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post #1 of 10 Old 03-25-2009, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Pony Club Question

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One of the girls at my barn belongs to Pony Club, and I've been debating whether or not I should join. She explained the levels to me and the moving up process, but I feel like the people who join Pony Club start young and then move up in the ranks gradually through time. So, being 16, I'm feeling a little hesitant about joining- even though I guess I'd have 9 more years to be rated.

My major dilemma is that I don't really have a horse to take the tests with. If I end up joining I'd aim for my C-1 or C-2, which requires a horse to be able to jump 2'9 and 3'. My horse that's able to do that is at a sale barn right now, and my current horse, Gracie, is just doing crossrails and such. I guess my other option would be to take my project pony, but I don't think that she could go higher than 2'6 with me... and I could eat her. X9

So should I join as a D-3 in the spring, wait and see where I am with Gracie in the middle of the summer, or just not join at all? Advice from Pony Clubbers?
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-26-2009, 12:03 AM
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I love pony Club its the best fun ever!
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post #3 of 10 Old 03-26-2009, 12:11 AM
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Do US pony clubbers have to be under 25??
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Hey guys,
One of the girls at my barn belongs to Pony Club, and I've been debating whether or not I should join. She explained the levels to me and the moving up process, but I feel like the people who join Pony Club start young and then move up in the ranks gradually through time. So, being 16, I'm feeling a little hesitant about joining- even though I guess I'd have 9 more years to be rated.

My major dilemma is that I don't really have a horse to take the tests with. If I end up joining I'd aim for my C-1 or C-2, which requires a horse to be able to jump 2'9 and 3'. My horse that's able to do that is at a sale barn right now, and my current horse, Gracie, is just doing crossrails and such. I guess my other option would be to take my project pony, but I don't think that she could go higher than 2'6 with me... and I could eat her. X9

So should I join as a D-3 in the spring, wait and see where I am with Gracie in the middle of the summer, or just not join at all? Advice from Pony Clubbers?

Since you do not have to own the horse you do your tests on maybe you can find a horse to lease for a short time capable of doing what is required for the C level tests.

Miss Katie..Pony Club is good until you are 21 I believe.
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post #5 of 10 Old 03-26-2009, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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Didn't they change it to 25?
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post #6 of 10 Old 03-30-2009, 01:06 AM
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In AUS it's 25. We also don't have levels as such, we have 'certificates' that you can go for. D, D*, C, C*, etc... But you only have to do them if you want to. Otherwise you just ride and have fun :]

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Technically in Aus you can still be a member after 25. You can still compete for your club and go to rallies ect, but can't compete in official classes or be eligable for teams.
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post #8 of 10 Old 03-30-2009, 05:51 PM
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Down here if you are over 25, the only way you can still ride is if you join as an adult riding member. You CAN'T compete, you can only ride at PC, You're not supposed to receive instruction, or you can ride along on trail rides, etc. If you are an instructor you can ride as a demonstration/instruction purposes.

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Oh that sucks. In Qld, once you are over 25 you are considered a senior rider. Gymkhanas have a seniors age group, and you can compete in unnofficial classes in dressage, jumping and eventing to I think (occasionally they will have unnofficial classes just for older members). I don't draft, but the ones I've watched had seniors riding. I don't know if they had a seniors class or if they were just competing HC in another class, but they were def there in numbers.

I don't know if PCAQ has a policy on senior members receiving instruction. Our club doesnt have an issue with it. I do know of ex senior club members who attended pony club organised schools, and there was no issue.
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That does suck! I'd love to keep competing, even HC, once i'm too old... Ah well. Maybe i'll have to move to QLD :]

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