Area 5 Code of Conduct

Code of conduct for ALL persons involved with Pony Club, please download and read, pass on to everyone involved, this is very important

Area 5 of the Pony Club ….

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

Following concerns expressed by a number of branches relating to the behaviour of a small number of individuals at some inter-branch events, it was decided that the Area should formulate a good-behaviour policy which would apply to all persons attending any Pony Club organised event. This code was unanimously adopted at the Area 5 District Commissioner’s meeting on the 23rd May 2011.

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 all branches in Area 5 are asking every member to follow this Respect 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 the Area’s Respect programme 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 Area’s 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 Area 5 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
  • Required to meet with the Branch or Area Committee

Area 5 of the Pony Club

Notice to District Commissioner and/or Area Representative of Warning or other disciplinary measure recorded in respect of a member, guest rider, spectator, parent, carer or other person

 

To: The District Commissioner ………………………………….Branch, Area 5  [    ]
And/or   To: The Area Representative Area 5 of the Pony Club                            [    ]

Incident:

Date and Time:  
Place:  
Event:  

Person whose behaviour caused concern:

Name:  
Address:  
Their Branch:  
Role at Event:  

What happened?

Description of

incident:

 
Action

taken/requested:

 
Names of

others present:

 
Other

information:

 

Report:

Submitted by:  
Role:  
Date: