Sierra Pacific

Standards and Certifications

Standards and Certifications will be held on December 3, 2023

 Clinic with Asia Thayer will be held on December 2, 2023

Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in Elk Grove, CA


Date: December 2-3, 2023

Location: Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center

Hosted by: Sierra Pacific Region

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Closing Date: ALL RSVP's and Entries due by Nov 17th unless otherwise stated.


December 2nd: Clinic will take place from 8am to 5:30pm with small group lesson on the flat or jump. 

December 3rd: Standards and Certification presentation will be held from 9am to 3pm. There will be 2 presentations in the morning and afternoon demonstrations with rider and horse.


What is this all about:

What is being presented? Standards and Certifications is an opportunity for all those involved in Pony Club to have the progression of skills as required by the various standards explained in detail by watching riders perform specific riding test expectations at different levels D1 through A. National examiner, Asia Thayer will explain what it is about each rider that exemplifies the standards at which they are riding.  This presentation is very helpful for members/parents/DC’s and instructors to understand the testing expectations.


Standards and certifications is an excellent and unique way for members and their families as well as instructors and examiners to gain a better understanding of the USPC riding standards. 

The value in attending this event is that you will clearly learn and see demonstrated the skills required by members at each of the USPC standards. This can aid parents, DC’s and instructors in determining whether members are ready to take their next certifications as well as giving the members themselves a clearer understanding of where they are going. For our examiners it helps to confirm their understanding of the USPC standards insuring that our members are examined to standard.

ALL members, parents, instructors, and examiners should attend this valuable day. After her daughter passed her C1 last year one parent stated that the standards and certification clinic was the most valuable prep her daughter had attended. So don’t miss out on this valuable experience. You will leave with a clear understanding of what it is you need to be able to demonstrate at your next certification.

DC’s note that we strongly encourage clubs to use examiners for certifications who have attended a standards and certifications clinic so please encourage your instructors, examiners and upper level members to attend.

Attire: Members please come wearing appropriate Pony Club attire (no jewelry, spaghetti strap tops or open toed shoes) and parents please come dressed to set a good example. ALL members should wear medical armbands or bracelets.