Monday July 13, 2020
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Dress Code

What should you wear?

Mounted Rallies

A riding jacket or branch sweatshirt should be worn with either a plain shirt and PC tie or a branch polo shirt. Under the rules no bare shoulders are permitted, in hot weather jackets and jumpers may be removed. Jodhpurs or breeches must be plain beige/cream, navy or black and half chaps if worn should be brown or black. Boots should be leather or rubber with smooth soles and a small heel. All clothing should be clean and tidy. Gloves should also be worn.

Unmounted Rallies

Branch sweatshirts and practical trousers such as jodhpurs or straight-legged jeans should be worn.  Footwear should be sturdy – trainers are not suitable at any rally where members will be handling horses/ponies.


Hats must be worn at all times when mounted or handling horses/ponies, with the chinstrap fastened, and must conform to the latest PC standards: PAS 015, Snell E2001 and AS/NZS 3838 see website . Once they have been checked they will be tagged with a PC tag. If a member’s hat does not meet the required standard they will not be able to participate in mounted activities. Hairnets must be worn under hats if necessary.

Body Protectors

Body protectors are compulsory for all cross-country and pony racing rallies and competitions, and it is recommended that they are worn for jumping activities. It is the responsibility of the parent to ensure that the body protector fits correctly. Body Protectors used for Cross Country and Pony Racing must meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label).

Medical Armbands are recommended where a parent/guardian is not immediately to hand, i.e. out on a cross country course. This is especially important if the rider has any known allergies. The Pony Club insurers also recommended they are worn when the rider hacks out without the parent/guardian.


For safety reasons NO JEWELLERY may be worn other than a wrist watch, a plain stock pin worn horizontally or a tie clip. No ear studs.


Spurs may be worn at Rallies and other events. Any misuse of spurs will be reported to the DC/Centre Proprietor, Area Representative and Training Chairman any reported riders 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 3.5cm in length. The measurement is taken from the heel of the boot to the end of the shank.


An official PC badge should be worn at all branch activities. It should be worn on the left lapel of a jacket, or left chest of a sweatshirt, with a coloured felt showing the highest test standard achieved. Cloth achievement badges should be sewn onto the sleeves of the branch sweatshirt.

Turnout of Pony and Tack

Ponies must be clean and well groomed, hooves should be well shod and picked out. The Pony Club do not expect parents/guardians to buy new tack frequently but it must be safe and fit for purpose. Tack MUST be clean, well fitting and in good condition. Plain tack and plain, dark or white numnahs and boots are preferred at rallies and compulsory at competitions. Your instructor will check your tack and advise you. If it is considered to be in poor condition and therefore possibly dangerous you will not be allowed to ride in it until it has been repaired or replaced. Instructors will use their discretion not to allow ponies that are very young or very old, any that are lame, thin or ill and any that in their judgement are dangerous to their riders or to other members and their ponies. The latter applies also to stallions.

Branch Clothing and Merchandise
Available from GG Gear’s website.

If in doubt, please ask before coming to a rally!