star Award- The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association sponsors the Rising Star Award for the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in the each level (Training, First Level and Up) of Dressage at the Pony Club National Championships. Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA.  Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1. Click here for more information.


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 more information and the application.

Eventing
Cavalry Awards- Since 1989, the US Cavalry Association has sponsored a trophy awarded annually to highest placed individual current Pony Club member in CCI events recognized by the USEF. Click here for more information about these awards.


Eventing Recognition Awards- USPC Pony Club members will be recognized for their competition efforts both in USPC and USEA. 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. Click here for more information about these awards.


The Frank Bierman Challenge Cup for Excellence in Eventing - This Challenge Cup is awarded at USPC Eventing Championships to the Training Level Competitor 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. Click here for more information about this award.


Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Rising Star Award- The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association sponsor 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. Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA.  Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1. Click here for more information.
 
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 more information and the application.

Foxhunting
Foxhunting Certificates-USPC Pony Club members will be recognized for their knowledge of Foxhunting. The award is separated into unmounted and mounted sections. The unmounted portion can be completed individually, and is required as part of the mounted section. Applications can be submitted at any point in the year.Click here for more information about these awards.
 
MFHA Fairly Hunted Award - Awarded by the Masters of Foxhounds Association, this recognition will be given each year to any young person who hunts five times and is so acknowledged by a Master. No examination is given and no requisite skills are required - just having had the experience of participating in hunts.

Anyone under 18 who participates in foxhunts is eligible, regardless of whether he or she is a member of Pony Club. The MFHA Board of Directors will present participants with a pin, certificate, a one-year subscription to Covertside, the Magazine of Mounted Foxhunting, and their names will be mentioned in an honor roll at the annual meeting. Visit the MFHA website for more information and to find a hunt in your area.

Games
Frances E. Pitts Memorial Games Trophy- This trophy is given in memory of Frances Pitts, a member of the 1995 USPC International Games Team. It is awarded to the Games player who demonstrates excellence in horsemanship, sportsmanship, and leadership at USPC Games Championships during Festival years. A permanent trophy is on display at the USPC headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky. The winner recieves an engraved Julep Cup.
 
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 more information and the application.

Polocrosse
The American Polocrosse Award for Exemplary Sportsmanship - This award will be given annually to the USPC Polocrosse competitor (including horse managers), whose actions and behavior best exemplifies excellent sportsmanship during the annual USPC Championship competition.Click here for more information about this award.
Best Horse Award- This is an award for the "Best Horse" in each division at USPC Polocrosse Championships. The selection is made by the umpires.Click here for more information about this award.
 
Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Rising Star Award- The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association sponsors the Riding Star Award for the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in the each level (Novice and Intermediate) of Polocrosse at the Pony Club National Championships.Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA.  Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1. Click here for more information.

Show Jumping
Vieva Perrin Memorial Award for Horsemanship- This trophy is given in memory of one of the founders of Somerset Hills Pony Club and is awarded annually to the rider in the Regular Division who best exemplifies the classical principles of horsemanship and "the American jumping style" during USPC Show Jumping Championships.Click here for more information about this award.
 
Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Rising Star Award- The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association sponsors the Rising Star Award for the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in the each level (Developing Horse/Rider, Modified and Regular) of Show Jumping at the Pony Club National Championships. Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA.  Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1Click here for more information.
 
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 more information and the application.
 
H3 division at USPC Show Jumping Championships- A pair of spurs is presented to each competitor in the H3 division at USPC Show Jumping Championships.

H4 division at USPC Show Jumping Championships - A belt buckle is presented to each competitor in the H4 division at USPC Show Jumping Championships.

 

Judy Thayer Memorial Coaching Award - Established in 2014 in memory of Judy Thayer, this award is given to the person who best demonstrates the attributes of Judy’s coaching style. These ideals are the true measure of Judy Thayer’s character as demonstrated by her coaching, teaching, riding, and care of her horses. The coach will:

  1. Show respect for the rider and especially for the horse or pony during and after competition.
  2. Always encourage riders to focus on the positive in order to learn from each riding experience. 
  3. Recognize the simplest methods in coaching often create the best communication between riders and their horses or ponies.

2014 marked the first time in 30 years that Judy Thayer was not coaching riders from Eastern Pennsylvania and Delmarva Regions at Championships. Just a few days before heading to the event Judy passed away suddenly.  To honor Judy Thayer’s memory, the USPC Show Jumping Committee created this award in 2014 to be given annually during USPC Championships. Winners of the award will receive a lifetime membership to EquestrianCoach.com generously donated by the website’s founder, Bernie Traurig a graduate of Meadow Brook Hounds Pony Club.

The 2014 winner was David “Skippy” Crawford of Elgin, IL, who was coaching for the North Central Prairie Region. Skippy is an Australia Pony Club graduate. 


 
Tetrathlon
Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association Rising Star Award- The Draft Cross Breeders and Owners Association sponsors the Rising Star Award for the top scoring DCBOA rider (riding a DCBOA registered horse) in the each level (Novice, Intermediate, Junior, Senior) of Tetrathlon at the Pony Club National Championships. Horses and Riders must both be registered with the DCBOA.  Registration and application must be postmarked by July 1. Click here for more information.
 
The Strassburger Award- This is awarded annually to the high scoring Senior boy at USPC Tetrathlon Championships and is donated by the Strassburger family.


Kim Dunlap Artana Award- This is awarded annually to the high scoring Senior girl at USPC Tetrathlon Championships and is donated by the Tetrathlon committee.

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