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    05-23-2012, 02:11 AM
  #1
Yearling
Pony Club questions

Hey guys(:

... wasn't sure where to put this ...

Well, I was wondering about some Pony Club things. First off, I was wondering about finals – like state, nationals, etc. How does one go about qualifying? How stiff is the competition? Is it easy/hard to get there? Is nationals like a giant rally? What level are you usually at to get there?

I would ask someone in my Pony Club, but then I'd just feel stupid since we've still got loads to do... But Mudpie has been so great lately, I am really feeling good and confident and optimistic about our future, and I was just wondering.

Has anyone gone before? What's it like? Any tips, etc.?

Thanks!!
     
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    05-23-2012, 03:20 PM
  #2
Foal
It sort of depends on your region. I was in the Cimmaron Region, and while we did get a fair turn-out at our rallies, I got the impression it was not terribly difficult to qualify for Nationals, but then, maybe not many people even tried to.

Usually when you fill out your applications for the rally you check whether or not you want to even try to qualify. If you do, then you'll do an extra course at a certain height requirement (if it's Show Jumpers) and for Dressage rally you'll have to make up a Musical Kur if you want to try to qualify.

I think usually you have to be at least C1 to qualify to go as a Show Jumper or Eventer, but D3s can qualify for Dressage. Not sure about Quiz or Games.

I qualified for Nationals in Dressage 3 times, but because of gas prices and travel costs I never got to go. :P However, I do believe it is like a very big rally, but over multiple days and with multiple events going on at the same time.

And don't feel stupid about asking other members of your club! The older ones would be happy to help you out and answer you're questions, as that's something they'll have to develop (teaching lessons to younger members) as they go up in their ratings.

If you can go I would definitely recommend it! It always seemed like a lot of fun :) Are you getting ready to go to a rally?
     
    05-23-2012, 03:49 PM
  #3
Yearling
Oh, I see thanks! :) So you just qualify through rallies? I'm the oldest in my Pony Club, and it's newer, so no one's ever really done anything to that extent. I've done one mock-rally, but never a real one as of yet. With the way our dressage is going, I'm not worried about it anymore, and our cross country has always been bosslike (;]), so with a bit of work on stadium, I believe we'd be ready. I'm working towards eventing – do they have special rallies for that? I'm in the Middle California Region.

I'm working on getting my C1 right now, so it shouldn't be long before we're ready to go(: Just gotta do some studying and of course lots of practicing! ;D

Anyone else?
     
    05-30-2012, 07:03 PM
  #4
Foal
I went to Champs last year in horse management for show jumping. I guess it depends who you get, but formals were pretty difficult, of course make everything immaculately perfect! Plus organization is good but for rallies, my friend qualified for eventing this year and in my region (Sunshine) we have to go to a horse trial and do well then qualifying eventing rally well also. Don't worry you'll have it in no time! Love eventing! I'm going to try and qualify for eventing next year, best of luck!
     
    05-31-2012, 12:21 AM
  #5
Weanling
Hey there and welcome to Pony Club! I'm glad you have the chance to excel in such an awesome organization. I've been a part of it for 3 years, am a C2, going for my C3 and HB in a few months here, and also am on the National Youth Board. :)

I went to champs last year for the first time as a C1 stable manager for a Training Level event team, and let me tell you, it was one of the best expieriences of my life! It was outrageously fun. If you get the chance to go, PLEASE DO!!

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Originally Posted by mudpie    
How does one go about qualifying? How stiff is the competition? Is it easy/hard to get there? Is nationals like a giant rally? What level are you usually at to get there?
1. To qualify, NavigatorsMom did a nice job at explaining that. I feel the same way that she does, where it didn't seem too difficult to qualify for my region as well.

2. Yes, nationals is like a giant rally, but very much intense, like an upper level rating. Formals are very harsh, but obviously fair to your level.

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Originally Posted by mudpie    
What's it like? Any tips, etc.?
It's like nothing else! You form so many new friendships, work together for a long hot week, and really ride hard and show off what you've got. It's soo much fun! I can't wait to go again.

If you have any questions about champs, pony club in general, studying, or even help with your next ratings, feel more than welcome to PM or email me any time! :)
     
    05-31-2012, 01:07 AM
  #6
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MoodIndigo    
Hey there and welcome to Pony Club! I'm glad you have the chance to excel in such an awesome organization. I've been a part of it for 3 years, am a C2, going for my C3 and HB in a few months here, and also am on the National Youth Board. :)

I went to champs last year for the first time as a C1 stable manager for a Training Level event team, and let me tell you, it was one of the best expieriences of my life! It was outrageously fun. If you get the chance to go, PLEASE DO!!



1. To qualify, NavigatorsMom did a nice job at explaining that. I feel the same way that she does, where it didn't seem too difficult to qualify for my region as well.

2. Yes, nationals is like a giant rally, but very much intense, like an upper level rating. Formals are very harsh, but obviously fair to your level.


It's like nothing else! You form so many new friendships, work together for a long hot week, and really ride hard and show off what you've got. It's soo much fun! I can't wait to go again.

If you have any questions about champs, pony club in general, studying, or even help with your next ratings, feel more than welcome to PM or email me any time! :)
Wow, thanks a lot!! I'll probably need all the help I can get! ;)

Mudpie is moving to a barn that's within walking distance, so I'll be working with him all summer! Also, one of the really great trainers from SPPC teaches there, so we'll be able to get some great lessons regularly! My biggest worry is making sure I know all of the Horse Management stuff!! I wish there was some sort of study guide to go over, versus just reading and re-reading the C-manuel all the time!!! :O

I'm really excited for all of these opportunities!
     
    05-31-2012, 01:17 AM
  #7
Weanling
You're quite welcome! <3

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Originally Posted by mudpie    
My biggest worry is making sure I know all of the Horse Management stuff!! I wish there was some sort of study guide to go over
Are you using your C1 Standards of Proficiency to guide your studying?? That's the material you need to focus on! :) It's under Forms on the USPC website if you have not already seen it.
     
    06-01-2012, 12:08 PM
  #8
Foal
There is more to it!

Mudpie,
Welcome to pony club and it is awesome that you and your horse are doing well together.

As a mom of a C3 and C2 who has been in pc for 10 years and to nationals twice (in 2007 and 2011) in KY, let me let you know that nationals is a journey that takes planning and is well worth it. All of the info about nationals is in the GOLD BOOK on the USPC website. It gives the costs, national qualifying requirements and lots of other minor details that you want to be sure you know before you go.

Here in my region (Great Lakes in MI), kids are asked to fill out a champs application that is due to the RS (regional supervisor) on April 1. This lets us plan and communicate with the kids who are thinking of attending. MidCal is a pretty big region with a very good regional website, there is probably info there to help you as well. MidCal might not have a application process and you might just need to check a box on your rally paperwork.

For eventing, USPC requires that you be 12, a C1 and have competed at 2 USEA or approved HT at the level you are attempting to qualify. Most regions have an eventing rally. There are other requirements as far as how many penalties you could have aquired on XC and depending on how many kids are wanting to attend from your region in eventing will depend on how the selection goes in your region. (Some regions send everyone who has met the age, rating and penalty requirements.)

Finally, there are some financial things that you need to be prepared for. Champs West is held in Washington State. That could be quite a distance from you and expensive to get your horse there. Many car pool (trailer pool?) to get their horse to champs, but you will still need to help with gas money. The fee for champs is a couple hundred dollars also.

I am sharing this with you, not to discourage you, but to let you know that it takes planning and discussion with those who have been there (and your parents) to make it a great experience for you and your horse. Nationals gives you the chance to meet other kids from other regions, learn things about yourself and your horse and have a blast while doing it. Both my girls loved the nationals experience. I know others who return year after year in varying disciplines.

Good Luck!
Lorri Witkowski, Horse Management Organizer, Great Lakes Region
     

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