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C Star Certificate Information

Minimum Age

  • 14 years

Certificate & Badge Colour

  • Pink


  • "D" and "C" Certificate


  • To become an active rider with knowledge of aids and how to apply the correctly and effectively.
  • An alternative Certificate to the K Certificate, bridging the gap between the C and B Certificates
  • To ride simple cross-country and showjumping fences.
  • To gain practical experience and knowledge of the care and conditioning of the horse in preparation for a strenuous event.
  • To have a thorough knowledge of the Road Rules for horses. To ride safely and sensibly on the roads and in the country.

Assessment Format

  • Worksheets - to be complted prior to practical testing.
  • Presentation. Rider to be in full Pony Club competition uniform. Horse to be plaited.
  • Riding on the Flat.
  • Jumping.
  • Lungeing.
  • Horse handling, horse care and general knowledge.


  • Assessed by Zone Assessors

Learning Outcomes


  • Mount and dismount from either side, vault optional.
  • Alter stirrup length on the move.
  • Ride with reins in one hand.
  • Work with confidence without stirrups at trot and canter.
  • Demonstrate correct position at all paces, independent of the reins.
  • Sitting trot and rise on correct diagonal from sitting trot.
  • Change diagonal smoothly.
  • Recognise diagonal and leading leg by feel.
  • Maintain a consistent contact through the reins.  The horse must accept the contact at all paces.
  • Recognise the driving aids play a part in establishing and maintaining contact.
  • Developing working trot and canter and rhythm at all paces.
  • Ride with accuracy. Able to perform transitions at markers.
  • Walk, trot and canter a given number of strides.
  • Ride at a given pace, not exceeding 450 metres per minute, with horse staying calm throughout.
  • Know the aids for, and be able to carry out the following movements:
    • Circles to 10m walk, 15m trot, 20 canter.
    • Serpentines.
    • Lengthened strides at trot.
    • Change of leg at canter through trot.
  • Turn on the forehand - be able to show the beginnings of moving off the leg not necessarily from the halt.
  • Correct use of a dressage whip.
  • Lead a horse from another horse while munted at the walk.


  • Jump fences ranging in height from 70cm to 85cm
  • Demonstrate an established and secure jumping position.
  • Demonstrate correct rein contact (including short and long releases).
  • Ride correctly over trot poles and cavalletti.
  • Walk the course, and ride various types of cross-country fences.
  • Walk the course, and ride a show jumping course, including a combination.


  • Know reasons for lungeing.
  • Know and use the correct equipment and dress for both horse and handler. (Note: Candidate must wear an approved ASA helmet)
  • Lunge an experienced, quiet horse at walk and trot.
  • Identify and use the correct equipment for lungeing for both horse and handler.
  • State safety factors for both horse and handler.

Horse Handling

  • Handle a horse safely and efficiently on the ground.
  • Demonsttrate how to hold a horse for the Veterinarian or Farrier
  • Lead a horse through a gateway, saddled and unsaddled
  • Handle a horse's legs safely
  • Tie a horse up securely and safely.

Horse Care

  • Paddocking
    • Know what to look for and how to do a regular check of horse and paddock.
    • Explain how to care for  and work a grass fed horse
    • Recognise poisonous plants and weeds in candidates local area.
  • Stabling
    • Explain how to care for the horse stabled for a short period of time
  • Feeding, watering and conditioning
    • Tie up a haynet correctly.
    • Understand principles of feeding and watering
    • Recognise good quality hay and poor quality hay.
    • Recognise and name the following and explain their uses: - Barley, bran, chaff, linseed, Lucerne, oats, pellets, rice, molasses and salt.
    • Understand feeding in relation to the type of work the horse is doing
    • Outline a program to bring a horse back into work after a long spell
    • Explain the importance of the warm up and cool down when exercising or training the horse
  • Grooming, Trimming, Clipping

    • Groom efficiently and effectively. Care of man and tail.
    • Plait for competition.
    • Identify and name different types of clipping patterns and the resons they are used.
    • Explain how to prepare a horse for clipping, and how to care for it once it is clipped
  • Care of feet and Shoeing

    • Name and explain the function/use of the farrier's tools
    • Recognise and explain the features of a correctly shod foot
    • Explain how to take off a shoe naming the tools used at each step
    • Explain the structur of the horses foot
  • Transport of horses

    • Explain what parts of the float or truck need regular maintenance
    • Outline safety procedures that must be followed when loading and unloading a horse.
    • Load and unload a quiet horse with assistance, paying particular attention to the safety of both horse and handler.


  • Health, Ailment, Injuries

    • Produce their own practical veterinary kit and equipment for emergency use. Discuss how each item is used.
    • Demonstrate a bandage for injury
    • Describe when to call a veterinarian and what to have on hand when he/she comes.
    • Knowledge of temperature, pulse and respiration.
    • Describe a healthy horse
    • Describe the symptoms of a sick horse
    • Describe a horse in good or poor condition
    • Describe how to control worms, bots and other parasites both internally and externally
    • Describe the action of a lame horse.
    • Describe how to treat deep wounds and skin disorders.
    • Discuss vaccinations that a horse should have
    • Outline care of a horse's teeth
    • Age a horse by its teeth up to eight years. Estimate age after eight years.
    • Knowledge and treatment of greasy heel, seedy toe, laminitis, cold, colic and strangles

Saddlery and Equipment

  • Fit the following correctly -  saddle, snaffle bridle, various nosebands, running martingale and various breastplates.
  • Identify and explain the function of bits in everyday use.
  • Demonstrate or explain how to care for  and clean equipment-saddlery, rugs, grooming gear, etc.
  • Fit leg protection for exercise

General Knowledge

  • Outline the structure of Pony Club at Club, Zone, State and National level.


  • Pony Club Australia Syllabus of Instruction
    National syllabus for certificates sets out certificate requirements
  • New Zealand Pony Club Manual No.2
    Resource book with information for both educator and student
  • C Star Worksheets are compulsory. Available from the PCAV shop