Midwest Region Pony Club Mega Rally at WWU this week

The Midwest Region
of the United States
Pony Club is holding its annual “Mega
Rally,” this week (June 19-22) at William Woods University. This is the fourth
year for WWU to host the competition for approximately 60 representatives from Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and
New Mexico.
 
Mega Rally is an event where teams of horses and riders
compete in the
disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and tetrathlon (running,
swimming, riding and marksmanship).
 
“A Pony Club Rally, unlike a regular horse show, gives pony
club members the opportunity to compete as part of a team. Members
work together to earn awards in their chosen
riding disciplines, and in horse
management,” said Melissa Purvis, administrative assistant in the WWU
equestrian division and secretary of the
local club,
Hinkson Valley Pony
Club.
 
“Although some of the teams will be made of team mates from
the same club, many of the teams are ‘scramble teams,’ composed of team mates who have never
met or worked together before the rally.”
 
She added, “Each team is composed
of three to five pony club members and their mounts.
They are judged on their riding
skills, their horse
management skills and sportsmanship.”   
 
Pony Club differs from other competitions because the
members are judged on their horse
management skills, as well as their riding. Stable
management judges are in the barns
judging how safely the participants work around their horses and
how well they tend
to their horses’
needs. The riders learn team work, time
management and responsibility.
 
Pony Club is one of the leading youth equestrian
organizations in the world,
represented throughout 30 countries. The United States
has more than 600
individual clubs and centers spread throughout 48 states and the Virgin Islands,
with more than 11,000
members.
 
Pony Club provides opportunities for instruction and
competition in English
riding, horse sports and horse management for children and
young adults up to 25 years of age. The term “pony” reflects the age of the
members, rather than the size of the mount. Horses
and ponies of many different
breeds, shapes and sizes are seen in Pony Club
activities.
 
During 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 younger
members.
 
Pony Club members are encouraged to work their way
through the 10 stages of the progressive standards of proficiency, which test
knowledge and riding ability. Pony Club members who attain the
B, H-A, and A rating levels meet standards of competence that are
recognized throughout the horse world.
 
For more information, contact Purvis at 573-592-4397 or melissa.purvis@williamwoods.edu
or go to http://midwest.ponyclub.org.

 CUTLINES:
A young girl shows her affection
for her pony.
A horse and rider jump an obstacle in competition.
Two equestrians tend to a horse’s bandages.