Thursday January 20, 2022
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Information/Dress code

Rallies

The Rally is the backbone of The Pony Club where instruction is given and is open to all Members of the Branch. A rally can be a mounted, or unmounted  if it is for horse and pony care instruction.

On arrival at the rally, you will be put into your groups depending on age/ability/friendship groups/ability of pony etc. This is not an easy process, as sometimes we have a lot of members to try and accommodate, but we do try and make it as fair as possible. If you have any objections, these should be taken up with either the DC, the ADC or the chief instructor. On NO account will bad behaviour be tolerated.

One of the main objectives of a Rally is to encourage and improve the riding and horse care skills of members, and it is through Rallies that not only these, but also other objectives are best achieved. Rallies are not competitions, and so what you may do outside of the pony club is not always taken into account.

Above all the pony club rallies are to be FUN

We also encourage all our members to come along to the stable management rallies, where you will learn all aspects of caring for your horse/pony. This is an important part of pony club, and gives you the opportunity to get your pony club achievement badges, and prepare for the pony club tests.

Times for rallies, if applicable, will be put on our website a few days before the rally. Its a good idea to arrive before your allotted time to give yourselves enough time to be mounted and ready for the tack and turnout checks.

Dress

Members must always be correctly dressed for rallies.

Mounted rallies: beige jodpurs, hacking (or plain coloured) jacket, or pony club sweatshirt, white or blue long sleeve shirt, pony club tie and badge, gloves, HAIRNET for girls, jodpur boots, with smooth sole, with clips or chaps that match the boot (without tassles) or riding boots.

PLEASE NOTE HOODIES NO LONGER ALLOWED FOR ANY RIDDEN ACTIVITIES

No colours or bling! please.

If it is a winter rally, warm, waterproof coats are allowed.

Cross country long sleeves must be worn, with a pony club sweatshirt or your colours and/or coat if it is cold. But still to be turned out smartly. Back protecters are compulsory for cross country and are to be recommended at other times. It is also important to have a neck strap if you dont use a martingale

Jewellery must not be worn when riding, including sleeper studs.

Hats must be fastened at all times when mounted and comply with standards PAS015, BSEN1384, AS/NZS3838 (1998 or 2003, SNELL E2001. Please remember to have any new riding hats tagged – this is regularly checked at competitions for your Health and Safety purposes.

Spurs for those who do not hold their B test or above can only be worn with the permission of the District Commissioner, or the Assistant DC.  Don’t forget to take your spurs permission card when competing.

Tack

Tack should be regularly checked and repaired or replaced as necessary.

We do carry out regular tack inspections at the rallies, marks are given for tack and turnout.

Only bits that are allowed within the rule books of the disciplines are allowed at rallies too.  Check your bits are allowed or you may be asked to change it. No gadgets

Plaiting may not achieve higher marks, although recognition will be given to those who have done the plaits themselves, as it will for those who have prepared their ponies themselves!

Neck straps are recommended for use by new or younger riders.

Reminder you also need to keep your Horse Passport in your vehicle in case of emergency