The Pony Club Australia Proficiency Certificate structure encourages Riding Members to prepare for and take tests which enables them to learn progressively about horse and pony care and riding (horsemanship).
Proficiency Certificates Explained
Pre-requisites: No Pre-requisites
Candidates must have reasonable control of their ponies. Some help may be given, such as allowing ponies to work in company. Many games are suitable for teaching if taken at an appropriate pace.
- To gain confidence in riding, handling and caring for a pony.
- To be keen to learn and improve.
Pre-requisites: D Certificate
Candidates must have a control of their ponies and show a more secure and correct position for flatwork and jumping.
This certificate is an extra activity for any clubs wishing to include it in their curriculum, and fill in the years between 9 and 12. The D* Certificate is not a prerequisite for any subsequent Certificates.
- To work towards a balanced seat independent of the reins.
- To improve the rider’s control of the pony.
- To have an elementary knowledge of the handling and care of the pony.
Pre-requisites: D Certificate
Candidates should be encouraged to ride in snaffle bits where ever possible. If another bit is used, the candidate should know the name and understand its action. The rider should be able to maintain consistent contact through the reins.
In checking diagonals or leading leg, the candidate may drop the eyes to look at the shoulders but may not drop the head or lean forward. Ideally the concept of feel; through the seat should be introduced here.
The forward jumping position/s with the steady lower leg should be established by the time of the test. Candidates may have to hold onto the mane or a correctly fitting neck strap over the jump.
- To attain a balanced seat, independent of the reins on the flat and over small fences.
- To show control of the pony at all paces.
- Demonstrate knowledge of horse handling and horse care as outlined in the syllabus.
This is an alternative to the K certificate which bridges the gab between the C and B Certificates. Its purpose is to provide an incentive for members who, having achieved their C Certificate, would value an interim test to check progress and maintain interest.
Pre-requisites: C Certificate
Candidate should be:
- Encouraged to ride in a snaffle bit where ever possible. If another bit is used, the candidate must know the name of the bit and understand its action.
- Able to demonstrate active riding at a fast pace.
- Developing a correct and more effective seat, independent of the hands and reins when views from the front back and sides.
- Riding the pony to into a light, steady and even contact working towards accepting the bridle.
- Developing feels through the seat and should not have to look when checking diagonals or leading leg.
- Well established in the forward jumping position with a steady leg position and correct rein contact.
- To become an active rider with the knowledge of the aids and how to apply them correctly and effectively.
- To ride simple cross country and showjumping fences.
- To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care and conditioning of the horse in preparation for a strenuous event.
- To have a thorough knowledge of the road rules for horses. to ride safely and sensibly on the roads and in the country.
Pre-requisites: C Certificate
This is an alternative to the C* Certificate, between C and B. It is designed for the active rider, and covers many equestrian aspects not included in other certificates. The K comprises of a compulsory section and a wide variety of optional subjects.
- To widen the candidates experience in various aspects of horsemastership.
- To become an active and efficient rider who is thoughtful for the horse.
- To improve skills in horsemastership and other horse related activities.
Pre-requisites: D, C, C* or K Certificate
The assessor should not expect perfection at this standard, however a candidate should understand what is being attempted. The candidate should have sufficient ‘feel’ to realise what is and is not being achieved, and have an idea of how to set about improving the work.
The candidate must appreciate that the improvement of the horse’s balance and performance is entirely dependent on the improvement of the rider’s seat and the coordination of the aids. Automatically, with the strengthening of the rider’s seat, will come an increase in the riders ability to ride the horse up to steady contact to the bit. Through this the rider will come to influence the quality of the horses movements. The ability to do this, even to a degree, is a basic requirement for this standard.
The candidate should be able to work and care for a fully stabled horse, and maintain its standard of training and health ie. for approximately one month period.
If the candidate was asked to look after a horse belonging to someone else, they would be expected to maintain the horse’s standard of stable management, lunge the horse and ride the horse on the flat to maintain its level of fitness.
- To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care and conditioning of horses and be able to look after a stabled horse.
- To become a competent, all-round rider, who knows the reasons for what he/she is doing and is able to assess results.
- To rider over different types of fences at specified paces.
- To be capable of riding and jumping their own horse, and assessing its performance.
- To be capable of joining in any suitable Pony Club activities of interest to the rider, for example, eventing, hunting, trekking, gymkhanas. etc. and looking after the horse before, during and after the event.
- To ride intelligently and with due regard for others on the roads.
Pre-requisites: D, C, C* or K and B Certificates
The preparation for the “A” certificate should be progressive and continuous. It is an exam for the serious and dedicated rider who is prepared to devote thought, time and effort to improving his/her riding and knowledge of training a young horse. The years between B and A Certificates must be spent in conscious preparation. Intense or “crash” courses seldom result in success.
The candidate should:
- Apply the knowledge, both in the stables and on the horse.
Knowledge alone is not enough. The assessor must be satisfied that the candidate has had practical experience in the given tasks.
- Have a genuine quest for knowledge and a desire to understand the reasons behind what they do.
- Have a well established, balanced riding position.
- Apply correct aids in a precise way.
- Develop the ability to put actions into words, thereby possessing the ability for self assessment.
- To become an educated horse person, able to ride with confidence and style on the flat and over fences.
- To understand the principles of training, including young horses, and to be able to put these principles into practice.
- To be capable of riding and jumping horses of all temperaments and stages of training and assessing the horse’s potential and how it could be schooled to improve ride and performance.
- To gain wide knowledge of the care and conditioning of horses.
- To have a sound knowledge of the organisation and running of Pony Club Australia and the Candidates own State Association.
- To have knowledge of other societies and organisations connected with horses.
State Chief Instructor’s Panel
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