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  • Achievement Badges
  • Progressive Tests
  • Efficiency Tests

Undoubtedly the most widely known form of Pony Club awards: divided down into three key areas, these badges recognise the knowledge and understanding required in order to progress to the higher level of tests. This range is great – potentially skills such as first-aid, farming, map reading, saddlery, road safety, grooming, etc.

Mini BadgesAimed at the younger members' ability and understanding

  • Birds

  • Carriage Driving

  • Farming

  • Feed Your Pony

  • Fire Safety

  • Foot Care

  • Grooming

  • Horse Clothing

  • Mucking Out

  • Points Of The Horse

  • Poisonous Plants

  • Pony Behaviour

  • Road Rider

  • Saddlery

  • Working Dogs

Equine BadgesFocusing on a wider and more detailed understanding. The topics are endless and include such as first aid, rider safety, bandaging, road riding, equine behaviour, feeding, etc.

  • Access To Endurance

  • Bandaging & Rugs

  • Blue Cross Equine Welfare

  • Care Of The Horses Foot

  • Carriage Driving

  • Countryside Access

  • Dressage Arenas

  • Equine Behaviour

  • Equipment Safety

  • Feeding

  • First Aid (Equine)

  • Fitness

  • Handling & Grooming

  • Loading

  • Lorinery

  • Lungeing

  • Mucking Out

  • Native Breeds

  • Perfect Paddock

  • Plaiting

  • Points Of The Horse

  • RDA Volunteering

  • Road RIder

  • Saddlery

  • Security Awareness

  • Shoeing

  • Tack Cleaning

  • Turning Out Of Pony & Rider

  • Worm Control

Non-equine BadgesThe world around us

  • Bird Watching

  • Farming

  • Fire Marshall

  • First Aid (Human)

  • Flags Of Equestrian Nations

  • Fundraising

  • Knots

  • Map Reading

  • Piosonous Plants

  • Public Speaking

  • Stargazer

  • Trees

  • Wild Flowers

  • Wildlife

  • Working Dogs

Progressive Tests

Bronze

Aimed at progressing the rider from starting to learn about riding ponies and having control when riding off the lead rein, to being able to ride independently from the rest of the ride and be actively involved in the care of ponies.

Bronze

Progressing on from the bronze award. This test encourages riders to develop their balance and aids, and be able to handle ponies confidently and safely.

Bronze

Starting to jump and ride safely on the road; being able to recognise the difference in care required between a pony kept at grass, and one that is stabled.

Bronze

To have the ability to ride at competitions and be able to care for the pony before and after a competition. Advanced care and feeding knowledge to include bones and muscles of the pony.

Efficiency Tests

Spanning E to A these tests are seen as industry standards and interchangeable with the well-known British Horse Society exams. Building on the progressive tests these lettered tests are designed to give the rider an in-depth knowledge of care, riding and health including the ability to teach others.

Test Details Min Age
E Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2012
This is an official voluntary test for young new members. It is not necessary to either take or pass this Test before attempting the D test.
Candidates should be accompanied by an instructor. The Test may be taken on or off the lead rein.
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D Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2010
The Efficiency Tests provide a staircase of knowledge and progression when taken in sequence.
The Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge is a prerequisite before taking the D Test.
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D+ Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2010This is a test half way between 'D' and 'C'. The efficiency tests provide a staircase of knowledge and progression when taken in sequence. 10
C Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2010The efficiency tests provide a staircase of knowledge and progression when taken in sequence.
Before being awarded the 'C' test certificate, candidates must have trained for and passed The Pony Club's Road Rider Achievement Badge or The Pony Club Road Rider Test or the BHS Riding and Road Safety Test.
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C+ Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2010The efficiency tests provide a staircase of knowledge and progression when taken in sequence.
Before taking the c+ test, candidates must have passed the c test, including the road rider achievement badge. Riders may be required to change horses or ponies for some flat work.
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Road Rider TestA Certificate and a Badge can be awarded to succesful candidates 12
B B Test - Horse & Pony CareThe 'B' Test may be taken as a whole or in two parts:

  B Standard Riding
  B Standard Horse and Pony Care

These Tests may be taken on different occasions and in any order. Before taking the 'B' Test, Candidates must have passed the 'C+' Test and The Pony Club Road Rider Test or the BHS Riding & Road Safety Test.
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B B Test - RidingThe Test may be taken as a whole or in two parts:

  B Standard Riding

  B Standard Horse and Pony Care

These Tests may be taken on different occasions and in any order.

Before taking the'B' Test, Candidates must have passed the 'C+' Test and The Pony Club Road Rider Test or the BHS Riding & Road Safety Test.
B+ Standards of Efficiency Test Sheet 2012The Test is a non-compulsory riding test taken after the Lungeing Test and either before or after AH. It is a 'stepping stone' between B (full test) and A Test.

Candidates will be required to ride their own plus two horses belonging to other Members. It is a requirement that candidates allow their horse to be ridden by two other candidates on the flat and over show jumps including a course. Horses should be fit, suitable for other riders to use and go quietly in a double bridle.
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A A TestThe Pony Club A Test is the highest Test within The Pony Club structure. It is recognised world wide and is very much sought after!

Nominations must be made to The Pony Club Office on the official form having first been sanctioned by the District Commissioner and Area Representative.
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