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Pony Club Tests are intended to assess riding and pony care in a structured way. The E-test is optional, but all other tests must be taken in sequence. However, older riders who have only just joined may start with the D+ test, or the C test.

We encourage ALL our members to train for, and take these tests, and training at Working Rallies and Camps will be on-going. The training is fun, and nothing to worry about! And we will advise you when you are ready for the test. Audrey Anthony (see Contacts) is our Test Manager.

E-TEST
This test can be taken on or off the lead-rein and can be taken at Mini-Camp. For under-8s.
BRONZE AWARDS 3, 2 & 1
ROAD RIDER MINI BADGE
D-TEST (yellow felt)
Designed for the younger rider - recommended 8-9 yrs. To have a basic understanding of ponies- handling and riding. We offer this at Junior Camp. Candidates must first have passed the Road Rider Mini Achievement Badge.
D+TEST (white felt)
To be working towards developing a balanced seat independent of the reins To understand elementary aids and be able to apply them. 10 yrs and over. Older riders, who have joined late or not attended Junior Camp may start with this test.
SILVER AWARDS 3, 2 & 1
RIDING AND ROAD SAFETY BADGE
We recommend this for everyone even if they never take another test! Members are taught the importance and the need for care courtesy, and safe riding on the roads and coached and prepared for The Pony Club or British Horse Society's Road Safety Test. NO ONE SHOULD RIDE ON THE ROADS WITHOUT HAVING TRAINING
C-TEST (green felt)
RIDERS MUST HAVE PASSED THE R AND RS ACHIEVEMENT BADGE or the Pony Club Riding and Road Safety Certificate. To understand the importance of, and to be working towards a secure seat independent of the reins, apply simple aids correctly, have a knowledge of the care and working of a pony off grass, be in control of the pony on the roads and in the countryside and have a proper regard for country lore. 11 yrs and over.
C+TEST (pink felt)
To become an educated and practical horseman, ride over fences at all paces. To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled pony and of a pony at grass. To be capable of riding a well-mannered pony out hunting and in all Pony Club activities. To ride intelligently and with due regard for others on the roads and in the country, and with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups. 14 years and over.
GOLD AWARDS 3, 2 & 1
PC or BHS RIDING AND ROAD SAFETY TEST click here for BHS test
B-TEST HORSE AND PONY CARE (brown felt)
RIDERS MUST HAVE PASSED either THE PONY CLUB ROAD RIDER or BHS RIDING AND ROAD SAFETY TEST. To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care of a stabled pony and of a pony at grass. To look after a pony before, during and after the day's hunting or other activity. 15/16 years and over.
B-TEST RIDING (beige felt)
RIDERS MUST HAVE PASSED either THE PONY CLUB ROAD RIDER or BHS RIDING AND ROAD SAFETY TEST.To become an effective horseman who knows the reasons for what he is doing, ride over fences at all paces, be capable of riding a well-mannered horse or pony out hunting, in horse trials, or on a long distance ride, to look after a pony before, during and after the day's hunting or other activity. To ride intelligently and with due regard to others in the country, with a knowledge of pace, distance and discipline when riding alone and in groups. 15/16 years and over.
PLATINUM AWARDS 3, 2 & 1
FULL B-TEST (red felt)
This is a recognised qualification for a variety of posts in this country and abroad. Note: before taking either part of the B-test, we require members to have attended a minimum of three rallies in the year from January in which they attempt the test. Over 16 years.
COACHING CERTIFICATE (18 years and over)
LUNGEING TEST (light blue felt)
This test, or the BHS Stage 3, must be passed before attempting the AH test.
AH-TEST (orange felt)
The Pony Club 'AH' Test stands alone as the highest Test of horsemanship available in the Pony Club. It is a pre-requisite for the 'A' Test Riding, replacing the Horsemastership section of that test. Over 17 years.
A-TEST RIDING (purple felt)
This is the highest test, and is achieved by only a few in the country. It is recognized world wide and is very much sought after! Over 17 years.

Four members from our branch have achieved this test:

Katie Barrett - 1994, Rowena Tydeman - 1994,  Sarah Millard - 1997, Ophelia Beer - 2001

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