Monday November 19, 2018
Rules

PAYMENT FOR ACTIVITIES

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. Refunds in the event of a genuine medical or veterinary reason will be given.
  2. No refunds after the times are published
  3. Parents can not swop places and pay each other.
  4. 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.
  5. Any special requests (due to sharing transport etc) should be put on the booking form
 
**Hat Rule for 2019**
 
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:
 
Hat Standard
Safety Mark
Allowed at the following activities:
PAS 015:1998 or 2011* with BSI Kitemark
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All activities
VG1 with BSI Kitemark
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All activities
Snell E2001* onwards with the official Snell label and number
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All activities
ASTM-F1163 2004a onwards with the SEI mark
All activities
AS/NZS 3838 , 2003 or 2006/
      certified product helmet
All activities

 

 
 
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  • For cross-country riding (over 80cm) including Eventing, Tetrathlon, Horse Trials, Pony Racing
  • (whether it be tests, rallies, competition or training) and Mounted Games competitions,
  • a jockey skull cap must be worn with no fixed peak, peak type extensions or noticeable
  • protuberances above the eyes or to the front, and should have an even round or elliptical
  • shape with a smooth or slightly abrasive surface, having no peak or peak type extensions.
  • Noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front not greater than 5mm, smooth
  • and rounded in nature are permitted. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak
  • may be used if required.
  • It is strongly recommended that a jockey skull cap is worn for cross-country riding over l
  • ower fences (less than 80cm) as there is research evidence that a fall onto the fixed peak
  • can result in an over extension of the neck backwards with the potential for serious injury.
  • No recording device is permitted (e.g. hat cameras) as they may have a negative effect on
  • the performance of the hat in the event of a fall.
  • The fit of the hat and the adjustment of the harness are as crucial as the quality. Members
  • are advised to try several makes to find the best fit. The hat should not move on the head
  • when the head is tipped forward. Most helmet manufacturers recommend you visit a
  • qualified BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) fitter.
  • Hats must be replaced after a severe impact as subsequent protection will be
  • significantly reduced. Hats deteriorate with age and should be replaced after
  • three to five years depending upon the amount of use.
  • Hats, must be worn at all times (including at prize-giving) when mounted with
  • a chinstrap fastened and adjusted so as to prevent movement of the hat in the
  • event of a fall.
  • For Show Jumping and Mounted Games the cover, if applicable, shall be dark blue,
  • black or brown only. 
  • For Dressage, hats and hat covers must be predominately black, navy blue or a
  • conservative dark colour that matches the rider’s jacket for Area competitions or above.
  • The Pony Club Hat silk is also acceptable.
  • The Official Steward / Organiser may, at his discretion, eliminate a competitor riding
  • in the area of the competition without a hat or with the chinstrap unfastened or with a
  • hat that does not 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.
 
Pony Club (Aquamarine) hat tags are only available to purchase over the telephone 
from The Pony Club Shop.
 
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 for 2019
 
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.  Body Protectors used for Cross Country and Pony Racing must meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label) or BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label) – see below.
 
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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.
 
BETA 2009 Level3 (purple label) body protectors will continue to be accepted
at Pony Club competitions until 1st 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.
 
Air Jackets
When an air jacket inflates the sudden noise startles horses in the immediate vicinity thereby
causing difficulties for the other members of a ride if used in a group ride in a confined area..
Air jackets are therefore not encouraged for group rides.
 
If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket in Cross Country or Pony Racing, it must only be used in
addition to a normal body protector which meets the BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label) 
or BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label). Parents and Members must be
aware that riders may be permitted to continue after a fall in both competition and training
rides for Cross Country and/or Pony Racing, provided the rider has been passed as fit to
continue by First Aid Providers. In the event of a fall, it must be fully deflated or removed
before continuing, after which, the conventional body protector will continue to give protection.
Air jackets must not be worn under a jacket and number bibs should be fitted loosely or with
elasticised fastenings over the air jacket.
 

Dress & Tack at Rallies and Clinics

We have a brief tack and turnout inspection before each ride .  Guidelines to correct dress

and tack can be found below.

DRESS CODE for rallies etc.

Dress for all Rallies and Training sessions is:

Hacking (Tweed) Jackets

Hat (to an approved standard) with black navy or blue cover.  For Cross Country coloured

silks may be worn.

Beige Jodhpurs or Breeches

White Shirt and Pony Club Tie ( if Permission to remove jackets is given shirts must be LONG sleeved).

Black or Brown Boots.

Half Chaps may be worn, but must not have fringes.

Hairnets must be worn even if long hair is tied back in a pony tail.

Dark Gloves.

Pony Club sweatshirts or rugby shirts may be worn for evening rallies, cross country rallies, the stable management section of other rallies and Achievement Badges.

Body Protectors must be worn for Cross Country Riding and Pony Racing, but are otherwise optional.

Ponies – Tack should be correctly fitted, leather should be black or brown, bridles should be plain – no sparkle please!, numnahs must be plain, in white, cream, navy brown or black PC logo Numnahs maybe worn.

Please be aware that the type of girth shown in the picture is NOT Pony Club legal. You are therefore not allowed to use one for any Pony Club Event, whether it’s a rally or competition. Thank you.

 

Teams

We enter teams in a variety of competitions – mainly during the summer months. Each discipline is organised by a specific committee member. In the late winter and early spring we are on the look out for potential team members. We do this by organising training events, practices and schooling sessions. Please look at the Training page for information about training opportunities and then just come along if you think you might be interested. These sessions are open to all – no one is specifically invited. If you don’t come we won’t know you are interested and you will not be selected for the team. If you have any questions about the training sessions, for example if you are unsure whether you have reached the necessary level of competence for a particular team, just contact the relevant committee member.

Events for Specific Age Groups

Occasionally events are advertised as being suitable for a particular group, either by age or some other criteria. This information is intended to help you decide which events to attend and to help instructors by enabling them to target their teaching at specific group. Please feel free to contact the relevant committee member if you have any doubts about something being suitable for you.

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.