Friday May 14, 2021
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Parents Role



Although there is a link to the following, I feel the role of a parent should be highlighted. Parents keep Pony Club running and with out the countless hours they provide the members would not be able to achieve all they do.


The Pony Club’s purpose is:

  To encourage young people to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with ponies and riding

  To give instruction in riding and horsemanship and to educate Members to look after and take proper care of their animals

  To promote the highest levels of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self-discipline

All information regarding rules of The Pony Club, including hat and body protector rules, transfer rules etc can be found here:

Parents / Guardians should therefore:

  Be a positive role model for my child and other Members by respecting coaches, officials, volunteers and leaders; their authority and decisions; the rules regulations under which The Pony club operates.

  Agree to discuss disputes / appeals at a suitable, agreed time with the correct officials, within the appropriate level of The Pony Club organisation, without resorting to hostility or violence.

  Always remember that Pony Club activities are intended to be educational, safe and fun to benefit the Members rather than parents.

  Respect the property and equipment used in activities, considering safety uppermost in all situations.

  Be knowledgeable about the rules of the disciplines or competition their child is taking part in and encourage their child to know, to be familiar with, and follow these rules.

  Promote the physical and emotional well-being of their child, other Members and horses ahead of personal desire to win or succeed in an activity.

  Teach their child that taking part, learning and showing sportsmanship in all competitions, testing situations, clinics, etc are more important than winning.

  Praise all Members equally for trying hard and competing fairly.

  Inform officials as soon as possible it they or their child is unable to fulfil commitments or attendance in advance.

  Help their children and others to understand the satisfaction of co-operation, group work and team spirit in achieving personal goals and growth, and good results.

  Volunteer their services and skills, whether equine-related or not, whenever possible.

Parents / Guardians should not:

  Force their child or other members to take part in activities with which they are not comfortable.

  Disrespect the decisions of coaches / officials and volunteers concerning the skills and abilities of their child or other members.

  Undermine the authority of coaches / officials by interfering with, or coaching any Members from the sidelines.

  Dispute the decisions of coaches / officials and volunteers during an event or in front of their child, or other Members or parents

  Engage in or condone unsportsmanlike behaviours such as booing, taunting, using profane language, refusing to congratulate winners.