Wednesday September 27, 2023
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The Rules and Administrative Notes of The Pony Club are printed each year in The Pony Club Handbook. You can download a copy below. We recommend that everyone should read these rules.

Rules of the Pony Club
For additional information about specific Pony Club rules which are commonly asked about please see below:

Hat Rule
For more information about the 2018 Hat Rule – The Hat Rule 2019

Body Protector Rule
For more information about the 2018 Body Protector Rule – PC Body Protector Rule 2019

NOTE: Please note that the BETA 2009 Purple Tag Body Protectors WILL NOT be removed from use, and will be permitted for all Pony Club events, competitions and activities until further notice. A new body protector standard will be released by BETA at some point during 2018. Further details will be communicated when the standard is launched and a revised body protector rule, allowing both 2009 and 2018 garments to be worn, will be available on the PC website.

Vaccination Rule 2018
Vaccination requirements for 2018 – PC Vaccination Rule 2018
Are you Competing in 2018? IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ Vaccination FAQs

Eligibility Rules 2018
Amendments to Pony Club Eventing Rules 2018 – April 2018
Whilst the Pony Club is committed to easing the restrictions on where and when a Member may compete, it retains a strong concern that welfare of the horse/pony should be a significant element of any changes to rules.
In light of this the Eventing Committee with the concurrence of the Rules and Compliance Committee, has made a change to the rules applicable to Pony Club Eventing 2018.

The change is to include a new rule in Rule 33 – Eligibility (page 43 of the 2018 Rulebook) after paragraph 2 as follows:
2a No horse may compete at more than one level of Eventing at Area or above (PC90, PC100, or PC110) in any one year nor may any horse be ridden more than once in any one year in any of the qualifying competitions or at the Eventing Championships.

NB: Attention is also drawn to existing Rule 1 (Page of the 2018 Rulebook) which applies to ALL Pony Club Eventing and includes the following: A horse may only compete once on any given day.

Amendement to Pony Club Eventing Rules 2018 – May 2018
Rule: 34. PC110, PC100 & PC90 Area Competitions & Championship Qualification (page 45)
a) Each Pony Club Area will organise a qualifying competition. Branches will compete with their own Areas.
Teams of four or three Members from each Branch of The Pony Club in Great Britain and Northern Ireland (best three scores to count). The Following Qualify for the Championships …..

Transfer Rule
Download a flow chart detailing the various stages of the Transfer Rule:
Transfer Flowchart Transfer Form 2018

Complaints Policy
To download the latest version of the Complaints Policy please click below:
Complaints Policy – The Pony Club
Volunteer Grievance Policy – The Pony Club
Disciplinary Policy Volunteers – The Pony Club

All Rule Books are available for download below. It is strongly recommended that you print out or buy a copy of the appropriate discipline Rule Book(s) so that you always have it to hand for your competitions. If you wish to purchase a ‘hard-copy’ of any Rule Book then you can do so from our online shop at a cost of £3.00