The Pony Club has launched a new test for younger members, its first new proficiency test for 35 years.

The E test is a voluntary option members may now take before tackling the D test. Riders can take the E test on or off the lead-rein and its objectives are to improve learning about ponies; to be happy on and around ponies, and to know the pony’s basic points. The test covers primary skills such as holding the reins, being able to trot on the lead-rein and feeding a carrot correctly.

Pony Club chief executive Judy Edwards said: “We now have a structure of efficiency tests that follow our members from their youngest days.”

Belvoir branch district commissioner Jenny Leslie told H&H: “I don’t know who this test is geared towards — though I do think the existing PC tests are getting harder. But we already have gold, silver and bronze tests that are easier than the D test, principally for Pony Club Centre members.”

Riders who pass the E test will be issued with a pale yellow felt to be worn behind their Pony Club badge on the lapel of their jacket.

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