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Wheatland Farm Pony Club
Wheatland Farm is proud to be recognized as the country's first inclusive USPC Riding Center. USPC is an educational organization for youth and adults that teaches riding, mounted sports, and the care of horses and ponies, thereby developing responsibility, sportsmanship, moral judgment, leadership, and self-confidence.
The Wheatland Farm USPC Riding Center program runs throughout the year. Weekly riding lessons are taught from the USPC curriculum, preparing members to take their mounted ratings. Unmounted lessons are offered twice per year to prepare members for Horse Management ratings. A four-week series of horse management lessons are held in spring and fall. Members may participate in as many of the series as they wish. As a riding center, you do not need to have your own pony or horse to join. You may borrow one of our lesson horses; however, we do require a riding assessment prior to joining the lesson series so that you may be matched with the appropriate lesson horse.
USPC utilizes a certification program to reflect riders' equine knowledge and riding abilities. All new members begin with a D-1 rating (lowest) and have the opportunity to ascend through the program to the highest level of "A". An "A" certified Pony Club member is recognized internationally as an expert in horse knowledge and riding ability. The D-1 rating presumes no horse experience. As such, ALL LEVELS of riders may participate. USPC members can expect their USPC instructors to help prepare them for the next level. Riders can progress through the rating system at their own pace! Ratings are not a race!
There are 3 tiers of organization within the USPC program: National, Regional, and Club levels. Members must join all 3 levels to participate in USPC-sanctioned events. First, members join their local Riding Center ($25 annual fee), check made payable to Wheatland Farm. Members must be currently enrolled students of Wheatland Farm. Upon enrollment in Wheatland Farm's Pony Club, members will receive an email to join the National USPC. To participate in events within our Virginia region, members must join Virginia Region Pony Clubs.
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