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General National Level Testing Information
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All application materials (including paperwork & fee) are due 12 weeks before test date.

Contact the Testing Coordinator for the Application.  Online Registration will be available later this year. 


If you have additional questions, please contact the Instruction Coordinator

at the National Office  (859) 254-7669 ext. 234.


Eligibility to Test & Test Fees

Must be a USPC Member in good standing.

Age out Candidates: Participating Members in the Corporation shall be individuals who are members through December 31 of the year in which they are twenty-five (25) years (this means the year they turn 25).

A person that turned 25 years of age prior to January 1 is not eligible to test.

Certification Requested

Certification Required

Testing Age

(Age as of January 1st of Certification Year)



C-2/HM certification

13 years old


C-3 Dressage

C-2/DR certification

13 years old


C-3 Show Jumping

C-2/HSE  certification

13 years old


C-3 Traditional

C-2/Trad certification

13 years old


B Dressage

C-3/DR certification

14 years old


B Show Jumping

C-3/SJ certification

14 years old


B Traditional

C-3/Trad certification

14 years old



H-B certification

16 years old


A Dressage


16 years old


A Stadium Jumping


16 years old


A Traditional


16 years old



Test Fees:

All test fees are to be submitted online with the testing application. Test fees defray the expense of National Examiners’ fees and transportation to the test region, office administration, as well as examiner training.

Additional Regional test fees:

A region may pass on to the candidates expenses incurred in providing food, facilities, and use of horses (H-B and H-HM/H/H-A) unless the region elects to absorb these cost; these expenses are not to exceed $175 per candidate. Stabling may be separate. If these expenses are to be paid by the candidate, information to this effect must be sent to the candidates well in advance of the test and included in the Test Site Information Form returned to the National Office. No additional charges may be billed to candidates after a test.

Note: The testing region may withhold a portion or the entire regional fee from a candidate should they decide to withdraw or change site. Check with the testing region as to their policy regarding withdrawing a candidate.

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Application Form:

HORSEMASTERS: Contact the Testing Coordinator for the Application.  Online Registration will be available later this year. 

All applications are to be submitted online through secure.ponyclub.org. Online applications and payment must be submitted and processed by the National Office by the application deadline.  All application deadlines are 12 weeks out prior to the test you are applying for.*

If you are applying after the deadline, candidate must receive approval from the National Testing Chair in addition to a $100.00 late fee. (Note: if space in test allows)

*Exception: Tests held prior to March 1, have a January 3 deadline.

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Last minute cancellations can jeopardize an entire test. It is the responsibility of the candidate to notify the National Office, RS and test organizer immediately of intention to cancel. They must send their notice of cancellation to the National Office in writing by letter, fax or e-mail.

No one will be removed from a test until the National Office receives his/her notice of cancellation in writing. If the National Office does not receive notification to cancel the candidate is considered a No Show.

If the number of candidates falls below the minimum needed to hold a test, the National Testing Chairperson reserves the right to cancel the test. If a test is canceled, every effort will be made to place candidates elsewhere.




Cancellation refunds are available if the cancellation is made prior to 12 weeks from the test date, minus the $50.00 handling fee. Cancellations made after the 12 weeks from the test date will result in a forfeit of the testing fee.

Change of site candidates are not eligible for a refund.  

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Click here for full Retest Procedures

A candidate may retest only if the candidate qualifies for a retest, and the original National Examiner test panel has recommended the candidate to retest.

  • Those testing during the current year have until December 1 of the following year to complete their first retest attempt.  Exception: Those aging out before the end of the current year may request special accommodations to complete their retest before the end of the year.
  • Candidates are required to be retested on all of the line items contained within each section in which they DNMS and all sections must be tested at the same retesting event.
  • Candidates must be certain of the date, method and location of their desired Retest before submitting the Retest Application.

Time Parameters:

  • Retests may not happen prior to 1 month after initial test.
  • Complete retest applications with fees ($60.00) are due to the National Office no later than 3 weeks prior to test.  For each subsequent retest attempt, an additional $25 is added to the fee: 1st = $60, 2nd = $85, 3rd = $110

Retest Eligibility

The A retest: A candidate may retest a section of the test (riding) they have not passed. If the candidate does not pass one section of their test and is successful in all other parts of the test they may retest that one section.

The B and C-3 retests: A candidate may retest a section of the riding test they have not passed. In addition we will continue to allow the candidate to retest either bandaging or longing. Maximum sections allowed for DNMS is 2 sections, one riding, and one of longeing or bandaging.

The H-HM/H/H-A retest: A candidate may re-test up to two sections of the test.

The H-B retest: A candidate may re-test up to five sections of the test.


Candidates who are eligible to retest a mounted section may retest at any of the following opportunities:

  • A regularly scheduled mounted National Level Test.
  • A regularly scheduled unmounted National Level Test - ONLY with special permission from the National Office.
  • A Regional Retest Day that has been requested by a region through the National Office.
  • A mounted clinic (i.e. a Prep Clinic or Standards & Curriculum Clinic, etc.) where two National Examiners and an Impartial Observer (I.O.) will be present.
  • All mounted retests MUST be conducted with at least two National Examiners and an Impartial Observer (I.O.).

Candidates who are eligible to retest an unmounted "knowledge” section may retest at any of the following opportunities:

  • A regularly scheduled mounted or unmounted National Level test.
  • A Regional Retest Day that has been requested by a region through the National Office.
  • Knowledge sections that do not require a live horse or props (i.e. farrier tools, shoes, tack) may be retested by conversing with one National Examiner via Skype, Face Time or another live video chat program.
  • The candidate must arrange for an Impartial Observer (I.O.) to be present during the chat session.
  • Candidates who are eligible to retest sections that involve documents which do not require face to face discussion (such as record books, conditioning schedules, lesson plans and barn plans) may email, mail or fax said document to a designated National Examiner for retest examination. This is the only retest scenario for which an Impartial Observer (I.O.) is not required. 

Candidates who are eligible to retest the Teaching and Longeing sections of the H-HM/H/H-A may retest at any of the following opportunities:

  • At a regularly scheduled National Level H-HM/H/H-A test.
  • A Regional Retest Day that has been requested by a region through the National Office.
  • All retests for the H-HM/H/H-A Teaching and Longeing sections MUST be conducted with two National Examiners and an Impartial Observer (IO).  

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Test Preparation:

Candidates planning to go beyond the C-2 level should make early plans for a program of preparation. As many clubs/centers are unable to provide more than encouragement and administrative support, it is the candidate who assumes most of the responsibility for education towards higher levels. The region can also play an important role by organizing test preparation clinics at each level. Candidates should be encouraged to contact Pony Club members who have already passed the certification or observe a test before their own. Instruction from a clinician well versed in USPC Standards, extensive reading, participation in Pony Club rallies and competitions, teaching in local clubs and centers, and working with a veterinarian and a farrier will increase self-confidence in demonstrating and expressing knowledge to an examiner. A candidate who does not put forth effort in preparation will be at a disadvantage. Examiners expect each candidate to be fully prepared to pass the certification.

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Code of Conduct:

USPC National Examiners strive to create an environment that enables each candidate to best demonstrate his/her competence, be thorough, consistent and fair in evaluating each candidate’s performance for each phase of the examination, and communicate the results in a positive and sensitive manner. Safety, as always, is an overriding concern.

USPC is proud of its reputation for good sportsmanship, horsemanship, teamwork and well-behaved members. The USPC National Examiners and National Testing committee expect appropriate behavior from all candidates, parents and others participating in any National Testing activity.

Inappropriate behavior is:

  • Possession, use, or distribution of any illegal drugs or alcohol
  • Assault Profanity, vulgar language or gestures
  • Harassment – using words or actions that intimidate, threaten or persecute others during or following testings
  • Cheating
  • Abusing a horse


Any USPC member, H-B, C-3, B, H-HM/H/H-A, A candidate or parent not conforming to the Code of Conduct is subject to the following actions:

  1. The National Examiners administering the testing may immediately suspend or expel an individual from the testing.
  2. The National Testing Committee may also withhold the privilege to attend future testings.


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