About Pony Club
Pony Club is the largest equestrian educational organization in the world. Members learn riding and the care of horses through mounted sports. The skills, habits, and values instilled through horsemanship will apply to every part of a member’s life.
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. started in 1954 to teach riding and the proper care of horses. It is based on The British Pony Club, which was created in 1929 as a junior branch of the Institute of the Horse. Since then, Pony Club has expanded to many countries around the world, with the main goal being to promote sportsmanship, stewardship, and leadership through horsemanship.
What is in a name? Back in 1929, the term “pony” was used to describe the mount of a youth equestrian. With a name steeped in the tradition of educating the next generation of equestrians, the name Pony Club continues to focus on education and quality care of both horses and ponies.
In the last decade, Pony Club has strengthened programming to meet the needs of today's equestrians. This has included, raising the age of graduation from 21 to 25 for traditional youth members, offering Pony Club through an established riding center, expanding certifications to include the disciplines of Dressage and Show Jumping, bringing in Western disciplines, offering adult Horsemasters membership opportunities, and including land conservation in the Standards of Proficiency. With approximately 600 clubs and centers, there is a good chance there is a club near you! Go to www.ponyclub.org to find out more about Pony Club.