Centennial Pony Club
Apollo Equestrian is excited to offer Pony Club opportunities by joining forces with the Centennial Pony Club starting in January 2024!
Pony Club has been around since the 1950's, and was developed to help young riders develop correct riding and horsemanship skills. The cornerstones of the foundation are education, safety, sportsmanship, stewardship, and FUN. From their website: “The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is an educational organization which builds the foundations of teamwork and sportsmanship through riding, mounted sports, care of horses and ponies, while developing and enhancing leadership, confidence, responsibility, and a sense of community in its youth and adult members.”
More information here: www.ponyclub.org
I think this is a great opportunity for riders who want to learn more about horses (horsemanship and riding), as well as those who want to be competitive.
Who can join?
Pony Club has historically been for young riders, but has expanded to include riders of all ages!
How much does it cost?
The yearly dues are as follows: National dues: $155 annual dues for 2024 for new members; Regional dues are $33.33 annually, Club dues are $60, waived until February 29th, 2024. Annual total before 2/29/24: $188.33, Annual total before 2/29/24: $248.33.
Group lessons are currently set at $15/ rider.
Rates for Clinic Days, Rallies, and other activities vary based on the time and travel involved.
There would also be a discounted charge for using horses for these activities for riders without their own horse or pony.
What activities are involved?
There are a lot of options- none of which are required. Every family can choose their own adventure! Some examples include lessons, clinic days (longer format lessons where we can cover more material and have in-the-saddle and on-the-ground components), fundraising activities and fundraising events, rallies (these are competitions), field trips, volunteer opportunities, and symposiums. Members also have access to educational materials online.
What’s the time commitment?
The time commitment is completely up to you. For now, lessons will be offered twice weekly. I’d love to attend rallies and get involved with other clubs and events in the area! There are several other clubs in Colorado.
While there is a structured curriculum as riders move up the levels, riders aren’t required to pursue these to be involved. The C and D levels are easy and fun and overlap with what my riders have been doing in lessons. The higher levels do become harder.
What about regular lessons?
Apollo Equestrian will continue to offer regular lessons as I have been so it’s fine to join some Pony Club lessons and some regular lessons.