The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is pleased to welcome new Pony Club Riding Centers for 2014. New Riding Centers now offering Pony Club education to members include:
• Foxgarden Stable Pony Club Riding Center in Lexington, KY; Midsouth Region; Michelle Primm, Center Administrator
• Standing Ovation Pony Club Riding Center in Port Matilda, PA; Eastern Pennsylvania Region; Adam Armstrong, Center Administrator
• Brackenhollow Stables Pony Club Riding Center in Redmond, WA; Northwest Region; Joanna Fowler, Center Administrator
• Whisper Wind Pony Club Riding Center in Westmoreland, NY; Western New York Region; Valerie McCloskey, Center Administrator
• River Run Equestrian Pony Club Riding Center in Atlanta, GA; South Region; Claire Langway, Center Administrator
• WillStar Riding Academy Pony Club Riding Center in Bemidji, MN; Northern Lakes Region; Crystal Shepard, Center Administrator
• Hobby Horse Farms Pony Club Riding Center in Firestone, CO; Rocky Mountain Region; Kristen Espinosa, Center Administrator
• Saddlebrook Pony Club Riding Center in Tomball, TX; Rio Grande Region; Allison Spurlin, Center Administrator
• Bascule Farm Pony Club Riding Center in Poolesville, MD; Capital Region; Julie Hagen, Center Administrator
• Cornerstone Equestrian Pony Club Riding Center in Winlock, WA; Northwest Region; Victoria Marincin, Center Administrator
• 2K Stables Pony Club Riding Center in Hockley, TX; Rio Grande Region; Meredith Duggar, Center Administrator
• Roy-El Pony Club Riding Center in Espanola, NM; Southwest Region; Erlene Seybold-Smythe, Center Administrator
• Blaven Pony Club Riding Center in Union Bridge, MD; Capital Region; Kelly Dougherty, Center Administrator
• Willow South Pony Club Riding Center in Alpharetta, GA; South Region; Tawn Edwards, Center Administrator
• Hidden Bridge Pony Club Riding Center in Prospect, KY; Midsouth Region; Emily Ragan, Center Administrator
• Painted Dreams Pony Club Riding Center in Wrightstown, PA; Eastern Pennsylvania Region; Maria Mendonca-Collito, Center Administrator
• Wind Horses Pony Club Riding Center in Fall City, WA; Northwest Region; Jane Kawasaki, Center Administrator
• White Aspen Pony Club Riding Center in Billings, MT; Big Sky Region; Emily Luoma-Brester, Center Administrator
• Elvenstar Pony Club Riding Center in Moorpark, CA; Camino Real Region; Andrea Young, Center Administrator
• Le Cheval Pony Club Riding Center in Lake Forest, CA; Southern California Region; Lauren Cirignano, Center Administrator
You don’t have to own a horse to be in Pony Club. Because these Riding Centers offer access to a horse or pony as part of their business, members may participate in Pony Club activities just as if they own a horse. Additionally, adults wishing to take part in Pony Club educational opportunities may join a local Horsemasters Group. Contact the Center Administrators listed above to get involved.
Pony Club promotes teamwork, a sense of responsibility, safety, self-confidence and leadership, while teaching members riding and the care of horses. Members build upon their horsemanship by progressing through the Standards of Proficiencies and earning certifications as each level requires an increased depth of knowledge and skill. There are opportunities to compete through events such as Rallies and Championships, and to create friendships and skills that last a lifetime.
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. There are approximately 10,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities to over 500 adult members in its Horsemasters Program.