What is the A Test
The Pony Club A Test is the highest Test within The Pony Club structure. It is recognised world wide and is very much sought after!
The fee for taking the A Test in 2022 is £220. This is forfeited if the candidate withdraws within three weeks of the Test. Any candidate applying to take their A Test within the three weeks prior to the Test will incur a further fee of £35 (if a space is available).
A candidate who fails one half of the Riding section (either indoor or outdoor riding ) or one half of the Lungeing & Young Horse section of the A Test will need to retake the whole section to gain a pass. For example a candidate who fails the indoor riding section but passes the outdoor riding section and the lungeing and young horse sections would need to retake both riding sections to obtain a pass. If a candidate were to fail one half of the Riding section and one half of the Lungeing & Young Horse section they will need to retake the whole test. The fee to retake just the Riding sections in 2022 is £180; the fee to retake the Lungeing and Training the Young Horse sections in is £100.
Candidates who pass all four sections of the ‘A’ Test on the same day will be awarded a pass with Distinction.
The Assessors may convert a Distinction into an Honours pass in the case of an exceptional candidate, and this will be awarded with a purple felt.
In 2022 any member who is 25 years old and has passed half of the A Test may have one attempt at the outstanding section once their membership has expired. They do not need to rejoin as a member, but will need to provide proof of third party liability insurance when booking.
Upcoming A Test Training Days
A Test Training Days allow Members preparing for their A Test to understand what is required in the test and practise working with a variety of horses for each section. The coaches will assess the candidates and offer guidance on how Members can progress with their training to reach the required standard, including recommended timescale.
Dates for 2022 will be available soon.
Please note the Training Days are designed to give preparation for all modules of the A Test.
If you have already passed the riding modules of the A Test and would like some some support to prepare for the Lungeing and Training the Young Horse modules, please contact Training@pcuk.org
A TEST INFORMATION SESSIONS - NEW FOR 2022
Do you want to find out more about the A Test? What happens on the day? The best way to train? There will be online information sessions running to answer these questions and find out more about the A Test Mentor scheme. All sessions will run over Zoom and run from 6:30-7:30pm. Each session will be limited to 10 people.
10th February 2022 BOOK HERE - Full
2nd March 2022 BOOK HERE
Upcoming A Test Dates
If you wish to be added to a waiting list for an A Test Day, are interested in hearing about future A Test Days or you wish to take your A Test in 2022 and need to take your B+, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.