Saturday August 13, 2022
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Rules 2022

Below is a summary of the rules, highlighting any changes, however for full details of the rules for 2022 see the relevant section in each of the  Pony Club Sport Rule books 2022

Hat Rules 2022

It is mandatory for all riders at Pony Club events to wear a protective helmet at all times when mounted with a chinstrap fastened and adjusted so as to prevent movement of the hat in the event of a fall. This rule defines the quality of manufacture that is required. The individual Sports also have additional requirements with regard to colour and type: the hat rule is available in each Pony Club Sport Rule book for 2022.

To unify hat standards across The Pony Club, British Eventing and British Riding Clubs, require all hats to be checked and to have an ‘aquamarine’ hat tag attached.  Pony Club officials are able to check hats and attach a tag at events.

January 2023

In order to ensure riders are wearing the most up to date riding hats, please note that from the 1st January 2023, the following hat standards will no longer be accepted, due to the age of hats made to these standards:

1. PAS 015 1998
2. SNELL 2001
To manage this change, a new colour of hat tag will be required for all BE, PC and BRC activities from 1st January 2023.

Body Protector Rules 2022


Body protectors are compulsory for all Cross Country riding and Pony Racing whether it be training or competing. If a Body protector is worn for any Pony Club activity it must meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label) or BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label).

BETA 2009 Level 3 (purple label) body protectors will continue to be accepted at Pony Club competitions until 1st December 2024.


Vaccinations 2022    pony-club-vaccination-rule-2022

To protect the health of other competing horses and the bio security of the venue, the following rules will apply to all Pony Club Competitions:


A valid passport and vaccination record:

  • must accompany the horse/pony to all events
  • must be available for inspection by the event officials
  • must be produced on request at any other time during the event

No horse/pony may compete (or be present at the event as a companion) unless it has a Record of Vaccination against equine influenza completed by the veterinary surgeon who gave the vaccination, signed and stamped line by line, which complies with the Minimum Vaccination Requirements.

The Minimum Vaccination Requirements for a horse/pony are that it has received:

  • An initial primary course of two vaccinations must be given: the second vaccination must be administered within 21-60 days of the first vaccination.
  • Horses may attend gatherings 7 days after receiving the second vaccination of the primary course. 
  • The first booster must be administered within 6 calendar months following the date of the administration of the second vaccination of the primary course.
  • Booster vaccinations must be administered at a maximum of 12 months intervals however horses competing at Area level and above, including Grassroots Regional Championships and the final of the Spring Festival competitions, must have received a booster within the 6 months +21 days (but not within the 7 days) before arrival at the competition.
  • Horses that received the primary course prior to 1 January 2022 should be permitted to have an interval of up to 92 days between the first and second vaccination of the primary course and for the first booster an interval of up to 7 months following the date of the administration of the second vaccination of the primary course.
  • Horses that received the primary course prior to 1 January 2005 are not required to fulfil the requirement for the first booster, providing there has not been an interval of more than 12 months between each of their subsequent booster vaccinations.

No horse/pony may compete on the same day as a relevant injection is given or on any of the 6 days following such an injection.


For safety reasons jewellery, other than medical jewellery, a wristwatch, a wedding ring, a stock pin worn horizontally or a tie clip, is not allowed. It is recommended that stock pins are removed for cross country.


Spurs may be worn at Rallies and other events. Any misuse of spurs will be reported to the District Commissioner/Centre Proprietor, Area Representative and Training Chairman and riders who are reported will be recorded and monitored.

Sharp spurs are not permitted. Only blunt spurs, without rowels or sharp edges, and spurs that have a smooth rotating ball on the shank 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 4 cm in length. The measurement is taken from the heel of the boot to the end of the shank.

Grass and Balance Support Reins


Grass reins and balance support reins are permitted at Pony Club rallies and competitions jumping up to 50cm, or in the Walk and Trot Test subject to the following:
• only those reins shown in diagrams 1 and 2 (and 5) are permitted
• the reins must be fitted to allow and not restrict the normal head position of the pony. The rein length must be sufficient to allow the pony to stretch over a small fence
• reins may be leather or synthetic material, if synthetic then a break point of leather or other suitable material must be included



Equine Welfare 

At The Pony Club, equine welfare is at the heart of everything we do. The Training Committee look at every aspect of training delivered to ensure we continue to develop our thinking. 
Recently the committee discussed The Pony Club‘s position on the tightness of nosebands and whisker trimming. We would ask all Pony Club Members to review the following two documents to ensure you are adhering to best practice: