Horses are Welcome too!!

Me and Sam in England ’75
Me and Sammy in Germany ’79. Ponies make great teachers!

Saturday promises to be exciting as I am spending the day with some of my best friends, Ponies!   The Atlanta Pony Club is meeting me at Foxberry Farms in Dallas, Georgia for a full day of dressage lessons.

This is not my first time teaching the ponyclubbers and I hope I will be invited again.  Having started riding in England I had a short brush with the

British Pony Club and have a great deal of respect for the organization.  Any rider that has earned the rating of “A” ponyclubber is not only qualified to be a professional rider but has proven to be an expert in horse and barn management as well.  To check how you measure up click here for the United State’s Pony Club’s  Standards of Proficiency for H-B, HH-A Levels (the horse management section of the “A” level).  The Dressage Specialty Riding Test is no walk in the park either!

As riders “rate” through the system, starting with the fundamentals of horsecare and riding, they prove their skills through testings.  These are no easy tests!  Safety and the integrity of the ratings are a priority and much preparation, instruction and hard work goes into preparing the riders for their ratings.  Rallies are held for concentrated coaching before rating sessions and the ponyclubbers must work together with a team in all areas of barn management.  To make sure the kids are focused and learning the information themselves, parents are not allowed in the barn area at rallies.

Don’t get the idea that Ponyclub is all work and testing!  Ponyclubbers learn while having  fun!  Jumping, gymkhana, eventing, foxhunting, all types of English riding opportunities abound, both at the local and national level. Scholarships are even available for hard-working applicants.  If you are a young rider or if you have a young rider in the family I strongly recommend Ponyclub for a well-rounded horseman’s education.  It’s a well-known fact, no one can teach you more than a pony!

United States Pony Club

Atlanta Pony Club

8 thoughts on “Horses are Welcome too!!

  1. aawww the pics are so cute! Did you ever know Barry Mckie? He was involved w/the Pony Club in England for 40 years…and he is now in FL. Just wondering if you ever crossed paths…that would make for a small world! 🙂

    1. No, I only did Pony Club for a short time in England as only one of the barns I stabled at offerred it. They were really tough there though! If he was involved for that long he must know his business! 🙂 The horse world is a small world though isn’t it?

  2. The Atlanta Pony Club is looking foward to the clinic and we appreciate you working with them!Hope the rain holds out!

  3. OMG- you really were cute- however, I doubt very seriously that you were EVER sweet! My pony club student TOTALLY ROCKS!!!! You are SO right about them!
    Cheers!

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