Pony Club is a major jump

The Equestrian Center off Bobby Thompson Highway introduced all their young riders to the UK Pony Club.

Mary McTaggart, owner of the Equestrian Center, said: ‘I started Pony Club so that we can have some international standard to compare ours riders and members with.

‘They can feel that even though they are from a tiny island that they are on par with others around the world. It is a fun, standardized system which will give us direction and goals to work towards.’

The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organization for youngsters interested in ponies and riding. It was founded in England in 1929 and is now represented in 18 countries and has a membership exceeding 110,000. It is the largest association of riders in the world.

The objectives are to encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding

It alsoo gives instruction in riding and horse mastership and educates members to look after and to take proper care of their animal.

Most of the Equestrian Center young riders took the first Pony Club test, the D Standard test recently.

The tests are taken at recommended ages and are designed with certain objectives in mind. Standard Tests go from E to A. For the D Standard Test, the objectives are to have a basic understanding of ponies and to achieve confidence in handling and riding a pony.

McTaggart said: ‘This is a wonderful opportunity for all young riders and offers the basic core principles of riding and looking after a horse.

‘This is essential for the well being and care of horses by our young riders in Cayman.’

To learn more about this programme, contact the Equestrian Center and Mary McTaggart at 516-1751.

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