The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. is hosting a Plus 1 Challenge for the 2015/2016 years. The Plus 1 Challenge was created to encourage members to stay in Pony Club and to improve recruitment of new members. Making growth a priority will benefit everyone in your club or center and increase a base of parents and volunteers willing to share in the duties needed to run a successful club or center. Membership for 2015 is tallied from September 1st, 2014 through August 31, 2015. The region with the largest increase in membership during 2015 will receive a $1,500 grant towards a Horse Management Clinic/Activity of their choice. The top 10 clubs and centers gaining the most members will receive $100 to be used for an item/activity of their choice.
Cedar Ridge Pony Club has gained many new members since the inception of the Plus One Challenge and are currently ranked in the top 10 highest growing clubs or centers participating in the challenge.
Cedar Ridge Equestrian Center is where the CRPC is based from. Carolyn Wheeler is the owner and Pony Club mom. She brings in National Examiners many weekends to help riders of all levels. When riders at the center who are not in Pony Club see what excellent instruction the Pony Club members are gaining, they want to join. The CRPC is good about keeping brochures and information readily available to anyone interested in joining. They are diligent about wearing pony club gear and pins at shows to help advertise what each child is gaining from being a member.
This year CRPC hosted a summer camp for riders who are not currently in Pony Club. Older members from the club gave weekly mounted and unmounted lessons. Information was given on certifications and what it is like to be a member. The goal was to have members join in early fall so that they could do their first certification later that same season.
Leaders at CRPC believe having someone able to help recruit new members is invaluable. They have found making sure members are well prepared for certifications and encouraging new members to join in early fall helps with their numbers. They work hard to make Pony Club learning a positive learning experience.
Cedar Ridge Pony Club wants you to follow in their footsteps to help your club or center to become the best For more information on the USPC Plus 1 Challenge click HERE!