Proficiency Tests

The Pony Club Training structure encourages members to take tests which enables them to learn progressively about horse and pony care and riding. The tests are taken at recommended ages and are designed with certain objectives in mind.

List of Tests:

  • E Test
  • D Test
  • D+ Test
  • C Test
  • Riding and Road Safety
  • C+ Test
  • B Test
  • B+ Test
  • H Test
  • A Test


Summary of Different Tests

All Pony Club tests are optional but members are encouraged to progress through them during their time in Pony Club. The sequence of tests are as follows:

E Test - Mimimum Age: 6+. This is an official voluntary test for young new members. It is not necessary to either take or pass this test before attempting the D test.

D Test - Minimum age 8 years. Riders must have a basic knowledge of riding and handling ponies.

D+ Test - Minimum age 10 years. Being able to apply aids and knowledge of looking after a pony.

C Test - Minimum age 11 years. This test is required for members wishing to do Junior Eventing and the Hunter Trial Championships. Must be competent cross country and have increased knowledge of stable management including knowing how to ride and look after a pony off grass.

Road Safety Test - Aims to provide safety whilst riding on the road. Must be passed before progressing to C+

C+ Test - Minimum age 14 years. Riders should be effective and be able to ride a horse in a correct shape on the flat. Be able to ride over different fences in all paces. Show knowledge of looking after a stabled pony and a pony off grass.

B Test, H Test, B+ Test and A Test - These are for serious and dedicated riders. Click here to download additional information on the Proficiency Tests.

Proficiency Test Downloads

Proficiency Test Highlights 2019/2020

Successful in the D test in April

Miya Kelly, Emily Duke, Katie Martin, Alex Shortt, Charlotte Weld, Leah Cox, Alannah Stewart, Charlotte Kelly, Conor Fahey.

D+ test

Pippa Ross, Miya Kelly, Katie Martin, Nicky Bolton, Isabelle Walsh, Keelagh Mannion, Robert O Ryan, Leah Cox, Alannah Stewart, Penny Kelly, Georgia Myerscough.

C test at The Field Equestrian in March

Andrew Moore, Paddy Smullen, Emma Wilson, Sophie Naughton, Daragh O Haire, Ben Connors, Lucy Maughan, Lucy Kenny, Saoirse Loftus, Roisin O Grady, Emily McRedmond, Kate Fahey.

E test at Punchestown

Orla Cleary, Lillie B Meridith, Ronan Duffy, Eliza Wardell, Sadhbh Whelan, Jack Beirne, Adam Beirne, Harry Lambe, Sophie Kinsella, Gwendolyn Bradford, Lauren O Neill, Iris Fleming, Jack McArdle.

We also ran a D, D+ and C test during camp this summer with many successful candidates.

Successful in their Riding and Road exam in September in Punchestown

Emma Wilson, Indigo Doolin, Tullulah Doolin, Lucy Hennessy, Annie O Neill, Sophie O Neill, Alex Connors, Jessica Reid.

C+ Test on November 2nd

Congratulations to Lottie Ross, Lucy Ross and Jessica Reid on passing their C+ test in November. They all worked really hard at all elements of the test.

Looking forward to 2020.


Louise Wilson (087 2898490) and Martha Reid (087-2566328) are the committee member responsible for Proficiency Tests within our branch, feel free to contact us if you have any questions.