Sunday May 26, 2019
PARENT/GUARDIAN ROLE – member information

Dear Members and Parents,
May we say a BIG “Welcome” to all new members and we look forward to seeing you and our long standing members again in 2018 season.
Not only do we offer shows throughout the season for various disciplines, we also provide lessons, team event and pony club camps which is available to all members over 10 years.
All of these activities are a fantastic opportunity to improve your riding, gain confidence, complete tests and badges and most of all make new friends.
To ensure that all these events can take place a lot of hard work goes into organising them, all of which is done by volunteers so if you can offer any time to help throughout the season even just an hour please contact any committee member.
We all hope you have a fantastic season and wish you the best of luck.

The Pony Club is a voluntary youth organisation for young people within an equestrian environment. The Pony Club’s purpose is:
•To encourage young people to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with ponies and riding
•To give instruction in riding and horsemanship and to educate Members to look after and take proper care of their animals
•To promote the highest levels of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self-discipline

The Pony Club is a volunteer organisation and depends on parents and guardians to help. Fairness should take precedence over competitiveness. Teaching by example will foster caring and respect for all.

Parents / Guardians should therefore:
•Be a positive role model for my child and other Members by respecting coaches, officials, volunteers and leaders; their authority and decisions; the rules and regulations under which The Pony Club operates
•Agree to discuss disputes / appeals at a suitable, agreed time with the correct officials, within the appropriate level of The Pony Club organisation, without resorting to hostility or violence.
•Always remember that Pony Club activities are intended to be educational, safe and fun to benefit the Members rather than parents.
•Respect the horses and ponies and show humane care for them at all times.
•Respect the property and equipment used in any activities, considering safety uppermost in all situations
•Be knowledgeable about the rules of the discipline or competition their child is taking part in and encourage their child to know, be familiar with, and follow these rules.
•Promote the physical and emotional well-being of their child, other Members and horses ahead of any personal desire to win or succeed in any activity.
•Teach their child that taking part, learning and showing sportsmanship in all competitions, testing situations, clinics, etc are more important than winning.
•Praise all Members equally for trying hard and competing fairly.
•Inform officials as soon as possible if they or their child is unable to fulfil commitments or attendance at events.
•Help their child and others to understand the satisfaction of co-operation, group work and team spirit in achieving personal goals and growth, and good results.
•Volunteer their services and skills, whether equine-related or not, whenever possible.
•When using social networking sites always conduct yourself in an appropriate way as you would face to face. Be aware of what you say and how you say it – the use of sarcasm and innuendo are not appropriate.

Parents / Guardians should not:
•Force their child or other Members to take part in activities with which they are not comfortable.
•Disrespect the decisions of coaches / officials concerning the skills and abilities of their child or other Members.
•Undermine the authority of coaches / officials by interfering with, or coaching any Members from the sidelines.
•Dispute the decisions of coaches / officials and volunteers during an event or in front of their child, other Members or parents.
•Engage in or condone unsportsmanlike behaviours such as booing, taunting, using profane language, refusing to congratulate winners, etc.
•Criticise officials, instructors, volunteers or members on social networking sites or by the use of text messaging