In 2017 Featherbed Stables was invited to join the National Pony Club.
The pony club covers many areas of horse riding and horse care, its aim is to teach young riders 4 - 25yrs correct horsemanship .
All members of the centre have the opportunities to take badges, tests, compete in competitions and so much more.
Pony Club Rallies
A lot of our rallies will take place on a Friday evening, these rallies are where riders improve their riding and horse care skills, each week the rally will focus on a particular subject.
Achievment badges and mini badges for our younger members are an excellent way to encourage our members to learn about caring for ponies, they complement the riding achievment awards and provide evidence of achievement with badges that can be sewn on to sweatshirts. There are over 40 different badges. Once a member has achieved 21 of the main achievement badges a gold certificate and badge may be applied for, there is also a mini gold badge for the younger members who achieve all 14 mini badges.
These are the riding achievements awards as each member achieves a higher level of award they receive a different coloured felt to go behind their pony club badge. These efficiency tests are highly regarded by equine colleges and members that achiev B test can go directly to taking BHS stage 3 (missing stage 1&2 out).
The progressive tests are a fantastic way of centre members still achieving riding awards in between the efficiency tests,. They gradually increase the knowledge of the rider whilst providing achievment and provide bite size assessments to ensure riders are up to the next level required for their next efficiency test. The progressive tests consist of bronze before 321 silver 321 gold 321 and platinum 321.
Some pony club rallies will be dedicated to a certain discipline of horse riding such as dressage or showjumping. This is where the members learn the rules of the sport and practise having a go of it.
Road rider achievement badges are taken alongside the efficiency tests, these tests help keep young riders safe and aware of the hazards of riding on the roads.