The Pony Club runs training opportunities and competitions for young people interested in riding.
The charity has been responsible for kick-starting the careers of equestrian team members and Olympic medal winners.
From mounted games and the prestigious Prince Philip Cup at Horse of the Year Show to area championships that allow riders to qualify for the prestigious national championships every summer, the Pony Club gives young riders countless opportunities to compete and represent their local branch.
While competition is a big part of PC life, training rallies and the annual camp are the mainstay of the organisation’s popularity. The organisation now includes numerous Members’ centres where young people who do not own their own pony can enjoy the benefits that the charity offers. Teaching young riders basic horse and pony care is an important part of the charity’s remit, with the Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship being a must-read book for all junior equestrians.
Many top riders have fond memories of their Pony Club days, which they have shared with Horse & Hound.