Become a Coach | The Pony Club UK

Become a Coach


One of the objectives of The Pony Club is to give instruction and coaching in riding and horsemastership and to educate Members to look after and to take proper care of horses and ponies. Becoming a Pony Club coach will enable you to deliver training and support Members to help them develop their riding and horse and pony care skills. The requirements below apply to all coaches involved with the Pony Club.




How do I become a coach?

To start coaching for a Pony Club Branch or Centre you’ll need to be listed on The Pony Club coaching database. The easiest way to do this is for your Branch/Centre to add you on directly. If you aren’t already coaching for a Branch or Centre, use our Find a Club tool to find your nearest one.

You’ll also need to have the relevant certifications for the level at which you want to coach – full details are below. You’ll need to show copies of your certifications to your Branch/Centre for them to add to the database.

Enhanced Disclosure Check – In England and Wales this is a DBS check, in Scotland it is a PVG, in Northern Ireland it is Access NI. Contact your local Branch or Centre to arrange this.

Safeguarding – The Safeguarding course offered by the Pony Club is Safeguarding for Equestrians.

First Aid – The minimum qualification required for coaches is the Emergency First Aid at Work course. Once the initial qualification has been completed, an online refresher can be attended, but coaches must attend a face to face refresher on alternate years.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD) – Please be aware that from 1st January 2023 the CPD requirement changed to every year.

Further information and to book onto the training courses see Volunteer Training.

The Pony Club Training Guide

The Pony Club Training Guide can be accessed via the Resource Hub. It includes information about Achievement Badges, Pony Club Tests, Progressive Awards and much more.

Need more information?

Please see the contact details to the right.

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Karen Bennett

Training Officer