Friday October 18, 2019
Pony Club Tests

The Tests are intended to assess riding and horse and pony care in a structured way. Each must be taken in order – from E  (the easiest and aimed at the younger member) to A – the most difficult. The syllabus for each is on a printed card and available from Mrs Pope. As each Test is passed, she will give members the next level to work towards. The cards are also available from the Pony Club Office or from the online Shop.

E, D and D+ are for the younger rider and in our Branch usually accomplished at Summer Camp. Prior to attempting the D Test, members must have passed the Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge. (Our Mini Achievement Badges – see the Achievement Badges page for more details – are worked on throughout the winter and spring months.) Coloured felts are awarded with each Certificate and worn behind the Pony Club Badge on your jacket or sweatshirt. E = citron yellow, D = yellow, D+ = white, C = green, C+ = pink, B= red, A = Blue

E Standard – is a voluntary option

D Standard – to have a basic understanding of ponies; To achieve confidence in handling and riding a pony; to improve and enjoy learning about ponies. Must have attained the Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge.

D+ Standard – to be working towards a balanced seat independent of the reins. To understand elementary aids and be able to apply them.

The Road Rider Test – to promote safety on the road by recognising riders who can show that they ride with courtesy & responsibility & and be aware of & obey the law, the Highway Code, & the PC or BHS Riding and Roadcraft Manual.

C Standard – to understand the importance of, and to be working towards a secure seat independent of the reins. 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.

Pony Club Rider Achievement Badge ( must be attained before taking the C+ Test)

C+ Standard – To become an educated and practical horse(wo)man. 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, with due regard for others on the road and in the country, and with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups.

The Pony Club Hunting Certificate – for members between the ages of 11-15 years for those who currently hunt or would like to hunt.

The Pony Club Road Rider Test, or the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test (must be attained before attempting the  B Test)

 

B Standard – Riding – to become an effective horse(wo)man who knows the reasons for what (s)he is doing. 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 long-distance rides; to look after a pony before, during and after the days’ hunting or other activity. To ride intelligently and with due regard for others in the country, with a knowledge of pace, discipline and distance when riding alone and in groups.

B Standard – Horse and Pony Care – To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled pony and a pony at grass. To look after a pony before, during and after the day’s hunting or other activity

Lungeing Test – the test may be taken after B Test or B Horse and Pony Care. It must be attained before attempting AH Test.

A Standard – the A Test is the highest award of the Pony Club and provides a comprehensive examination in horsemanship, training young horses and handling mares and foals for senior members and associates. Passing A test is a really worthwhile achievement and provides the foundation to specialise in a branch of equitation. It is accepted by the BHS as an exemption from their Stages III and IV examination in riding and horsecare, subject to recommendation by the Pony Club training committee and approval by the BHS training and examination committee.