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The goal of Eno Triangle Pony Club is to teach every member communication, confidence, leadership, safety, self-reliance, and good horsemanship. As members learn and develop at their own pace, they have the opportunity to progress through the Pony Club Standards of Proficiency (SOP). The SOP outline a clear progression of skills in riding and horse management. Each level requires an increasing depth of knowledge and abilities. For example, a D Level (beginner) Pony Club member would only need to know how to give water, hay, and grain to their horse whereas an A Level (advanced) member would need to know how to identify different types of grains and hay as well as be able to discuss nutritional values.
Pony Club Members demonstrate their skills and express an appropriate level of knowledge at each certification. Members are evaluated based on the SOP for each section of understanding. Encouraging comments will be noted and shared for the members to review and absorb after completion of their certification.
Certifications, also known as ratings, are offered following a Horse Management path from the basic level all the way through advanced. Once a member has passed the certification for the D-1 level (which has a basic riding requirement), as long as they have access to a horse for hands-on care they can continue on through the certification levels without ever riding. The Horse Management certification is based on a practical application of knowledge.
If a member chooses to continue on a riding path they may attain certification in Dressage, Eventing, Show-jumping, Hunter Seat Equitation, and Western; however, Eno Triangle Pony Club focuses on the Eventing and Dressage paths. No matter what level of certification a riding member tests into they will be required to meet the SOP for both horse care and riding. The levels of certification start at what is called D Level (beginner), progressing to C Level (intermediate) then to B Level and A Level (advanced).
Eno Triangle Pony Club's next rating will be this fall.
The first five levels of horse management and riding for members are achieved through evaluations organized and administered by the local club or center. These levels are D-1 (beginner) through C-2 (intermediate).
Each member progresses in their skills and knowledge at a pace appropriate for them.
Members set their own certification goals.
Check-lists, found on the United States Pony Club Website, based on the different sections of the Standards of Proficiency have been developed to assist members and their personal instructors in assessing their readiness and confidence to be evaluated. It is strongly encouraged that members share their standard of proficiency for their desired rating level with their riding instructors to help guide and encourage their riding skills. Although Eno Triangle Pony Club does offer many opportunities for both mounted and unmounted instruction, the rider is expected to read their Pony Club manual, be familiar with the standards, and review the test sheets if available prior to the test date.
The D Level Certifications (D-1, D-2, D-3) offer an introduction to the fun challenge of riding, establishing a foundation of safety habits and knowledge of the daily care of a horse.
The C Level Certifications (C-1, C-2) are for the Pony Club member learning to become an active horseman who is able to care independently for his/her mount and tack. Similar to the D-level, the C-1 and C-2 levels focus on advancement and evaluation of Horse Management skills as well as show development towards a secure, independent seat and increasing control and confidence in all phases of riding, flat and/or jumping. The C-1 and C-2 certificates are awarded at the club/center level.