United States Pony Clubs, Sierra Pacific D Rally hosted by Liberty Oaks Pony Club
Show coordinator: Allison Gamma
Pony Club Rallies
Rallies are Pony Club events that allow members to test their knowledge and skills in both horse care and riding in a competitive atmosphere. Rallies can be offered in various formats. They can be rallies administered by the Region with Clubs and Centers sending teams to compete or small events where one club or center holds a competition.
Pony Club values teaching independence and teamwork. This means that parents, coaches, and chaperones are not allowed in the barn area to allow the members to compete independently. Members work with their teammates under the supervision of Horse Management Judges. These are trained volunteers who are available to answer questions, do safety checks, and to judge and score the teams on their overall organization and horse care skills.
In all disciplines members compete as part of a team. Teams may be of mixed ages and skill levels. To ensure that competition is fair, members are judged based on their certification level. Each team in Eventing, Dressage, Show Jumping, and Polocrosse has 4-5 members with a Team Captain as well as a Stable Manager. Team Captains are responsible for representing the team in all official matters, while Stable Managers are in charge of coordinating the team schedule. As a team, members work together to ensure that each horse and rider is properly turned out and prepared to compete to the best of their abilities.
Quiz rallies are slightly different. Team members are unmounted and are tested on their equine knowledge in four separate phases. In some phases members may collaborate to answer a question and in others, they must answer individually. Topics range from horse care to horse sports to general equine knowledge and can offer a hands-on component.
In most Pony Club riding disciplines members are scored on their individual performances and judged on their horse care skills. Individual results are compiled and added together to create a team score. Two big team awards are given. One award is given to the team with the best Horse Management scores. Another award called the Overall Team Award is based on combined riding scores and horse management points.