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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 2024 is £240. 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 2024 is £200; the fee to retake the Lungeing and Training the Young Horse sections in is £120.

Candidates who pass all four sections of the ‘A’ Test on the same day, on their first attempt 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. 

A Test Syllabus
A Test 2023
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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. 

2024 Dates 

Talland:1st May 2024

Ingestre: TBC

Wellington: 12th September 2024


Please note the Training Days are designed to give preparation for all modules of the A Test. 

If you have already passed the part of the A Test and would like some some support to prepare for the remaining sections without attending the whole day, please contact



Wednesday 28th February 2024

Thursday 2nd May 2024

Tuesday 16th July 2024


Presenter - Coach/A Test Assessor: Catherine Cawdron


A test Mentors.

These sessions are there to give advice and guidance on the A test and to work on any specific areas of theory. This might be answering questions in depth on the Young horse section to developing your feedback in the ridden sections.

Please complete the form below if you wish to attend any of the evenings. The sessions are limited to 10 participants to maintain the workshop format.

Once you have registered on the form an online invite will be sent to you. 

If you would like further information about upcoming Information sessions please contact to register your interest

Upcoming A Test Dates

2024 Dates 

Talland: 18th September 2024

Ingestre: TBC

Wellington: 8th October 2024


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 2024 and need to take your B+, please email to register your interest.

Cancellation & Refund Policy
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A Test Mentor Information
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A Test Roll Of Honour (1)
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