Pony Club Convention

Be Part of the USPC Convention Education

By Elizabeth Moyer

Education is the cornerstone of the USPC Convention. Each year in January, Pony Club leaders, volunteers, and members of all ages gather to learn and share knowledge. The hybrid format offers opportunities for everyone to participate, whether in person or online.

Be sure to save the date for the 2023 USPC Convention, to be held January 19–22 in St. Louis, Mo., at the St. Louis Marriott Grand.

Workshop Presenters Wanted

Educational workshops are a highlight of the USPC Convention. To make the magic happen, Pony Club is looking for dynamic and enthusiastic workshop presenters to cover all areas of the horse world and who can speak on topics that help Pony Club members learn at every level.

If you have equestrian expertise and a knack for teaching, consider sharing your knowledge at Convention as a workshop presenter. Even if you can’t attend Convention in person, pre-recorded on-demand video presentations are well received by in-person and virtual attendees.

USPC is now taking workshop abstract applications for the 2023 USPC Convention in St. Louis, Mo. Tell us about the topics you have in mind and how you will cover the subject matter. Submit your workshop abstract to present in person, virtual pre-recorded, or both, by July 1, 2022. Abstracts received past the date may still be accepted based on space availability. Click here to submit a workshop abstract. Educational workshops run January 20-22; pre-recorded videos will not need to be submitted until early winter.

What to Cover

Workshop topics cover equine health and care from head to tail. Education about different riding disciplines is offered, from Distance Riding to Vaulting, along with tips to be a better rider. Seminars on equestrian fitness and sports psychology are always popular topics at Convention. Advice on preparing for rallies and certifications are also among the workshops most desired, but topics like saddle fit, bit action, basic horse grooming, horse management tips and tricks for rallies, nutrition, and biomechanics are also some great options.

Professional Development

In addition to education on all things equine, the USPC Convention offers outstanding opportunities for leadership training and professional development. For 2023, USPC is pleased to announce a professional development session with “Chief Encouragement Officer” Jay McChord on Friday, January 20, which will be eligible for Continuing Education credits.

We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis and working together to provide members with a fun and educational experience.

We’d love to have you! Check out this document for more information on the application process.

See you in St. Louis for the 2023 USPC Convention.

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