Welcome to The Hong Kong Pony Club
The Hong Kong Pony Club, an overseas branch of the British Pony Club, is a non-profit-making organization, which was set up to promote the riding and care of ponies by Hong Kong children, aged 5 to 21 years, and through this develop responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence. It does this through fun activities as well as more serious training, but even the more serious side is approached in a way that brings out and hopefully enhances the enjoyment of the sport and its heroes, the horses and ponies.
The Pony Club has been running in Hong Kong since 1973 and in 1975 was registered independently as an Exempted Society and became affiliated to the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation. We have a current membership of about 150 members.
It is run largely by parents and volunteers, without whom it would very likely cease to exist. Through all our events we place a great emphasis on having the older, experienced members, generally over the age of 16, come to our events as volunteers and mentors. This is an extremely important part of the Pony Club as this is one of the main ways we help them develop skills such as responsibility, leadership and self-confidence.
What We Do
The Pony Club encourages members to take the internationally recognised Pony Club Efficiency Tests. These enable them to learn progressively about horse and pony care and riding. The tests are taken at recommended ages and are designed with certain objectives in mind. These tests are a great way to show the level of both horsemanship (riding) and horse-mastership (stable management) that has been achieved. The test are taken once you have finished the Stable Management Rally at the required Level.
Stable Management Rallies
Stable Management rallies really are the backbone of the Pony Club and lead to the Efficiency Tests. They are designed to teach our members how to care for horses and ponies in all areas from feeding to basic veterinary care to riding theory and everything in between.
These rallies are so important in Hong Kong as children generally only get to ride the ponies and do not have much opportunity to learn how to look after them. The rallies prepare them take them through a syllabus that teaches them stable management and general horse and pony care, both theory and practice, and also riding theory, such as the importance of rhythm and balance, what they mean and how to achieve them.
Time spent with a pony in the stable is invaluable and is how bonds are formed, and without that riding as a sport loses a lot of its unique value.
These are new to Hong Kong, and we hope to get them running at as many stables as possible. The achievement badges are designed to fill in the gap years between the D and the C Efficiency Tests and to give Pony Club members the opportunity to improve their general knowledge. On passing each test they are awarded a cloth achievement badge, which they can sew onto their Pony Club Hoodies or shirts. The idea is to cover the 'D' or ‘C’ Test Stable Management syllabus without the children realizing they are doing it!
We aim to run a minimum of three camps during the year, these are our flagship camps and are run by the Pony Club. Our Non Residential Camps are held at Tuen Mun Public Riding School (TMPRS) and our Senior Residential Camp is held at Beas River Equestrian Centre (BREC). Individual Private riding stables also hold their own pony club camps; these are organised and run by those Riding Schools/Clubs. We also try to organise Mini Camp which are run over 2 days for our younger more inexperienced members. As always we are limited in what we can do by a number of factors: The amount of ponies and horses we are able to hire from the Riding Schools, the availability of our instructors and the number of people willing to volunteer at our event.
The instruction at all camps is given by British Horse Society Qualified instructors, or by instructors training for their BHS teaching exams. Where the instructors are training for their teaching exams, they are overseen by a trained instructor. We also have older members who wish to work towards their BHS exams assisting the qualified instructors to get experience.
Encouraging the older members to volunteer to help at camps is on the most important aspects of the Pony Club. Our mentoring program at the camps gives the older members the opportunity to ‘give back’ to the HKPC and the community by sharing their knowledge and experience with the younger campers. It is also very beneficial for the younger members to have role models to learn from. Below is an outline of the three main PC camps.