Complete 50km of endurance rides and achieve the
following achievement badges; Care of the Horse’s
Foot, Countryside Access, First Aid (Equine), First Aid
(Human), Fitness, and Map Reading.
To be able to put on stable bandages, a tail bandage, a
rug, roller, and New Zealand rug.
The following badges need to be achieved to qualify
for the Blue Cross Badge; Bandaging and Rugs, Care
of the Horse’s Foot, Feeding,
First Aid (Equine), Handling and Grooming, Lorinery,
Mucking Out, Perfect Paddock, Saddlery, and Shoeing.
To be able to recognise a dozen common birds,
To be able to identify popular species of butterflies and moths.
To have knowledge about the structure and daily care of the horse’s foot, including related problems that can occur, and the processes and need for regular trimming and shoeing.
Harness up a pony in single breastcollar harness (with assistance). Fit a harnessed pony into a two wheel vehicle (with assistance). Drive off at the walk and halt (with assistance) Un-harness after.
To be aware and confident to ride in the countryside.
To be able to place the letters in their correct order, and know the dimensions of both a long and short arena.
To be able to deal with ponies safely and correctly in and around the stable, yard and field, according to their behaviour; to understand how and why a pony will behave in different ways in a variety of circumstances.
To be able to assess the suitability for use of riding hats, body protectors, rider footwear and tack.
To be able to identify commonly grown crops. To be able to identify three breeds of cattle and sheep. To be able to talk about harvesting crops including hay/silage.
To know the basic rules of feeding and to be able to recognise different foodstuffs.
To be aware of danger and your own safety. To have knowledge on how a fire is started, action to be taken, fire fighting equipment and how to use it, and preventative methods.
To know how to treat minor wounds and illnesses.
To be able to recognise good/ill health. To know about the necessary protection against Tetanus, Flu and Worms.
To be able to treat minor wounds and injuries and to know basic signs of serious conditions and injuries and to know how to get adult help in case of an accident.
To understand the importance of fitness and have knowledge of some methods of fittening.
To have knowledge of equestrian nations, their capitals, flags and the various disciplines they compete in.
To be able to identify a dozen wild flowers, e.g. poppy.
To be able to organise and run a fundraising event for a charity of your choice.
To be able to run a pony up in hand and to tie them up safely. To be able to identify and use all grooming utensils correctly.
To improve the balance of the rider and their correct seat on a pony.
To be able to identify and tie recognised knots from a selection.
To be able to load/unload a pony, with assistance, safely into/out of a trailer or horsebox.
To know why riders do bit their ponies, to have basic equine dental knowledge and to have knowledge of bitting basics and bitting manufacturing.
To be able to follow a route on an Ordinance Survey Map and to point out features marked, e.g. Church.
To be able to name and use stable tools and to talk about different types of bedding.
To know the best and safest type of fencing for your pony’s field, the best type of water supply, where to position a field shelter, and what shouldn’t be in the field.
To know the principles of plaiting the mane and tail, and to be able to plait a pulled mane.
To know the points of the horse, colours and markings.
To be able to identify poisonous plants.
To be able to give a two minute talk on any one of the other achievement badges.
To volunteer at a local RDA Group, or event , on 4 different occasions. Pony Club Members must be twelve years old and over to take part in this badge.
To know and be able to apply the ‘Green Cross Code’ and Highway Code as a road user.
To be able to name the parts of, and put on, a saddle and snaffle bridle, and know the care and cleaning of both. Be able to identify common bits, e.g. Eggbutt, Loose-ring Snaffle.
To be aware of the security issues relating to keeping horses, identify the methods used to reduce the risk of theft of horses and equipment, and to be able to identify safety and security dangers in the yard.
To know the indications that a pony needs a Farrier, what to look for in a newly shod foot, and to know the Farrier’s tools.
To be able to identify different stars, planets, and groups of stars.
To be able to undertake the necessary procedures involved in daily, weekly, and yearly care of tack, and to understand the importance of tack cleaning.
To be able to identify commonly seen tress, e.g. Oak.
To be able to turnout rider and pony to The Pony Club standard, and to understand why it is necessary to be clean and tidy.
To be able to identify commonly seen wild animals.
To be able to identify any twelve breeds of working dogs and describe in which sphere they are traditionally used
To understand the main worms affecting horses and ponies. Know how we aim to manage worm burdens in horses and ponies, and the most effective and sustainable ways of achieving this.