Wednesday June 29, 2022
CLOTHING & TACK

 

 

 

Dress

The dress code for each of the individual sports is given in the individual rule books. However, there are some items of dress that have safety implications. Members are expected to dress correctly and safely for all Pony Club activities:

All Mounted Rallies / Ridden Test Training – Plain black, navy, beige or cream jodhpurs, pony club polo shirt, or alternatively PC sweatshirt, tagged hat with navy or black plain silks, jodhpur boots & black/brown chaps or long boots, gloves, body protector if needed. No Jewellery including earrings. All numnahs, saddle cloths, and accessories must be Plain black, navy, brown or white. Hair Nets must be worn for all pony club rallies and competitions.

XC Rallies –As per mounted rallies   HAT MUST HAVE  FLEXIBLE PEAK / strictly no fixed peak hats,  body protectors compulsory,  medical armband

Stable Management/Badges – PC Polo or PC sweatshirt,  Plain black, navy, beige or cream jodhpurs, jodphur boots or long boots, gloves, notepad and pen, hat in case handling ponies, Pony Club Manual of Horsemanship

Tests & Pony Club Shows – White, beige or cream jodhpurs, plain white shirt, PC Tie and Black, Navy or Tweed Show Jacket. Tagged hat with navy or black plain silks, jodhpur boots & black/brown chaps or long boots, gloves, body protector if needed. No Jewellery including earrings. All numnahs, saddle cloths, and accessories must be Plain black, navy, brown or white. Pony Club Badge with felt on the left lapel of show jacket.

Waterproof Clothing – OBH North jacket or plain Black or Navy jacket without hood.

 

Electronic Devices

Electronic devices (i.e. headphones, mobile phones, etc. enabling another person to communicate with the rider) are not allowed whilst the rider is competing. No recording device is permitted (e.g. hat / bridle cameras, etc.)

Clothing

When mounted at Pony Club activities, Members should wear a riding jacket or Branch / Linked Centre sweatshirt, jodhpurs, a suitable plain-coloured shirt with a collar and The Pony Club tie. New clothing is not expected, but what is worn must be clean, neat and tidy. Jeans should not be worn when mounted except when specifically allowed by certain sports. As a minimum shoulders must be covered for all riding activities, except for Mounted Games and Cross Country where long sleeves are compulsory. Polo shirts in Branch / Linked Centre colours are allowed to be worn at rallies and at camp.

OBH North Clothing is Available from the following suppliers

GG Gear

Pony Club Essentials are available from the following supplier:

Wainwrights

 

Footwear

Only standard riding or jodhpur boots with a fairly smooth, thin sole and a well defined square cut heel may be worn. Plain black or brown half chaps may be worn with jodhpur boots of the same colour. Tassels and fringes are not allowed. No other footwear will be permitted, including wellington boots, “muckers” or trainers. Boots with interlocking treads are not permitted, nor are the boots or treads individually.

Jewellery

No jewellery is allowed for safety reasons, other than a wristwatch, a wedding ring, a stock pin worn horizontally or a tie clip. This rule will be strictly enforced.

Medical Armbands

Medical Armbands are recommended at all times, including hacking on roads, and are compulsory for all Cross Country riding, Pony Racing and for Endurance rides.

 

Tack

Unsafe Tack

All tack must be clean, in a good state of repair, properly fitted and suitable for purpose. Tack inspections are routinely carried out at events and the organisers may prohibit participation in the event if they consider the tack to be inadequate or unsuitable. Individual sports do have further specific tack rules which are detailed in their individual sports rulebooks.

Stirrups

Stirrups should be of the correct size to suit the rider’s boots. They must have 7mm (¼”) clearance on either side of the boot. To find this measurement, tack checkers should move the foot across to one side of the stirrup, with the widest part of the foot on the tread. From the side of the boot to the edge of the stirrup should not be less than 14mm.

There are now many types of stirrups marketed as ‘safety stirrups’. All riders must ensure that their stirrups are suitable for the type of footwear they are wearing and the activities in which they are taking part and that the stirrup leathers are in good condition.

There are no prescribed weight limits on metal stirrups, however with the advent of stirrups of other materials, weight limits are seen to be given by manufacturers. Any person buying these stirrups, should take particular notice if weight limits are on the box or attached information leaflets. Neither the feet nor the stirrup leathers or irons, may be attached to the girth, or the feet attached to the stirrup irons.

It is strongly recommended that the design of the stirrup chosen allows the foot to be released easily in the event of a rider fall. Specific rules for individual sports can be found in the respective sports rulebooks.

Particular focus should be on ensuring that the boot and stirrup are the correct size for the rider taking part and used in line with the manufacturer’s guidance.

For the avoidance of doubt, at Pony Club events.

  • stirrups which connect the boot and the stirrup magnetically are not allowed
  • Interlocking boot soles and stirrup Treads are not allowed
 

Mounted Games

Bostock & Free Jump stirrups are not allowed at Pony Club Mounted Games events.

Stirrups which include Metal/ Metal type treads, including but not limited to those with protruding spikes and / or perforated grip features are NOT Permitted. Examples being the following:

Humane girths are not permitted in any sport, whether during training or competition. 

A humane girth is described as having non-independent straps that will loosen if one of the straps was to break.