Monday July 6, 2020
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Pony Club Tests

PONY CLUB EFFICIENCY TESTS

*NEW* Efficiency Test Training working towards E, D, D+, C, C+ and Progressive Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum
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Please note the following – although there are recommended minimum ages to TAKE the tests, members are encouraged to TRAIN for the next level up once they have completed a test. Therefore, even if a member might not be looking to take their test for a year or so, they are invited to join training sessions as soon as they are keen to learn more about looking after their pony.

EFFICIENCY TEST INFORMATION

E STANDARD: This test is an entirely voluntary option which Members may choose to take before attempting the ‘D’ Test.

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Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge: Must be passed before D test taken.

D STANDARD: The ‘Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge’ is a prerequisite before taking the D Test. To have a basic understanding of ponies. To achieve confidence in handling and riding a pony. To improve and enjoy learning about ponies. Recommended minimum age 8 or years.

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D+ STANDARD: To be working towards developing a balanced seat independent of the reins. As of January 2010, Members have to pass their D+ Test before taking their C Test.  Recommended age 10 years.

D+ Test

ROAD RIDER BADGE:  Members are taught the importance and the need for care and courtesy on the roads and coached and prepared for The Pony Club or British Horse Society’s Road Safety Test. This test has to be taken before C Test can be taken. Recommended age 12 years.  (C test training can commence before passing R&RS)

C STANDARD: To understand the importance of, and to be working towards a secure correct balanced seat, independent of the reins. To understand why a correct seat is important. To apply simple aids correctly. To have a knowledge of the care and working of a pony off grass.  To be in control of the pony on the roads and in the country side.  To have a proper regard for country lore. Recommended minimum age 11 years.

C Test

C+ STANDARD: To become an educated and practical horseman. To ride over fences at all paces. To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled pony and a pony at grass.  To be capable of riding a well mannered pony out hunting and in all Pony Club activities. To ride intelligently and with due regard for others on the roads and in the country, and with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups. As of January 2010, Members have to pass their C+ Test before taking their B Test.

Recommended minimum age 14 years.

B STANDARD-RIDING: To become an effective rider who knows the reasons for what he or she is doing.  To know the Scales of Training.  To understand the Scales provide a staircase of training suitable for all horses and ponies.  To be able to maintain a horse’s way of going. To ride over fences at all paces. To be capable of riding a well mannered horse or pony out hunting, in horse trials, or on a long distance ride. To ride intelligently and with due regard to others in the country, with a knowledge of pace discipline and distance when riding alone and in groups.  Recommended age 15 years.

B STANDARD-HORSE AND PONY CARE: To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled horse/pony and a horse/pony at grass. To look after these before, during and after the day’s hunting, eventing or endurance.  Recommended age 15years.

LUNGEING TEST: It is necessary to pass the Lungeing Test before attempting the AH Test.

AH TEST: The Pony Club ‘AH’ Test stands alone as the highest Test of horsemanship available in the Pony Club.  Recommended age 17 years and over.

Practise Questions for the C, C+ & B Tests

Please click here. Then choose ‘Tests’, then click on the relevant sample questions.

Syllabus for the Pony Club Tests

Please click here. Then scroll down the page, pick the relevant test. The tests are all listed and there is a blue circle with the letter in it.