Coaches play a vital role in the success of Pony Club.
Pony Club is where it all starts from learning how to care for and ride a pony ... ride at elite competition level ... or find a career in the Equestrian Industry. Pony Club is about learning and education, our coaches are vital to our sucess and to a riders overall enjoyment of Pony Club.
The Pony Club Rally is considered the backbone of Pony Club, it is where all learning begins and coaches play an integral role in creating rallies that are informative, challenging and fun for riders. Coaches need to be able to provide a safe and fun environment for riders to develop skills, confidence, a sense of belonging and a love of horses and horse riding.
Coaching provides senior members with a great way to keep involved with Pony Club after they stop riding or move onto other riding opportunities; or to give them another avenue to assist their Club whilst continuing to ride. It provides parents/guardians with an opportunity to get involved on a different level with their Club, to further develop their own knowledge of horses and horse riding or to give greater confidence in their abilities with horse management, horse ownership or helping their child master skills in these areas.
Pony Club Victoria runs accreditation courses from Preliminary level which teaches the basics of coaching horse riding and horse management skills to Level 1 for those looking to at a higher level. Or to become a Coach Assessor with PCAV.
Pony Club Victoria is committed to providing education, development and resources for coaches at all levels to increase their knowledge and understanding of teaching at Pony Club. It is also important that coaches are valued for their role and enjoy a fun and rewarding experience along their coaching pathway.
For those looking to improve their coaching ability, Pony Club Victoria run workshops, training and assessment days throughout the year to provide support to all levels of coaching.
Good luck with your coaching and thank you for playing this important role within our sport.