Wednesday June 19, 2019
The Pony Club Rules and Eligibility 2018


The Pony Club Rules and Eligibility 2018

To: Equestrian Council, Branch District Commissioners, Branch Secretaries, Centre Proprietors, Centre Coordinators, Branch Members, Centre Members

From: The Pony Club

Purpose: Inform Branches, Centres and Members of The Pony Club rule changes for 2018

Dear all,

This email is to inform you that The Pony Club’s Sport, General and Eligibility Rules for 2018 have now all been ratified by the Equestrian Council.

An overview can be found below and full details of the changes can be found on The Pony Club website here.

Key Rules Changes for 2018

Eligibility Rules 2018

The Pony Club Eligibility rules for Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing have been significantly simplified and changed to make them easier for all to understand and to give our Members more opportunities to compete at levels of competitions available to them. Visit The Pony Club website here for full details.

Hat Rule Amendments

To unify hat standards across Member bodies and to avoid riders having to wear multiple tags on their hats, The Pony Club, British Eventing (BE) and British Riding Clubs (BRC) will introduce a new ‘aquamarine’ hat tag for 2018. The tag will carry the logo of the body that checked the hat so that tagging can be tracked.

Full details can be found here.

Will white tags still be accepted?

No, white tags will no longer be accepted at Pony Club rallies, events or competitions and Branches should look to re-tag Members’ hats from now.

Where can I get the Pony Club Aquamarine hat tags from?

Aquamarine hat tags can be purchased by DCs and Centre Proprietors from The Pony Club Merchandise department by calling 02476 698316. They are available in rolls of 100 for £7.50.

Vaccination Rule Introduced

The vaccination rules have been consolidated across all sports and a new rule will be introduced in 2018 that will require all horses and ponies taking part in Pony Club Competitions at Area level and above to be fully vaccinated.

Full details about the new Vaccination Rule can be found here.

Numnahs / Saddle Cloths

Any solid colour and contrasting piping is permitted across all Sports.


Members will not require permission to wear spurs as of 1st January 2018. However, misuse of spurs should be reported to the DC / Centre Proprietor, Area Rep and the Training Chairman so that it can be dealt with accordingly.

Body Protector Notification

Please be aware that BETA has announced that a new standard will be introduced during 2018. We will notify you when any changes have been made.

Full details of the 2018 Rules can be found on The Pony Club website:

Sport Rule Books will be available on the website from Friday 22nd December.

Kind regards

The Pony Club