Tuesday December 12, 2017
Achievement Badges and Efficiency Tests

badges

 

The Pony Club offers Mini Achievement Badges for younger Members’ as well as both equine and non-equine Achievement Badges for older Members’.  Both types of achievement badge will help you to learn a wide range of skills like first-aid, farming, map reading, saddlery, road safety and grooming.

At Clifton Pony Club we work on these badges during rallies, unmounted pony care sessions and other activities such as Farm rides. Our Members take great pride in collecting their achievement badges and showing them off on their club sweatshirts.  

We encourage our Members to take the Pony Club tests which enable them to learn progressively about horse and pony care and riding. These start with the E Test which can be taken from the age of 4yrs and progress up to the A Test which can be taken from the age of 18yrs. For further information about the efficiency tests please see the Pony Club website.

On passing each test Members are awarded a coloured felt to wear underneath their Pony Club badge on the lapel of their jackets.  

We also encourage our Members to take the BHS Riding and Road Safety qualification once they are ready. The minimum age for this very worthwhile course is 12 years. For further information please see the following document:

Riding and Road Safety Test Syllabus and Guidelines

There are plenty of resources available for members who may be studying for their badges and tests. The Pony Club shop sells many posters, handbooks, pamphlets and other training aids. There are also the following free websites to have a look at:

Ponyprep  is a fun online learning resource for children who are studying for their E,D,D+ and C tests. You can learn more about every aspect of horsemanship and horse care and even create your own virtual riding stables!

Ponyprepplus is for members studying for C+ and above. Here you will find bite size learning content on all the topics required for your current level.