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C Certificate Information

Minimum Age

  • 12 years

Certificate & Badge Colour

  • Green


  • "D" Certificate


  • Candidates should be encouraged to ride in a snaffle bit wherever possible. If another bit is used, the child should know the name and understand its action.
  • The rider should be able to maintain consistent contact through the reins.
  • In checking diagonals or leading leg, the candidate may drop the eyes to look at the shoulders but may not drop the head or lean forward.
  • Ideally the concept of 'feel' through the seat should be introduced here.
  • The forward jumping position/s with a steady lower leg should be established by the time of the test.
  • Candidates may hold the mane or a correctly fitted neck strap over the jump.


  • To attain a balanced seat, independent of the reins on the flat and over small fences.
  • To show control of the pony at all paces.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of horse handling and horse care as outlined below.

Learning Outcomes



  • Mount and dismount from either side. A mounting block may be used.
  • Alter stirrups whilst mounted and demonstrate how to tighten girth while mounted.
  • Balance exercises at the halt and walk
  • Ride with reins in either hand at walk, trot and canter.
  • Knowledge of and correct use of natural aids.
  • Change direction at all paces.
  • Increase and decrease pace at trot and canter.
  • Knowledge of paces and footfalls.
  • Walk and trot on a long rein.
  • Walk and trot without stirrups and sitting trot for short periods
  • Know and use the correct diagonal.
  • Recognise leading leg at canter. (Rider may look down to check)
  • Canter on a nominated leading leg.
  • Hand Gallop.
  • Show proficiency in active riding.


  • The candidate should be capable of:
  • Jumping fences  ranging in height from 50cm to 65 cm, including a spread fence.
  • Jumping combinations with a minimum of one non-jumping stride.
  • Riding a small showjumping course.
  • Riding over varied terrain, including some cross-country obstacles.

Horse handling

  • Pick up and clean out hind feet
  • Tie a pony up with a correctly fitted adjustable halter or headcollar

Horse Care

  • Paddocking

Describe what to look for when choosing a paddock for your horse.

  • Feeding, Watering and Conditioning

Outline a daily feeding and watering routine of own pony

Preparation for a Pony Club camp

Tie a hayney/bag up correctly

  • Grooming, Trimming

Grooming and washing of own pony

Identify contents of grooming kit and explain uses of each item

  • Care of Feet and Shoeing
Elementary knowledge of shoeing and care of the feet.
Explain the use of farrier's tools.
  • Transport of Horses

Prepare a horse for travel.

  • Health, Ailment, Injuries

Recognise health and condition of own pony

Prevention and treatment of Girth gall, sore back, sore mouth.

Prevention of tetnus.
Worm and bot control. Knowledge of particular worms not required
Basic First Aid Kit.
When to call the Veterinarian.
Laminitis (founder) – cause and prevention.
Know common causes of injuries
Know signs and symptoms of lameness, stone in the foot, minor wounds.,Swelling and heat in the leg or the foot, greasy heel, thrush, seedy toe, cold, colic and strangles.

Know the Horse

Points of the horse, colours and markings.
Measure the height of a horse.
Care of teeth and the reasons why they need attention.

Saddlery and equipment

Care and fit of the saddle and bridle.
Parts of the saddlery and uses.
Fit, use and care of rugs.
Rug a quiet horse

General Knowledge

  • Know the names of the Pony Club Zone personnel.
  • Local equestrian personalities.

Assessment Format

C Certificate is assessed by the relevant Zone - contact your Zone Chief Instructor or Zone Examining Secretary for Exam Dates, and any forms to be submitted.

  • Presentation
  • Riding
  • Jumping
  • Horse Handling and Horse Care and General Knowledge

Certificate Manual - activity sheets to be completed verifying experience in the following categories : Presentation, Riding, Jumping, Horse Handling and Horse Care.


  • Assessed by Zone Assessors


  • Pony Club Australia Syllabus of Instruction
    National syllabus for certificates sets out certificate requirements
  • PCAV "C" Certificate Resource Kit
    A complete resource for riders, parents, coaches and examiners. Includes, "C" Manual, "C" Activity sheets, "C"Candidate checklist available from PCAV shop
  • New Zealand Pony Club Manual Book 1
    Resource book with information for both educator and student