Thursday November 30, 2023
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Role of Parents / Guardians – Code of Conduct The Pony Club’s purpose is:

The Pony Club is a voluntary youth organisation for young people within an equestrian environment.

  •   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 his / her child and other Members by respecting coaches, officials, volunteers and leaders, their authority and decisions, and 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 / guardians.
  •   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 inall situations
  •   Be knowledgeable about the rules of the discipline or competition their child is taking part inand 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 horsesahead 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 orattendance at events.
  •   Help their child and others to understand the satisfaction of co-operation, group work andteam 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.

  •   Encourage his / her child to learn the rules and ride within them.
  •   Discourage unfair competition and arguing with officials.
  •   Help his / her child to recognise good performance, not just results.
  •   Never force his / her child to take part in equestrian events
  •   Set a good example by recognising fair competition and applauding good performances of all.
  •   Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
  •   Publicly accept officials’ judgements.
  •   Support his / her child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
  •   Use correct and proper language at all times.
  •   Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance andbehaviour.

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 side-lines.
  •   Dispute the decisions of coaches / officials and volunteers during an event or in front of their child, other Members or parents / guardians.
  •   Engage in or condone unsportsmanlike behaviours such as booing, taunting, using profane language, refusing to congratulate winners, etc.
  •   Criticise officials, coaches, volunteers or members on social networking sites or by the use of text messaging.
  •   NB: It is unacceptable, under possible assault, to photograph or video an injured person / rider.



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