Horse and Pony care …. NB …. details changed

Area 5 Horse and Pony Care Qualifier

  • February 15th 2016 at FOXES Centre on the Wirral.
  • Closing date FEB 1st. Sen and Jun Teams.
  • Schedule and Entry forms on Calendar.
Please note there is an amended schedule on calendar.
Dear Centres, Further to the email sent round on 10th December, an error has been identified on the schedule with regards to eligibility. Please find the corrected schedule attached, and the eligibility below:
  • Senior Team Eligibility: Teams to consist of three Members. Ages to be 14 – 25 years of age on the 1st January 2016. One Member to be 16 years or under on 1st January 2016. Of the remaining two Members, one may be between 21 and 25 on the 1st January 2016.
  • Junior Team Eligibility: Three Members 13 years and under on 1st January 2016, one of whom must be 11 or under on 1st January 2016.

Also, a reminder that entries must be made by 1st February, and can be done either using the attached entry form or online through HORSEMONKEY.COM

2016 New Hat Rule

From January 1st 2016 no member will be allowed to participate in PC activities unless your hat has a  white pony club hat tag or red BE hat tag … See below …

Dear all,

Please find below links to the updated Hat and Body Protector Rules of The Pony Club for 2016. The key changes are as follows:

  • As previously noted, the hat standard BS EN 1384 has been removed as an accepted hat standard from the 1st January 2016. Please remind your Members and their parents / guardians to bear this in mind when buying new riding hats.
  • We are now accepting the hat standards ASTM F1163 and VG1.
  • We are now accepting the new red BE hat tags, so if Members have BE red tagged hats, they will not need tagging with a white Pony Club hat tag. However, please note we can still randomly spot check tagged hats if we wish.
  • We are clarifying the position regarding peaks in cross-country riding including Eventing, Tetrathlon, Horse Trials and also Pony Racing and Mounted Games. Please note that a jockey skull cap must be worn, with no fixed peak, peak type extensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front and should have an even round or elliptical shape with a smooth or slightly abrasive surface.
  • Body protectors used in Cross Country or Pony Racing must be BETA Level 3 standard. These have a purple BETA tag on them.

Note: Any changes or additions to the rules are shown in bold text.

To download the full hat rule for 2016, please click here.
To download the full body protector rule for 2016, please click here.

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Kind Regards,
The Pony Club

Important … rule change … Body Protectors

Rule number 16. IV. Body Protectors is immediately amended with regard to air jackets. Previously it was always compulsory to wear a body protector if the Member was wearing an air jacket. With immediate effect this rule now only applies in cross country and Pony Racing. In any other circumstances air jackets may now be worn without a body protector.

If a Member chooses to wear a combined air jacket and body protector they do not have to wear a separate body protector as well. A combined air jacket and body protector satisfies the requirements of the rule.

The rule will now read as follows (the amendment is written in red):

Rule 16

IV. Body Protectors

The Pony Club does not make the use of body protectors compulsory, except for all cross-country riding and Pony Racing whether it be training or competing. For general use, the responsibility for choosing body protectors and the decision as to their use must rest with Members and their parents. It is recommended that a rider’s body protector should not be more than 2% of their body weight. When worn, body protectors must fit correctly, be comfortable, and must not restrict movement.

Riders who choose to use the Woof Wear Body Cage EXO must lodge a key with the event organiser when they collect their number.

If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket in cross country or Pony Racing it must only be used in addition to a normal body protector. Parents and Members must be aware that riders may be permitted to continue after a fall in both competition and training rides. In the event of a fall, it must be fully deflated or removed before continuing, the conventional body protector will continue to give protection. Air jackets must not be worn under a jacket and number bibs should be fitted loosely or with elasticated fastenings over the air jacket.

When an air jacket inflates, the sudden noise startles horses in the immediate vicinity, thereby causing difficulties for the other members of a ride during a group ride in a confined area, e.g. an indoor school or outdoor ménage. Air jackets are therefore discouraged for group rides.