Everyone got their start in eventing somewhere, but more than half of all the competitors at Rolex this year got their start in Pony Club. Across the globe, from Australia, Great Britain to the United States, the ranks of eventing and many other horse sports are filled with Pony Club graduates. At events large and small current and former members are wearing their pins, supporting the organization and the values it teaches, but also acting as role models.
When you wear your pin, you are reminding others that Pony Club is one stepping stone to success in the equestrian community. Wearing your pin can inspire a D3 Pony Club Member watching at a local jumper show, or the thousands watching a former Pony Club member gallop by at Rolex Kentucky Three Day.
Last year at Rolex, the Pin Promise made it to a whole new level, with multiple competitors wearing their pins, including William Fox Pitt taking home the title, adorned with his Pony Club Pin. This year we are hoping to have even greater participation and visibility.
As you start your trek to Rolex this year as a rider, groom, owner, or spectator, wear your Pony Club pin as a way to connect with others, to experience the overarching nature this single organization has played in the equestrian community. Keep your eyes open for the little live badge, they are all around you. All members, amateurs and professionals, 4**** riders to schooling show champions, from America to New Zealand, please wear your pins, proud to be part of the Pony Club community.