Wednesday October 17, 2018
Information & Turn Out



Rallies are open to all members unless stated otherwise.

Please note that rallies will be grouped according to tests members are working towards. Please arrive in time to start riding at the given time, late arrivals may not be allowed to join the ride as this causes disruption.

If you are unable to attend a rally you have booked into please ring or email the organiser as soon as possible as there is sometimes a waiting list and the rides may need to be rearranged.

Mini’s – members on lead rein or just off

Minors – members confidently off of lead rein jumping up to 70cms

Majors – members jumping above 70cms



Day Rallies are run very similar to a day at camp, normal start time is 10:30am, lunch between 12:30pm an 1:30pm and the day finishes at 3.30pm.  All according to where the venue is the day normally runs an hour flat and an hour show jumping and two hours of xc.

Booking Form

Please send a booking form and fee for rallies (cheques payable to BHSPC )  to:-

Kim Wood or pay via PayPal on the ‘Booking’ page.


Times will be available on the website. If you have no internet access please phone  two days before the rally.


Training is aimed at those wishing to compete at a particular level. If you wish to be considered for a team you must attend the discipline training session and be out competing at that level.


Ponies: At rallies we expect you to turn up with a clean pony, no tangles in tail or mane.  You would normally plait your pony for a show.

Tack: – must be clean and in good condition and fit your pony.   Check stitching to make sure it is safe.   Black, dark blue, brown or white Numnahs or saddle cloths are preferred.  When going to competitions it is important to check the rules for the particular discipline to ensure that your tack complies!

Rider: – Correct Dress – What to wear is based on being firstly safe and secondly sensible.  New clothing is not expected, but what is worn must be clean, neat and tidy

  • For Rallies, members may wear the BHS sweatshirt worn over a white or blue shirt with Pony Club tie or  BHS rugby top or long sleeved polo shirt with pony club or white stock.
  • For Shows,  jackets should be tweed or navy blue riding jackets with the Pony Club badge on the left lapel, positioned (for safety) 4cms below the collar bone. Pony Club badge should be worn for all Pony Club activities for insurance purposes.
  • Shirts should be white, pale yellow or light blue, worn with a Pony Club tie.  Collarless riding shirts should be worn with the pony club stock (or a white one) if you wear a navy jacket and can be cream or patterned with a tweed jacket.
  • Jodhpurs should be plain beige/light jodhpurs.  Dark blue or black are ok for gymkhana games.
  • Gloves – black, brown, navy,  beige/cream.  Gloves are used to protect your hands and give you grip on the reins and must be worn at all rallies.  Gloves are not usually used for Pony Club games as you also need to hold the games equipment.
  • Half chaps/gaiters may be worn but must match your boot colour – no tassels or fringes!  Jodhpur boots with jodhpur clips (or elastic underneath) or long riding boots.  Fashion riding boots, trainers, muckers or wellies cannot be worn.  They aren’t designed for riding and can be unsafe and get caught in stirrups.  There is a tendency for manufacturers to put a treaded sole on riding boots.  These will significantly increase the risk of the foot becoming trapped in the stirrup in a fall which could result in serious injury, so a smooth, fairly thin sole is safer. Stirrups should be of the correct size to suit the rider’s boots.  They must have 7mm (1/4”) clearance on either side of the boot.
  • Long hair should be tied back and in a hair net. No plaits with ribbons.
  • No jewellery is allowed for safety reasons, other than a wristwatch, a wedding ring, a stock pin worn horizontally or a tie clip.  IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT STOCK PINS ARE REMOVED FOR CROSS COUNTRY.  Members who are contemplating piercing their ears or any other part of their body should be aware that they will not be allowed to compete until such time as the “sleepers” can safely be removed.  The reason for this is that sleepers have in the past caused injuries following falls. There are vulnerable blood vessels behind the ear and, in addition, if the facial nerve is pierced, potential paralysis of the face can occur.
  • Riding Hats can be blue, black or brown (if you use a hat silk it must also be plain) and of current safety standard.  For the current safety standards please refer to  An exception to the colour rule are hat silks for cross country, when colours can be worn.  Skull caps meeting the current safety standard must be worn for cross country.  The BHS team colours are royal blue. The safety standard should be clearly marked on the hat (usually on a label on the inside).  Remember that hat design changes and an old hat may not now be suitable.  Similarly not all hats on sale will meet the requirements needed.  Hats must be worn at all times when mounted, with the strap fastened (and should be worn at prize giving too).  A proper fit is important too – different designs will suit different head shapes so it is best to get an expert to help get a good fit.  Hats are designed to protect you by deforming in a serious fall, so should be discarded and replaced if this occurs.  For this reason, buying a second hand hat is not recommended – you do not know its history.  To save you having to take off your hat for inspection at each rally the club has a tag that fastens to your hat strap after your hat is inspected.
  • Body Protectors: Must be worn for all jumping 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.
  • Medical Arm Bands are compulsory when riding Cross Country.   Please ensure that the insert is completed properly, is legible and not faded.  These provide important information about you to the medical professional who will assist you in the event of an emergency; therefore DO NOT carry another persons medical card.
  • Spurs may be worn at Rallies and other events with the permission of the District Commissioner Instructor. Only blunt spurs, without rowels or sharp edges, may be worn. If the spurs are curved, the curve must be downwards and the shank must point straight to the back and not exceed 3cm in length.  Sharp spurs may not be worn.