Pony Club believes that our Alumni are our greatest achievement, and our investment toward assuring a strong, vibrant equestrian culture in the future.
Pony Club Alumni can be found all over the world, in show rings, veterinary practices, boardrooms and classrooms, gracing Olympic podiums or shoeing horses in your neighborhood barn. They are coaches, teachers, executives, law officers, parents and citizens just like you.
They are the people who are making a difference by giving back to their communities through the same volunteerism that was part of their formative journey. But they all share a common experience and that is the lifelong connection to the Pony Club family.
With clubs operating in 27 countries around the globe, Pony Club Alumni have friends and peers wherever they go. Many lifelong friendships have had their roots in the shared journey that is Pony Club.
I would love to hear from any of the riders that I did C rally at Checkmate with or D Rally at Caledon!
I had the pleasure of competing at several Regional and National competitions. I represented Western Ontario at 1 National Quiz and 2 National Rally competitions. I also had the amazing opportunity to represent Canada at the 1995 Inter-Pacific Exchange in Japan. Recently I have moved to the Netherlands with my husband who is serving with NATO as part of his service to the Canadian Armed Forces. I am a teacher. I will always hold the Canadian Pony Club close to my heart for giving me so many opportunities and experiences that have lead me to where I am today!
Alberni Valley Pony Club
Pony Club rocked! It was the best way to channel the energy of this horse obessed gal. My parents figured I would 'grow out of horses' once boys entered my radar. Being non-horsey maybe that is what they were hoping?! Regardless, I joined PC as an older member on borrowed horses. I was able to compete in three provincial quizes and took the high point award in two of them. It was a fabulous experience and I got to meet many wonderful people. I can only assume that this would extend to the national and international level as well. Now I'm a mom with two horse crazy daughters and loving every moment of it. Next year the eldest will be old enough to join the nearest club. I am confident that she and our dear pony will have as much, if not more than I did. And, I can't wait to be a PC mom!
Spinny Dick, Byron Reynolds and I went to National Rally in Kemptville (or was it Huntsville?) Too much time has gone by!!! This would have been 1980 or so. I was given a pony to ride because I was small. I remember this being a bad choice for me. I was used to very tall horses and this pony was not easy to ride. I fell off on the cross country course, and overall we didn't place. I was also a member of the team at the Saskatoon National Rally with Shirley Meyers and Dorinda Hoffman in 1981. We took the Gold! The best times were when we were vaulting. Cathy Caldwell and I developed the "simonwell sphere" which was a means of trading places with each other while at the trot. Trish Flegal was great at vaulting because she had taken gymnastics and could do flips off the horse. Frank Hough taught us to 'climb' around and under the belly of the horse without touching the ground, using only the vaulting surcingle. This was of course only at a standstill! The instructor who got vaulting started was Gina Smith. All these years later and now my daughter has started to ride. Many hours are spent at the barn by both of us!!!
Fundy Pony Club
I travelled to the US a number of years ago in search of further riding experience in dressage. I have just branched out on my own, operating a small equine business which brings new challenges. I have met and worked with some fantastic people and continue to learn every day. I now teach US Pony Club members and am very appreciative of the skills taught to me through Canadian Pony Club.
I am now a first year Vet Student at the Atlantic Vet College in Prince Edward Island and happy to see other Pony Club alumni/members here also.