Rallies: Pony Club competitive rallies provide an opportunity to demonstrate proficiency in an atmosphere of cooperation, fun and teamwork. A competitive rally allows Pony Club members to test their skills against others. In addition, rallies are educational experiences that expose participants to new ideas and ways of doing things. Competitive rallies can be unmounted, as in Quiz, where teams of four members compete in a verbal quiz. Other USPC rallies are mounted, involving teams of three, four or five riders and, in most disciplines, an unmounted Stable Manager.
Teams are responsible for themselves and their mounts. Parents, trainers and coaches are not allowed in the barn. Supervision is provided by knowledgeable volunteers, called Horse Management Judges, who are available to answer questions, do safety checks before members leave the barn with their mounts, turn back checks after the members have ridden, and to judge the teams on their overall organization and Horse Management skills.
Rallies can be small and informal, such as a rally for D-level members within a single club or center, or they can be inter-club/center competitions. Or rallies can be larger and more formal, such as regional rallies. Talk with your DC/CA to find out about what rallies your club/center could participated in this year.
Championships: The culmination of the regional rallies is a USPC National Championship competition. Each year, clubs and centers may participate in regional rallies in Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, Quiz, Games, Polocrosse and Tetrathlon. Championships are held each year. Championships may be held in the East and/or West. Team competitions in each of the disciplines take place over a period of several days. Championships attract regional teams from all over the country! Pony Club competitive rallies and Championships teach members about themselves, about support and reliance on others, about sportsmanship, and about personal growth involved in winning and losing. Access more information on Championships.
International Exchanges: USPC offers opportunities for members to participate annually in one or more international exchange competitions. Different riding disciplines are represented depending on the year. Currently competitive/cultural exchanges are held in Quiz, Games, Foxhunting, Tetrathlon and Polocrosse, as well as the North Atlantic Regional Exchange and the InterPacific Exchange. Click here for details the upcoming exchanges, including how the team selection process and information on how to become a coach or chaperone.
USEF Pony Finals: USPC has been designated by USEF as its own zone and has the opportunity every year to send a team to compete at the USEF Pony Finals! Click here for details on how to qualify for the team and full information.
Lendon Gray: Dressage Festival: Lendon Gray has been instrumental in advancing dressage for junior and young riders. The Youth Dressage Festival is a competition that highlights the dedication of riders 21 and younger. The United States Pony Clubs is sponsoring individuals from all USEF or FEI JR/YR dressage levels to be part of a team to representing USPC. During this weekend, individuals compete in dressage seat equitation, individual dressage tests and a written exam. There is opportunity to have "roving trainers" work with you and the sponsors of the event have provided great prizes. Click here for details and to access how to qualify for the event.
Prince Phillip Cup Invitational Challenge: This is an invitational competition that takes place at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event each spring. The top placing teams from the Junior Division at USPC Championships are invited to come and compete.
The President's Cup Invitational: This is an invitational competition that takes place at the annual Festival In The Country, at Fair Hill, MD, each fall. The top placing teams from the Senior Division at USPC Championships are invited to come and compete.
North American Quiz Challenge: Select individuals/teams from the USPC Championships are invited to attend the Canadian National Quiz Competition. Team members are selected based on their final placings at USPC Quiz Championship.
USHJA Showmanship Quiz Challenge: Are you a Quiz Enthusiast and a member of both USPC and USHJA? Then you may have an opportunity to represent USPC at the USHJA
Horsemanship Quiz Challenge Finals in Findlay, OH this November. HQC
participants who are also USPC members may declare participation with either
their respective zone team or the Pony Club Team once they become eligible for
HQC Finals. The finals will have 12 zone teams comprised of three finalists,
one Pony Club team comprised of three finalists, and an additional 10
individual finalists who are not already on a team. All
HQC participants must complete both the Level One and Two Quizzes by September
1, 2013. Visit the HQC
learn more and register for the new season or contact Carrie Vaught at (859) 225-6703.