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Horse Management at Rallies
Each year our Region offers several opportunities for members to compete in Rallies. Most USPC competition is done by teams and the Rallies are all set up for teams. The first Rally of our year is always Quiz Rally which is the one unmounted rally. No horses need come and every level of member can compete in Classroom (much like College Quiz Bowls), Stations (teamwork in several tasks), Mega Room (each team member must identify numerous objects), Barn (does not have to include a real barn and real horses but we usually get to have the real thing to use for questions and demonstration of horse management skills) and a Written Test. Lots of fun and a great way to learn when it is too cold and snowy to ride very much.
ITS NEVER TOO EARLY TO GET A HEAD START ON STUDYING FOR QUIZ RALLY AND UPRATINGS!

Horse Management

USPC has three basic goals for members:
riding instruction,
development of horse and responsibilities,
and participation in various mounted sports.
 
USPC is unique because its educational programs place equal emphasis on the teaching of riding skills, horse-care fundamentals, and team participation with sportsmanship. From the moment children join USPC until they graduate, they are part of a broad network of activities and educational programs that promote the health and safety of both horse and rider. USPC is dedicated to developing knowledgeable, competent, responsible, and caring horsemen. USPC prepares its members in two ways to take on the responsibilities of horse care.

First, all clubs have a Horse Management program designed to teach skills and provide knowledge as members progress through the ratings in accordance with the USPC Standards of Proficiency. The style of Horse Management instruction varies from region to region and from club to club; however, every program is developed on the basis of the Standards, and the result is a common level
of knowledge for youngsters at any given rating level.
 
Second, USPC prepares members for the responsibilities of horse ownership by judging Horse Management practices at all rallies. The competitors are judged within their respective rating levels on their knowledge and application of sound, practical horse care principles acquired USPC New Member Booklet (from USPC Website).
 
Pony Club Rallies are offered in 7 different sports, and include: Dressage, Show Jump, Eventing, Games, Polocrosse, Quiz and Tetrathalon. Depending on age and rating, children have an opportunity to "qualify"  at a Regional Rally, and possibly advance to "Pony Club Championships", which is a multi-region rally. For more information on rallies, visit the USPC website at www.uspc.org.
 

Rally Attire

 

INFORMAL DRESS

FORMAL DRESS

HELMET 

properly fitted, ASTM/SEI certified, black or with black cover

properly fitted, ASTM/SEI certified, black or with black cover

BOOTS

riding boot, jodhpur boots or equivalent as described in the D manual. black or brown. clean and polished

black field or dress boots. clean and polished

PANTS

breeches (w/ tall boots) or jodhpurs (w/ jodhpur or paddock boots), conservative color other than white, belt if there are belt loops, garters and/or elastic foot straps w/ jodhpurs

white, buff, canary or tan breeches. belt is required if pants have belt loop

SHIRT

ratcatcher, turtleneck or plain collar, white or plain light color. must have sleeves

white riding shirt with neckband collar. must have sleeves

TIE

choker with pin/necktie, white or any other color

white stock tie with plain gold safety pin fastened horizontally through the knot. "ready-tied" stock ties are not allowed

COAT

hunt coat of any color other than solid black

solid black, solid navy blue, or dark gray (charcoal) hunt coat (no pinstripes)

GLOVES-optional

optional - brown or black (not white) cotton, synthetic, or leather

optional - brown or black (not white) cotton, synthetic, or leather

JEWELRY

PC pin should be worn on front of helmet or jacket lapel. NO
other jewelry except plain stock pin or tie tack

PC pin should be worn on front of helmet or jacket lapel. NO
other jewelry except plain stock pin or tie tack

HAIR

neat and tidy. long hair should be braided, done up in a bun or put under the helmet. medium hair should be put into a hair net. hair should never be in the rider's eyes or cover his/her number neat and tidy. long hair should be braided, done up in a bun or put under the helmet. a hair net should always be used.  medium hair should be put into a hair net. hair should never be in the rider's eyes or cover his/her number

neat and tidy. long hair should be braided, done up in a bun or put under the helmet. medium hair should be put into a hair net. hair should never be in the rider's eyes or cover his/her number neat and tidy. long hair should be braided, done up in a bun or put under the helmet. a hair net should always be used. medium hair should be put into a hair net. hair should never
be in the rider's eyes or cover his/her number

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