Hosted by Portola Valley Pony Club

in celebration of our 50th Anniversary!


This is a non-qualifying rally for Championships/Festival.

Registration closes on March 4, 2017.

Download the forms from Google Documents, Fill out and mail to Michelle Cale, Portola Valley Pony Club DC.


Mail registration packets and checks to:


Michelle Cale (PVPC DC)


1555 Edgewood Drive


Palo Alto, CA 94303



Any Questions???


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Date: Sunday April 2, 2017


Location: The Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside, CA 94062. http://www.horsepark.org


Introduction to EBTH:  EBTH is a horseless rally. The goal of EBTH is to test your horse management knowledge and prepare you to participate in a regular mounted rally in a low-stress, fun, community building environment! While you won’t bring a real horse, you will want to bring EVERYTHING else, including your riding skills, horse management knowledge, and a great team attitude. This rally is aimed at members who are currently unrated through D3 certification in any track, including Horsemasters. C-Level members are invited to support D-Level teams as coaches. Something for everyone! Even very new members can enjoy this rally experience!

What happens in EBTH? EBTH is a horseless Eventing Rally, which we currently expect to be run as a Combined Test. Riders should each have access to a stick horse (which may be shared). This will be your “mount” for the rally. Each “rider” will complete a dressage test with their stick horse, and a jumping round without their stick horse. Horse Management questions will be asked several times during the jumping round to assess the rider for “jump faults.

Each team will be provided with a tack room and a “pony paddock” where their stick horses can rest between rides. Each team will set up their tack room and prepare for this one-day rally as it if were a competition with horses present. This means complete preparation of saddle, tack, riding attire (including USPC pin and medical arm band), and rally kits. Competitors will not need to bring feed for horses, but teams will need to bring buckets and any items typically used to feed and hydrate a horse. Stall cards and feed charts should be placed in the “pony paddock” for inspection by the HM judges.

Fees: $35 per “riding” competitor, $15 per stable manager, no fee for C-Level Coaches. Lunch available for $10 (order in advance).


Registration: Register by completing the individual competitor form in the rally packet and returning it, with your payment, to your DC or club rally coordinator. Clubs are asked to forward team information to the rally organizer, using the Team Designation Form, with a club check covering all fees.  Registration closes on March 4, 2017.


[Attach the Rally Packet PDF here]


Volunteers: Each team must have a chaperone, and each team is requested to offer a volunteer.

Who should participate: Teams are composed of 3 or 4 “riders” certified up to D3 (including unrated), with a stable manager (usually D3 HM certified). Horsemaster members who are unrated to D3 may also compete in a separate division. Each team is asked to bring along a C1 or C2 HM certified “coach” who can mentor the team.


Role of C-Level Coaches: This rally is for unrated and all D-level members to learn how to be successful in a rally. All teams are required to bring a C-Level coach. EBTH is meant to be a learning experience, so C-Level coaches are allowed to advise stable managers and riders as they set up their tack room and prepare for their rides. They may also call dressage tests. In a regular mounted rally, this kind of help would count as “unauthorized assistance”, but it is appropriate for EBTH. C-Level coaches are not charged a rally participation fee. They must wear their medical armbands and be appropriately attired for a rally situation, bearing in mind that they are role-models for younger members.


Rulebooks: Parents and EBTH participants are encouraged to read the 2017 Horse Management Rulebook and the 2016 Eventing Rulebook at https://www.ponyclub.org/Members/Rulebooks.aspx (login required) It is also essential to read the most current newsletters for Horse Management and Eventing, which are found on the same webpage. IMPORTANT: Copies of these Rulebooks and Newsletters will be part of the required equipment in each team’s tack room at EBTH.


Attire: All participants are required to wear a USPC-approved medical armband or bracelet, and wear barn safe boots. Check the Horse Management Rulebook for more information about appropriate attire for a rally.



Dressage tests will be ridden in a 10m x 20m arena. The rider will use their stick horse.


Link to the 2015 USDF Intro Test A (Walk/Trot) – UR and D1 members:



Link to the 2015 USDF Intro Test B (Walk/Trot) – D2 members:



Link to the 2015 USDF Intro Test C (Walk/Trot/Canter) – D3 members:


Note to DCs & CAs:

  • Please promote the rally to your members, especially your newer and younger members.

  • Horsemasters are welcome to compete. They will be judged in a separate division.

  • Determine the team make-up (name of team, team members, captain, C-Level coach). Make sure each participant has this information. If you do not have a complete team, we will help place your members in a team with people from other clubs.

  • Please bundle competitor information and return it to the organizers by team group with a club check covering all entry fees, including optional lunch.

  • Help your members prepare for the rally. Remember, they may have no previous experience of rallying and will need help with understanding the required equipment list etc.

  • Each team needs to have a chaperone. Great rally education experience for parents!


For More Information, contact:


Rally Organizers: Michelle Cale (PVPC DC) at or Nicole Goodwin (PVPC rally coordinator) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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