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The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. Festival 2017 wrapped up on July 24th after eight days of competition and education. USPC Festival is a triennial event hosted at the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park. The first part of the week is dedicated to the national championships team competition while the second part of the week hosts clinics, demonstrations, and presentations aimed at offering education in all aspects of riding and care of horses. USPC Festival 2017 gathered over 1,060 members competing in eight disciplines.

Quiz -323 competitors
Eventing - 199 competitors
Show Jumping - 248 competitors
Dressage & Western Dressage - 115 competitors
Mounted Games - 104 competitors
Tetrathlon - 58 competitors
Polocrosse - 16 competitors

The educational portion of Festival featured over 500 members learning from more than 60 equine experts made up of Olympians and Pony Club Graduates such as Allison Brock, Stephen Bradley, and Linda Allen. Attendees of all ages and levels participated in mounted and unmounted sessions gaining equine knowledge and skills.  A thrill for many was the Monday morning mock foxhunt lead by Iroquois Hunt Club Joint-Hunt Master, Lilla S. Mason.

“USPC Festival is the pinnacle event for Pony Club members; the teamwork, sportsmanship, and fun at Festival gives the attendees memories for a lifetime.  Many members travel across the country to ride at the iconic Kentucky Horse Park where many of their equine idols have competed.” Said USPC Executive Director, Teresa Woods. “Pony Club is grateful to all the volunteers, parents, and sponsors who made USPC Festival 2017 a great event. We couldn’t do it without their hard work and support.”

About Pony Club - 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. There are approximately 9,000 Pony Club members in over 600 clubs and riding centers throughout the country. Many of the nation’s top equestrians, including several of our Olympic team members, business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. Traditional members range in age from as young as 4 through age 25. Pony Club also offers educational opportunities a growing number of adults through Horsemasters membership.