Thursday December 14, 2017
Code of Conduct

Respect Code of Conduct for Riders, Parents/Carers, Spectators, Instructors, Team Managers, Judges, Stewards and other Officials

As a club it was decided that we would adopt the following code of conduct:

Members and guest riders

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the sport.

As a rider, you have a big part to play.That’s why we are asking all of our members to follow the following code of conduct.

I will:

Always ride and compete to the best of my ability

Compete fairly – I won’t cheat, complain or waste time

Respect my fellow riders, team-mates, other teams, instructors, judges, stewards and officials

Respect my horse or pony and the horses or ponies of others

Play by the rules, as set out in Pony Club and relevant discipline rulebooks

Listen and respond to what my instructor tells me

Talk to someone I trust or the branch welfare officer if I’m unhappy about anything in my branch.

I understand that if I do not follow this Code, any or all of the following actions may be taken by my Branch or the Area:

I may:

Be required to apologise to my fellow riders, team-mates, other teams, instructors, judges, stewards and officials

Receive a formal warning from the instructor, District Commissioner or the branch committee

Be prevented from continuing in the competition or training

Be suspended from training

Be required to leave the branch

In addition:

My Branch or the Area may make my parent or carer aware of any infringements of this Code of Conduct

Spectators and parents/carers

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the sport

This branch is supporting this code of conduct to ensure equestrianism can be enjoyed in a safe, positive environment.

Remember Pony Club organised events are a time for members to develop their technical, physical, tactical and social skills. Winning isn’t everything.

Play your part and observe the Branches Respect Code of Conduct for spectators and parents/carers at all times

I will:

Remember that children and young people ride and compete for FUN.

Applaud effort and good play as well as success

Always Respect the officials’ decisions

Remain outside the arena and within the Designated Spectators’ Area (where provided) unless invited to do otherwise

Let the instructor do their job and not confuse the riders by telling them what to do

Encourage the riders to Respect other riders, judges, stewards and officials

Avoid criticising a rider for making a mistake – mistakes are part of learning

Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, or abusive language or behaviour

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any or all of the following actions may be taken by the Branch or Area:

I may be:

Issued with a verbal warning from a Branch or

Area official

Required to meet with the Branch or Area committee

Obliged to leave the training or competition venue by the organiser or my branch

Requested by the branch not to attend future events

Suspended or have my child’s Pony Club membership removed

Required to leave the Branch along with any dependents

Branch and Competition officials

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in the sport.

The behaviour of the training or competition officials has an impact, directly and indirectly, on the conduct of everyone involved in the game – both in the arena and on the sidelines.

Play your part and observe this Code of Conduct for officials at all time.

I will:

Be honest and completely impartial at all times

Apply the rules of the discipline and competition rules fairly and consistently

Manage the training or competition in a positive, calm and confident manner

Deal with all instances of violence, aggression, unsporting behaviour, foul play and other misconduct

Never tolerate offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour from riders and officials

Support my colleague officials at all times

Set a positive personal example by promoting good behaviour and showing Respect to everyone involved in the event

Communicate with the riders and encourage fair competition

Respond in a clear, calm and confident manner to any appropriate request for clarification by branch representatives

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any or all of the following actions may be taken by my Branch or the Area:

I may be:

Required to meet with branch officials

Required to meet with the Branch or Area Committee

Instructors and Team Managers

We all have a responsibility to promote high standards of behaviour in equestrianism

Play your part and observe the Code of Conduct in everything you do.

In and outside the arena or training area, I will:

Show Respect to others involved in the sport including competition officials, riders from other branches, instructors, managers, officials and spectators

Adhere to the laws and spirit of the sport

Promote Fair Play and high standards of behaviour

Always Respect the competition official’s decision

Never enter the arena without the judges/stewards permission

Never engage in public criticism of the competition officials

Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting or abusive language or behaviour

When working with riders, I will:

Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of each rider above everything, including winning

Consider the well-being and safety of all horses and ponies in all situations

Explain exactly what I expect of riders and what they can expect from me

I understand that if I do not follow the Code, any or all of the following actions may be taken by my Branch or the Area:

I may be:

Required to meet with branch officials

If you would like to report an incident relating to this Code of Conduct or any other Pony Club matter please fill in and send the following form to the DC: