Friday May 14, 2021
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Hat, body protector and FLU vaccination rules – 2019 update!

Hat rules 2019:  Hat Rule 2019

Riding hat safety standards and “tagging” 2019:

Hat rules are constantly being updated.

Please read The Pony Club hat rules and make sure your hat qualifies(link above) If you are going to buy a new hat, it’s a good idea to read the Rule carefully, print it out and take it with you to the shop to ensure you don’t buy a hat which will not be usable this year.

British Eventing, British Riding Clubs and The Pony Club are delighted to announce that they have joined together to unify the hat standards across all three Member Bodies; resulting in a single hat tag being accepted across British Eventing, The Pony Club and British Riding Club events from 2018 onwards.

The  ‘aqua’ coloured hat tag will carry the logo of the body that checks the hat so that the source of the tagging can be tracked and will mean that riders no longer have to wear multiple tags on their hats. Make sure you get your hat tagged when you go to your first Pony Club activity of 2019!

Body protector rules: Body Protector Rule 2019

Body Protector Rule 2019 – please read the full version of the rules! (link above)
The Pony Club does not make the use of body protectors compulsory, except for all Cross Country riding and Pony Racing whether it be training or competing. If a Body protector is worn for any Pony Club activity it must meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label) or BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label) – see below.
For general use, the responsibility for choosing body protectors and the decision as to their use must rest with Members and their parents. It is recommended that a rider’s body protector should not be more than 2% of their body weight. When worn, body protectors must fit correctly, be comfortable and must not restrict movement. BETA recommends body protectors are replaced at least every three to five years, after which the impact absorption properties of the foam may have started to decline.
BETA 2009 Level 3 (purple label) body protectors will continue to be accepted at Pony Club competitions until 31st December 2024.
Riders who choose to use the Woof Wear Body Cage EXO must lodge a key with the Event Organiser when they collect their number.


Flu vaccination rules:

Did you know? It is now compulsory for all ponies and horses entering any competitions at Area Level and Above, to produce a valid equine passport and vaccination record, which must:

  • must accompany the Horse to all Events
  • must be available for inspection
  • must be produced on request at any other time during the Event

Failure to comply with these requirements is a breach of the Vaccination Rule and the Horse will only be allowed to compete at the PC Steward’s discretion.

No Horse may take part in a PC Event (which includes entering competition stables) unless it has a current vaccination against equine influenza. For more details, please read the Pony Club ruleswith care!


General safety:

Stirrups – please make sure that stirrups are the correct width for footwear being worn:they must be large enough to allow about 1/4″ (7mm) at each side of the rider’s foot. (The Manual of Horsemanship) Please check this when you buy new boots – bigger sizes are wider!

Stitching on stirrup leather (buckle end) and the fold where the stirrup hangs from – check for wear and weak stitching!

Girth straps on the saddle – replace when worn! 

Girth – check for any weak stitching or wear

No earrings, necklaces, bracelets – that includes the boys!