Wheatland Farm USPC Riding Center

Wheatland Farm is thrilled to be recognized as the first inclusive USPC Riding Center in the country.  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.

Overview:

The Wheatland Farm USPC Riding Center program runs throughout the year.  It begins with 6 weekly ground (unmounted) winter lessons focused on horsemanship and equine care.  In the Spring there are 6 weekly mounted lessons, followed by "rallies" in the Spring, Summer and Fall  for any members wishing to participate (See FAQs  for information regarding rallies. )  In the Fall there are an additional 6 mounted lessons.  Members may participate as much or as little as they choose.

Ratings:

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 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!

Membership:

There are 3 tiers of organization within the USPC program:  National, Regional, and the Club level.  Members must join all 3 levels to participate in USPC sanctioned events.

*  First, members join the National USPC  ($155 annual fee).  The form and check, made payable to USPC,

     must be returned to Wheatland Farm.

*  To participate in events within the region, members must join Virginia Region Pony Club 

     ($30/Annual Due)

*  Lastly, members join their local Riding Center ($25 annual fee), check made payable to Wheatland     

     Farm.

Please email wheatlandfarmsecretary@gmail.com if you are having any difficulty registering at any level.

2019/2020 Lesson Schedule: 

Fall Mounted Lessons:   Wednesdays, September 4,  11,  18,  25, October 2, 9 :   

5:30 - 6:30pm ~ Isla, Nuriya, Lorelei

6:30 - 7:30pm  ~ James, MacKenzie, Laura, Kayden,  Lily

Riding Rating ~ TBD 

Wintermester Ground School ~ January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15.

Fees:

Unmounted Horsemanship Lessons: $30 per lesson

Mounted Lessons:  $15 per Pony Club group lesson

Memberships: USPC ~ $155./VRPC ~ $30/Wheatland Farm Riding Center ~ $25

Rally Entry Fees:  To Be Determined

Ratings:  Based upon examiner and number of riders in the rating