Sunday May 16, 2021
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Tests and badges


We run many rallies covering a wide range of the Achievement Badges. There are both Equine and Non Equine badges – over 20 Equine and 15 Non Equine.  Also there are 14 Mini Achievement Badges for those not old enough to do the Achievement Badges.  For more detailed information for each badge please go to the main website.  If there is a particular badge that you are trying to get please let us know and we can then try to organise a rally for you to achieve your goal.  We, as a Pony Club, would like to encourage as many of you as possible to gain the Gold Achievement Badge which is awarded when you have attained 21 or more badges.  There is now a Mini Gold badge for those gaining all their mini achievement badges.

Equine Welfare Merit Badge

If any members have passed all the following badges they will be eligible to receive the Blue Cross Equine Merit Badge:

Bandaging & Rugs
Care of the Horse’s Foot
First Aid (Equine)
Handling & Grooming
Mucking Out
Perfect Paddock


The Pony Club Training structure encourages Members to take tests which enables them to learn progressively about horse and pony care and riding.  The tests are taken at recommended ages and are designed with certain objectives in mind.  Full details of each test can be found on the main Pony Club website.  

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E Test (Optional)

Usually taken during Mini Camp

  • To improve and enjoy learning about ponies.
  • To be happy both on and around ponies.
  • To know the basic points of the pony.

D Test

Minimum age is 8yrs old. The objective is:

  • To have a basic understanding of ponies.
  • To achieve confidence in handling and riding a pony.
  • To improve and enjoy learning about ponies.
  • To hold more mini achievement badges.

D+ Test

Minimum age is 10yrs old. The objective is:

  • To be working towards developing a balanced seat independent of the reins.

C Test

The objective is:

  • 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 countryside. To have a proper regard for country lore.

Before being awarded the ‘C’ test certificate, candidates must have trained for and passed The Pony Club’s Road Rider Achievement Badge (sew on) or The Pony Club Road Rider Test (pin on) or the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test.
Please contact Cathy Parsons if you are interested in taking this test.

C+ Test

Minimum age 13yrs old.  This is the first time that we have outside examiners and it is now compulsory to take this test before your B Test. The objectives of this test are:

  • 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 of 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.

B Test Riding & B Test Care

Members holding the full B Test are allowed direct entry to BHS Stage III.
There is a special B Test camp (14th to 16th July at Bovington) run by Area 14.  This test does require hard work and commitment and is best taken in the summer after GCSEs.
B+ Test (Optional)
Minimum age 16 yrs old.  The Test is a non-compulsory riding test taken after the Lungeing Test and either before or after AH. It is a “Stepping Stone” between B (full test) and A Test.

Lungeing, AH and A Test

The Pony Club A Test is the highest Test within The Pony Club structure. It is recognized world wide and is very much sought after!
Training for AH is normally done at Area level.  See main PC website for training dates.

Thank you to Sarah Baillie for pointing out to us this brilliant article from Country Life magazine.

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