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Local Rider Earns D-1 Certification From The United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

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  • Grace Kucienski and Ziggy Stardust after earning their D-1 Certification for the United States Pony Clubs, Inc.

      Grace Kucienski and Ziggy Stardust after earning their D-1 Certification for the United States Pony Clubs, Inc.
    St. James Pony Club

St. James Pony Club

The St. James Pony Club announces the certification of Grace Kucienski from Unrated to D-1 at a testing held on April 16, 2013 at St. Charles Farm in St. Charles, IL. Grace Kucienski is the daughter of Andrew and Nancy Kucienski of Winfield, IL and is trained by Kelly McCaughey.

To earn the certification, Grace passed an examination that tested horsemanship skills and equine knowledge. She joined Pony Club in 2013. Each of the Pony Club certification levels is more difficult than the preceding one, and requires Pony Club members to learn more about horses and their care and to become increasingly accomplished riders and teachers to younger members. The top certification level is the A level and is reached by fewer than one in 300. It denotes throughout the international horse industry a highly competent and knowledgeable horseperson.

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The leader of the St. James Pony Club is Kasey Mueller of Naperville. Along with an emphasis on helping its members learn to ride and care for horses, Pony Club promotes teamwork, a sense of responsibility, safety, good moral judgment and self-confidence.

About St. James Pony Club -- St. James Pony Club is a local chapter of the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. Their members come from DuPage and Kane County. They are part of the North Central Prairie Region of the USPC. They provide opportunities for instruction and competition in English riding, horse sports and horse management for children and young adults up to 25 years of age.

About Pony Club -- The United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (Pony Club) was founded in 1954 as a nonprofit national youth organization to teach riding and horsemanship through a formal educational program. Many of the nation's top equestrians, including many of our Olympic team members and many business professionals, government leaders and career military officers, have roots in Pony Club. There are approximately 10,000 members in 600 clubs and riding centers in 43 regions throughout the country.

About St. Charles Farm -- St. Charles Farm is a multi-use facility that balances the needs of Hunter/Jumper, Dressage and Western Pleasure disciplines in a family atmosphere. Students range in age from as young as 4 past age 70. Our students compete in various circuits including NIHJA levels A and B.

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