WHAT IS "RALLY"?
A Guide for New Pony Club Parents
"Pony Club is
unique among riding organizations because its educational programs place equal
emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse-care fundamentals, and team
participation with sportsmanship... Pony Club prepares its members to take on
the responsibilities of owning a horse by the judging of Horse Management at all
its competitive rallies. The
competitors are judged within their respective rating levels on their knowledge
and use of sound, practical horse care, which they have acquired through regular
Horse Management Handbook... 1996.
USPC Standards of Proficiency is a progressive ratings system designed to
provide a framework of common knowledge for members at any given rating.
The MidSouth Region of the United States Pony Club offers Dressage, Show
Jumping, Tetrathlon, Mounted Games and Eventing Rallies. They all have
horse-care judging and riding competition based on the rating level of each
team. The goal is to develop independent, responsible riders who are capable of
unloading their horse at a show, setting up their own stall in a safe manner,
taking good care of their very expensive equipment and monitoring their horse's
health without needing their parents or coach to do it for them.
Rally promotes these goals by not allowing any adults, except for the
Horse Management Judges, in the barn area or warm-up rings for the duration of
the activity. The kids learn to
share the work and their equipment with each other, while their parents
volunteer for different jobs during the day.
We hold D-level Rally Camps
beforehand to teach the Horse Management information and skills to take care of
their horse and their tack. Your
child must be in a regular lesson program and prepared to ride at their desired
level as a prerequisite to signing up for Rally. Our focus is on checking
that all necessary grooming equipment has been assembled, lessons on tack and
boot cleaning, and the necessary stall card and feed room forms are properly
completed. We require that each
"D2 & D3" child who wants to sign up for a D eventing team has had
several successful cross-country schools with their instructor within the
previous fall/winter season or have attended a show that includes cross-country before
the Rally Meeting so that their preparedness can be properly assessed at that
time. Each rider must provide a current-year Qualifying Certificate to
that effect from their instructor as part of their Rally entry papers. Kids
who want to do the Combined Test with no cross-country only dressage and show
jumping in a ring have that option also.
kids who do not have a horse to ride are encouraged to come as Stable Manager
for a team. They help their teammates get ready for Turn Out, riding, turn
backs, etc. Each team is responsible
for providing a place in one of their rooms for their Stable Manager if they are
coming without parents. CBPC pays
their entry fee.
your email for the date of the Rally Organizational Meeting in April.
is held the third week in June at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.
Dates are posted on our web site. The 'D' Rallies and Dressage Rally
teams all ship in on a Wednesday. D1s,
D CT, Dressage Rally kids finish on Thursday, while the D Eventing are finished
Friday afternoon. C' levels
ship in Thursday and finish Sunday.
All kids who sign up will be
contacted about Camp, which is held before Rally.
D1s have C Advisors to
assist them at Camp and at Rally.
WANT ALL YOU KIDS, ESPECIALLY D1s, TO COME TO RALLY!!!
If the parents have any questions, please call us so we can help
you solve any potential roadblocks to your kids joining this gathering of
several hundred young riders in Lexington this summer.
Come to the Kentucky Horse
Park and discover the "Pony Club Way"!