Riders earn D3-C1 certifications
Palmetto Pony Club announces the certifications of the following members from D3 Eventing to C1 Eventing at a testing held on February 16, at The Vista in Aiken.
Mary Elwyne Kennedy, D-3, 13, is the daughter of Nancy and Pete Kennedy of Florence.
Alex McAllister, C-1, 13, is the daughter of Lisa and Kevin McAllister of Pamplico.
Darby Waund, C-1, 14, is the daughter of Cindy and Dane Waund of Columbia.
To earn the certification, each member passed an examination that tested horsemanship skills and equine knowledge. Each of the Pony Club certification levels is more difficult than the preceding one, and requires Pony Club members to learn more about horses and their care and to become increasingly accomplished riders and teachers to younger members. The top certification level is the A level and is reached by fewer than one in 300. It denotes throughout the international horse industry a highly competent and knowledgeable horseperson.
The leader of Palmetto Pony Club is Patricia Palm, District Commissioner of Rember. There are approximately 8156 Pony Club members in 565 clubs and centers throughout the country. Along with an emphasis on helping its members learn to ride and care for horses, Pony Club promotes teamwork, a sense of responsibility, safety, good moral judgment and self-confidence.
The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25, and include adult members. www.ponyclub. org.