Friday January 27, 2023
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Rules, Regulations and Dress Code

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The Pony Club Equine Influenza VACCINATION RULE 2022

The Pony Club Equine Influenza Rule is aligned with the FEI policy alongside other member bodies of British Equestrian (BEF) including British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping.
Events that are held at some venues may be subject to additional rules. e.g. any horse/pony entering a licensed racecourse property must comply with the vaccination requirements as set by the British Horseracing Authority. Similar restrictions apply in the cases of Polo venues.

To protect the health of other competing horses and the biosecurity of the venue, the following rules will apply to all Pony Club Competitions:

1. Passports
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A valid passport and vaccination record:
• must accompany the horse / pony to all events
• must be available for inspection by the event officials
• must be produced on request at any other time during the event

2. No horse / pony may compete (or be present at the event as a companion) unless it has a Record of Vaccination against equine influenza completed by the veterinary surgeon who gave the vaccination, signed and stamped line by line, which complies with the Minimum Vaccination Requirements set out in the Equine Influenza Vaccination Schedule below:

3. Equine Influenza Vaccination Schedule:
• An initial primary course of two vaccinations must be given: the second vaccination
must be administered within 21-92 days of the first vaccination.
• Horses may attend events 7 days after receiving the second vaccination of the primary
course. (for clarity: no horse or pony may compete on the same day as a relevant
injection is given or on any of the 6 days following such an injection)
• The first booster must be administered within 7 calendar months following the date
of the administration of the second vaccination of the primary course.
• Booster vaccinations must be administered at a maximum of 12 months intervals
however horses competing at Area level and above, including Grassroots Regional
Championships and the final of the Spring Festival competitions, must have received
a booster within the 6 months +21 days (but not within the 7 days) before arrival at the competition.

Hat Rule 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 2020 are detailed below:
Hat Standard Safety Mark Allowed at the following activities:

PAS 015:1998 or 2011* with BSI Kitemark All activities
VG1 with BSI Kitemark All activities
Snell E2001* onwards with the official Snell label and number All activities
ASTM-F1163 2004a onwards with the SEI mark All activities
AS/NZS 3838, 2006 onwards

All activities
• 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 lower 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)
• 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

Hat Checks and Tagging
The Pony Club and its Branches and 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.

Please remember that when attending rallies , clinics or training sessions members are expected to look tidy and smart. Correct turnout for rallies:

Navy PC sweatshirt, white shirt and PC tie, beige, cream or white jodphurs, black or brown jodphur boots or long riding boots.  Gaiters are acceptable as long as they are the same colour as the jodhpur boots..

A correctly fitting hat with the chin strap fastened all the time you are mounted with either a blue or black silk or velvet cover is a must! Please see the guide to hat rules and regulations and speak to a committee member if your hat is not tagged.

 No jewellery, particularly please note no ear rings or studs for safety when riding, long hair should be  tied up and a hairnet used if appropriate.

Body protectors MUST be worn for Cross-Country Rallies and are recommended for Show Jumping Rallies.

A Medical Armband is required for Cross Country Rallies.

Your horse or pony should be clean and well groomed.

Tack should be clean and well fitting.

Saddlecloths/numnahs should be plain navy, black, brown or white with no personalisation.

For Polocrosse rallies ponies need boots/bandages and over-reach boots on all four legs. A polo shirt rather than shirt and tie is correct. White jeans may be worn. Non Pony Club coloured numnahs are acceptable.

For Stable Management rallies members are requested to turn out in riding clothes as above, as often there is a horse handling element.

Thank you!