OPRC is based on United States Pony Clubs (USPC). 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 member be rated prior to participation in any mounted club activity. The rating is required to establish the member's ability to safely participate in club activities. The requirements for the D1 rating can be found on the National OPRC website: oldpeoplesridingclub.org. 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.
OPRC-Piedmont schedules mounted lessons, 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.
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 Sepember. This is an overnight camp at Penmerryl Farm, near Staunton, VA, with lovely accommodations, facilities and trails. There are daily dressage and jumping group lessons with our wonderful instructors. In addition to riding, there is also fishing on the lake, tennis, and swimming.