How to Join RHPC
Thank you for your interest in our Pony club. You and your child should learn as much as you can before considering joining us. We are just one of over 600 clubs in the nation affiliated with the United States Pony Club, Inc.
First, look over this website and read our Parent’s Guide to Redwood Hills Pony Club. Also, please check out our regional Mid-Cal Pony Club website and the national United States Pony Club (USPC) website. These websites will give you a good overview of club activities, the potential types of experiences for members, and a sense of the level of commitment that is expected.
Kids who join Pony Club are – for the most part – horse nuts. They are interested in acquiring more horsemanship skills and have typically been taking riding lessons for more than a year. Most members continue to take weekly lessons in addition to those provided at Pony Club meetings. Members also study independently to prepare for periodic rating tests.
Meetings are usually from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month, from September through June. Meetings include a mounted lesson, a dismounted lesson about horse management, and the completion of barn chores. Summer meetings are not held.
Pony Club is essentially a co-op. Therefore, membership requires parent participation. Parents must be available on occasional Saturday mornings to serve as a “Parent-in-Charge” or attend parent meetings. Also, parents must have enough time and interest to do one of the jobs that maintains and supports the Club (i.e. organizing and helping with club events, maintaining the club room and equipment, etc.).
We have about 20 members in our club and also maintain a waiting list. New members are enrolled in January, and occasionally in September.
After you have learned more about us – and if you would like to be placed on the waiting list – please contact Membership Coordinator Alison Keene about submitting a Membership Application Form. We will then make arrangements for you and your child to visit and observe one of our meetings. Since dues and fees are non-refundable, we make every effort to make sure that potential members are a good fit for our club before we invite them to join.
National Dues and Fees for New Members joining between 01/01/14 and 12/31/14 are $490.