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VRPC C2 Certification Testing

  • 06/26/2018
  • 08/04/2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 06/26/2018
  • 08/04/2018
  • Copperfield Farm, 5825 Keyser Rd, Hume, Virginia 22639


Registration is closed

Opening Date:  April 25

Closing Date (for June 26 C2 HM Testing):  June 1

Closing Date (for Aug 4 C2 Mounted Testing): July 5

Take advantage of this awesome opportunity to test with National Examiners and other C2 candidates! The Virginia Region is offering these certification testings for our upper level members, with the intent of giving them a leg up on their eventual national certifications.

Exposing members to USPC National Examiners (NEs) earlier in the educational process is a more gradual way to make the transition from club to national level tests. Additionally, using an NE is a better way to prepare our upper level members for their first national test. Lastly, a regional testing offers clubs the chance to utilize an NE if they only have one or two members who plan to test that year.


Cost is $75 for one test or $125 for both testing dates. Non-VRPC members must use the code "OutofRegion" to register and pay $100 for one test or $150 for both testing dates. All participants must be a member of USPC.

Please contact Nicole Gnozzio (mgnozzio@msn.com) if you have questions or have members you think would be interested in participating in these upcoming regional certifications.

June 26 - C2 HM Testing with National Examiner: Christina Keim

Christina "Chris" Keim is an avid and accomplished equestrian with competitive results in the eventing, dressage, and show jumping arenas, as well as in competitive distance riding. She is a former area eventing champion and has had horses finish in the top ten for national year-end rankings wth the USEA. On her former mount Weltinus, Chris earned her USDF Bronze Medal, was a regional champion in the freestyle, and rode with top trainers such as Kathy Connelly, George Williams, and Nancy Later. More recently, Chris has trained extensively with Rachel Greene Lowell, Verne Batchelder, and Denny Emerson, who introduced her to the sport of competitive trail/endurance.  

A graduate of the United States Pony Club (HA, Squamscott), Chris remains active with USPC as a National Examiner and clinician. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association as the Regional President for Zone 1, Region 2 and is also on the Board of Governors for the American Connemara Pony Society. 

Chris is a graduate of the USDF "L" judge's training program and holds her USEF "r" Connemara judge's card.  

She earned a Masters in Education from the University of New Hampshire.  

Chris is based at her own Cold Moon Farm in Rochester NH, home to her Connemara crosses, JEF Anna Rose and DRF Isabela, her Thoroughbred cross, Liatris, and her Morgan, Spring Hollow Marquesa.


Aug 4 - C2 Mounted Testing with National Examiner: Janna Ritacco

Janna Ritacco is a Graduate HA from Carolina Region. She has successfully prepped certification candidates through the HA and A levels. As a National Examiner, Janna tests the HB and HA, as well as the C3, B, and A Traditional, C3 Dressage and C3 Show Jumping. She has competed and coached through Preliminary/CCI* and CIC* level eventing and Second Level dressage.

Janna runs Riverbend Equestrian Park in Greenville, SC, which is a 70 acre, 15 horse, boarding, lesson and show facility. It is the home base for the Greenville Foothills Pony Club, one of the largest and most active clubs in the Carolina Region. Janna teaches lessons to D through A Pony Club members, Horsemasters, non-Pony Club members, children and adults, as well.

For three years, Janna was the coach for the Furman University Intercollegiate Dressage team, when they had an active IDA team. She also teaches many members of the Clemson University Eventing Team, who were the 2017 National Champions for Intercollegiate Eventing.  

Janna has been actively involved with the USPC InterPacific Exchange and has been able to travel the world and see Pony Club on an international level. She was the coach for the 2010 USPC team that competed in Hong Kong/China, the 2011 team that competed in New Zealand, the 2013 team that competed in Australia, and the 2015 team that competed in Canada. In addition, Janna co-organized the exchange here in the United States in 2017. Janna has her hopes set on going back to Hong Kong in 2019!

When asked what her emphasis and passion were when she teaches, Janna replied, "Basic Balanced Position! Form equals function!"

Currently, Janna enjoys being the owner of her homebred Belgian draft/TB cross, who is successfully competing at the Preliminary level of eventing with a Graduate A friend of Janna's. When he's not competing, Janna enjoys fox hunting and participating in hunter paces with him.

For technical assistance, email Dawn Bellinger at bellingerdr@gmail.com

For questions about membership, email Aldona Petraitis at VRPCmembership@gmail.com

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