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
compete in the
disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing and tetrathlon (running,
swimming, riding and marksmanship).
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
Hinkson Valley Pony
the same club, many of the teams are ‘scramble teams,’ composed of team mates who have never
met or worked together before the rally.”
of three to five pony club members and their mounts.
They are judged on their riding
skills, their horse
management skills and sportsmanship.”
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.
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
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
veterinary care and other areas of horse management. Under adult
supervision, the more experienced Pony Club members instruct and assist younger
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.
or go to http://midwest.ponyclub.org.
for her pony.