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  July 2015



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July 2015

July 1
Upper Level Mounted Prep

Sandstone Farm, Millwood, VA

July  12 & 13
RBPC SJ & Course Design Clinic

Frying Pan Park, Herndon, VA

July 12 & 13
CWPC Daniel Stewart Jump & Sports Psych Clinic

Blue Top Farm, Nokesville, VA

July 12 & 13
USPC International Games Exchange
Northern Fauquier Community Park, Marshall, VA

July 12
USPC International Games Exchange Welcome Picnic

Northern Fauquier Community Park, Marshall, VA

July 22 - 26
USPC Championship East
Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA
August 2015

August 5
Upper Level Mounted Prep
Sandstone Farm, Millwood, VA

August 7 - 9
H-B Testing @ Old Dominion Region

Ballyhack Farm, Chesapeake, VA

August 15
Games & Tet Shoot Practice

Great Meadow Polo Arena, The Plains, VA

August 21 - 23
H-B Test @ Capital Region

Good Choice Farm, Clarksburg, MD

August 29 - 30
DVPC Daniel Stewart Clinic
Blue Top Farm, Nokesville, VA

August 29 - 30
LHPC Fall Horse Trials
Oatlands Plantation, Leesburg, VA

September 2015

Sept 4 - 6 
Upper Level National Certifications

Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA

Sept 12 & 13
VRPC Tet Rally

Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA & Warrenton, VA

Sept 19 - 20
B Traditional Certification @ Old Dominion Region

Greenville, VA

C-3 Traditional Certification @ Old Dominion Region
Greenville, VA

Sept 19
Open Games Practice

Great Meadow, The Plains, VA

Greetings from the RS

I look forward to seeing you at one of our many upcoming activities! My apologies for the delay in getting this newsletter out! Cindy Shelberg does a wonderful job of pulling it all together and getting all the bits and pieces in place and this month, I've delayed, and delayed, and delayed in getting her my bit! My apologies to Cindy!

It's such a busy time of year for our Pony Clubs and the region as a whole. In June, we held a successful Eventing qualifying Rally, our D3 Rally, a National H-B testing, and the Champs Prep Picnic! Wow-wee! Thank you to the many, many volunteers that make this all happen!

Thank you to MOCPC, Debra Stehly, Gina Nelson and the numerous volunteers that planned and executed our annual Qualifying Eventing Rally. While everyone got soaked during the awards ceremony, the rest of the weekend gave us the perfect weather!

Thank you to Michelle Arnold and our friends at ODHPC for hosting our D3 Rally at Cooperfield Farm, Hume, VA. The kids had a great day!

One June 26 and 27 the VRPC hosted a National H-B Testing at the Jarvandi's farm in Haymarket. Thank you to the Jarvandi's for allowing us to use their wonderful farm facility for this activity, to Vicki Fox for coordinating the testing, Missy LaValle for taking care of hospitality, and to Kris Gerald for being there to support our candidates throughout the stressful testing! Congratulations to those that successfully achieved their H-B!

Something new this year, our RIC Committee has planned a series of upper level mounted preps to help those C-2 planning to test for their C-3, B and/or A in the near future. The first of these preps was held July 1st and by all accounts was well received by the members. The next prep is scheduled for August 5. I strongly recommend that if you are a C-2 planning to test this fall, that you take full advantage of what the RIC Committee is offering. This is a great opportunity to get in front of National Examiners to examine your strengths and opportunities for improvement before being thrown into the testing environment. Please see the calendar event on our website for more information and to register.

I am looking forward to the annual trek to Lexington, Virginia for the 2015 USPC Championships East. Congratulations to those that qualified to participate and to those that are able to come and compete. It is an honor and a privilege to participate in Pony Club in this way and it is my hope that you will have a wonderful experience and create some new cherished memories!

That's all for now!

USPC Names Megan D to Pony Jumpers Team

VRPC member Megan D has been named the USPC's Pony Jumpers team that will compete at the National Pony Jumper Championships in Lexington, KY. This year's national competition takes place August 4 - 9. Richard Lamb will be this year's Coach and Chef d’Equipe. This is Richard's 15th year coaching the USPC team at the Pony Jumpers Championships, and he is excited to be a part of this team. "Our team's strength comes from the Pony Club experience from rallies and competitions.  Our team comes from around the country, but the kids know how to work and operate as a team."

Check out the team's Facebook page to see more information about this year's competition!

Here is a profile of our region's team member:

Name: Megan D
Age: 12

Pony Club: Misty Brae Farm PC Riding Center

How long have you been riding?
I have been riding my whole life! I was riding in Misty Brae Farm summer camp at 2 years old. I joined Pony Club when I was 5 years old.

What is your horse's name, breed, interesting facts about him?
My pony's name is Agripin Rudy. He is a 13.2 7/8 h Chincoteague pony. Rudy is "Island bred". He did the pony swim and went through the fireman's auction in 2003. We bought him from a pony club family in MD who did games.

What makes your horse so good?
He's Rudy! He is a very smart pony that likes to jump.

Are there others in your family that ride horses?
My whole family rides. My parents, little sister Abby, and all my aunts and uncles.

Are they pony club members or were they in pony club?
My parents met in pony club! They were both members of Middleburg Orange County. My Nana was DC of MOC in the 1980's. The only one that has not been in pony club is my 5 year old little sister Abby. I'm sure she will join soon. She loves games!

Are you excited to go to the USEF Pony Jumper Finals competition in Lexington KY?
I'm extremely excited to be selected to go to the national pony jumper team championships!
It has been my goal to qualify for the team championships, especially to qualify on such a great team. We worked to qualify all winter, showing from Virginia to New Jersey even when the temperatures were 17 degrees in the AM. We did a lot of traveling and a lot of camping in those temperatures! This will be my first year competing at pony jumper championships and it is nice to be on the team from USPC. I think Pony Club will give us a true team feeling.

River Bend Pony Club Hosts Richard Lamb Clinic

There are spots available for riders!  Contact Dawn Bellinger at


Openings Available for Daniel Stewart Clinic July 12th & 13

CWPC still has a a couple of spots left in the Daniel Stewart clinic Sunday, July 12th at Blue Top Farm in Nokesville and Monday, July 13th in Purcellville.  Please send RSVPs and questions to Erin White at or call 757-334-1442.

Additionally, Coach Stewart will be conducting his well-received Sports Psychology Seminar at the International Games Exchange Picnic from 4-8 pm on Sunday, July 12th at Northern Fauquier Community Park in Marshall.  We would love to have many region friends come to Coach Stewart’s entertaining and enlightening program and also come meet our international guests!  $10/person and please bring a side.  RSVP to Erin White at or call 757-334-1442.


 Dominion Valley PC Hosts Daniel Stewart Clinic

DVPC and Blue Top Farm will host a clinic with Daniel Stewart on August 29 & 30th. All are invited to attend. The theme of this 2 day clinic is Turning Setbacks into Comebacks. See poster for more details. Sessions begin at 9 am each day. To register send your information to Traci Sandberg at


Road to 2015 USPC Champs - Good Luck to All VRPC Competitors!

USPC Championships East will be held July 23 - 26 in Lexington, VA and VRPC will be well represented this year! Here is a list of all VRPC team members.  Good luck, good riding, and most of all, have fun!


HM Corner - Safety First
by Brian Smith

You may wonder about all those pesky Pony Club safety rules. Like "Why do I have to wear proper footwear?" There was a submission to the Chiefs' facebook page by Lara Hubner that included pictures of the aftermath of an unintended hoof/barefoot foot interaction. I believe the term for the type of incident is a "degloving". There were pictures of before and after stitching. There were MANY stitches involved.

It was decided that the pictures were not suitable for this newsletter. Lara's caption was, 'Good reasoning for "barn appropriate footwear", excuse me while I go barf....'

Just last weekend I saw a child barefoot in the stable area. And I can not count how many sandals I've seen on mom's leading ponies around. We can be lulled into a sense of complacency but they are 1000 pound creatures, and things can happen fast. I once talked to a mom of a Pony Clubber that went under the belly of her horse to get to the other side. The horse kicked at a fly, and the girl ended up with permanent severe brain damage. I sometimes see people sitting/laying holding their horse after a rally. That is a really good way to be trampled.

Please be mindful of the safety rules and be careful out there!


Upper Level Mounted Prep Clinic August 5th

The second in a series of Upper Level Mounted Preps is set for August 5th in preparation for the September National Testing. Participants will ride twice a day with national examiners and will be given feedback on how they are doing against the USPC Standards of Proficiency for which they are testing.

Location: August 5 at Sandstone Farm, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm 
This session will cover jumping for the traditional and show jumping certifications, including theory and rider position. Clinicians: Ann Haller, Mary Schwentker, Cathy Frederickson.

Cost: Each session will be $125 for members and $150 for out-of-region members. (Each session's cost is substantially supplemented by the region.)

Who: These sessions are open to C-2 members and above, in good standing, that intend to test in the next six months. Members should discuss this opportunity with their DC/CA before registering.  

Register: Go to our VRPC website Calendar and click on the session you wish to attend. These sessions are limited to 30 participants.

We are so fortunate to have these amazing instructors participate in these sessions.
Melisa Martell, a lifelong horsewoman and USPC supporter, lives in Darnestown, Maryland. She is a USPC Level 4 National Examiner in all three specialty tracks and a graduate HA. After graduating from Pony Club, Mo evented to the CCI** level in the U.S. From 1994-1996 she lived in Santa Ana, Costa Rica where she trained and coached three gold medal teams and two gold medal individuals to the Samsung Show Jumping World Championships at 1.20m and 1.40m. In 2003, Mo coached the USPC Inter-Pacific Exchange Team to the Nations Cup Show Jumping Championships in Victoria, Australia.

Mary Schwentker has successfully competed at multiple international events including the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.  She has been an USEA ICP Certified Instructor since 2003 at Level II, is an “A” level graduate of Pony Club, and holds USDF bronze and silver medals.  In 1999, Mary was shortlisted for the United States Equestrian Team for the Pan American Games. She has been a National Examiner for USPC for the past 6 years, testing the traditional, dressage and show jumping certifications, C3-A levels.  She is also the Jt. DC for Blue Ridge Hunt Pony Club. 

Cathy Frederickson began riding at seven in California. She "grew up" in Pony Club, attaining her A, while learning to event in the long format.  She has ridden and trained with some of the top equestrians in the world including Jim Wofford, Richard Meade, Charles de Knuffy and Karl Mikola.  During the 1970's Cathy trained in England under Col William Froud, the former Head of the British Instructors Program where she studied for the BHS exams at the " I" level. During the past 25 years Cathy has served USPC as a level 4 National Examiner, chaired several USPC committees and served as VP for Instruction and two terms on the Board of Governors. She is active with Blue Ridge Hunt PC, the Clarke County 4H, Ruritan Horse Show ad Clarke County Equine Alliance.

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