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All about rallies and what to wear

What are rallies?

Rallies are group lessons, which can cover all aspects of riding and pony care and all levels. The price charged for each rally covers the cost of tuition and facilities for that rally.  The schedule of rallies and how to enter for them is all on the Online Bookings Page.

By sharing lessons with top coaches, Pony Club members can access first-class tuition at reasonable prices. At some rallies members work on a specific discipline such as dressage, cross country, stable management. Others are general rallies where several different disciplines are covered.

Rallies are very social events where like-minded youngsters forge lasting friendships. Rallies are open to all ages and abilities unless specified otherwise. For the latest list of rallies and to book in see Online Bookings Page.

To make the most of your rallies:

  • All members should be ready 10 minutes before their rally start time.
  • Make sure the rally organiser knows you have arrived.
  • Find out what group you are in, who your instructor is and where you are meeting.
  • At the end of your rally please remember to thank your instructor and your organiser before you leave.

What to wear –

The coaches will support you with any queries or questions and help you by doing a tack check at the beginning of each rally.


  • Cream or beige breeches
  • Black or brown jodhpur or long boots, if half chaps are worn they need to match the colour of the boot with no tassels or fringes
  • Long hairs needs to tied back and in a hairnet when ridden (this is for safety…long hair, pony feet and scalping…I’ll say no more)
  • No jewellery or ear ring for the risk of getting caught
  • Pony club sweatshirt/hacking jacket   coat
  • Riding gloves (dark coloured)
  • Body protector is optional for dressage and show jumping, but compulsory for XC (where there are fixed fences). At times we may ask members to wear body protectors where the jumping we feel is of a more technical nature, e.g. technical xc
  • Hats must be tagged with a green hat tag (new for 2018)

Horse/ pony

  • Plain brown or black tack, plain numnah or saddlecloth (brown, navy, black or white).
  • Stirrups need to be large enough for the foot to slip out (be able to put a thumb at either side
  • More information about hats, body protectors, spurs and competition dress is on the rules page.

Bookings and Cancellation Policy

From the 1st Jan 2019 rallies are now booked and paid for online via the online bookings page. Key information to know:

  • The Organiser can answer ANY questions about the rallies
  • Closing dates for rallies will be 1 week before the rally, unless the rally is full
  • Applications submitted after the closing date will incur a £10 charge
  • For block bookings (like the Wednesday night rallies) the closing date will be 1 week before the first date. This will enable us to ensure we have the right number of instructors and organise groups
  • Membership numbers need to be used so the database is automatically updated with the correct attendance
  • If you have lost the e-mail with your membership number please contact Elizabeth Hughes, 
  • If you have any problems using the booking or payment system please complete the    Rally Back up booking form and email to the rally organiser.
  • To help us manage wait lists and planning for rallies, if the rally organiser hasn’t received payment within 7 working days of the original booking, we will cancel the booking and e-mail to confirm.
  • We will no longer be accepting cheques for payment other than exceptional circumstances
  • For cancellations, if you cannot make a rally and you let us know before the closing date we will give you a full refund (so get your bookings in early J)
  • If you cancel after the closing date, we will give you a refund if we can fill your space. To cancel, please e-mail your rally organiser.

For rallies we look to financially break even, unless as a branch we have decided to subsidise. 

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