Monday October 3, 2022
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Rallies, Training and Tack n Turnout

Link to Rally Form  

Paypal username: BurghleyPonyClub

For a list of all current training and rally dates, please see the calendar page. Sign up for all rallies is via the rally form above and should be paid via PayPal. For any questions regarding the rallies please contact the rally organiser. Full details can be found on our Facebook page.  

Once the rally form is submitted a link for PayPal is provided, but if for any reason it doesn’t link through, please use the PayPal username above and add rally details and the child’s name in the notes section. 

What are rallies?

Rallies are group lessons, which can cover all aspects of riding and pony care at all levels. The price charged for each rally covers the cost of coach and facilities for that rally.  The schedule of rallies and how to enter is available on the calendar tab. 

By sharing lessons with top coaches, Pony Club members can access first-class coaching at reasonable prices. At some rallies members work on a specific sport such as dressage, cross country or showjumping. 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 – this is usually for practical reasons, e.g. the xc fences start at a certain height or the coach specialises at a certain level. 

To make the most of your rallies:

  • Plan to be ready 10 minutes before your rally start time.
  • Make sure the rally organiser or coach knows you have arrived.
  • Find out what group you are in, who your coach is and where you are meeting (we will either email or post on facebook times for rallies).
  • At the end of your rally please remember to thank your coach & organiser before you leave.

 

Tack and Turnout (what to wear!)

At most rallies an instructor or the rally organiser will have a look at you and your pony and give you a mark for your ‘tack and turnout’. This is nothing to be worried about and we don’t expect ponies and children to be turned out to a show standard. All we are asking for is that the pony and rider look presentable, the pony’s welfare is not compromised and all the equipment is in safe working order. If anything isn’t quite right, it’s nothing to worry about –  the instructor or organiser will have a quick friendly chat and explain, so that you can get better marks next time! The Tack and Turnout trophies are much coveted items at the annual awards night! To help you get things right, the list below sets out the things that we will be looking for. Also remember that all PC clothing is available via the gg-gear website  

Rider

  • Neutral jodhpurs or breeches (Cream, beige, navy, black, brown) 
  • 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 hair needs to tied back and in a hairnet when ridden (regardless of gender)
  • No jewellery or ear rings for the risk of getting caught
  • Pony club sweatshirt, polo shirt or base layer; ( navy alternatives are acceptable) 
  • Dark coloured coats (ideally navy)
  • Riding gloves (dark coloured)
  • Body protector is optional for dressage and show jumping, but compulsory for XC (where there are fixed fences). 
  • Hats must be tagged with a turquiose hat tag (this is to show the hat is of the current standard) We have a number of committee members who can tag your hat (remember to arrange before the rally). 

Horse/ pony

  • Overall cleanliness (but of course we make allowance for fluffy field kept ponies –  stains are fine, but heavy caked on mud is not)
  • Main and tail brushed and tidy
  • Hooves clean and free from mud
  • Eyes, nose, lips wiped and clean
  • Bum area clean (no need for close inspection!!)

Tack

  • Tack is not expected to be new, but it is safer and more comfortable for you and your pony if it is kept clean and supple. We will look at the cleanliness of the following items:
    • Bridle and Breastplate
    • Bit
    • Saddle
    • Girth 
    • Stirrups
    • Numnah
  • Numnahs need to be a conservative colour (navy, black, brown, white)
  • Stirrups need to be large enough for the foot to slip out (be able to put a finger at either side)
  • All straps should be properly secured in their keepers.
  • There are a few specific tack items that are not permitted at pony club (e.g. humane girths), these will be discussed on an individual basis. 

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