Welcome to the website of
Palmetto Pony Club
© Palmetto Pony Club 2011 & 2012
Palmetto Pony Club
is a chartered member of the United States Pony Clubs. The Club serves the greater metropolitan area of Columbia, South Carolina, and is one of twenty two active clubs located in the Carolina Region, which includes both Carolinas.
Today's Palmetto Pony Club was established in 1993. Prior to that date, the Columbia area was served by the Pine Tree Pony Club. Pine Tree was established in 1971 but was discontinued in 1989. The Carolina Region had another club called Palmetto from 1962 to 1981, but it has no relationship to the present Club (see historical photo).
Pony Club Activities
It is not necessary for a member to own a horse or a pony, but they must have access to one when required. Programs are offered in dressage, eventing, show jumping, mounted games, tetrathlon, quiz, vaulting, foxhunting, and polocrosse.
During "unmounted" meetings, members learn about feeding, shoeing, veterinary care, and other areas of horse management. Under adult supervision, the more experienced Pony Club members instruct and assist younger members.
Pony Club members are encouraged to work their way through the progressive Standards of Proficiency, which test knowledge and riding ability. Pony Club members who attain the H-B, B, H-A, and A rating levels meet standards of competence that are recognized throughout the horse world. These upper-level members are very generous in giving back to the Pony Club community in many ways, such as providing club instruction of the highest caliber available today by any standard.
Want to learn more about Pony Club?
Start at the website of the United States Pony Clubs.
Then, we encourage you to contact us and perhaps attend one of our meetings to see if Pony Club is right for you.
Pony Club: Horsemanship - Sportsmanship - Leadership - Stewardship
The Pony Club Pledge
"As a member of the United States
remembering that without good
Pony Club, I stand for the best in
sportsmanship as well as in
horsemanship. I shall compete for the
enjoyment of the game well played
and take winning or losing in stride,
manners and good temper, sport
loses its cause for being. I shall
endeavor to maintain the best
tradition of the ancient and noble
skill of horsemanship, always
treating my horse with consideration
due a partner."