Pony Club parents play a critical role in the experience each child has in Timber Ridge Pony Club. Volunteers make Pony Club happen. Parent involvement at the local level is vital. Not a horse person? No big deal. There are plenty of volunteer positions that don’t require equine knowledge.
We offer many opportunities for those interested to support our program. Some options include: bring snacks to a meeting, organize an unmounted meeting, or help with organization and implementation of a mounted meetings. Parent contribution makes it all happen.
From mid-March to mid-October (weather dependent) we strive to have weekly mounted meetings. Members meet for small group riding lessons at Bent Creek Farm with lessons provided by Andria Pooley-Ebert or an outside clinician. Parents help to plan these events.
With some exceptions, we strive to have one unmounted meeting per month. For unmounted meetings, members meet for unmounted instruction and parents meet at the same time to plan club activities. This usually takes place on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm, but not always.
For unmounted meetings (e.g. no riding involved), we meet in members’ homes and public locations. For mounted meetings or riding clinics, we typically meet at Bent Creek Farm in Solon, Iowa. We are also very lucky to have a fabulous facility near us at Catalpa Corner. We sometimes partner with other area Pony Clubs to provide joint clinics and these are located in various places in eastern Iowa and western Illinois.
We do a lot! While on our mounts, we do dressage, eventing, games, jumping, equitation, tetrathlon, trail rides and more. When unmounted, we learn all about horses and horse safety, from how to care for a horse to basic veterinary skills. We also have summer and winter camps, regional events, and joint day-camps with other area Pony Clubs.
Pony Club meetings and events do not replace regular lessons. Although members are not required to take lessons, we do strongly recommend a consistent lesson program.
Yes! Ownership of a horse is not required. We may be able to work with you for access to a schooling horse for mounted instruction and for learning unmounted skills as well.