Sunday May 29, 2022
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Pony Racing

As a branch we are extremely keen to get involved in Pony Racing. In our area we are surrounded by top National Hunt Yards, flat yards and Point to Point yards that encourage our children to get involved and hopefully finding the next AP Mc coy or Frankie Dettori!

There are Pony Racing Rallies organized locally by the Wylye Valley Pony Club, culminating in a Pony Club Pony Racing Day at Wincanton in May with other racing and training organized by the Pony Racing Authority. Within the B&SV pony club, if anyone would like to have an informal chat about Pony Racing, one of our parents, Carlie Broomfield is happy to help. Carlie’s son Billy is a B&SV PC member and competes regularly on the pony club pony racing circuit. Please don’t hesitate to contact her: if you have any questions. Details of the pony racing rallies are as follows:

What is Pony Racing?

Pony Racing is a little like horse racing but on a smaller scale. During the races, riders wear silks (or cross country colours), and get to weigh in, weigh out and parade around The Paddock like jockeys do before the race.
All Pony Club Race Days happen at Licensed Racecourses around the UK and with races from Novice through to Open, there is something for everyone. And you can even bring along your fluffy pony!
Pony Racing is open to Members aged between 9 and 15 years and for ponies under 14.2hh (148cm).
If you like the thrill of going fast and competing on your pony, then pony racing might just be for you!

How Do I Get Involved?

Never raced before? Don’t worry, there are many things you can try before you head to the Racecourse with your pony.
You can talk to your Branch or Centre and ask them about getting involved with mounted and unmounted rallies to help give you a taster on what Pony Racing would be like. There are four key areas that could be focused on:
Balance and fitness exercises – These are aimed to test your balance, ensuring you build muscle in the correct places and are fit enough to take part in the races.
Equicisor – This is a mechanical horse that gives you the chance to put your forward racing seat into practice and sharpen up your skills.
Cantering in an enclosed space – Here you can focus on work with bridging reins, the racing position and shortened stirrups.
Gallops and field practise – This is where both jockey and pony can trial the need for speed and prepare for what it would be like to race.

Pony Racing Authority (PRA)

Since it started in 2004, Pony Racing has become one of the country’s fastest growing equestrian sports and now plays a pivotal role in training and developing many talented young ride

How Do I Progress Further?

We have several opportunities for members to take up Pony Racing on a more competitive basis.
PC/PRA Training Days
These days are kindly supported by The Racing Foundation.
Pony Club Coaches and BHA accredited Jockey Coaches work together to provide the best opportunity to introduce children and parents to pony racing.

Members are able to
Ride their own ponies in a controlled environment and on the gallops under top riding tuition
Learn more about balance and control in a forward seat
Work with a fitness expert
Use traditional racing equipment like an equicisor
Gain vital advise about rider and pony fitness and nutrition
Learn more about tack, race day procedures and etiquette
The training day also offers the opportunity for Members and their ponies to be assessed on their ability, competence and confidence in order to qualify for a Pony Club Race Day and be eligible for PRA races.
Pony Race Days

There are three types of Pony Racing:

Pony Club Race Days
PRA Point to Point Fixtures
PRA Racecourse Series

For 2021 fixtures list please see

Dates and venues which the days are due to take place on and booking can be made via the PRA website here: