Hilltoppers Pony Club


Hilltoppers Pony Club was started in 1984 by Barbara Hawley. Originally from Ohio, Barb participated in USEA Young Riders and attended Berry College, where she earned an Animal Science Degree. She felt the curriculum of the USPC would be a valuable asset to the young riders in the East Atlanta community. Barb, and her mother Peg Hawley, are still avid supporters of our club, and we hold several monthly meetings per year at their farm, Barlyn.

Hilltoppers Pony Club generally meets on the first Sunday of every month at one of our host farms - Ashland Farm, Barlyn Farm or Kilkenny Farm. In 2018 we also visited Signature Sporthorses and hunt with Shakerag an Belle Meade as guests. We are fortunate to have the support of these gracious land owners who so kindly provide us with a place to ride.

Hilltoppers Pony Club is a member of the South Region, and our members actively participate in Regional Rallies, Educational Clinics and Summer Camp.

Hilltoppers Committee and organizational members

DC -Christie Hanson 706-338-4120

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JT DC Horsemasters/Rallies/Certifications

Laura Edison 

JT DC Rallies and Certifications Denise Carmichael

 Treasurer- Jennifer Mata

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Secretary-Dawn Delong


Denise and Ryan Carmichael
Denise Carmichael 
JT DC of Ratings and Rallies, Graduate, Parent of member Sabrina

Laura Edison
Horsemaster Liason, parent  Eliza and Audrey, member &

Eliza Laura and Audrey

Christie Hanson, Hilltoppers DC
C3 Graduate, parent of member Maren

Maren Randall and Christie

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.

U.S. Pony Clubs started in 1954 to teach the English style of riding and the proper care of horses. It is an offshoot of the British Pony Club, which was created in 1929 as a junior branch of the Institute of the Horse. Since then, Pony Club has expanded to many countries around the world. The main purpose is to promote sportsmanship, stewardship and leadership through horsemanship.

In the last decade, U.S. Pony Clubs has made a concerted effort to strengthen its program to meet the needs of today's horse involved youth. This has included, raising the age of graduation from 21 to 25, offering Pony Club through an established riding lesson business, expanding certifications to include the disciplines of Dressage and Show Jumping, bringing in Western disciplines, and including land conservation in the Standards of Proficiency. Please join us as we continue our mission of developing character, leadership, confidence and a sense of community in our youth, thereby developing strong leaders for tomorrow.

The USPC Program is available to and accessible by an intergenerational community of equine enthusiasts with a focus on youth through multiple means of delivery

• An instructional program supported by mounted and unmounted lessons at all levels
• Multiple forms of membership
• Fully enabled by technology
• Marketed to multiple audiences
• Recognized and recognizable nationwide as the leader in Horse Management education
• Trained and Capable volunteers

Core Values 

Horsemanship with respect to healthcare, nutrition, stable management, handling and riding a mount safely, correctly and with confidence.
Organized teamwork including cooperation, communication, responsibility, leadership, mentoring, teaching and fostering a supportive yet competitive environment.
Respect for the horse and self through horsemanship; for land through land conservation; and for others through service and teamwork.
Service by providing an opportunity for members, parents, and others to support the Pony Club program locally, regionally and nationally through volunteerism.
Education at an individual pace to achieve personal goals and expand knowledge through teaching others.