Portola Valley

About Portola Valley

The United States Pony Clubs, Inc., develops character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in youth through a program that teaches the care of horses and ponies, riding and mounted sports.

Portola Valley Pony Club (PVPC) was founded in 1967 in association with the Los Altos Hounds Club. Our home base is The Horse Park at Woodside, 3674 Sand Hill Road, Woodside, CA 94062. The Club typically has between 50 and 60 members each year, making it one of the largest pony clubs in the US, and the largest in the Middle California Region Pony Club. Our club is currently about 50/50 youth/adult members.

Portola Valley Pony Club provides an unmounted and mounted instruction program for youth and adult members who embrace the requirements of the US Pony Club Standards of Proficiency. The Club also provides opportunities for members to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have acquired. Our members are active in taking certifications - the leveled Horse Management and riding skill exams that are offered by US Pony Club - and also participating in regional and national competitions (aka "rallies") where their Horse Management knowledge and skills are judged alongside their riding abilities.

We are an all-volunteer run Club, so we ask that all Seniors (i.e. adult members) and the families of our youth members contribute some hours towards the Club over the course of the year. There are many opportunities, ranging from Club Officer to one-off chaperoning, so please be ready to join in!

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USPC Pony Clubs and Riding Centers are assigned to one of 41 geographical regions, which are administered by a volunteer Regional Supervisor (RS) and other appointed and elected officers. Regions offer additional activities and opportunities for members and support for the club and center leaders under their administration. Portola Valley Pony Club is part of the Middle California Region. Visit the region's website for the contact information for the Regional Officers.

Visit the Pony Club website to learn more about the Pony Club educational program, national events, activities and opportunities for members.