The “Pin Promise” was created to inspire current members, alumni, and adult volunteers to wear their pins beyond Pony Club functions. As an organization, we are proud of our past and present members and their achievements and want them to be proud of the time and effort they have devoted to furthering their riding through Pony Club. The “Pin Promise” is important because Pony Club is a common ground for a variety of people throughout the horse world and it is an excellent way to identify members, volunteers, and alumni. The Pony Club community needs to be more open about their experience and involvement. No matter the disciple or level, we are surrounded by other members and professionals who understand the importance of horse management in the process of creating proficient riders. No advertising can compete with seeing our members and alumni being involved in the greater horse world with competence and confidence. Many upper level riders and professionals have attributed a portion of their success to their riding roots as a member of Pony Club, and we want the next generation to be just as proud of their Pony Club background. In my personal experience, it is hard to put into words all that Pony Club means to me. Wearing my pin while competing both in and out of Pony Club is a matter of pride and honor. Without the curriculum and networking, I certainly would not have had the same caliber of riding and horse management opportunities, or developed the confidence and leadership that Pony Club strives to teach its members. Regardless of your level or how many years you spent in the organization; once a Pony Club Member, always a Pony Club Member! I hope that you all will join me in proudly wearing your pin at your next outing.

Macy Carman