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.
The Wheatland Farm USPC Riding Center program runs throughout the year. It begins with 6 weekly winter riding lessons, with additional focus on horsemanship and equine care. In the Spring there are 6 weekly mounted lessons, followed by "rallies" in the Spring and Fall for any members wishing to participate (See FAQs for information regarding rallies. ) In the Fall there are an additional 6 mounted and unmounted lessons. Members may participate as much or as little as they choose.
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!
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
* Lastly, members join their local Riding Center ($25 annual fee), check made payable to Wheatland
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are having any difficulty registering at any level.
2020/2021 Lesson Schedule:
Fall Pony Club Lesson: September 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12 & 19
Fall Rating date to be announced
6 Week Pony Club Lesson Series to include unmounted Horsemanship lessons and mounted lessons: $330 per 6 week session
Memberships: United States PC ~ $155 ; Virginia Region PC ~ $30; Wheatland Farm Riding Center ~ $25
Rally Entry Fees: To Be Determined
Ratings: Based upon examiner and number of riders in the rating