When the District Commissioner and Branch Instructor are satisfied the member is proficient in the C1 LEVEL REQUIREMENTS listed below, and otherwise qualified according to Branch and Region Regulations, they are then eligible to try for upgrading to C1 Level.


The examiner will look for the ability to ride effectively with a developing sense of rhythm and balance. Riding on the flat, candidate will be expected to understand the movements required, aids used and why. Developing a feel for contact, diagonals, leads. Perform a confident and quiet ride. Know how to warm up the horse.

Over fences and in the open demonstrate riding in good balance with the pace and good position over fences, with either a crest or automatic release. Demonstrate good preparation and judgement with evidence of planning and thinking ahead. Ride simple combinations in stadium. Demonstrate timing and authority. Ride with confidence in the open over a variety of obstacles.


Turnout: Boots, muckers, gloves and suitable barn clothes. Medical armband is required.

Good and bad points of conformation. Overall balance and proportion and limb alignment. Common limb unsoundnesses.

Understand care & working of pony off grass & grain-fed, stabled pony. Safety in stables. Care of own horse. Routines.

Know articles of groom kit & able to use them. Able to turn out well groomed horse.

Fit saddlery. Care & cleaning of saddlery.
Uses and fitting of different girths and martingales.

Knowledge of feeding horse in working condition. Good program for conditioning horse for work. Care of pony after work.

Preparation for shipping: Blanket, shipping bandages. Demonstrate safe and efficient application of a shipping bandage.

Able to put together a simple First Aid Kit.
Wounds: Causes, types, how to treat including poulticing, hot fomentations, and cold hosing. Know when to call Vet.
Causes, symptoms and treatments for colic, laminitis, ringworm and thrush.

Limb unsoundnesses.

Age and care of teeth.

Load & unload horse in trailer or van or truck.

(OPTIONAL) (Hunting: The fox. The foxhound. Breeding, walking, feeding, conditioning & exercise.)


Turnout: Approved helmet, boots, breeches, jacket, gloves, and pin. Medical Armband is required.

Know how to lead in hand and set up as for a vet check.
Mount, dismount either side.

Position at walk, trot, canter. Stirrups still fairly short.
Balance exercises at trot.
Trot and canter, no stirrups.
Increase & decrease of pace.
Turns, 20-meter circles at trot & canter.
Working trot sitting and some lengthening rising.
Time & rhythm. Study of action & paces. Sequence of legs at all paces. Quality of paces.
Exercises to supple horse.
Trot on either diagonal.
Canter on circle on named leg.
Halt and Salute.
Riding forward on contact and on loose rein.

Stadium - gymnastic height 2'6 recommended.
Verticals, spreads and simple combinations 3' maximum. (1/3 of fences to be at maximum height) Attention to presentation, pace and authority. Riding a related distance.

Cross-country: Learning pace (350 meters/minute), timing, approach and negotiation of solid obstacles of various types. Jump 3 to 4 low poles, tree trunks and small ditches. Maximum 2'9" height and spread.
Ride up and down steep hills & banks.
Use C.P.C. C1 Level - Worksheet

Successful candidates' passport endorsed as C1.

For further information, you may wish to check out the Lesson plans for the C1 level.

For full details on requirements, facilities, and responsibilities of candidates, parents, and examiners, please refer to the Canadian Pony Club C/D Testing Procedures which you can get from our downloads page