If you love ponies, you'll love the Pony Club. You'll enjoy the friendship, the activities, learning more about ponies, riding and looking after them and most of all having fun! All this while you have the opportunity to gain internationally recognised achievement badges and qualifications. Valley Farm is a Pony Club Centre, which means we are a branch of the National and International Pony Club, and that children who join through us do not need to own their own pony to take part in all The Pony Club activities.
How to get started
It's really easy: Have a read of this page. If you think you'd like to join us and you are under 25 the call us or ask your parents to call us on 01728 746916. You are welcome to visit the yard and meet our lovely ponies and helpful coaches before you enroll as a member. You can book a few trial lessons too if you want to so you can get to know the other members. Once you decide to join you can pick up a membership form from reception or sign up online.
Here's what you can do at Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure Pony Club Centre:
These take place on set days every half term and holidays from 9.00 am - 4.00 pm We have games, quizzes, riding, jumping, vaulting, carriage driving, western riding, you can gain your Pony Club achievement badges, have fun and make friends.
Our residential riding holidays take place throughout July and August. Stay for 5 days with your favourite pony! Children join us for our Pony Camps from all over the UK and several other countries. You get a fantastic opportunity to try out loads of equestrian sports, and improve your riding and horsemanship. See our Children's Holiday Page page for more information.
Optional Training sessions
Every Saturday or Sunday you can join in for three hours of riding, stable management and practical horse care. Older, more experienced children who have gained some of their certificates may be invited to stay for the whole day.
After School Club
Wednesdays 4.00 - 5.30pm Riding and horse care. Term time only. Block book for discount.
Pony Club Tests
Each member works at their own pace towards the various Pony Club Tests and achievement badges. Tests for each level are held regularly when there are enough members who are at standard. While working towards the D, D+, C and C+ standards, children have the opportunity to gain bronze, silver, gold and platinum certificates in riding and horsemanship as they improve.
During the weekend training sessions and rally days children work towards the Pony Club achievement badges. The Pony Club Achievement Badge Scheme is a fun way to gain greater knowledge of horsemanship and the countryside.
The following list gives an idea of the badges are available, and the types of topic covered during the training sessions:
Access to Endurance, Bandaging and Rugs, Bird Watching, Blue Cross Equine Welfare Merit, British Native Breeds, Butterflies and Moths, Camping, Care of the Horse's Foot, Colours and Markings, Countryside Access, Dressage Arena, Dressage, Endurance Riding, Equine Behavior, Equipment Safety, Eventing, Farming, Feeding, Fire Marshal, First Aid (equine), First Aid (Human), Fitness, Flags, Flowers, Fund Raising, Handling and Grooming, How to be Lunged, Knots, Loading, Loinery, Map Reading, Mounted Games, Mucking Out, Perfect Paddock, Pet Sense, Plaiting, Points of the Horse, Poisonous Plants, Polo, Polocrosse, Pony Racing, Public Speaking, RDA Volunteering, Road Rider, Saddlery, Security Awareness, Shoeing, Show Jumping, Star Gazer, Tack Cleaning, Tetrathalon, Trees, Turnout of Pony and Rider, Wildlife, Working Dogs, Worm Control, Yard Safety.
Some badges are much harder than others, and children would not be expected to get them until their late teens. There is also a range of mini badges for the younger members.
We hold regular fun, friendly competitions at Valley Farm which pony club members can choose to enter if they wish, and start collecting rosettes!
Valley Farm Pony Club on social media
If you decide to join us, you (or your parents) can keep up to date with what is going on, and share photos of your pony and your achievements with our official pages on facebook and instagram. Please ask your coach for information about how to find these.
What does Pony Club aim to do?
Valley Farm is a registered Pony Club Centre. If you're under 25 and you are not lucky enough to own your own pony, you can become a member at our centre. Membership forms are available from Reception at Valley Farm or online. Non-members can join in with the activities but cannot be awarded certificates or badges.
New members are welcome to join at any time. Simply call 01728 746916 to book and tell us a bit about yourself, or you can visit the yard and meet us beforehand. If you wish to, you can book an individual assessment lesson with us to help us decide which horse to pair you up with to begin the group sessions.
If you have a pony of your own, you are able to join in with all the activities we provide using your own pony. Some children keep their ponies in livery with us, some bring them from home. It is sometimes possible to loan a pony from Valley Farm, if you have time to ride more often than just the weekend pony club sessions.
Annual enrollment payable to the Pony Club is £30.00.
For details of costs of Rally days/Training days/Summer Camp, email or call us on 01728 746916.
You can use childcare vouchers for Rally Days, Activity Days, weekend stable management lessons and Summer Camps. Our Ofsted registration number is VC374742.
More About The Pony Club
The Pony Club is an international voluntary youth organisation for all young people interested in ponies and riding. It was founded in England in 1929 and granted independent charitable status in 1997. It is now represented in 27 countries and has a membership exceeding 110,000 making it the largest association of riders in the world. A majority of the most successful riders in all disciplines of British equestrian competition have been members of The Pony Club. There are almost 40,000 Pony Club Members in Great Britain, belonging to either one of the 357 Branches, or 600 Centres, of which Valley Farm is one.
For more information about The Pony Club organisation visit their website at www.pcuk.org
On the days when you can't make it to Valley Farm, you may like to improve your knowledge at the Pony Club's virtual yard www.ponyprep.org