Our Mission

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of communnity in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.

Pony Club is a worldwide organization that originated in Great Britain. 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 our nation's top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members have roots in Pony Club. Youth members range in age from as about six through age 25, and some clubs even include adult members of the Horsemasters Program. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country. St. Margaret's Pony Club, founded January 28, 1970,  is one of 17 clubs and centers in the Maryland Region.

We think riding is Fun!

Pony Club is a great place to not only learn riding skills, and care of horses and ponies, but to have fun learning and participation in many riding sports. Our riding sports include Dressage, Eventing, Mounted Games, Polocrosse, Show Jumping, and Tetrathlon.

St. Margaret's members also enjoy a Regional Summer Camp, an annual Horse Swim, Fox Hunting, and our traditional round robin event. Our first competition of the year is the popular unmounted knowledge competition called Quiz.

Pony Club members participate in these sports in team competitions called rallies, which help them learn the importance of cooperation and friendship. At rallies, there is no help from parents. Team members help each other. There are rallies and Championships every year. Plus every three years, Festival is held; an event that combines Championships and an educational program held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Pony Club members progress through a standard evaluation system called Certifications. Each level requires them to learn more about horses and their care and to become increasingly accomplished riders. Pony Club believes that safety and the care of the horse - Horse Management - should be primary goals for all riders.