Ratings

2017


Procedure for Attempting a Rating Exam:

1. Together with your parent, you must ask permission from the D.C. (Mrs. DiPasqua) to attempt your rating.
2. To allow adequate time for examiner scheduling, request for permission must be received at least one month before the scheduled rating date (see the Calendar to check the next rating date.)
3. Mr. DiPasqua (RHPC rating coordinator) will arrange for examiners and set up the rating session for the candidates. He will notify you of times and schedules.

Requirements:

1. You must be a member in good standing with RHPC.
2. Pony clubbers may share mounts for D-1 to D-3 ratings only. C-1 and C-2 mount may not be shared for a full testing at the same rating. Also an exchange of mounts is not permitted.
3. At no time may a rating be considered a "mock" rating or "for practice".

Tips:

1. Preparation begins well in advance.
2. Know the standards of proficiency for the specific rating level you are attempting. There should be no surprises about what is expected of you at your rating. You will be tested against the standards. The standards are completely spelled out in a document called the "standards of proficiency" . See the National Pony Club website and click on "D Standards of Proficiency" or "C Standards of Proficiency" if you do not already have copies of the standards. The standard describe both the mounted and unmounted skills (what pony club calls horse management) that the candidate is expected to demonstrate on the day of the rating. To find the horse management info listed in the standards, study the appropriate sections of the D or C manuals.
3. Bring necessary equipment/materials as required by your rating.
4. Turnout (grooming, cleaning of tack, preparation and presentation of the mount) is expected to be executed by the pony clubber, not a parent or groom
4. Bring a safe, sound, and appropriately schooled mount. If uncertain, speak to the D.C.
5. Get a good night's sleep the night before so you can do your best.

Please remember that ratings take time and energy to schedule. Be respectful and cooperative with organizers and examiners.

New Members:

1. Young inexperienced members begin "unrated" and may take a D-1 rating exam as ready.
2. An older, more experienced rider may be capable of passing several rating levels at a time at the first testing. However, USPC strongly advises the first rating not exceed D-3 because the candidate needs to gain Pony Club experience before moving on. RHPC has adopted this policy
3. Once the first rating has been completed, a Pony Club member may take only one rating at a time.

Riding Examinations - Approximate Duration

D-1 approximately 2 hours
D-2 approximately 2 hours
D-3 approximately 3 - 5 hours (Bring a snack)
C-1 approximately 5 - 7 hours (Bring a snack)
C-2 approximately 7 - 8 hours (Bring a snack)
C-3 approximately format varies - 1 - 2 days

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RHPC offers ratings late fall and early spring each year

The Pony Club Pledge

As a member of the United States Pony Clubs, I stand for the best in sportsmanship as well as in horsemanship. I shall compete for the enjoyment of the game well played and take winning or losing in stride, remembering that without good manners and good temper, sport loses its cause for being. I shall endeavor to maintain the best tradition of the ancient and noble skill of horsemanship, always treating my horse with consideration due a partner.

Joining RHPC

Are you interested in joining Radnor Hunt Pony Club?

Please contact Radnor Hunt Pony Club’s District Commissioner – Sandy DiPasqua at the link on the "Who's Who" page or call her at 610-357-9768 and she will be happy to help you! For more information for the United States Pony Club about the pony club program, please click here: http://www.ponyclub.org.

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Facility Usage

If you are NOT an RHPC member but would like to use the RHPC facilities WHICH INCLUDE:

  • TWO FENCED ARENAS – ONE EQUIPPED WITH LIGHTS FOR EVENING USE
  • A DRESSAGE RING
  • A WARM-UP RING
  • CROSS COUNTRY OBSTACLES THROUGHOUT OUR 17 ACRES OF CONSERVED LAND
  • 2 GRAVELLED WASH STALLS
  • WATER ACCESS WEATHER PERMITTING
  • TRAILER PARKING WHILE RIDING ON THE GROUNDS

THEN

USPC Links



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