OPRC is based on the United States Pony Club. The USPC has been in existence in this country since 1954. Our local club rules are based on the rules of the National Old People’s Riding Club. A requirement of membership is that each new member must be rated prior to participation in any club activity. The rating is required to establish your ability to safely participate in club activities. The requirements for the D1 rating may be found on the National OPRC site. In OPRC there are variations to accommodate riders of different disciplines. After the initial rating, there is no pressure to move up – only opportunity to learn.
Monthly lessons and clinics
Piedmont schedules mounted meetings, weather permitting, on the second Sunday of each month. Winter sessions are typically held in an indoor arena. Please arrive on time, ready to ride. You, your tack and your horse should be reasonably clean: no unnecessary jewelry or flying hair!! There are safety reasons for this. We also enjoy many “extra curricular” activities. Check under Activities on this website, to find a list of recent or upcoming activities.
As our club has grown over the past years, we suggest that when mounted lessons are announced, those who wish to participate should let the organizer know as soon as possible. Some activities may be limited. If you are on the waiting list for an event and don’t get in, you will be first on the list for the next event.
What is Musical Ride?
This goes by several different names – Quadrille, Musical Dressage or Drill Team. Pick one. It’s all the same thing here – just lacking the pretense normally associated with Dressage or Quadrille. All saddles and riding styles are acceptable. You and your horse will ride with other horses and riders to scripted patterns and movements. Most of the movements will be single file – nothing crazy to memorize – and each group will have an experienced leader.
One of our most popular activities is Summer Camp started in 2006 and held over a three-day weekend in early June. This is an overnight camp at Penmerryl Farm, near Staunton, VA with lovely accommodations, facilities and riding trails. There are daily dressage and jumping group lessons with our wonderful instructors. The farm also has a large cross country field with jumps and banks suitable for all levels. Cross country schooling and instruction can be arranged if there is enough interest. Besides riding, there is also fishing on the lake, tennis and swimming.
OPRC National Rally
Every two years OPRC hosts a National Rally for members only. The classes include Dressage - Intro thru First Level, Gambler's Choice Show Jumping - Trot Poles thru 2'-6", Barrel Racing, Pole Bending, Trail Class and Stable Management. At the end of the rally the results are submitted to the National OPRC to be compiled, along with other chapters results, and the overall results are announced at the end of the year. Our chapter has always done well in the Dressage, Trail and Stable Management classes. The next rally will be in October, 2017