My Old Pony Club Bulletin Board – 2012

Pony Club rallies require teams to set up a tack room. The tack rooms have to be set to very specific parameters and include specific items, all impeccably clean and labeled. The tack room is inspected by horse management judges and points are given for any infractions found.

When I was in Pony Club one of the items required, and possibly still required, was a bulletin board to pin the schedule to. Most clubs had plain brown bulletin boards, and my club was no exception. Most clubs at the time did not have anything fancy in their tack rooms. A few had bridle or saddle racks painted in club colors, and towards the end of my Pony Club tenure some teams had moved up to matching wooden brush boxes also painted and decorated. But for the most part, decoration was not something many clubs delved into.

One year, my friend and fellow Pony Clubber, Margie, was over at my house to play for the day and we decided to paint our bulletin board. It started out simple with us painting the cork part yellow and the frame part royal blue, in our clubs colors. But it moved on from there and we painted our clubs name across the middle, “Frederick Pony Club” and then our team’s ponies along the bottom. I can’t remember for sure, but I think I had a pony shaped sponge or something to work with.  Or it’s also possible my dad made a stencil for that part.  We also added in some equipment to spice the board up and dun dun dun, we had a custom board.

Recently when I was at my parents house my mom pulled the board out of her basement to show me and I decided to take it home. I think it will be fun to hang up in my sewing room for now and possibly my tack room one day.

Ponies: My pony Berry, Jenny’s pony Jack, Mollie’s pony Tess, Christine’s pony Tease, Margie’s pony Blaze

My pony, Berry, was a strawberry roan with some white spots. Notice my signature to the left of her.

Margie’s pony Blaze, was a perfect chestnut

Frederick Pony Club Reunion – 2012

Back when I was a kid my parents enrolled me in Frederick Pony Club (FPC founded in 1962 with grounds located in Ijamsville, Maryland, is part of Capital Region which is part of the United States Pony Club), which was fantastic.  I was a completely horse crazed little girl, with no horse friends and parents that really did not know how to help me take care of my very own pony, or if it was abnormal for their little girl to ‘gallop’ everywhere she went.  Pony Club stepped in and taught me how to care for my pony and networked my parents with other parents of horse crazy kids who also galloped all over the place.

Perfect.  I had lots of other pony obsessed kids to gallop all around with, both on our own feet, and also on our ponies.

Even though this was before the easily connected age of cell phones and email, I have stayed in contact with some of my old Pony Club friends and gotten back in contact with more of them in recent years, with the use of Facebook.

One of my old Pony Club Friends, Jenny, worked with the current Frederick Pony Club DC (think president) to set up a reunion picnic that included invites to all current and former members and supporters.  She enlisted me to give a little mounted games clinic in the morning before the picnic started for some of the current members and we worked out a scrimmage with the current PC members and riders from MGAA to close the picnic.

The reunion was this past weekend and it was a lot of fun.  Simon, Daisy and I spent the day, along with my mom, old and new Pony Club friends and some very kind MGAA friends (my teammates are always there to support me, help MGAA get games out there and ride whenever they can!), riding, eating and reminiscing. Former FPCer, Curtis, even jumped on MGAA member Cayla’s pony Nicky (thank you for kindly lending your pony Cayla), and rode through a few races.  Disgustingly he can still vault.  Jerk.

I took some photos which I will share here.


The Frederick Pony Club sign, that is planted by the entrance to the club grounds.

The clubhouse, situated by the road, looks very similar to how it did in the past.

Inside the clubhouse I found the first set of hand prints that were put on the wall, in 1995 during pony club camp. I was a counselor at the time and my hand is on the left of the year.

The hand prints were done for 4 or 5 years, but the ones pictured above in 95 (the first ones) and these in 97 were the only two that were easy to get a photo of. I can see my sisters hand print just under and to the right of the 19.

This is the Good Sportsmanship Cup. It has names dated from the early 1980s through the end of the 1990s. You can see I was awarded it two years running in 1991 and 92!

Some of the other old awards that have been hanging around the place since my time.

This rocking horse sign was above the door when I was a member, and its still in the same spot. I wonder how dark the yellow paint is on the wall behind it.

Back in a time long ago, people had to use payphones! eek! There was one on the wall in the clubhouse (where the paint is darker) and it even worked on occasion. Some phone numbers were written on the wall for easy access. You can see mine half hidden by the sun, that I am pretty sure I drew.

This is the Beach House. We used it to store jumps, games equipment and whatever else. We also used it as a dormitory during camp.

And the reason this is called the Beach House is because it is in memory of Colleen Beach. Who I sadly do not know the story of. Shame.

I really wish I had taken more photos.  Particularly of the barns, the announcers stand, the overall grounds and the kitchen and bathrooms.

The old Frederick Pony Club logo

The kitchen was mostly gutted, no refrigerators, grill or anything.  It sort of looked like an abandoned and condemned house in there.  The bathrooms were in the same condition and I do not think they are still operational.  They were always gross, and often a snake would be found stretched over the wall between the showers, but they did come in handy.

But maybe we can have a picnic again in the future and I can document the grounds better at that time.  And maybe Ill dig around and find some of my old photos of the grounds and post those on here another day.  Or if you have some old FPC photos you want to share with me, please do! I can make sort of a time warp on here.

Happy memories!

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