Leslie's historic UK Guide Badge Syllabuses

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1961 (December) POR Amendments - Pony Rider Badge


1) Mount and dismount correctly.

2) Catch, saddle and bridle, and lead a pony in hand.

3) Have elementary knowledge of shoeing, care, and feeding.

4) Know how to use: hoof pick, dandy brush, body brush and curry comb.

5) Under 10.  Walk and trot (the leading rein to be optional).

Over 10.  Ride and control a quiet pony (Walk, trot, and canter).

1964 (March) POR - Pony Rider Badge

1) Mount and dismount correctly.
2) Catch, saddle and bridle, and lead a pony in hand.
3) Have elementary knowledge of shoeing, care, and feeding.
4) Know how to use: hoof pick, dandy brush, body brush, and curry comb.
5) Brownies under 10 years of age: Walk and trot (the leading rein to be optional).
Brownies over 10 years of age: Ride and control a quiet pony (walk, trot, and canter).
1965 (July) POR - Pony Rider Badge

1) Mount and dismount correctly.
2) Catch, saddle and bridle, and lead a pony in hand.
3) Have elementary knowledge of shoeing, care, and feeding.
4) Know how to use: hoof pick, dandy brush, body brush, and curry comb.
5) Brownies under 10 years of age: Walk and trot (the leading rein to be optional).
Brownies over 10 years of age: Ride and control a quiet pony (walk, trot, and canter).

1973 Brownie Handbook - Pony Rider Badge


1) Catch a pony and put on a head collar or rope halter; lead a pony in hand.

2) Mount and dismount correctly.

3) Ride without a leading rein.

3) Know how to ride along and across a road, and how to say 'thank you; while mounted.

5) Know something about the care and feeding of a pony off grass.

Note: If you hold Certificate D of the Pony Club of Great Britain you can have your Brownie Pony Rider Badge too.

1980 Brownie Handbook - Pony Rider Badge


1) Catch a pony and put on a head collar or rope hater; lead a pony in hand.

2) Mount and dismount correctly.

3) Ride without a leading rein.

4) Know how to ride along and across a road, and how to say 'thank you' while mounted.

5) Know something about the care and feeding of a pony off grass.

Note: If you hold Certificate D of the Pony Club of Great Britain you can have your Brownie Pony Rider Badge.

Pony Rider (Handicapped Brownies Only)

1) Tell the tester:

how to approach and handle a pony correctly;

how to catch a pony and put a headcollar on; and how to lead a pony in hand.

2) Tell the tester how to mount and dismount correctly.  Be able to sit happily and relaxedly, maintaining a correct position at halt, walk, and changes of direction.  Hold the reins correctly.

3) Ride without a leading rein, if permitted.

4) Know how to ride along and across a road and how to say 'Thank you ' while mounted.

5) Know something about the care and feeding of a pony off grass.

Know the correct way of giving an apple or carrot, and when to give titbits.

Know how and where to pat a pony.

6) Name simple parts of a pony.

Name simple parts of a saddle and bridle.

1983 Brownie Handbook - Pony Rider Badge

1) Know how to approach a pony correctly; put on a head collar or rope halter; lead a pony in hand.
2) Mount and dismount correctly.
3) a) Ride without a leading rein.
b) Be able to stop, turn, walk, trot, canter safely.
4) Know how to ride along and across a road, and how to say 'thank you' while mounted.
5) Know something about:
a) the care and feeding of a pony off grass.
b) basic stable management.
6) a) Name simple parts of a pony.
b) Name simple parts of a saddle and bridle.
Note: if you hold Certificate D of the Pony Club of Great Britain and pass clauses 3b) and 5 you can have your Brownie Pony Rider too.

Pony Rider (Handicapped Brownies only)
1) Tell the tester: how to approach and handle a pony correctly; how to catch a pony and put a headcollar on; and how to lead a pony in hand.
2) Tell the tester how to mount and dismount correctly.  Be able to sit happily and relaxedly, maintaining a correct position at halt, walk, and changes of direction.  Hold the reins correctly.
3) Ride without a leading rein, if permitted.
4) Know how to ride along and across a road and how to say 'Thank you' while mounted.
5) Know something about the care and feeding of a pony off grass.
Know the correct way of giving an apple or carrot, and when to give titbits.
Know how and where to pat a pony.
6) Name simple parts of a pony.
Name simple parts of a saddle and bridle.
1987 (September) Guiding magazine - Pony Rider for handicapped Brownies now merged into standard Brownie Pony Rider syllabus.

1987 Brownie Badge Book - Pony Rider Badge


1) Show how to:

a) Approach a pony correctly.

b) Put on a head collar or rope halter.

c) Lead a pony in hand.

2) Mount and dismount correctly.

3) a) Ride without a leading rein if permitted.

b) Be able to stop, turn, walk, trot, canter safely.

4) Know how to ride along and across a road, and how to say 'thank you' while mounted.

5) Know something about:

a) The care and feeding of a pony off grass.

b) Basic stable management.

6) a) Name simple parts of a pony.

b) Name simple parts of a saddle and bridle

N.B. If you hold Certificate D of the Pony Club of Great Britain or the Green Felt of the Riding for Disabled Association and pass clauses 3 b) and 5 you can have your Brownie Pony Rider Badge.

1989 Brownie Badge Book - Pony Rider Badge

1) Show how to:
a) Approach a pony correctly.
b) Put on a head collar or rope halter.
c) Lead a pony in hand.
2) a) Wear a hard hat correctly and be dressed appropriately.
b) Mount and dismount correctly.
3) a) Ride without a leading rein if permitted.
b) Be able to stop, turn, walk and trot safely.
4) Know how to ride along and across a road, and how to say 'thank you' while mounted.
5) Know something about:
a) The care and feeding of a pony off grass.
b) Basic stable management.
6) a) Name simple parts of a pony.
b) Name simple parts of a saddle and bridle.
N.B. If you hold Certificate D of the Pony Club of Great Britain or the Green Felt of the Riding for Disabled Association and pass clauses 3) b) and 5) you can have your Brownie Pony Rider Badge.

1991 Brownie Badge Book - Pony Rider Badge


1) Show how to:

a) approach a pony correctly

b) put on a head collar or rope halter

c) lead a pony in hand.

2) a) Wear a hard hat correctly and be dressed appropriately

b) Mount and dismount correctly.

3) If you are allowed to:

a) ride without a leading rein

b) be able to stop, turn, walk and trot safely.

4) Know how to ride along and across a road, and how to say 'thank you' while mounted.

5) Know something about:

a) the care and feeding of a pony off grass

b) basic stable management.

6) a) Name the basic points of a pony.

b) Name basic parts of a saddle and bridle.

Note: If you hold Certificate D of the Pony Club of Great Britain or the Green Felt of the Riding for the Disabled Association, and pass the second part of clause 3 and clause 5, you can have your Pony Rider Badge.

1994 Brownie Badge Book - Pony Rider Badge


1) Show how to:

a) approach a pony correctly

b) put on a head collar or rope halter

c) lead a pony in hand.

2) a) Wear a hard hat correctly and be dressed appropriately.

b) Mount and dismount correctly.

3) If you are allowed to:

a) ride without a leading rein

b) be able to stop, turn, walk and trot safely.

4) Know how to ride along and across a road, and how to say 'thank you' while mounted.

5) Know something about:

a) the care and feeding of a pony off grass

b) basic stable management.

6) a) Name the basic points of a pony.

b) Name basic parts of a saddle and bridle.

Note: If you hold Certificate D of the Pony Club of Great Britain, or the Green Felt of the Riding for the Disabled Association, and pass the second part of clause 3 and clause 5, you can have your Pony Rider Badge.

Pony Rider becomes a Staged Badge.
2009 Brownie Badge Book - Rider Badge

When riding a pony or horse you must wear a helmet that fits you and is not damaged.
1) Dress safely for riding and know why you must wear a hard hat and suitable footwear.
2) Show how to:
* approach a pony correctly
* catch a pony and put on a headcollar or halter
* lead a pony in hand.
3) Do all of the following:
* Mount and dismount correctly.
* Ride a quiet pony in an enclosed area without a leading rein.
* Halt, walk, turn and trot safely.
4) Know how to ride along a road, cross a road and say 'thank you'.
5) Know the basic needs of a grass-kept pony in summer and winter, such as feeding, watering and grooming.
6) Do each of the following:
* Identify the simple points of a pony or horse.
* Identify the simple points of a saddle and bridle.
2013 Brownie Badge Book - Rider Badge

1) Dress safely for riding and know why you must wear a helmet and suitable footwear.
2) Show how to:
* approach a pony correctly
* catch a pony and put on a headcollar or halter
* lead a pony in hand.
3) Do all of the following.
* Mount and dismount correctly.
* Ride a quiet pony in an enclosed area without a leading rein.
* Halt, walk, turn and trot safely.
4) Know how to ride along a road, cross a road and say 'thank you'.
5) Know the basic needs of a grass-kept pony in summer and winter, such as feeding, watering and grooming.
6) Do each of the following:
* Identify the simple points of a pony or horse.
* Identify the simple points of a saddle and bridle.
2016 Brownie Badge Book - Rider Badge

1) Dress safely for riding and know why you must wear a helmet and suitable footwear.
2) Show how to:
* approach a pony correctly
* catch a pony and put on a headcollar or halter
* lead a pony in hand.
3) Do all of the following.
* Mount and dismount correctly.
* Ride a quiet pony in an enclosed area without a leading rein.
* Halt, walk, turn and trot safely.
4) Know how to ride along a road, cross a road and say 'thank you'.
5) Know the basic needs of a grass-kept pony in summer and winter, such as feeding, watering and grooming.
6) Do each of the following:
* Identify the simple points of a pony or horse.
* Identify the simple points of a saddle and bridle.
If you hold the Pony Club D Test Certificate or the Riding for the Disabled Proficiency Test Grade Three Award (Riding and Horse Care) you may have this badge.

2019 (July) Badge Finder - Rider Badge


When riding a pony or horse you must wear a helmet that fits you and is not damaged.

1. Dress safely for riding and know why you must wear a helmet and suitable footwear.

2. Show how to: 

  • approach a pony correctly
  • catch a pony and put on a headcollar or halter
  • lead a pony in hand.

3. Do all of the following.

  • Mount and dismount correctly.
  • Ride a quiet pony in an enclosed area without a leading rein.
  • Halt, walk, turn and trot safely.

4. Know how to ride along a road, cross a road and say ‘thank you’.

5. Know the basic needs of a grass-kept pony in summer and winter, such as feeding, watering and grooming.

6. Do both of the following.

  • Identify the simple points of a pony or horse.
  • Identify the simple points of a saddle and bridle.

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