Wednesday May 31, 2023
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General Information, policies and safety rules

All riding hats worn by Pony Club members need to be tagged with a PINK hat tag to show that it has been checked. Tags can be issued by rally organisers.

If you get a new hat please get it tagged as soon as possible. If you go to a Pony Club show, a part of the tack check will include checking that your hat has been tagged. Usually the organisers have tags with them and will tag your hat at the show but it is better to get it tagged in advance.

Link to the NEW safety standards to which your hat needs to comply:

hat-rule-2023.pdf (



For 2023 the level 3 body protector with a purple label (2009) will still be able to be worn.

Please note that BETA 2009 level 3 standard (purple label) Body Protectors will not be accepted at Pony Club events after 31st December 2023. After this date, only the BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label) will be allowed.

Body protectors are compulsory for Cross Country.



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. 

For the avoidance of doubt, stirrups which connect the boot and the stirrup magnetically are not allowed.

Bostock & Free Jump stirrups are not allowed at Pony Club Mounted Games events or Race
Days as are Stirrups which include Metal/ Metal type treads.


Only standard riding or jodhpur boots with a fairly smooth, thin sole and a well defined square cut heel may be worn. Plain black or brown half chaps may be worn with jodhpur boots of the same colour. Tassels and fringes are not allowed. No other footwear will be permitted, including wellington boots, “muckers” or trainers. Boots with interlocking treads are not permitted, nor are the boots or treads individually.


A Wristwatch, wedding ring and stock pin are permitted.

With the Exception of medical bracelets, necklaces and bracelets must be removed to stop risk of injury.

Any body piercings should ideally be removed before going near your horse or pony. The larger and more pendulous piercings create a risk of damage to the body part through which they are secured. If you must continue to wear piercings, for those that are visible, they should be only studded and should be covered with tape or plaster so that they are secure.


Must be tied back securely, in a safe manner to limit the risk to hair being caught and prevent scalp injuries.


It is a legal requirement to carry your passport when you are travelling your horse or pony.  This means that whenever you travel to anything for the Pony Club you MUST have you horse/pony’s passport with you.

In line with this legal requirement, the Pony Club is also starting to ask to see passports at competitions.  Certainly horse and pony passports will be checked at our Area and Regional competitions.

Please ensure that your horse or pony is up to date with vaccinations and the passport duly signed and stamped by a vet to confirm the vaccinations have been given.  At competitions The Pony Club is required to look at the whole passport and check each year from the beginning to ensure vaccinations have been given on the correct dates.

Vaccination Rules 2023

Refund Policy

The committee is run entirely by volunteers (most of whom also work), and organising rallies and events is extremely time consuming. All rallies are planned carefully around the number of riders wanting to attend – and instructors and venues are booked accordingly. 

Once you have booked a rally/event, we will only be able to issue a refund if:

  • there are people on a waiting list who are able to take your place.
  • you can show a valid vets certificate/Doctors certificate which prevents you or your pony from attending

We reserve the right to charge an administration fee for any changes requested.

Equality Policy

As a club, we pride ourselves in being fully inclusive to everyone, irrespective of gender, race, and disability. For more details, the Pony Club Equality Policy can be found here

Safeguarding Policy

The Pony Club takes safeguarding extremely seriously, and committee members attend regular training. All committee members and instructors have current safeguarding certification. Our Safeguarding representative is Liz Cross, and any safeguarding concerns should be reported to her through email address. For more information on the Pony Club safeguarding guidelines, please click here

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