Tuesday September 28, 2021
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Pony Club Tests

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.

Test OrderObjectivesFurther Info
E Test- To be happy both on and around ponies.
- To improve and enjoy learning about ponies.
- To know the basic points of the pony.
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Bronze 3- To start to learn about riding ponies
- Begin handling ponies and start to become confident around them.
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Bronze 2- Learn to have control when riding off the lead rein.
- Start to understand how to care for ponies.
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Bronze 1- Make controlled transitions.
- Ride independently from the rest of the ride.
- Start to be actively involved in the care of ponies.
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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.
- To hold more Mini Achievement Badges.
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Silver 3- Have a basic understanding of ponies.
- Achieve confidence in handling and riding a pony.
- To improve and enjoy learning about ponies.
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Silver 2- Start to develop a balanced seat.
- Become more involved in looking after ponies.
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Silver 1- To be working towards developing a balanced seat independent of the reins.
- Understand elementary aids and be able to apply them.
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D+ Test- To be working towards developing a balanced seat independent of the reins.
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Gold 3- Work towards an effective and balanced seat on the flat and over jumps.
- Know how to behave when riding on the roads and in the countryside
- Understand the requirements of a pony at grass
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Gold 2- Improve position on the flat and over jumps
- Understand the combined system of keeping ponies
- Understand the requirements of a stabled pony
- Be courteous to other road users
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Gold 1- Be in control of the pony in all paces and over jumps
- Have control over a pony on the roads and in the countryside
- Know how to look after a grass kept pony, or a pony on a combined system
- Know the country lore
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C Test- 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.
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Platinum 3, 2 and 1- To work towards becoming an educated and practical horseman
- To be able to look after ponies kept at grass and have experience and knowledge of looking after stabled horses
- To be able to ride at all paces over fences and varying terrain
- To be able to ride a well mannered horse or pony out hunting and be able to prepare him before the day and care for him afterwards
- To have a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline to ride intelligently and safely in a group or alone
- Ride with due regard for others in the country and on the roads
- To be able to ride safely on the public highway
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C+ Test- To become an educated and practical rider.
- 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.
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B Test - Horse & Pony Care- To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled horse/pony and of a horse/pony at grass.
- To look after these before, during and after the day’s hunting, eventing or endurance.
- 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 for others in the country, with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups.
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B Test - 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 for others in the country, with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups.
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B+ Test- Ride horses in harmony and balance.
- Be an effective rider on the flat, in show jumping and across country. - Showing balance and security of position (as described in Pony Club Publications).
- Assess horses’ way of going on the flat and over show jumps up to 90 cm.
- Correctly assess horses’ levels of work on the flat & over fences from the young horse up to Pony Club Eventing Level 4. Cross country fences up to 85 cm.
- Discuss plans to develop horses’ training.
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Lungeing Test- To be able to work the horse for exercise on the lunge.Read more
AH Test- Show a wide experience of caring for and handling different types of horses and ponies.
- Have the experience and knowledge to be able to look after two fit competition horses, a fit competition pony, a recuperating horse, an elderly retired horse and a mare and foal turned out.
- Be able to ride and lead for exercise.
- Support practical work shown with logical theory relevant to the individual horses.
- Carry out practical work swiftly and safely showing familiarity with the tasks.
- Be able to lunge fresh, fit, and possibly naughty horses as a form of exercise.
- Understand how the systems of the horse affect daily care in fit and resting horses.
- Recognise the symptoms of ailments and the problems that may arise from these, and be able to undertake suitable action.
- Understand the implications when breeding from a mare.
- Be aware of modern practices; all theory must be grounded, and candidates must be able to apply their knowledge to the horses supplied during the exam.
- The assessor will expect the candidate to show normal daily competence in their answers, but also the ability to observe any unusual behaviour or problem and to suggest a sensible solution.
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A Test- Show a secure, correct, balanced seat on the flat and over fences.
- Improve all horses they work, including young, awkward or refusing horses.
- Be able to support the practical work shown with logical theory relevant to the individual horses.
- Give the examiners confidence that a horse left with the candidate would improve in its way of going.
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