Do you remember being shouted at by ancient instructors and spending more time on the floor than on your pony? Chances are you were a Pony Club kid. Here are seven tell-tale signs you spent your childhood in the Pony Club…
- Be prepared A hairnet and gloves will be left in your riding hat for eternity, and you wouldn’t be caught anywhere near your horse without sturdy boots on.
- Spotless stables Mucking out is an exercise in extreme precision. It’s not that you’re fussy (despite what your fellow liveries might say) you just have standards. High ones.
- Taking a tumble Falling off is a rite of passage and certainly not something to shy away from, although you’ve probably tallied up enough falls to set a world record.
- Heels down Thanks to your first pony having done the rounds of local Pony Clubs – probably several times – you’ve become proficient at sitting a good buck or two. And a rear. Spins, too. Maybe the odd nap…
- Pony Club camp The thought of camping out in a muddy field still fills you with a mix of elation and pre-emptive exhaustion. Although, no festival could overshadow your memories of Pony Club camp – at least you had proper toilets.
- Blast from the past Your childhood instructor is likely still kicking about, probably grumbling about having to tone down their dragon-like ways for modern Pony Club – and they still fill you with the same terror as when you were twelve.
- Total boffin You’d smashed out three Pony Club tests well before your GCSEs came around and, as the master of repetition, oral language exams were a piece of cake. Although, they would have been a lot easier if you could talk about ponies.
Pony Club was a defining part of many a horsey adult’s childhood – you might even refer to the manual in times of need. We’re sure you’ll look back on your memories fondly, even if many of them involved falling off.