Thursday May 23, 2019



Whether you call yourself a coach, an instructor or a trainer you play a crucial role in the development of the sport and in the lives of the participants that you support in both mounted and unmounted sessions.

It is you that will ensure that individuals in The Pony Club have positive experiences and, therefore, are more likely to continue in equestrian activity an achieve their potential.

The Code of Conduct for coaches, instructors teachers and trainer is built on the principles of integrity, honesty, fair play and respect.  These principles are integral, not optional, and apply to all levels of ability and commitment, including recreational participation through to high level competitive equestrian sport, with the welfare of the horse or pony at the centre.

This Code of Conduct sets out standards that you are expected to meet.

These core values are for all involved in equestrian activity and coaches are asked to demonstrate them.

  • Performance:  That you will strive to be successful in all your endeavours and deliver high starndards in every session, lesson, class or workshop.
  • Partnersship:  No coach, instructor, teacher or trainer has all the answers and we ask that you collaborate and find solutions to shared issues and are open and honest at all times.
  • Professionalism:  That you will remain objective and professional at all times.  You act wirht integrity in an ethical way and treat everyone with respect.
  • Passion:  You will be passionate in all your endeavours, working with others to the benefit of the participant or horse/pony.


When working with your pupil whether in training or competition you will show:-

Good Practice

  • Recognise the importance of fund and enjoyment, especially when working with young riders/participants.
  • Show respect to others involved in the sport including judges, officials and volunteers, other riders/participants and teams, other coaches, instructors, teachers and trainers, spectators, parents/carers and horses/ponies.
  • Promote fair pay and high standards of behaviour.
  • Place the well-being, safety and enjoyment of your rider/participant (and the horse/pony) above everything, including winning.
  • Explain exactly what you expect of the rider and what they can expect from you.  Ensure all parents/carers of all riders under the age of 18 understand these expectations.
  • Develop mutual trust and respect with every rider/participant to build their self-esteem.
  • Encourage each rider/participant to accept responsibility for their own behaviour and performance.
  • Ensure all activities you organise are appropriate for the rider/participant’s ability level, age and maturity and for the capabilities of the horse/pony.
  • Ensure appropriate supervision of all riders/participants, especially those who are younger or more vulnerable.
  • Be a positivie role model, consider your behaviour, do not ridicule or shout at riders/participants or use sarcasm.
  • Provide positive verbal feedback in a constructive and encouraging manner to all young riders/particiapants at all times particularly pre, during and post training sessions and competitions.


Inappropriate Behaviour to Avoid

  • Never engage in, or tolerate, offensive, insulting, demeaning or abusive language or behaviour.
  • Never engage in, or tolerate, any form of bullying, always appropriately challenge bullying behaviour.
  • Recognise that young riders/participants under 18 cannot have alcohol whilst under your supervision or attending your event.  Riders/participants should not take prescription or non-prescription medicines or drugs whilst under your supervision, without their medical needs firstly being discussed prior to the teaching/instructing/coaching session (Riders/participants should be aware of FEI and BEF rules related to performance enhancing drugs for humans and equines).
  • Recognise that young riders/participants should not be exposed to extremes of heat, cold or unacceptable risk of injury.
  • Avoid giving advice of a medical nature unless you are qualified to do so.
  • Be aware that your behaviour in your role is subject to scrutiny by others at all times.  Ensure that your words and behaviour are not subject to mininterpreation by the riders/participants, parents/carers or onlookers.  The line between a professional working relationship and undue informality is not crossed.

NB:  It is unacceptable, under possible assault, to photograph/video an injured person.


Policies and Procedures

  • Be aware of, and abide by, the policies and procedures outlines in the BEF Safeguarding Equestrian Sport document which has been adopted by The Pony Club.
    • This includes that no coach, instructor, teacher or trainer should have sexually related contact with a member, fellow coach, instructor, teacher, trainer or volunteer under the age of 18.  To clarify, this includes sexual innuendo, flirting, inappropriate gestures and terms, in person or through social media, texts and emails, taking part in sexting or otherwise sending inappropriate  sexual images through technological systems.
    • Report any concerns that you may have about a child, young person or adult at risk in line with the procedure.
    • Report any concerns you may have about a colleague, volunteer or any adult working with children, young people or adults at risk in line with the procedure.
  • Treat everyone with the same degree of courtesy and respect regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and/or sexual orientation.
  • All accidents must be recorded in line with The Pony Club and appropriate legislation.
  • Adhere to the rules and the spirit of the discipline and competitions in which your riders participate.

All coaches, instructors, teachers and trainers should actively involve parents/guardians throughout all stages of a young person (under 18) training/coaching and ensure you have parental consent for all activities.

Its is recommended a coach, instructor, teacher or trainer is qualified by the achievements of a nationally recognised qualification and that they confine their delivery to areas where their training and competence are recognised by The Pony Club.

Coaches, instructors, teachers or trainers working independently should be a minimum of UKCC Level 2 or The Pony Club equivalent.