Friday July 3, 2020
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Rules 2020

For full details of the rule changes please see Pony Club Sport Rule books 2020

Hat Rules 2020

It is mandatory for all Members 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. 

To unify hat standards across The Pony Club, British Eventing and British Riding Clubs, a new ‘aquamarine’ hat tag has been introduced from January 1st 2018.  White tags or BE red tags will no longer be accepted at any Pony Club event.

Body Protector Rules 2020


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).



Vaccinations 2020

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:

  • a Primary Vaccination followed by a Secondary Vaccination given not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days after the Primary Vaccination; and
  • if sufficient time has elapsed, a booster vaccination given not less than 150 days and not more than 215 days after the Secondary Vaccination and further booster vaccinations at intervals of not more than a year apart

At competitions at Area level and above including Grassroots Regional Championships and the finals of the Winter Series competitions, the most recent booster injection must have been given within the six calendar months prior to the date of the competition.

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.


From 1st January 2018, members will not require to present their membership card for permission to wear spurs at Pony Club events and competitions.  However any misuse will be reported to the DC/Centre proprietor, Area Rep and the Training chairman.

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