How do I join Pony Club?
Individuals join USPC by becoming a member of the local Pony Club or Riding Center. A club
is a group of parents and other adult volunteers who have gotten together to administer the
Pony Club program in their area. Typically, a member needs to have his or her own horse or
pony, or access to one in order to join a club and get the most out of the program. A center
is an equestrian facility that has been recognized by USPC to administer the Pony Club program
to its clients and others in the area. Typically a center is able to provide a pony or horse for
their members if they don’t have one of their own.
How much does it cost to join Pony Club?
When an individual joins Pony Club, they are a member of the National Organization, USPC,
a region (a geographic collection of clubs and centers), and a local club or center. Membership
runs yearly January 1 through December 31. Narrows PC dues for 2018 have currently under
review, but in 2017 they were around $55 month for all meetings (three lessons per month),
with rallies, camps, and certifications billed separately. National annual dues are $155, and
membership in the Northwest Region is s $45 per year.
Do I have to own a horse?
Ownership of a horse or pony is not required for membership, but arrangements for a suitable
mount must be made on an individual basis.
What if I don't have a pony, what if I have a horse?
It doesn't matter, as long as the mount is suitable according to the Pony Club policy. The word
"pony" in Pony Club comes from the British Pony Club and was originally used to refer to the
size of the rider, not the size of the horse.
How often does the club/center have meetings?
This varies between each club or center. Many clubs/centers have on mounted meeting and
one unmounted meeting each month. Some clubs/centers meet weekly. During unmounted
meetings members learn about feeding, shoeing, veterinary care, and other areas of horse
management. Under adult supervision, the more experienced Pony Club members instruct and
assist the more inexperienced members. Narrows typically has two mounted meetings (one flat,
one jumping) and one unmounted meeting each month, except in the summer.
How old does an individual have to be to join?
There is no national minimum age to join Pony Club. Some clubs, centers, and regions have set a minimum age. Members are considered youth members until December 31st of the year they turn 25. Adult members are classified as Horsemasters and are any individual aged 25 and above. Narrows will offer a Horsemasters program in 2018 for parents interested in learning, certifying, and competing as well, and at this point there is no minimum age to join, but we do want to be ensure kids are able to benefit form the lessons. Narrows offers a separate program (the 'Badge' program) for children who are not ready for the full program.
What kind of clothes do I need to buy?
USPC is committed to safety. It is a membership requirement that Pony Club members wear a riding helmet meeting the ASTM/SEI standard when attending mounted meetings. Parents should be prepared to purchase this item and the minimum basic riding equipment such as jodphurs, paddock boots, etc. Narrows recommends that members wear gloves for riding and some other activities, and back protectors for jumping - and they are required for cross country lessons. Narrows ha s a lot of hand me downs, so before you spend a lot of money, check and see if we have used items that may be more affordable to help you get started.
What opportunities are available to members?
Along with learning riding and horse care skills at local meetings, there are a variety of other educational and competitive opportunities in Pony Club for its members. Narrows PC participates in shows, camps. clinics, competitive Pony Club rallies, as well as organizing social events for its members throughout the year.
Do I need to/can I take riding lessons in addition to Pony Club?
Most members take riding lessons in addition to Pony Club. The Pony Club program is designed to be a supplement to any other formal individual training a member is receiving.
Do parents need to "know" horses?
No, they don't need to "know" horses, but they will be involved. Clubs are administered by the parents and other adult volunteers in the area. Parents play an important role in the club. Centers are administered by a facility, but many still rely on their parents to assist in the program. Parents should ask any club or center they are thinking of having their child join about the expectations for the parents in the club or center. Narrows PC encourages all parents to be involved in the management and development of the Club.
How can I join or find out more about Narrows Pony Club?
We would love to talk to you about our Club! If you have more questions or are interested in joining, please contact Anni at Grand Farms on or call/text to 253-225-3672, or Summer Kenesson, on or call/text 253 226 2693.