Friday December 2, 2022
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Please be aware that the specifications for whips for show jumping and cross-country have changed for all Pony Club competitions – you can only use the same whip as for British Show jumping.

Riders may not hit their horse or pony before the start of the course and may be eliminated for doing so at the Judge’s discretion.

A whip, if carried, must be held in the hand by the handle with the handle at the top. The whip must be “padded” and comply with the current British Showjumping rule (BS Members Handbook, full wording is available to view online at

Key Points:

  • The maximum length of the “Whip” is 70cm and must be no less than 45cm.
  • The “Contact area”, is considered to be two fifths of the overall length of the “Whip” and must be covered with a “Pad”.
  • There must be no “binding” within 17 centimetres of the end of the “Pad”.
  • The “Pad” must be smooth, with no protrusion or raised surface, and be made of shock absorbing material throughout its circumference such that it gives a compression factor of at least 6mm.
  • There is to be no wording, advertising or personalisation of any kind on the “Pad”.
  • Before buying any whip, please check with the retailer that it is BS compliant.

At all times, the whip must only be used:

  • For a good reason, as an aid to encourage the horse forward.
  • At an appropriate time, namely when the horse is reluctant to go forward under normal aids of seat and legs.
  • In the right place, namely down the shoulder or behind the leg but never overarm.
  • With appropriate severity.
  • No more than twice for any one incident.

Excessive use of the whip anywhere on the showground will result in disqualification:

  • Use of the whip to vent a competitor’s anger is always excessive.
  • Use of a whip which causes injury e.g. Broken skin or a weal, is always excessive.
  • Use after elimination or retirement is always excessive.
  • Use on a horse’s head, neck etc. is always excessive.
  • Using the whip from the ground after a rider fall or dismount is always excessive.
  • If the rider’s arm comes above the shoulder when using the whip, this is always excessive


For the avoidance of doubt, at Pony Club events.
• stirrups which connect the boot and the stirrup magnetically are not allowed
• Interlocking boot soles and stirrup treads are not allowed

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. 

There are now many types of stirrups marketed as ‘safety stirrups’. All riders must ensure that their stirrups are suitable for the type of footwear they are wearing and the activities in which they are taking part and that the stirrup leathers are in good condition.

There are no prescribed weight limits on metal stirrups, however with the advent of stirrups of other materials, weight limits are seen to be given by manufacturers. Any person buying these stirrups, should take particular notice if weight limits are on the box or attached information leaflets. Neither the feet nor the stirrup leathers or irons, may be attached to the girth, or the feet attached to the stirrup irons.

It is strongly recommended that the design of the stirrup chosen allows the foot to be released easily in the event of a rider fall. Specific rules for individual sports can be found in the respective sports rulebooks.

Particular focus should be on ensuring that the boot and stirrup are the correct size for the rider taking part and used in line with the manufacturer’s guidance.

For Mounted Games Only:
Bostock & Free Jump stirrups are not allowed at Pony Club Mounted Games events.
Stirrups which include Metal/ Metal type treads, including but not limited to those with protruding spikes and/or perforated grip features are NOT Permitted.


Where payment is required for any activity we ask that payment be made with the booking.  Unfortunately, we are unable to make refunds once a booking has been made.

Please Read regarding Refunds for rallies etc…

Refund Policy

  1. No refunds to be given at all !
  2. Parents can not swop places and pay each other.
  3. A great deal of trouble goes into putting rides together. Once the rides are published there should be no changes.  If we give in to such requests the rides will become unbalanced.
  4. Any special requests (due to sharing transport etc) should be put on the booking form
Hat Rule from 2020
It is mandatory for all Members to wear a protective helmet at all times when mounted with a chinstrap fastened and adjusted so as to prevent movement of the hat in the event of a fall. This rule defines the quality of manufacture that is required. The individual sports also have additional requirements with regard to colour and type. It is strongly recommended that second hand hats are not purchased.
The hat standards accepted as of 1st January 2019 are detailed in the table below:

  • For Cross Country riding, Tetrathlon, Pony racing and Mounted Games, a jockey skull cap must be worn with NO fixed peak. Noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front not greater than 5mm, smooth and rounded are permitted. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may be used if required.
  • No recording device is permitted (e.g. hat cameras).
  • The fit of the hat and the adjustment of the strap is as crucial as the quality. Most helmet manufacturers recommend you visit a qualified BETA fitter.
  • Hats must be replaced after a severe impact as the protection will be reduced. Hats deteriorate with age and should be replaced every 3-5 years
  • Hats, must be worn at all times when mounted with chinstrap fastened.
  • For Showjumping and Mounted Games the hat silk, if applicable, shall be navy, black or brown ONLY
  • For Dressage, hats and hat silks must be black, navy or a conservative dark colour that matches the riders jacket for Area competitions or above. Pony Club hat silks are acceptable 
  • The Official Steward/Organiser may, at their discretion, eliminate a competitor riding without a hat or with the chinstrap unfastened or with a hat that doesn’t comply with these standards. 


Hat Checks and Tagging

  • The Pony Club and its Branches and Linked Centres will appoint Officials, who are familiar with The Pony Club hat rule, to carry out hat checks and tag each hat that complies with the requirements set out in the hat rule with an aquamarine Pony Club hat tag. Hats fitted with an aquamarine Pony Club, British Eventing (BE) or British Riding Club (BRC) hat tag will not need to be checked on subsequent occasions. However, the Pony Club reserves the right to randomly spot check any hat regardless of whether it is already tagged.
  • Tagging indicates that a hat meets the accepted standards, NO check of the fit and condition of the hat is implied. It is considered to be the responsibility of the Member’s parent(s) /guardian(s) to ensure that their hat complies with the required standards and is tagged before they go to any Pony Club event. Also, they are responsible for ensuring that the manufacturer’s guidelines with regard to fit and replacement are followed.
Body Protector Rule from 2020
  • Body Protectors are compulsory for Cross Country and Pony racing whether 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)
  • 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 recommend 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.
  • Riders who choose to use the Woof Wear Body Cage EXO must lodge a key with the Event Organiser when they collect their number.
  • BETA 2009 Level 3 standard body protectors will continue to be accepted until 31st December 2024

Air Jackets
  • Air Jackets are not permitted in groups within an enclosed area
  • Air jackets can be worn in Cross country and Pony racing
  • Air jackets must be worn with a normal body protector underneath which complies with the body protector rules.
  • If the rider falls off and has a normal body protector underneath they may remove the air jacket and continue providing the rider has been passed as fit to ride from the First Aid Providers. 
  • Must not be worn under a jacket and number bibs should be fitted loosely or with elasticised fastenings over the air jacket

Medical Armbands 

Not compulsory but are advised if members are not accompanied by a responsible adults, including hacking on roads and are compulsory for Pony racing and for Endurance rides


Parental Supervision at Rallies

All members attending a mounted Pony Club activity must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Many parents attending a rally, like to be within earshot so that they can not only watch the action but also hear what the instructor is saying to their child. However we do ask that you refrain from adding your your own comments to those of the instructor, while the lesson is in progress. Of course you mean to be helpful, but extra instructions from the “sidelines” may confuse the children and can be very irritating to the instructor (not to mention discourteous). It may be that you feel your child does not understand what is being asked of him or that the instructor has different methods or ideas to those your child is accustomed to. In such cases, once the lesson is over you and your child will be able to discuss the session together and to decide what has been learned and whether any differences in approach were or were not helpful to the individual rider.