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March 2015



Important Links

USPC Website

VRPC Website

VRPC FaceBook Page

VRPC Twitter

VRPC Calendar
March 2015
Standards & Certifications Clinic
March 7      5 pm - 10 pm

John Barton Payne Bldg, Warrenton, VA

HM Seminar
March 8      12 pm - 4 pm

15301 Mountain Crest Court, Haymarket, VA

RBPC Combined Test & Schooling Show
March 15
    8 am - 4 pm
Frying Pan Park
Herndon, VA

Horseless Rally
March 21    12:30-4 pm
Serene Acres Riding Center

Bluemont, VA, 20135

Morven Park HT

March 28th & 29th
Morven Park Equestrian Center, Leesburg, VA
April 2015

CWPC Games & Polocrosee Fun Day
April 11
Great Meadow, The Plains,VA

Show Jump Clinic
April 12
Location:  TBD

DRHPC Horse Trials
April 18
Manakin Sabot, VA

Multi-Region Polocrosse Rally
April 19
Great Meadows, The Plains, VA

LHPC Horse Trials
April 25 & 26
Morven Park Equestrian Center, Leesburg, VA

Website & Member Info
Rally season is here!!! Our new website will be used to register for rallies and send out news about all things VRPC!  If you have not yet logged into the VRPC website, please do so immediately! This email address is your User Name, click "Forgot Password" to set up your password. Check out the"Members" section for our rosters. If you have questions, please check our FAQs page or contact Aldona Petraitis at


Greetings from the RS

Thank you to Nicole Gnozzio (River Bend) for organizing a fantastic, albeit, snowy, Quiz Rally. With the help of Anne Williams (Blue Ridge Hunt), Leslie Wallington (River Bend), and Diane Fanta (Gray Ghost), Nicole and her team pulled off an excellent and quick Quiz Rally. We finished in record breaking time in order to send everyone home before the dumping of snow. Thank you to everyone that came and "pinch hit" for those that couldn't make it due to the weather conditions. For those brave souls that came, thank you. We had 18 teams compete out of 24 originally registered. For those that couldn't make it, we apologize that for various reasons we couldn't cancel and reschedule. If you want to qualify for Championships, please talk to your DC/CA and we will see if we can get you into one of the adjoining region's Quiz Rally! The Capital Region and Maryland Region are each holding Quiz March 28. We are considering hosting a Fall Quiz Rally but we don't have time in the schedule to do anything before Championships.

We had an excellent Regional Council meeting in early February and I appreciate all leaders and members that attended. In the morning we met with Rally Organizers and laid out some game plans to make our 2015 Rallies the best ever! After the Rally Organizers meeting, the Regional Council met. The Regional Council is made up of our DCs/CAs and Regional Board. We reviewed the Annual Meeting information, shared rally plans with the group, reviewed upcoming regional clinic plans, discussed the new website and database, and made some minor adjustments to the budget. 

I am very excited about our upcoming events. Read on for more information.

Horse Management Seminar March 8th

Come one, come all to the Horse Management Seminar on Sunday, March 8th!  The HM Seminar offers VRPC members & parents alike a chance to learn “horse stuff” in a low-key, fun, unmounted envir
onment! H-B candidates should use this as an opportunity to present their ground school topics!

Our HM Seminar
is a regional ground school. Presenters set up stations. Some stations will be in stalls, some will be with horses, and some will be set up on a table. The attendees (members AND parents) are divided into groups of 6 or 8, and each group goes to a station. After 20 or 30 minutes, the groups rotate to another station. Lather, rinse, repeat.

While that is going on, there will be an
HM Judge's training/refresh session. Any parent interested in being an Assistant Horse Management Judge (AHMJ) this season should plan to attend. This refresher will get your feet wet and raise your comfort level to work HM at a rally this season!

The HM Seminar will be held at 15301 Mountain Crest Court, Haymarket, VA 20169 from 12 pm - 4 pm. Thank you Lisa Jarvandi for providing the venue at her indoor arena!

Please register via VRPC Calendar. Click on HM Seminar listed for March 8th. Click on the Register button. Cost is free to all!  Questions, please contact Brian Smith at

Horseless Rally Set for March 21

Are you new to pony club? Have you never been to a rally? Then this rally is for you!
Come join the fun on Saturday, March 21 from 12:30 to 4 pm at Serene Acres Riding Center. We guarantee that you will have a great time!  And bring your parents so that they can learn all the things they need to know about rallies.  

Open to all members; new members are especially encouraged to attend. This is a non-competitive, educational rally. The purpose of this rally is to provide
an opportunity for those members new to rallying to be exposed to the rally atmosphere without having to worry about the horse.  In addition, there will be educational opportunities for families new to Pony Club to learn about the Pony Club way.

Participants are placed on 3-4 man teams with an advisor who walks them through each activity while teaching them about all things pony club. It's a fun learning experience with prizes for "most original horse" and participation awards for all!

Registration deadline is March 9.
  Go to VRPC Calendar, then click on Horseless Rally listed for March 8th. Click on the Register button. Questions about the Horseless Rally? Contact Pam Kadlubek (703) 894-7541 or

Standards & Certifications Clinic March 7th

Well known clinician Kevin Bowie will conduct the clinic which will introduce members, friends, parents, and instructors to the USPC certification standards.  The clinic will introduce you to the Standards and Certification program developed by the United States Pony Clubs.  USPC Standards of Proficiency serve as an educational curriculum for instruction and evaluation of its members for certification in three primary areas: Horse Management, On the Flat, and Over Fences.
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Club Level - D-1 through C-2 Standards and Certification expectations
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm - National Level - H-B through A Standards and Certifications expectations
Dinner and Door Prizes included! Free Registration!
Instructors participating in this clinic will be added to our Regional Instructors List.

The clinic will be held at the John Barton Payne Building in Warrenton, VA. Due to limited seating, participants must register with Kris Gerald via email with your full name, contact number, and affiliation (parent, member, instructor, etc.).

Please RSVP to Kris Gerald at

Quiz Rally Congratulations to all Participants!

VRPC held the 2015 qualifying Quiz Rally on Saturday, February 21st at the Falls Church in Falls Church, VA.  The Falls Church is one of the oldest churches in the northern VA area, dating back to 1732. During the Revolutionary War the building was also used as a recruiting station for the Fairfax militia.The Declaration of Independence was also read to local citizens on the steps of the south doors church area.

Despite very snowy weather that day, over 60 competitors and parent volunteers managed to participate in this rally. Competitors were challenged in Mega Room, Classroom & Written Test and Stations.

All of our attending C members added a new word to their vocabulary, Azoturia. Wondering what the word means? It can be found under the Quiz or Polocrosse study guides!

A big thank you to River Bend, Grey Ghost and Blue Ridge Pony Clubs for hosting this annual event. Additional appreciation and thanks to former P.C members Kerry Childers and Amber Markley for their help with scoring and technical delegate duties that day. Look for scores, high point scores and championship qualifiers on the VRPC website.




HM Corner
Submitted by Brian Smith

I am just back from the Chiefs Seminar in Baltimore and I bring some news... some of this is BRAND new and some even voted on by the chiefs at this seminar, so this information does not exist in printed form anywhere else! You may want to add this to your rulebook as an additional type of newsletter.  Don't forget to review and include the 2015 HM Newsletter in your rally kit!

Latest HM Updates:
1) Informal Neckwear clarification - on page 9 of the HM Rulebook is the table of "Proper Attire for Turnout Inspection". The cell under "Informal Attire", for "Neckwear", should read:
Any color choker OR any color stock tie (standard or pre-tied) OR any solid color necktie.
If stock tie, it must have a pin thru the knot with tails tucked.
If choker or necktie a pin is optional.
2) If a competitor is not satisfied with the result of an inquiry, what is the next step? Protest. To submit a protest, it must be within 30 minutes of the chiefs end of the inquiry, and it MUST be submitted on the new "Horse Management Protest Form" (Form F-1) on page 77.  This is not to be confused with the "Protest/Appeal Form - Mounted Competitions" (Form F-2) on page 79 that is used for mounted issues.

In either case, ALL sections must be filled in or the Protest will not be considered. Turn in the fully completed form to the TD or show office. They will note the time that it is received. The References section must contain the reference to a rulebook describing why the protest is a valid one.

One other important thought... Form F-1 is in the 2015 HM Rulebook, but if you have your rulebook only on electronic media you will not have the ability to print the form. You may want to bring some copies of Form F-1 to rally.

3) Medical Information - There are three choices for medical information. A USPC medical armband, a USEA medical armband (yes, a USEA card is now allowed) or a medical bracelet with the "5 items of information". Be careful... there are actually SIX items of information on the five lines of information. Name and DOB count as one line (they were added as one line to allow all information to fit on the maximum of 5 lines available). And note that parents may place tape over all information to obscure it EXCEPT the name if they desire. We will ONLY be checking that the name matches the competitor. See section HM7-7b for details.

4) Running Martingales - For those of you presenting at Turnout or Safety Check with a running martingale, walk to Turnout with the reins unattached and the martingale straps knotted. During the time that the the Turnout judge is marking the columns on the Turnout sheet, you may attach the reins at that time. Or at Safety Check attach the reins after you come to a halt for the check.

5) Other HM Rulebook changes - all 2015 changes are listed in the 2015 HM Newsletter. Please review and place a copy in your 2015 HM Rulebook. Both are available at the USPC website.  Another resource for explaining the updates is
"What's New! 2015 HM Handbook & Rules for Rallies " .  Published by USPC, it details all 2015 HM rule changes. We have posted a copy on the VRPC website under Horse Management.

6) Briefings at Rallies. The first briefing at a rally is always open to all. "All" being competitors, parents, coaches, chaperones, etc. All competitors should attend, the captain must attend. At this briefing the chief discusses his expectations and answers questions that ANYONE may have. The chief addresses the neutral zone location, port-a-potties, and many other topics. The TD will typically also address riding issues at the briefing and the organizer will address organizer things.

Stay warm!!

VRPC Volunteer Day @ Morven Park Horse Trials

Volunteers needed!!!!  VRPC member families are asked to volunteer during the Morven Park Horse Trials. The time you spend helps out the region with expenses incurred during events we host during the year at Morven Park.

Cross country jump judges are needed for Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29. Please consider volunteering either or both days as a cross country jump judge or dressage volunteer.  No experience is necessary, and it is usually a great way to see our top equestrian athletes in action!

For all volunteers the organizers are offering:
  • Lunch
  • OR a free ring school including indoor arenas.
  • OR a pass for the Morven Park Mansion
To volunteer, please contact Joanna Yeomans at
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