Each and every Pony Club Coach is required to attend at least one Coaching Course (CPD) every two years. This may be at Branch, Area, Regional or National Level. The course must be listed on our approved CPD calendar. If you would like to attend a course not listed on the below list please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org before booking to check if the course can be accepted for Pony Club CPD
Please be aware that the CPD requirement is changing from 1st January 2023, after which Coaches will be required to attend at least one CPD course each year.
Guidelines for Branches/Centres Running a CPD Course
The following is to be followed for the provision of CPD (continuing professional development) events:
- CPD events can be run by an Area, Branch, Centre or centrally from the Pony Club office (e.g. coach conference)
- The Area Representative is responsible for the selection of an appropriately trained and experienced coach to present the CPD course
- All CPD must be listed on the main Pony Club website a minimum of 3 weeks prior to the event in order to count for accreditation purposes.
- The bookings should all be made via the organiser.
- Attendees should receive a certificate of attendance (template available from The Pony Club Office). Attendees must then send a copy of this to their Branch or Centre so that their record maybe updated.
- Some Coach specific CPD organised by other BEF Member Body central offices, may count but it still must be listed a minimum of 3 weeks before. If the event you would like to attend is not listed please contact the office. Please do not assume a course will be able to count.
- If you would like an event to be considered for approval as Pony Club CPD please send the details to email@example.com .
Upcoming CPD Courses
|AREA||DATE||COURSE TITLE||ORGANISATION||TUTOR||LOCATION||BOOKING DETAILS|
|Open to All||On Demand||The Pony Club National Coaching Conference||The Pony Club||Various industry experts||Online|
|19||21st May 2022||Introduction to Coaching Step 1||PC Area 19||Jane Gilchrist||Champfleurie Equestrian, West Lothian|
|7||22nd May 2022||Intro to Coaching Step 1||PC Area 7||Nicola Fitter||Rockstar Equine, Staffordshire|
|5||23rd May 2022||B Test Assessor Training Evening||PC Area 5||Pam Prickett||Wirral Riding Centre, Cheshire|
|6||25th May 2022||Anatomy of the Head||Horses Inside Out||Gillian Higgins||Waltham Village Hall, Leicestershire|
|7||30th May 2022||D & D+ Assessor Training Workshop||PC Area 7||Nicola Fitter BHSI||Stourport Riding Centre, Worcestershire|
|6||31st May 2022||C Test Assessor Training||PC Area 6||Amelia Morris-Payne||Bulby Equestrian Centre, Lincolnshire|
|6||1st June 2022||Interactive Applied Anatomy||Horses Inside Out||Gillian Higgins||Wavendon Grange, Leicestershire|
|9||6th June 2022||C+ Riding Standard Setting Workshop||PC Area 9||Judith Murphy & Justine Speller||Rectory Farm, Gloucestershire|
|1||8th June 2022||The Importance of Flatwork for Jumping||PC Area 1||Charlie Hutton & David Gatherer||Netherton Equestrian, Perth|
|7||11th June 2022||C+ Assessors Workshop||PC Area 7||Nicola Fitter BHSI||The Old Farmhouse, Warwickshire|
|13||12th June 2022||Eventing Educational Training Day||British Horse Society||Jon Evans BHSI||BCA, Berkshire|
|2||13th June 2022||Arena Cross Country Training Day||British Horse Society||Sarah Simpson BHSI||Benridge Riding Centre, Morpeth|
|14||14th June 2022||Understand your Horse - Equine Body Language||Understand Horses||Justine Harrison||Sparsholt College, Hampshire|
|9||19th June 2022||Ideas for Teaching our Youngest Members||PC Area 9||Georgie Davies||Seven Bridges Farm, Swindon|
|9||20th June 2022||B+ Standard Setting Workshop||PC Area 9||Carole Broad FBHS||Rectory Farm, Gloucestershire|
|6||23rd June 2022||B Test Assessor Training||PC Area 6||Linda Pearce & Peter Hales||Field Farm, Leicestershire|
|1||25th June 2022||Intro to Coaching Step 1||PC Area 1||Adrian MacLeod||Hayfield Equestrian Centre, Aberdeen|
|6||26th June 2022||Eventing Focus Educational Training Day||British Horse Society||Jo Winfield FBHS||Eland Lodge Equestrian, Derbyshire|
|19||27th June 2022||FUNdamentals with Four Poles||PC Area 19||Patrick Print FBHS||Tower Farm Riding Stables, Edinburgh|
|9||28th June 2022||D+/C Test Standard Setting||PC Area 9||Lea Allen||Rectory Farm, Gloucestershire|
|Open to All||29th June 2022||Modern Saddlery||British Horse Society||Sarah Simpson BHSI||Online|
|4||3rd July 2022||Intro to Coaching Course Step 3||Isle of Man||Louise Shepherd and Cheryl Curphey||Ballacorey Airfield, Isle of Man||
More Information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|14||5th July 2022||Lunge Standard Setting for All Test Levels||PC Area 14||Sarah MacDonald FBHS||RAC Saddle Club, Dorset|
|12||11th July 2022||Tack and Training Aids||British Horse Society||Jo Winfield FBHS||RB Equestrian, Milton Keynes|
|Open to All||12th July 2022||Coaching Dressage||British Horse Society||Sarah Simpson BHSI||Online|
|9||13th July 2022||C+ Test Assessor Training Workshop||PC Area 9||Lea Allen||Rectory Farm, Gloucestershire|
|Open to All||13th July 2022||Equine Dentistry||British Horse Society||Sarah Simpson BHSI||Online|
|Open to All||19th July 2022||Coaching Showjumping||British Horse Society||Sarah Simpson BHSI||Online|
|Open to All||26th July 2022||Coaching Cross Country||British Horse Society||Sarah Simpson BHSI||Online|
|19||1st August 2022||Introduction to Coaching Step 1||PC Area 19||Jane Gilchrist and Sheena Adams||Sandyflat Stables, Galsgow|
|9||8th August 2022||Understand your Horse - Equine Body Language||Understand Horses||Justine Harrison||Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester|
|8||3rd/4th September 2022||Understand Horses Live||Understand Horses||Various Experts||Writtle College, Essex|
|14||22nd September 2022||Racing Educational Training day||British Horse Society||Jo Winfield FBHS||Lambourn, Berkshire|
|6||24th September 2022||World Class Basics: Are you moving forward or being left behind?||British Horse Society||Jo Winfield FBHS and Dee So'oialo||Brackenhurst Equestrian Centre, Nottinghamshire|
|16||26th September 2022||Horse and Human Behaviour in a Changing World||British Horse Society||Ben Hart||The Grange Equestrian Centre, Devon|
|14||1st October 2022||Two Brains, One Aim||British Horse Society||Eric Smiley FBHS||Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester|
|Open to All||5th October 2022||The Biomechanics of Lateral Work||Horses Inside Out||Gillian Higgins||Online|
|Open to All||2nd November 2022||The Biomechanics of Transitions||Horses Inside Out||Gillian Higgins||Online|
|7||15th November 2022||Looking at the Latest Tack and Equipment||British Horse Society||Jo Winfield FBHS||Harley Equestrian, Northants|
|Open to All||26th November 2022||Recognising Pain-Related Poor Performance||Horses Inside Out||Dr Sue Dyson||Online|
|Open to All||7th December 2022||Striving for Straightness||Horses Inside Out||Gillian Higgins||Online|
Online Courses Approved for CPD
The below sites offer online courses which are accepted as Pony Club CPD:
For those wishing to undertake more comprehensive CPD training, Equine Studies provide short courses:
UK Coaching Mental Health Awareness for Sport and Physical Activity
Children and Young Person's Mental Health this course provides a detailed understanding of mental health conditions so you can offer appropriate support when the young person needs someone to turn to
The Activity Alliance with UK Coaching have released this great online learning module https://www.ukcoaching.org/iapelearning it is aimed at all sports coaches not just equestrians.
Understanding Horses run online courses that have been approved as suitable Pony Club Coach CPD - Pony Club Coaches can receive a 10% discount using code PONYCLUB10
The courses approved for Pony Club CPD are:
- Introduction to Equine Nutrition
- Why do Horses behave Badly?
- How to Create a Successful Training Plan
- Understanding Equine Body Language
- Understanding Horse Behaviour
- An Introduction to Training Horses with Food
- Grey Matters! Understanding the Equine Brain
All courses can be found here
The cancellation policy is applicable to all training events / activities where applications are accepted by the Training Department at The Pony Club Office, including coach, assessor and rider training, with the exception of UKCC courses to which a separate policy applies.