Middle California

Diversity and Inclusion

US Pony Clubs Equal Opportunities Statement (Policy #110, adopted 27 January 2019)

In order to ensure that the mission of USPC, Inc. is carried out in a non-discriminatory manner, it is the policy of the Board of Governors that membership in the United States Pony Clubs, Inc. (USPC)shall be open to eligible persons without regard to age, nationality, race, color, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

Middle California Region Diversity & Inclusion Working Group (formed September 2020)

The Middle California Region Diversity and Inclusion Working Group considers questions of diversity, equity and inclusion within the Region, concentrating on race/ethnicity, gender, age, and ability, with a view to making MidCal Region a welcoming and supportive environment for current and potential members, parents, and instructors. The group will generate, select, and prioritize realistic, actionable proposals; and provide encouragement and oversight on behalf of the Region, in consultation with the Regional Supervisor.

We are always looking for new working group members and particularly welcome interest from members, parents and supporters who represent demographic groups currently underserved by Pony Club. For more information, please contact the group chair, Michelle Cale, at mscale86 @ gmail.com.

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity in the Equestrian World

Strides for Equality Equestrian - An allyship program based in Eventing aimed at addressing the lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the discipline. 

US Equestrian - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

US Hunter/Jumper Association - Diversity and Inclusion Advocacy Committee

USEF: Para-Equestrian resources - information for disabled riders interested in para-equestrian dressage and para-equestrian driving.

US Para-Equestrian Association - An affiliate of US Equestrian, supporting eligible equestrians with physical disabilities.

Paralympics: Equestrian - Official website of the Paralympic movement. Para-dressage became an official Paralympic discipline in 1996.

Black Reins Magazine - An online bi-annual publication celebrating African-American equestrians and especially honoring the history and traditions of Black cowboys.

Young Black Equestrians: The Podcast - Abriana Johnson and Caitlin Gooch talk about diversity, riding, race, inclusion, and having fun with friends.

Hope in the Saddle - Inspirational stories of how horses help people meet life's toughest challenges; includes stories of veterans, disabled, and BIPOC riders.


Equestrian Nonprofit Organizations Serving BIPOC and Marginalized Youth in California (not affiliated with USPC)

City Horse - connects urban youth to horses and animals; in the east Bay.

The Humble Project - a nonprofit riding and horsemanship program aiming to expose underprivileged and marginalized communities to the horse world; in the east Bay run by Brianna Noble.

Compton Junior Equestrians - Serving inner city youth in the city of Compton, CA, who are at risk of dropping out of school, incarceration or other negative effects of poverty and social exclusion. (SoCal) Partner project of the USPC National Youth Board in 2018.

Taking the Reins - Supporting girls in Los Angeles to grow with confidence and courage through engaging with horses.

We Ride Too - engaging BIPOC youth with horses to promote diversity and inclusion in equestrianism; based in Oakland, CA.


Therapeutic Horse Riding Programs (not affiliated with USPC)

B.O.K Ranch, Woodside

National Center for Equine Facilitated Therapy (NCEFT), Woodside