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 ‘Efficiency Tests’ range from E Test (extremely simple) to A test (devilishly hard!). These tests give a structured training and assessment system to work our members equine education around and while we LOVE our members to have fun we also want them to learn a bit about care and riding of horses, the Pony Club is after all an educational charity!
It is a great idea for members to get involved in the test system, usually starting with E or D test at mini/ junior camp. Once the higher levels are attained there are special rallies put on only for those who have reached that level and are training towards the next. Working Rallies tend to be grouped depending on the test level being worked towards, so tests are essential to staying grouped with peers. B and A tests are worldwide recognised qualifications and offer direct entry to higher levels of BHS qualification and even UCAS points. It is important that members try to work towards and take tests, especially when they are older, otherwise some rallies may not be open to them.
The tests are taken at recommended ages and are designed with certain objectives in mind - full details can be found on the main Pony Club website and the PC Training System, which shows the order the tests should be taken, can be downloaded here or by clicking on the box below.
Tests are usually held a couple of times and a year and you will be contacted by the Tests Secretary (Emma Dag) or DC (Posy Knapp) if it is thought you/your child is ready to take a test.
For those working towards their D, D+ and C Tests it is well worth checking out the Pony Clubs "Pony Prep" pages which uses quizzes, games and videos to teach, in a fun way, horsemastership and horse care up to C level. The Pony Club have also recently added online training - Pony Prep Plus for the C+ test.
In addition to PC Tests, Achievement Badges and Mni Achievment Badges, covering a variety of horse care related subjects can be taken at various times during the year- usually during stable managment sessions and at camp.
If you have any questions relating to pony Club Tests, please email Emma Dag