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Hat, Back Protector, Jewellery & Whisker Rules 2023

Hat Rules

It is mandatory for all riders at Pony Club events 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: the hat rule is available in each Pony Club Sport Rule book for 2023 which can be found here.

To unify hat standards across The Pony Club, British Eventing and British Riding Clubs, require all hats to be checked and to have an ‘aquamarine’ hat tag attached.  Pony Club officials are able to check hats and attach a tag at events.

January 2023

In order to ensure riders are wearing the most up to date riding hats, please note that from the 1st January 2023, the following hat standards will no longer be accepted, due to the age of hats made to these standards:

1. PAS 015 1998
2. SNELL 2001
To manage this change, a new colour of hat tag will be required for all BE, PC and BRC activities from 1st January 2023.

Body Protector Rules 


Body protectors are compulsory for all Cross Country riding and Pony Racing whether it be training or competing. If a Body protector is worn for any Pony Club activity it must meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label) or BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label).

BETA 2009 Level 3 (purple label) body protectors will continue to be accepted at Pony Club competitions until 1st December 2024.



For safety reasons jewellery, other than medical jewellery, a wristwatch, a wedding ring, a stock pin worn horizontally or a tie clip, is not allowed. It is recommended that stock pins are removed for cross country.


Spurs may be worn at Rallies and other events. Any misuse of spurs will be reported to the District Commissioner/Centre Proprietor, Area Representative and Training Chairman and riders who are reported will be recorded and monitored.

Sharp spurs are not permitted. Only blunt spurs, without rowels or sharp edges, and spurs that have a smooth rotating ball on the shank may be worn. If the spurs are curved, the curve must be downwards and the shank must point straight to the back and not exceed 4 cm in length. The measurement is taken from the heel of the boot to the end of the shank.

Grass and Balance Support Reins


Grass reins and balance support reins are permitted at Pony Club rallies and competitions jumping up to 50cm, or in the Walk and Trot Test subject to the following:
• only those reins shown in diagrams 1 and 2 (and 5) are permitted
• the reins must be fitted to allow and not restrict the normal head position of the pony. The rein length must be sufficient to allow the pony to stretch over a small fence
• reins may be leather or synthetic material, if synthetic then a break point of leather or other suitable material must be included




Equine Welfare 

At The Pony Club, equine welfare is at the heart of everything we do. The Training Committee look at every aspect of training delivered to ensure we continue to develop our thinking. 
Recently the committee discussed The Pony Club‘s position on the tightness of nosebands and whisker trimming. We would ask all Pony Club Members to review the following two documents to ensure you are adhering to best practice: