Keeping Members and Volunteers safe is of paramount importance for The Pony Club. We are therefore delighted to launch a specialist first aid course with Medi-K Training specifically designed for the treatment of children. This is a unique course and has not before been offered by an equestrian organisation.

The Pony Club recognises there are a surprising number of differences in how to treat a child or an infant requiring first aid compared to an adult, and when something happens that threatens or hurts a child having expert knowledge to draw on can make a huge difference.

The Pony Club are excited to have teamed up with Medi-K Training; a rider based first aid Company, to deliver this course from 1st April 2018.  Medi-K Training is the leading provider of nationally recognised qualifications for rider first aid training and is a high quality, dynamic training organisation with an outstanding reputation throughout the Equine Industry; including Pony Club Branches and Centres, Racing stables (including The British Racing School), the Riding for the Disabled Association, the Association of British Riding Schools, Riding Clubs and Hunt groups.

The extra training will not only provide an Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) qualification but also a nationally regulated OFQUAL level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid where you will learn how to be able to manage an ill/injured child in the event of an emergency. It consists of a range of subjects including; fractures, shock, concussion, dealing with foreign bodies and various medical conditions such as recognising the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis and much more.

In 2018 the course will be optional to all volunteers. It can be done as either a 2 day stand alone course or can be added on as a 1 day course to the 1 day EFAW course. If completed within 6 weeks, this will then be offered at a discounted cost throughout 2018.

From 2020 we will require all our Volunteers to undertake this Pony Club 2 day course as a mandatory requirement. Again, each day can be done within 6 weeks on a date to suit your group or centre.  The qualification will last 3 years and thereafter you would only need to do your EFAW course which you do at present and the second day Medi-K can offer either face to face or online.

The Pony Club Chairman, Mrs Mary Tuckett, said “This is a fantastic development for The Pony Club. To be leading the way in the care of our Members is so exciting.  This course will not only benefit Pony Club Members, but Volunteers who hold this qualification will be well placed to look after injured children in any situation.  This is an essential life skill that will only improve our organisation in a positive way”.

Medi-K’s Managing director and paramedic Mrs Kay Patterson said “We have been offering the EFAW (Adult) course to Pony Club Volunteers for a few years now and recognise the need for further knowledge and training when dealing with children. We were approached by The Pony Club to develop this specialist course and jumped at the opportunity knowing the difficult scenarios and situations volunteers have found themselves dealing with whilst hosting rallies, camps and events involving children”.