A member of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

Summer Camp 2019

Forms and Standards

Here are some links to the most commonly used forms for TRPC members.

TRPC Guidelines

Certification Forms

The “Intent to Certify” form and the signed “Check List” are due to the TRPC DC one month prior to certification with payment (amounts are on the form). Both forms must be signed by your instructor, stating he/she feels you are competent at the specific level. Take some time to look through the “Check Lists” to see what is expected at each level.

For All Local Certifications

For Each Level

The United States Pony Club allows for members to test “traditional” (which includes horse management, flat work, jumping, and cross-country) or a multitude of specialty “tracks” (for example Hunter Seat Equitation, Western, Dressage, etc.) . Due to the customized nature of each “track” that a member may pursue, there are many documents that pertain to certifications.

To view the Standards of Proficiency, Test Sheets, and Checklists for all levels and disciplines, log in to the US Pony Club website and then visit the D1 – C2 Standards and Test Sheets page.

For all National Certifications

For levels above C2, all certifications are done at the national level. More information can be found on the US Pony Club website. Below is a list of links to rubrics for the HB testing. These are the draft versions as of Summer 2017. Please check the US Pony Club website for updated versions.


Here is general information for how a member of Pony Club progresses through the various Standards of Proficiency levels:

Every member in Pony Club will progress through our Standards of Proficiency at a pace that is comfortable for them. At the lower-levels (D-1 through C-2) testings are administered by the local club or center. The H-B, C-3, B, H/H-A, and A are national certifications and are administered by the National Testing Committee.

During a test, whether done at the local or national level, the members’ skills and knowledge are tested against the Standards of Proficiency which outline the expectations to be met at each level in each section – Horse Management, Riding on Flat and Riding Over Fences.  For each element outlined in the Standards for  a particular level, members will be judged as to if they Meet the Standards, Exceeded the Standards, or Did Not Meet the Standards.

The following is a brief overview of each level.

D Level (D-1, D-2, D-3) are an introduction to the fun and challenge of riding, establishing safety habits and knowledge of the daily care of a pony and tack. The D member learns to ride independently, with control, maintaining a secure position at the walk, trot and canter and over low fences.

C Level (C-1, C-2) are members learning to become an active horseman, to care independently for a mount and tack and to understand the reasons for what he or she is doing. The C shows development towards a secure, independent seat, and increasing control and confidence in all phases of riding.

H-B Level covers Horse Management knowledge that demonstrates increasing knowledge and competence in the care and handling of horses.

C-3 Level reflects a basis of competence in riding and horses care that will make possible a lifetime of pleasure with horses.

B Level is for the active horseman and Pony Club member who is interested in acquiring further knowledge and proficiency in riding. The B is able to ride experienced mounts with confidence and control. The B should be able to ride and care for another person’s experienced mount, maintaining proper mental and physical condition without undoing any of the mount’s education. The B understands and is able to explain the reasons for what he or she is doing and to contribute to the education of younger Pony Club members.

H/H-A Level covers horse management, teaching and training. The H/H-A has the knowledge, experience and maturity to evaluate and care for a mount’s needs efficiently and in a variety of circumstances, and to teach riding and horse care to others.

A Level is the highest level. The A is able to ride mounts at various levels of schooling with judgment, tact and effectiveness; to train young mounts; and to retrain spoiled mounts.