B certificate

NOTE: This is the 2013/2016 syllabus for B Certificate. The B Certificate curriculum is due to be updated by Pony Club Australia in late 2019 and will be

updated on The Equine Club website as soon as it is published 2020.
The C* or K Certificate is a pre-requisite.
The successful B Certificate rider should be able to demonstrate all the skills of either the C* or the K Certificate, plus the following:

Under Saddle – On the Flat

• Position at all paces becoming well-established and showing some depth, enabling the rider to apply aids smoothly and accurately

• Understand the importance of warming up and demonstrate its application

• Improved knowledge of the horse’s footfalls

• Recognise and understand the horse’s movement including faults

• Explain the following:

o Rhythm and tempo

o 'Accepting the bit' and 'being on the bit'

o Straightness o Impulsion.

• Ride the following movements in a 20m x 60m arena and explain the aids

o Medium walk and free walk on a long rein

o Working trot and canter

o Lengthened strides at trot and canter – must cover more ground – including across the diagonal and on a circle

o Halt

o Circles to 10m at walk and trot and 15m at canter

o Serpentines at trot

o Walk-canter transition

o Counter canter – 2m loop off the long side

o Change the canter lead through trot and walk.

• Ride and explain the turn on the forehand including the horse’s outline and correct placement of the feet

• Ride and explain the leg yield including the horse’s outline and correct placement of the feet

• Knowledge of Pony Club Australia and FEI (EA) dressage rules.

Under Saddle – Jumping

The jumping component should be assessed over fences 0.85 – 1.0m

• Maintain a balanced position over fences on varied terrain including drop fences, banks and ditches

• Jump a variety of fences and combinations, demonstrating tempo, line and rhythm in showjumping and cross-country

• Understand and show use of poles and/or cavaletti and grids including trot and canter exercises to improve the horse's jumping

• Land on the correct lead after jumping a fence. Candidate should recognise when they need to rebalance and correct canter lead

• Show lengthening and shortening of the canter stride and understand the application of this when riding related lines

• Know the correct use of the whip and show understanding of the reasons for behaviour warranting its use

• Demonstrate knowledge of pace, riding at 350, 400 and 450 metres per minute

• Be able to build simple schooling fences and combinations and plan a simple showjumping course

• Walk and discuss a jumping course, both showjumping and cross-country

• Know Pony Club Australia and FEI (EA) rules for showjumping and horse trials.

Assessment of Different Horses

• Ride and assess different horses and give accurate feedback using correct terminology (the horses provided to be well mannered, known to the Assessor and suitable for the task).


• Know principles, benefits, and potential dangers of lungeing

• Know correct equipment required for horse and handler, and their purpose

• Understand safe practices to be adopted when lungeing

• Demonstrate control of the horse at walk, trot, canter and show a few lengthened strides of trot

• Candidate to:

o Start horse off correctly

o Demonstrate a warm up phase without side reins

o Demonstrate the work session with side reins correctly attached

o Cool down without side reins.

Horse Care and Management

• Paddocking

o Understand the management of paddocks appropriate to the area including harrowing, rotation, fertilising

o Knowledge of noxious weeds and poisonous plants

o Knowledge of suitable pasture.

• Feeding, Watering, Conditioning

o Know types of feed and be able to assess value and quality

o Understand the relationship of feed to the type of work the horse is doing

o Basic knowledge of feed programs for their horse and be able to describe feed for

▪ Horse not in work

▪ Horse in light work (3-4 days per week)

▪ Horse in full competition work for all disciplines ▪ Rest day.

o Prepare a horse for strenuous work, for example, a Pony Club One Day Event

o Care for the horse before, during and after strenuous work including knowledge of feed program on the day of competition.

• Stabling

o Know how to care for the fully stabled horse to maintain its standard of training and health.

o Outline a stable routine

▪ Describe different types of bedding and their maintenance

▪ Have knowledge of stable vices and their causes

▪ Recognise signs of ill health.

• Transport of horses

o Explain what parts of the float or truck need regular maintenance. Have knowledge of maintenance of brakes, lights, floor, ramp, tyres, hitch and ball, breeching bar or safety chain.

o Demonstrate appropriate rugging and horse protection

• Grooming, Trimming, Clipping

o Groom efficiently and effectively to show ring standard.

o Explain care for the clipped horse and understand the different types of clip. Identify types of clip (full, belly, trace, hunting and blanket)

• Care of Feet and Shoeing

o Understand the principles of shoeing and recognise a well shod horse.

o Know the parts of the foot and how they function (heel, bulbs of heel, cleft and point of frog, bars, wall, toe, white line, coronet band and the bone structure)
• Health, Ailments, Injuries

o Take temperature, pulse and respiration.

o Know how to care for the horse's teeth and recognise potential problems.

o Demonstrate knowledge of internal and external parasites.

▪ Administer a worm paste

▪ Explain life cycles of large and small strongyles, bots, ascarids, tape worm and pin worms

▪ Recognise and treat lice, ringworm, ticks, onchocerca

o Be able to recognise, know the cause of, and where applicable, treat the following:

▪ Azoturia

▪ Heat stress / dehydration Hoof abscess

▪ Stomach ulcers

o Be able to administer first aid to the horse.

▪ Candidates must be able to apply a pressure bandage and figure of eight bandage.

o Know when to call the Veterinarian and be able to carry out prescribed treatment of wounds, ailments and lameness.

• Soundness

o Recognise good and poor conformation of the horse and the effect of this on soundness and action.

o Describe conformation faults affecting a horse’s performance and longevity.

o Discuss the following causes of unsoundness:

▪ Bog spavin

▪ Bone spavin

▪ Curb

▪ Navicular disease

▪ Ringbone

▪ Sidebone

▪ Splints

▪ Tendon problems

▪ Thoroughpin

▪ Windgalls

▪ Broken wind

▪ Roaring and whistling.

• Tack and equipment

o Bandage for exercise, competition and travel

o Fit tack correctly

o Know the following five groups of bits/bridles and their action: snaffle, Pelham, double, gag, bitless

o Be familiar with bitting allowed for Pony Club competitions

o Understand the care, cleaning and storage of equipment.