Parents Guide to C1
- Published: Wednesday, 27 November 2013 20:17
RIDING TEST EXPECTATIONS: Candidate should ride with confidence and control on the flat and
over fences, demonstrating a basic balanced position and use of natural aids. The candidate should begin riding mount freely forward in balance and rhythm while developing a light contact.
HORSE MANAGEMENT EXPECTATIONS: The candidate should show a developing awareness of cause and effect in the care of own mount. He/she should be familiar with local common horse terms. Assistance is recommended in demonstration of bandaging.
RATING CHECK LIST 2008
This checklist is to be used as a tool for the clubs to guage the readiness of a candidate for a rating. The boxes should be checked off only when the candidate has successfully demonstrated competence at the necessary skill to a qualified instructor.
STANDARDS OF PROFICIENCY
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., establishes Standards of Proficiency within the framework of the international Pony Club movement as the curriculum for a program of instruction and evaluation of its members for ratings.
This prep outline has been prepared to help you cover the Horse Management aspects of the C-1 Test. The riding aspects are listed for your information and you may want to check off the skills as you accomplish them. The Horse Management area has plenty of space provided for you to fill in the answers. It is helpful for you to do this exercise because it not only gives you a great review format but it helps you organize your thoughts and put them on paper. This reinforces the knowledge and helps you verbalize your thoughts in the testing section. Please practice verbalizing your answers.
1. Attire to be correctly formal or informal, Pony Club pin, long hair neatly up or back, and no
2. Mount to be well groomed, reflecting regular care, with healthy coat and no sweat or dirt; mane and
tail brushed with little to no dandruff; external areas around sheath/udder clean; feet
picked/showing regular farrier care; eyes, nose, lips, dock clean.
3. Tack is to be safe, properly adjusted, and supple; no jockeys or dust; stress points clean; no cracked
leather; metal clean/polished; stirrup pads clean.
4. Identify all tack used on own mount and discuss fit.
RIDING ON THE FLAT
1. Demonstrate suppling exercises for rider without stirrups at a walk.
2. Demonstrate mount’s warm-up routine for everyday work.
3. Discuss candidate’s warm-up for both rider and mount with examiner.
4. Work mount at walk, trot and canter, with smooth transitions, demonstrating correct bend,
performing straight lines on centerline, 20-meter circles, and figure eights with simple transitions at
5. Demonstrate long rein, loose rein and light contact at walk.
6. Demonstrate a rein back (2-3 simple steps back).
7. Discuss aids for and then demonstrate a turn on the forehand.
8. Discuss performance with the examiner on the following: the rider’s basic balanced position;
whether or not mount was moving freely forward in balance and rhythm, and whether rider
established a light contact.
9. Describe three artificial aids and their use
10. Rider should show firm basic balanced position, using natural aids and control in initiating free
forward movement with a light feel of mount’s mouth.
RIDING OVER FENCES
1. Ride over small gymnastic grid of three fences finishing with an ascending oxer set at, but not to
exceed, 2’9” set at appropriate distances for mount’s stride.
2. Ride over jump course of 6-8 obstacles, including a two-stride combination set at an appropriate
distance for mount’s stride. The majority of fences are to be set at, but not to exceed, 2’9”. (Grid
distances and two stride combination may be adjusted for individual mounts.)
3. Discuss performance with examiner, including steadiness of pace and ways ride could be improved.
RIDING IN THE OPEN
1. Ride safely with control in a group on a suitable mount, at the walk, trot and canter.
2. Discuss and demonstrate riding safely over varied terrain, incorporating as many of the following
elements as local conditions allow: hills, small/shallow ditches, low banks, flat open areas,
and shallow streams.
3. Ride over five to seven cross-country obstacles at appropriate speed (240-350 meters per minute), the
majority of fences to be, but not to exceed 2’9”.
4. Discuss performance, giving reasons for any disobediences.
5. Rider shows firm basic balanced position over fences while riding with control
1. Discuss what is meant by conditioning and how to condition for Pony Club activity of candidate’s
1. Describe how feeds are measured and weighed; know amount and type of feed for own mount; describe
characteristics of good and bad feed, watering, and pasture.
1. Discuss bedding appropriate to candidate’s area.
2. Describe conditions which foster internal & external parasites, procedures for parasite control, in
pasture and stall management; describe ways to control flies and bot eggs.
3. Discuss types and causes of stable vices.
4. Describe and give reasons for three types of clipping.
5. Put a blanket/sheet on own mount, demonstrating proper fit, and proper fit of a halter
CONFORMATION & LAMENESS
1. Identify good and bad points of basic leg conformation.
2. Describe five common unsoundnesses as to location and outward appearance.
1. Discuss basic equipment needed for mount’s safety and comfort during trailer travel.
2. Demonstrate trailer safety check using Trailer Safety Checklist (found on USPC website/forms)
1. Review candidate’s Pony Health Maintenance Record Book (Must cover a minimum of 6 months prior to
testing, to include immunizations, worming schedule, teeth care, veterinary visits, farrier care).
HEALTH CARE / VETERINARY KNOWLEDGE
1. Describe how to treat minor wounds.
2. Discuss regular worming control for own mount, and how and why to de-worm new horses in barn.
3. Know health care schedule for own mount including dates of inoculations (tetanus, encephalomeyelitis,
etc.) deworming, shoeing, and teeth floating.
4. Measure and record pulse, temperature and respiration of own mount at rest (with assistance).
INTRODUCTION TO HORSE SPORTS
1. List all the horse sports offered in USPC
1. Under direct supervision of examiner, demonstrate, and explain to a D Pony Club member, reasons for
a safety and tack inspection, and discuss any safety issues found.
1. Name three different uses of land on which you, or others, ride. Examples: Farmland, fair grounds,
2. If your region conducts an Eventing Rally, determine who owns the land where the rally is held and the
total amount of acres owned.
3. Identify one place in your area previously used for equestrian activities that is no longer available.
1. Discuss reasons for longeing, necessary equipment and safety procedures.
2. Demonstrate jogging mount, moving mount actively forward from the whip, with smooth transitions.
FOOT & SHOEING
1. Discuss five steps in shoeing.
2. Recognize farrier tools and use.
1. Apply a stable/standing bandage under direct supervision of, and with assistance from, the