The Pony Club is an internationaly recognised, voluntary youth association dedicated to providing opportunities for young people that are interested in horses, ponies and riding. Now the largest association of riders in the world Pony Club originated in the United Kingdom in 1929 as a scheme to encourage young people to learn to ride.
Pony Clubs exist to promote the physical, mental and spiritual development of young people by encouraging sportsmanship and good citizenship and by providing opportunities for young riders to gain knowledge and become proficient in their chosen equestrian sport.
The Pony Club differs from other youth movements because the horse is used as the main center of interest around which to develop personal qualities and life skills while enjoying and taking part in equestrian sports.
The mission of Pony Club is:
To promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty and to create strength of character, self-sport, health and well-being in the young people that participate in our activities.
To work with our member clubs to provide instruction in riding and horsemanship and educate our members to look after and take proper care of animals.
To encourage young people to ride and participate in all kinds of sport connected with ponies, horses and riding.
Aims and Objectives
To encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all approved kinds of sport connected with horses and riding.
To provide instruction in riding and horsemastership and to instill in members the proper care of their animals.
To promote the highest ideals of fellowship, citizenship and loyalty, and to cultivate strength of character and self-discipline.
Pony Club Activities
Rally Days are held each month. Riders receive instruction on riding disciplines such as flatwork, show jumping, active riding and also learn how to care for their horse or pony. These rallies are run by instructors and are the backbone of the movement.
Other Activities include gymkhanas, camps, trail rides, lectures and films, visits to places of interest and demonstrations.