NZPCA are proud to announce the arrival of the Achievement Badge initiative.
The Skill sheets and further information can be found here
Badges will ony be sold through the NZPCA eShop to Branch Head Coaches or Branch Secretaries. A full list of badges is available in the eShop.
The working rally is the backbone of The Pony Club. A working rally is one at which instruction is given and is open to all riding Members of the Branch. It may be either a mounted or unmounted rally. An unmounted rally is usually for horse and pony care instruction.
Rallies vary in length from an hour and a half to whole day rallies and even camps.
All mounted rallies follow a rally plan which are tailored to the level of the groups of riders attending.
The plans include a gear checking/safety brief, a 'lesson of the day' , a horse management lesson and games and activities. The longer rallies allow for extra activities such as treks, hunts,competitions and quizzes.
It is at rallies that riders are encouraged to work towards gaining their certificates.
Certificates are an essential part of the Pony Club system, providing incentive and encouragement to learn and improve at all levels. Pony Club members study for their certificates at rallies and can take exams to test their knowledge approximately every two years throughout their time at Pony Club.
Pony Club certificates are available for all ages and levels of competency with even a lead rein achievement card available for our youngest members. The Certifcates attainable are;
Riders without horses
A booklet containing all the examination syllabuses is available for purchase in our e shop.
Please note: the current B Certificate Record Card asks under the section Knowledge of Pony Club the name of the Chief Examiner, we no longer have a Chief Examiner, the role is filled by a lead Examiner at each H and A Exam only.
H AND A CERTIFICATES
The pinnacle of achievement for riders are the H (horse management) and A (riding) examinations.
These together award you with the A certificate which shows a very high level of competency in both riding and horse management and is recognised worldwide as such.