Monday December 5, 2022
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Hat, body protector and FLU vaccination rules – 2021/22

Hat rules effective 2021:  

VERY IMPORTANT: hats with fixed peaks are NOT allowed for jumping over 80cm as there is a risk of neck injury from these!! (Over extension of the neck backwards)

We feel that a jockey scull type hat is therefore recommended for all Pony Club activities, whatever height you are jumping.

Riding hat safety standards and “tagging” 2021:

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.

UK equestrian organisation 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 2021 – please read the full version of the rules! (link above)

We recommend body protectors are worn by all!

Camp: Cross country at Tumpy Green – compulsory wearing of body protectors!!
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:

UPDATE: Equine Influenza Vaccine Shortage (8th September 2022)

The Pony Club has been in discussion with fellow Members of the BEF and have worked on a joint approach to issues with the distribution of equine influenza doses (flu vacc) by Boehringer.

The Pony Club supports the effort to alleviate pressure on vaccine supply and is in agreement with the approach for general leisure horses at lower risk to defer the annual booster injection from 12 months to 15 months in consultation with their vet. The vet should sign and date the passport appropriately. If the booster is deferred, the subsequent booster must be within 9 months in order to maintain the 2 injections within 2 years protocol.

The “within 6 months +21 days” has been temporarily suspended by BEF Member bodies, for The Pony Club, this requirement is for horses and ponies competing at the Spring Festival final and the summer Area competitions and Championships so is currently unaffected.

The shortage is likely to be for a few weeks this autumn.

Members who affiliate or compete with other organisations such as the BHA, Olympic disciplines or have international aspirations to compete under FEI rules are strongly advised to stay within the 12-month vaccination requirement or be at risk of restarting. The BEF is working closely with venues such as racecourses that are used by Members and will provide further information regarding their acceptance of the 15 month interval.

Camp: annual booster given at least 7 days before camp which will follow the initial course outlined in the rules – please read!

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!