Heart Of Illinois

Support Heart Of Illinois Pony Club

Pony Club Mission:

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.

Ways to Give

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About Heart of Illinois Pony Club

Pony Club has historically been primarily geared toward youth horsemanship education, but recently extended its membership to adults interested in further educating themselves in the proper care of horses and ponies and as riders. It was started in England in 1928 to teach horsemanship, horse and pony care, safety and good sportsmanship to young people who could not otherwise afford expensive lessons. The US joined the program in 1954. Today there are over 500 local Pony Clubs, with more than 11,000 members in the United States. USPC offers their members the opportunity to participate in the mounted equine disciplines of dressage, eventing, mounted games, polo, polocrosse, show jumping, tetrathlon, vaulting and western.

Our local Heart of Illinois Pony Club has 32 members ranging from age 9 years old to 25 at all ranges of riding levels and horse knowledge. We strive to provide them with 11 mounted clinics, numerous un-mounted knowledge sessions for them to learn all about horses and their care, a Schooling Show, a summer camp, and participation in regional events and competitions throughout the year. Our focus, and the focus of United States Pony Club, is to educate our membership in all areas of horse care and management as well as helping to develop competent riders, who have an exemplary sense of responsibility, good sportsmanship, and a desire to give back to the community. Our generous local sponsors help to make this focus come to fruition.

Why Support Heart of Illinois Pony Club?

  1. Our club is part of the leading equine educational organization.
  2. Internationally recognized programs.
  3. Pony Club emphasizes Horse Management and Safety.
  4. Over 65% of members continue to be involved in the equine industry because of Pony Club.
  5. All local money donated benefits our local club only.
  6. Our programs educate individuals throughout their career in the horse industry.
  7. Our sponsors are all advertised in our local Spring Show held in Brimfield that welcomes all competitors.
  8. Our $100 and up sponsors are printed on our HIPC summer camp t-shirts that are worn all over the Greater Peoria Area.

Our sponsors are key to our ability to provide a rich, fulfilling program for our members for the year. Please consider supporting our local club with a monetary donation or by donating an item for our silent auction. Donations of all levels are welcome, $100 and up donors will appear on our camp t-shirts, but any support is well appreciated by our membership!

You may use the form below to donate via our PayPal account, we also accept donations in the form of cash, cash equivalent, and non-cash items at the discretion of the District Commission and within the guidelines of the U.S. tax code.

Pony Club Core Values:

Horsemanship with respect to healthcare, nutrition, stable management, handling and riding a mount safely, correctly and with confidence.

Organized teamwork including cooperation, communication, responsibility, leadership, mentoring, teaching and fostering a supportive yet competitive environment.

Respect for the horse and self through horsemanship; for land through land conservation; and for others through service and teamwork.

Service by providing an opportunity for members, parents, and others to support the Pony Club program locally, regionally and nationally through volunteerism.

Education at an individual pace to achieve personal goals and expand knowledge through teaching others.

Heart of Illinois Pony Club operates as a tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3) with Employer Identification Number (EIN) 37-1076031. It is a subordinate organization of USPC Newco, Inc., EIN 61-1352306. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the U.S. tax code.