Saturday July 4, 2020
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Fixtures and Rallies



Rallies – Re-starting  You will have seen recently that the Government has continued to relax the lockdown restrictions, to the point where small gathering are now possible.  This has been followed by Pony Club confirming that it is moving to Phase 3 of its Operational Plan for the resumption of activities.  What this means in practice and is that we can now move to small group rallies, which is a major step in resuming activities.  The three important qualifications to this are 1) social distancing must be fully adhered to, 2) all activities must take place outside and 3) a maximum of 6 people are allowed within the arena.

All rallies will be held in outside arenas, following completion of Covid-19 specific risk assessments.

We can now start jumping but will do so in a measured way.

A maximum of one parent/carer/family member will be permitted to travel to the venue and no dogs will be allowed.

So, we are planning on re-starting rallies with a maximum of 4 riders per group which allows for the instructor to be person number 5 and then if needs be for first aid purposes, or poo picking etc a Committee member can be person number 6.

Due to the maximum number of 6 people permitted in a group, no parents will be allowed in the arena and social distancing must be observed outside the arena.

If we have lead-rein children sign up for rallies, obviously their parent needs to count as one of the 6 people so we will have to structure/charge these differently.

As we are only going to be allowed 4 children in a rally, we will need to adjust the rally costs to £12.50 per child to allow us to cover the cost of the rally in full. If only 3 children sign up for a group, you will be given the option to pay slightly more so it can go ahead or it will be cancelled as we can’t afford to run rallies at a loss anymore.

Detailed guidelines will also be sent out before the resumption of rallies and it is imperative these are respected and fully observed.  It really is in our hands if we’re going to be able to re-start the sport we love and, hopefully, have the opportunity to do more as the next few weeks pass.

Up to date Rally photographs are shared on our Facebook page
Times will be posted a couple of days before a Rally. The time you are given is the time that you should be ready to ride so do leave enough time to park and tack up. Please don’t mount until directed by your instructor.
Membership cardsshould be brought along to all Rallies and must be signed by parents. In the unlikely event that parents or guardians have to leave a member at a Rally their membership card must be handed to the committee member present.
Kit: You need to be wearing the right kit:  Long sleeves (white shirt), beige or navy jodhpurs, tagged hat, PC tie, Pony club jumper, back protector and a hair net. You can find all the details of what you need to wear and bring with you on our What You Need to Know page.