Saturday February 24, 2024
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Rules, Dress Code and Guidance notes

Below are links to various rules of the Pony Club and a link to the main Pony Club website rules page

The Rule Books 

Body-Protector-Rule-2019

Hat-Rule-2019

VACCINATIONS

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.
IN ADDITION, IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO COMPETE UNDER FEI, BRITISH
EVENTING, BRITISH SHOW JUMPING OR BRITISH DRESSAGE RULES YOU
WILL NEED TO ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLIANT WITH THEIR RULES.
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
A valid passport and vaccination record:
a) must accompany the horse / pony to all events
b) must be available for inspection by the event officials
c) 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.
3. The Minimum Vaccination Requirements for a horse / pony are
that it has received:
a) a Primary Vaccination followed by a Secondary Vaccination
given not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days after
the Primary Vaccination; and
b) if sufficient time has elapsed, a booster vaccination given
not less than 150 days and not more than 215 days after the
Secondary Vaccination and further booster vaccinations at
intervals of not more than a year apart
4. At competitions at Area level and above including Grassroots
Regional Championships and the finals of the Winter Series
competitions, the most recent booster injection must have
been given within the six calendar months prior to the date of
the competition.
5. No horse / pony may compete on the same day as a relevant
injection is given or on any of the 6 days following such an
injection.
NOTE: We also remind owners of the importance of vaccinations
and to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date. The vast
majority of confirmed cases reported by the Animal Health Trust are
in unvaccinated horses. We continue to recommend that if it has been
longer than six months since the last vaccination, owners should
discuss a booster with their veterinary surgeon.

Flu Vaccine Checker

Parents information : Rules of the Pony Club

Role of Members: Codes of Conduct

Role of Parents and Guardians: Codes of Conduct

Body Protectors
Body Protector 2024
Body Protector Rule 2024
A body protector is compulsory for all Pony Club Cross Country riding (including Arena Eventing)
and Pony Racing activities whether it be training or competition. A body protector for these
activities must meet BETA 2018 Level 3 Standard (blue and black label).
For general use, the responsibility for choosing body protectors and the decision as to their use must
rest with Members and their parents. It is recommended that a rider’s body protector should not be
more than 2% of their body weight. When worn, body protectors must fit correctly, be comfortable
and must not restrict movement. BETA recommends body protectors are replaced at least every
three to five years, after which the impact absorption properties of the foam may have
started to decline.
Air Jackets
If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket in Cross country or Pony Racing, it must only be used in
addition with a normal body protector which meets BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black
label). Parents and Members must be aware that riders may be permitted to continue after a fall in
both competitions and training rides for Cross Country and / or Pony Racing if the First Aid provider
has no concerns about their welfare. In the event of a fall, an air jacket must be fully deflated or
removed before continuing, the conventional body protector must continue to be worn. Air jackets
must not be worn under a jacket. Number bibs should be fitted over the air jacket loosely or with
elasticised fastenings.

Hats

These must comply with current regulations.  PAS015:1998 or 2011 with BSI kitemark, VG1 with BSI kitemark, Snell E2001 onwards with official snell label and number, ASTM-F1163 2004a onwards with SEI kitemark or AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards.  Hats must have the pink pony club tag attached to show it meets current standards.

Dress
 
Clothing
When mounted at Pony Club activities, Members should wear a riding jacket or sweatshirt, plain jodhpurs, a suitable plain-coloured shirt with a collar and The Pony Club tie or plain t-shirt or polo top.  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 where long sleeves are compulsory.  Polo shirts preferably in Branch colours are allowed to be worn at rallies and at camp.
 
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 must be strictly enforced.
 
Medical Armbands
Medical Armbands are recommended, including for hacking on roads, and are compulsory for all Cross Country riding, Pony Racing and for Endurance rides.
 
Tack 
We require neck straps to be worn at all rallies please – this can be an old stirrup leather.
 
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.
 
Humane Girths
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.

 

CONDUCT AT RALLIES

Children

For your own safety, and that of other members, you should listen to your instructor and follow the instructions they give you at all times during rallies.  Don’t wander off from the group or hang back in order to canter to catch up with the rest of your ride.  Unless it is a part of the instructions given by the instructor please keep your feet in your stirrups and a contact on your reins – ponies are unpredictable creatures, especially in a group situation.  Even if your pony never spooks, the pony next to you may do so and you need to be ready.

Parents and Carers

Whilst watching rallies please be respectful of the job our instructors do.  It is very important that parents/carers keep a distance and do not intervene to correct their child.  When out on the cross country course, stay in a group out of the way of the lesson and only step forward if the instructor specifically asks you to do so.  During an arena rally, please stay outside the fence and do not comment unless the instructor asks for help.

Also, members are allocated to rally and camp rides based on a range of factors – their own competence, the ability and scope of their pony and, to a lesser extent, the logistics of each rally.  Please try to trust and accept the decision of your rally organiser who has watched all the children ride and is the best judge of where to put them.  Children should feel challenged but not over-faced by what they are expected to do in their ride.  Sometimes it is better for the child to be top of a lower ride than struggling in the next ride up!

Please note …… Any children not riding are the responsibility of the parents or guardians.

 

Photography and filming

May we respectfully remind parents, carers and members that, if you wish to photograph or film children at ANY Pony Club event or rally for your own purposes, you MUST ask prior permission from their parent/carer in the interests of Child Protection.

Whilst it is most enjoyable to share these moments with friends and family through various media tools, i.e. YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc, we must be cautious that photos or videos do not fall into hostile hands. For example, did you know that once photos/videos are loaded onto ‘Facebook’ they are then the ‘property’ of Facebook and they are free to distribute them as they wish!  These media tools are great socially but unfortunately these days not everyone always has genuine and acceptable use of these sites.  Parents and carers need to make other parents aware if they wish to post the pictures or videos on Facebook to gain their permission to do so.  Also all Conversations on social media sites need to be appropriate and careful not to bring the pony club into disrepute.

Please note that if you have given permission (consent section on membership renewal) to QPC, materials taken will only be used for editorial purposes, press information or advertising by, or on behalf of, The Pony Club and/or official sponsors of The Pony Club.