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Area riders earn national Pony Club certification

Feb 12, 2014 - From staff reports

Joan Hough, of Riverton, and Larissa Webb, of Pavillion, have completed their "D1 level" testing with the Wind River Pony Club in Riverton.

Joan Hough, 11, is the daughter of Julie and Arthur Hough. Larissa Webb, 11, is the daughter of Frances and David Webb.

To earn the certification, Larissa Webb and Joan Hough passed an examination that tested horsemanship skills and equine knowledge.

They joined Wind River Pony Club in 2013. 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 Wind River Pony Club is Vicki Hill of Kinnear.

There are roughly 10,000 Pony Club members in 600 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.

About Pony Club

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. 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. Youth members range in age from as young as 4 through 25, and include adult members of the Horsemasters Program.

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