The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation for young people interested in ponies and riding. Founded in England in 1929, and granted independent charitable status on 1st January 1997, there are around 345 Branches and 480 Centres in the UK alone. The Pony Club has been the starting point for a large majority of equestrian team members and medal winners.
The Pony Club is represented in no less than 27 countries with a worldwide membership exceeding 110,000 making it the largest association of young riders in the world.
In 1998, the Centre Membership scheme was launched for those, without their own pony who ride at riding schools, to become Members and take part in all that The Pony Club has to offer. There are currently around 525 Pony Club Centres spread across the UK.
New Pony Club Centre Membership is open to anyone under 25 years of age who does not own a pony. Members pay an annual subscription and receive instruction at a Pony Club linked Centre, this subscription constitutes Membership of the Club and includes third party insurance.
What we do
At Snowdon Farm, Pony Club runs every Monday evening, apart from bank holidays, from 4pm to 6pm. We take children from the age of 6 years, who are regular riders with us. The Monday Pony Club evenings cover all the horsemanship topics, working towards badges and certificates. Horse riding is practiced on weekly lessons.
The children all start by working to achieve mini badges, then move on to the equine achievement badges and progressive tests, these are assessed by our staff on certain dates throughout the year.
For the efficiency tests, we have a Pony Club examiner come in to Snowdon to assess everyone. This is usually 2 or 3 times a year.
At Snowdon we run Pony Club league competitions. There are 4 of these a year, dressage at Easter, jumping in the May holidays, le trec in August and jumping at Christmas. The children gain points for their results which add up to win end of year rosettes and trophies.
We have fancy dress competitions at Halloween and Christmas, the children bring fancy dress clothes for themselves and the horses and spend a while dressing up, followed by a parade to chose the winner. We then play themed games afterwards, like dressing up as a mummy, slime race, apple bobbing and gymkhana games.
In the summer holidays, we run a 2 day camp, where the children each have a pony to look after, and do various activities, such as hacking, bareback riding, jumping and handy pony. They then camp in tents in the indoor school overnight. There are plenty of games and competitions to be involved in. We take bookings for this from June onwards.
For more information about Pony Club at Snowdon Farm, please speak to us, or have a look at the Pony Club website.