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May 2015



Important Links

USPC Website

VRPC Website

VRPC FaceBook Page

VRPC Twitter

VRPC Calendar
May 2015

Show Jump Rally
May 9 & 10

Deep Run Hunt, Manakin-Sabot, VA

XC Clinic
May 16
Gordonsdale, Berryville, VA

Old Dominion Region Dressage & Polocrosse Rally
May 17
Virginia Horse Center, Lexington, VA

Dressage Rally
May 30 & 31
Morven Park Equestrian Center, Leesburg, VA 

June 2015

June 6

Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA

Eventing Rally
June  13 & 14
Glenwood Park, Middleburg, VA

D-3 Eventing Rally
June 20 
Cooperfield Farm, Hume, VA

Great Meadow International HT  and 3* PanAm Prep Trials
June 19 - 21
Great Meadow, The Plains, VA

H-B Test
June 26 - 28

Jarvandi Farm, Haymarket, VA

Champs Prep Picnic
June 28

Location TBD

Job Opportunity

Frying Pan Farm Park is now accepting applications for a full time Maintenance and Equestrian Manager. For more information on the position and to submit an application go to http://agency.government


Greetings from the RS

Thank you to Erin White, Gina Nelson and Jennifer Carpenter for working together to pull off a fun Polocrosse Rally on April 19. Everyone had a great day!

Thank you, to our RIC, Kris Gerald for making a C-2 Dressage Specialty happen for three of our members pursuing the Dressage Specialty. We facilitated this event to help provide the opportunity for our members to test for a specialty that is difficult for individual clubs to host for a single member. We anticipate 4-5 candidates, but in the end, had 3 dedicated members successfully achieve their C-2 Dressage certification, with a National Examiner. They are better prepared for what to expect at the C-3 National Test.

I am looking forward to seeing many of you at our Show Jump and Dressage Rallies in the next few weeks. I know it's a very busy time for our kids with school coming to a fast end, riding opportunities ramping up, and our biggest qualifying rallies around the corner. It's often hard to juggle all of our different opportunities and priorities - just keep in mind, life is a marathon, not a sprint - pace yourselves and enjoy the ride! Happy Mother's Day to our wonderful Moms and Grandmothers! So many outstanding Moms have made all of this possible for our kids to enjoy!  I thank you all for your hard work and dedication to this fantastic organization.

XC Clinic Set for May 16th

The Virginia Region Pony Clubs is pleased to announce our Cross-Country (XC) Clinic at Gordonsdale in Berryville, Virginia on Saturday, May 16, 2015. We are pleased to have Mary Schwentker as our clinician.  Mary is a USPC Graduate A, National Examiner, and national eventing competitor.

The XC Clinic format will be groups of four to six riders divided by competition level and experience for approximately 1 1/2 hour schooling sessions beginning at 8:00 am with Beginner Novice, and running through Training Level.  This is a prep for our qualifying eventing rally, and  groups will be organized into Beginner Novice, Novice and Training levels. 

The clinic fee is $45 per rider/horse combination per session. Please note that Gordonsdale charges us $25 per person/horse combination. This is included in our $45 fee. The VRPC  generously subsidizes this clinic for our members.

Payment for the Clinic can be made online through the region’s website, or by check written to Virginia Region Pony Clubs, mailed to Vicki Golden at 10811 Warwick Avenue, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Please mail a copy of the Gordonsdale signed release and a current coggins to: Kris Gerald, 8229 Old Dumfries Rd., Catlett, VA 20119 or email a scanned copy of each to You can download the Gordonsdale Farms release at

Registration is limited to 24. Closing date for registration is Saturday, May 9th and priority for the clinic will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. No spot will be reserved until coggins, release and payment are received either by mail or scanned and e-mailed. REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS MADE AND COGGINS AND RELEASE ARE RECEIVED BY KRIS.

Out of region registrants, please use code VRPCXC.

Questions: Kris Gerald at (540) 222-6301 or

Dressage Rally Set for May 30 & 31

This year's VRPC Dressage Rally will be held the last weekend of May (and it is not Memorial Day weekend)! Registration & payment deadline is May 15th.  Please go to the VRPC website.  Go to the Calendar page and click Dressage Rally – Individual Registration button.  Follow the on-screen directions for Individual Registration, Chaperone Form, Payment Information, etc.

This is a qualifying rally for USPC Championships and Loudoun Hunt PC is the host. The rally will be held at the Morven Park Equestrian Center, located in Leesburg, VA. 

The tentative schedule for the rally is:

   Saturday, May 30
  • 6:30 am               Move in; Check in (team captains only); musical tapes/CDs to the Secretary
  • 9:00 am               Rally opens; barns closed to non-competitors
  • 9:30 am               Rally briefing for competitors, chaperones, volunteers, and parents
  • 10:30 am             Horse inspection in numerical order
  • 11:30 am             Turnout inspections begin
  • 1:30 pm               First ride, followed by second ride
  • 5:30 pm               Sound check for musicals
  • 7:30 pm               Barns close for the day
     Sunday, May 31
  • 6:00 am                Barns open
  • 7:30 am                Safety checks begin
  • 830 am                 First ride
  • 12:00 pm              Musical Rides
  • 3:30 pm ish           Awards ceremony and end of rally

Eventing Rally Set for June 13 & 14

This year's VPRC Eventing Rally will be held on June 13 & 14 at Glenwood Park in Middleburg, VA.  Registration and payment deadline is May 31.  To register for this rally go to the VRPC website Calendar page and click VRPC Eventing Rally – Individual Registration. Be sure to submit all required documents (coggins, chaparone form, payment receipt) as per the rally invitation. 

This is a qualifying rally for USPC Championships. Middleburg Orange County PC is the host, assisted by Commonwealth Foxhounds PC. The tentative schedule for the rally is:

    Saturday, June 13
  • 7:00 am                 Move in; Check in (team captains only)
  • 8:30 am                 Rally opens; barns closed to non-competitors
  • 9:30 am                 Rally briefing for competitors, chaperones, volunteers, and parents,
                                 Helmet checks
  • 10:30 am               Jogs begin in numerical order
  • 12:00 pm               Turnout inspections begin
  • 1:00 pm                 First dressage ride
  • 3:00 pm                 Cross-country course open for inspection
  • 5:00 pm                 Show jumping course open for inspection
  • 6:00 pm                 Barns close for the day
Sunday, June 14
  • 6:30 am                 Barns open, HM Scores posted
  • 7:30 am                 Jogs begin in numerical order 
  • 8:30 am                 Safety checks begin
  • 9:00 am                 Show jumping begins; competitors go directly from SJ to XC
  • 4:00 pm                 Awards ceremony and end of rally

VRPC Hosts National Certifications at Glenwood Sept 4-6

VRPC will host upper level national certification testing Sept 4-6th. Our region was just approved to host the following national certification tests: C-3 Traditional, C-3 Dressage, B Traditional, A Traditional.  If you have a member who would like to participate, please forward this information.  

All applications/registration is managed by the USPC.  Please note the deadline for applications & payment for the Sept 4-6 testing is June 12.  Go to this site to get all details and to submit your application USPC National Testing Application and Fees 

Date: September 4-6, 2015

Facility: Glenwood Park – Middleburg, VA

Organizer: Kris Gerald

Application Deadline: June 12th

Cost:  National fees range from $160 - $260
         VRPC fee will be $150

HM Corner Rally Reminders
by Brian Smith

I know I've mentioned this before (last month maybe even) but I am just back from another region where the competitors racked up many points over two easy-to-catch situations. These two issues may have been more than half the points awarded!

Fourteen out of fifteen teams got 2 points each for trash cans not emptied at the end of the day. So in effect, the one team that did empty their trash can got two positive points!

The other issue was stall/tack room/feed room door closing/latching. HMRB 11i states that unless a person is in the stall, the stall door is to be shut and latched (horse or no horse). If no one is in the stable area, the tack room door must be latched closed. 13d states that the feed room must be latched closed unless a member in *IN* the feed room. Mucking stalls with the feed room door open is not acceptable. Door issues are safety issues and safety issues are given more points. Five points is the typical amount. Imagine the team that left their feed room door open 5 times over the course of the rally.  

And don't forget to give your pony a hug.

How to Register for a VRPC Rally
by Erin White

Have you registered for a rally yet this year?  If so, you know how quick and easy it is!  If not, here’s a few helpful tips to get you started.  

Our Region’s website is full of useful information, including our Rally Registration.  Start by going to  You’ll find all the rallies and lots of other events listed under the Calendar tab.  Click through the calendar until you find the event for which you would like to register.  Right now, Dressage Rally is “open” and accepting registrations.

Once you click on the event, you’ll see more information about the event, including the link to the invitation and other important bits of info.  You can also see how many people have already registered, and you can click to see if your friends have signed up yet!  On that page, there’s a button for “Register.”

After clicking to register, you’ll be asked for your e-mail address.  It is very important that you enter the email that has been specifically assigned to the person being registered.  Every VRPC member has their own e-mail…don’t forget to use it and check it often!  By using the correct e-mail, all your information will be entered automatically by the system when you start your registration process.

From here, you just click and fill!  Answer the questions about Division, Horse/Pony Name, and more!  It’s really easy.  At the end of the fill-in section, the system will create an invoice for you.  You can either pay online, send the invoice on to your club to pay, or mail a check to the VRPC Treasurer.  And just like that, you’re DONE with the online registration!!  All that’s left is to scan and email (or snail mail) your Coggins, Chaperone Form, etc. (see the event invitation for all the forms needed).

Please be sure to carefully note the closing dates, as the system will close the online registration and you won’t be able to access it!

As always, I’m happy to answer questions and help you in any way I can!  Shoot me an e-mail at or call 757-334-1442 anytime. 

Rally On!!


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