Sometimes it can be hard to stay motivated while taking lessons. The pony club tests give you an opportunity to aim for realistic and achievable goals and can provide you with a great sense of success without having to compete. All Pony Club Efficiency Tests must be taken in sequence and are designed to cover a progressively detailed and demanding syllabus. The later tests build on the sound foundations laid down in the earlier tests.
In addition to the Pony Club Tests you can also work for Achievement Badges. The Pony Club Achievement Badge scheme is a fun way to learn more about horsemanship and the countryside. These lovely colourful badges look very smart sewn onto the sleeves of your sweatshirt.
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These Tests are designed to help our members to learn progressively about horse, pony care and riding.
•Tests to be taken within members own branch of the pony club.
•Tests are optional, however if you choose not to do them you will be a little limited as regards competing because the tests are used as an entry requirement for most interbranch competitions.
•If a member does not acheive the neccesary level of efficiency for a test he/she must wait minimum of two months before taking the test again.
•The D.C. and Instructor will advise a member when to take a test. When you pass a test you will be awarded a signed certificate and a coloured disc, which you wear
under your pony club badge on your jacket. There are different coloured discs for different tests.
Minimum age: 8.
Badge Disc colour: Yellow.
Basic knowledge of ponies. Confident handling a quiet pony, with an understanding of the need to be safety conscious. Confident in walk and trot off the leadrein on a quiet pony
D + Test
Minimum age: 10 years.
Badge Disc colour: White.
Working towards a balanced seat independent of the reins, understand elementary aids and able to apply them. Be able to catch, tack up and ride your pony, showing care and understanding for its welfare.
Minimum age:12 years.
Badge Disc colour: Green.
To understand and to work towards an independent seat on the flat and over small fences.
To apply simple aids correctly.
A knowledge of the care of working a pony off grass.
To have full control of your pony and show courtesy to others when riding and to understand the importance of respecting other peoples land.
Riding And Road Safety Test
There is no disc for this exam but you can get a Riding and Road Safety Badge.
You are awarded a signed certificate.
It is compulsory to pass this test before you can attempt your C+ test.
Aim is to promote safety on the road. Riders must show that they ride with courtesy and responsibility and that they are aware of the law, the Highway Code guidance laid down in the Pony Club Riding & Road Safety Manual.
Minimum age: 14 years.
Badge Disc colour: Pink Felt.
To ride over fences at all paces.
To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of the stabled pony and of a grass kept pony.
To be capable of riding a well mannered pony out hunting and in all Pony Club activities.
To ride intelligently and with due regard for others on the roads and in the country, and with knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone or in groups.
Minimum age:16 years.
Badge Disc colour: Red.
Members must attend training and an assessment session prior to attempting this test.
It requires an in depth knowledge of stable management and very competent riding as horses are exchanged for flatwork.
Candidates are from all branches.
Test usually held in August.
Minimum age: 17 years.
Badge Disc colour: Orange.
This test is needed before attempting the B+ Test.
High level of Horsemanship.
No riding in this test.
It covers practical horse management, lunging, breeding, first aid, anatomy etc.
It is organised by Headquarters and takes place at the end of the summer.
Minimum age: 18 years or over.
Badge Disc colour: Lilac.
It is organised by Headquarters and D.C.’s submit names of candidates.
There are three parts to the test: riding, lunging and teaching.
Badge Disc colour: Purple.
This test is the highest award of the Irish Pony Club it provides a comprehensive examination in Horsemanship and Training Young Horses for Senior Members and Associates.
Candidates must hold the Pony Club H Test and must be good all-round horseman, with sound knowledge that has been acquired in logical sequence.
It is an exam for a serious and dedicated rider who is prepared to devote thought, time and effort to improving their own riding and their practical knowledge of training young horses.
This test is organised by Headquarters.
Note: You may apply to take the ‘A’ test before the date of your ‘H’ test, but you will have to withdraw if you fail to pass the ‘H’ test.
Candidates must have a practical experience with horses as well as ponies.