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Wind River Pony Club opens in Fremont County

Dec 2, 2013 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Rocky Mountain region has a new pony club chapter in Fremont County.

The Wind River Pony Club is encouraging horse riding enthusiasts to join the club for skilled horse and pony riding lessons, horse and equipment care, safety instruction, and several other components of riding for a complete equestrian package.

"It's a fabulous organization, and we want to continue to offer it to the community," said Vick Hill, the club's district commissioner.

The club grades its riders through a rating system. Beginners start as an unrated member and can later qualify to enter level D-1. The levels are divided from D-1 to C-2 and later B to A. The instructor for the club, a level A graduate, tests the riders on rating day.

Written and oral tests also are given to ensure the riders hit all levels of knowledge on riding their four-legged friend.

"We keep things very basic and make sure they're solid in those levels before they move on," Hill said.

The club offers a special program for 4- to 6-year-olds. This group gets an introduction to the program in 16 weeks, Hill said.

The next program is for 6- to 25-year-olds. Hill said adults, who are usually the parents of those in the club, find an interest in the program and can enter as horse masters and can also go through ratings. People who join do not have to own a horse but being able to have access to one is encouraged.

The instructor has an equivalent of a two-year veterinary degree. So far, two 11-year-old girls have joined and the club hopes to expand enough to split up the club for a separate Riverton and Lander program.

Hill said the club also is involved in the county's fair in the summer. Club members have planned to attend a horse management rally March 1 and March 2 in Denver.

"For what it has to offer to children, it's just wonderful," Hill said.

For more information, call Hill at 858-0046 or visit ponyclub.org.

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