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    NYB: Taking a Step Back: High School to College as an Equestrian

    My name is Madison. I am a current junior in college studying Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I try to ride 1-2 times per week at a local eventing barn and was fortunate enough to be able to half lease a Connemara over the summer. These days I enjoy my relaxed afternoons at the barn jumping a lesson horse over little 2’ jump courses. A few years ago my life was at the barn. I used to spend my afternoons after class riding a few horses, filming YouTube videos, studying for certifications, and teaching Pony Club meetings. But when I moved to college…

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    NYB: Opportunities in Pony Club: National Youth Board Member Spotlight: Madison Ritsch

    Madison Ritsch is a C-2/H-B from the Eagle River Pony Club in the Rocky Mountain Region and has been a member of the USPC since 2013. Throughout her time in Pony Club, Madison has competed in a countless number of rallies, two championships, has taught at the Rocky Mountain Region Annual Horse Management Clinic and was awarded the USPC Jubilee Scholarship in 2019. She currently sits on the Marketing Committee of the National Youth Board and serves as the Social Media Coordinator.  Madison is currently a junior at the University of Colorado Boulder where she is studying Aerospace Engineering and Computer Science. Outside of the classroom, she is the president…

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    NYB: Opportunities in Pony Club: National Youth Board

    The National Youth Board is a group of 14 delegates from around the nation who act as a liaison between the Board of Governors and the youth membership of Pony Club. They bring ideas, concerns, and suggestions forward to the Board of Governors and work closely with members of the national office on both their independent projects as well as larger Pony Club campaigns.  The National Youth Board has five committees which members can choose to work in. The marketing committee works closely with the national office to help create social content and collect photos from Pony Club events. The Regional Youth Board committee encourages the formation of youth boards…

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    NYB: Tips for Surviving the Heat with Horses

    Written by Emily Harris – Sisters Horsing Around Summer is coming to a close and Autumn will be taking its place, and with the change of the season one would think the weather would change too. However in the United States, it is not uncommon for the temperatures to continue soaring. With temps reaching up to the 90’s and 100’s, you can almost guarantee that there will be even hotter days. And with so many hot days in store for us, caring for yourself and your horses are important so that you stay healthy and cool. First things first, you need to make sure that you and your horses are…

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    NYB: My 2021 USPC Championships Experience

    My name is Hannah Willford, I am a C-2 Eventing from the Great Lakes Region. My experience at the 2021 Pony Club Championships has given me long lasting memories, life lessons, and amazing friends. I’m sure everyone has something different to say about what their week looked like, but here’s a little insight on mine.  Monday was move in day.  The main goal was getting everything set up exactly how we wanted and meeting teammates for the week. When unloading, we had a plan to get everything out of our trailer quickly and set our stall up after parking the trailer. I also made sure to do my final tack…

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    NYB: Staying Active in Pony Club Throughout College

    Growing up as a very active member of Pony Club, I often wondered how I could stay involved within the organization once I went to college. Before I graduated high school I participated in every rally, clinic, and certification that I could, and I worried that I would not be able to remain active in the community. Although it seemed daunting at the time, there were several opportunities that allowed me to participate in Pony Club events all through my college years.  The easiest way I found to stay involved within Pony Club was to volunteer at my region’s rallies, clinics, and certification preps. I was able to learn a…

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