Adventure, fun and friendship starts with ponies!
Pony Stars is our Junior Challenge Awards aimed at children under 12 years old to discover their love for ponies, the outdoors, and all things in between. There are over 100 topics for children to explore and start their love and friendship with ponies that will last a lifetime.
Children will receive their very own My Challenge Book to log their achievements. As they progress through to complete sets of challenges there will be stickers, badges, and rosettes up for grabs too to keep them engaged and motivated. Pony Stars integrates four groups that allow for progression of activities to develop knowledge, skills, and self-confidence. In each group children will work through sets of challenges that make up topics within set themes:
Golden Groom, Pet Protector, Junior Jockey, Equine Explorer, Stable Star and Helping Hero.
Shetland Striders are courageous and bold; just like Shetland ponies themselves. They will try anything and enjoy getting hands-on, turning their hand (or hoof) to almost anything.
They will work towards badges that will begin their passion for caring for all animals, wildlife, people, and the environment. Core skills like handling ponies and riding will get underway with regular lessons to build confidence and commitment.
Dartmoor Dazzlers are kind, reliable and gentle and will enjoy having fun with their friends and socialising as they begin to be more adventurous. They are inquisitive and will enjoy taking on new challenges and learning more about the world around them.
They will try new things as they learn about how to look after ponies and have a deeper understanding of animal welfare and responsibility. Their riding will progress in leaps and bounds and will begin to discover how much more fun there is to be had with their riding as they explore the outdoors. Dartmoor Dazzlers will also be considerate to those around them and how they can play their part in promoting kindness and respect at the yard and everywhere else.
Welshie Wizzers are spirited and tough cookies. They have a playful character and will enjoy the variety of different topics and activities and will excel as they challenge themselves and develop new skills. Welshie Wizzers are trustworthy and are often looked upon as dependable members of the community.
They will understand the responsibility in caring for horses and ponies all year round ensuring happy, healthy ponies. They will also begin to explore issues they really care about and know how to use their voice and actions to make a difference. They will also share their skills with others as they look at leadership and customer service. Their riding will continue to develop, and they will begin to consider the health and wellbeing benefits that go hand in hand with a love for ponies.
Connemara Champs are consistent and trustworthy members of the group. They are confident to have a go at activities and give it their all. They are kind to everyone they meet and are excellent role models admired by all.
They will be able to take an active role in looking after ponies and understanding what makes them tick. They will be more independent with their ability to ride, handle and work around ponies. They will have developed a range of riding skills through fun activities and be considerate to their pony’s comfort by learning about tack fit and care. They will learn how to prepare for riding in different environments and look after their pony when out and about. They will be able to help around the yard and look out for those that may need help and support.