Saturday August 13, 2022
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What to wear

At all Pony Club events, our branch prides itself in the turnout of both members and ponies.   It is not necessary to have the latest new riding equipment and clothing, but we ask members to present themselves and their ponies clean and tidy for the activity they are doing.

For competitions please check the relevant Pony Club Sport Rule Book.


  • Tagged (aquamarine) Riding Hat/Jockey Skull
  • Body protector (Purple Label 2009 or blue/black label 2018) for XC jumping
  • Jodphurs (plain light coloured for rallies and tests)
  • Plain white shirt with collar and Pony Club tie
  • Pony Club sweatshirt or navy blue plain sweatshirt (no hoodies)
  • Hacking/show jacket (for rallies and tests) with Pony Club badge & test felt
  • Plain blue or black hat silk
  • Plain chaps same colour/material as riding boots
  • Gloves
  • Long hair must be tied back and in a hairnet
  • No jewellery to be worn

Don’t forget to sew your achievement badges and team colours on your Pony Club sweatshirt


  • All tack must be clean, in a good state of repair, properly fitted and suitable for purpose.
  • Plain numnahs/saddle cloths.
  • Stirrups should be of the correct size to suit the rider’s boots. They must have 7mm (¼”) clearance on either side of the boot.
  • Humane girths are not permitted in any sport, whether during training or competition. A humane girth is described as having non-independent straps that will loosen if one of the straps was to break.

Unmounted Rallies

  • Tidily dressed in trousers, Pony Club sweatshirt or other top, coat  if it is cold or wet, sensible footwear.
  • Riding hat and gloves will be needed if leading/loading ponies.
  • Notebook and pen may be useful.


Spurs may be worn at Rallies and other events.  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 3.5cm in length.  The measurement is taken from the heel of the boot to the end of the shank.

Further Information on Riding Hats and Body Protectors

Riding Hats: It is mandatory for all riders 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. It must bear any of the following standards either PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 or VG1 with BSI kitemark, or Snell E2001 with the official Snell label and number, or ASTM-F1163 2004a with the SEI mark, or AS/NZS 3838 2003 or 2006.

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: PAS 015 1998
and 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.

For Cross County Riding over fences 80 cm high, and for mounted games, jockey skull caps with no peak must be worn.

Please see Alma or Anthea if you need your hat tagged.

Body Protectors: are compulsory for XC riding and racing.  They must meet the 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.