Wednesday June 29, 2022
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Information for Parents

The Information for Parents section on the national website includes  general information regarding the role of parents, hat rules, insurance, body protector rules and many other items with which parents must comply.

In addition, Tredegar Farmers Hunt Branch operate the following policies:-

Cost of Rallies

Mounted Rallies cost is usually £10 per member for an hour’s rally.  Cancellations must be paid for unless a replacement can be found.   Non-members are permitted to attend one ‘taster’ rally.

Dismounted Rallies cost is usually £1 – £5 per member but can vary depending on the venue and the speaker.  Non-members are permitted to attend one  ‘taster’ dismounted rally.

Details of events with a different pricing structure will be given in the Newsletter and in the notes section on the Calendar page.

Attending a Rally

The dates, venues and overall times of rallies are listed in the Calendar section.  Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.  You will be notified of the time you are riding at least 48 hours before the rally – places are allocated on the basis of the member’s  experience, age and size of pony where possible.

If you are unable to attend you must cancel your place by text with at least 48 hours notice or you will be liable to pay the cost of your place(s) if a replacement cannot be found.  If you have not received notification of time allocated within 48 hours of the rally then the member concerned is not booked in and you need to contact Sue Bacon immediately.  Similarly, if you are representing the club at any competition and you have not heard of the relevant arrangements within 7 days of the event then you need to contact the organiser immediately.

Dress Code please see the RALLY ATTIRE page and make sure that you stick to the attire!

If a member wants to represent the club at area competitions then there are strict rules with regards to eligibility.  In summary:-

“All horses and ponies must have genuinely participated at a minimum of 3 working rallies since 1st July in the previous year, one of which must have been in the current year, with a Member of The Pony Club”

“All riders entered must be active members of the stated Branch of The Pony Club who have participated at a minimum of three working rallies of this or their previous Branch since 1st July in the
previous year, excluding team practices and coaching. Attendance at camp counts as one working rally.”

“Riders must have been Members of The Pony Club since at least the 31st January in the current year except for Members
who are completely new to The Pony Club, who may join up until the 31st March and still be eligible for Area Competitions and the Championships”

General Guidance for Parents

Below are the 2013 guidelines for Parents and the role that you play in the club. It is imperative that these rules are followed for not only the safety of children, parents and ponies, but they also relate to conduct which impacts on the enjoyment of rallies and events. Parent must refrain from interfering with the instructor’s decision or coach members from the sidelines and should only enter the teaching arena if requested to do so by the instructor.

As we are planning more events for the year, we would like to ensure that communication is maintained and understood. If you believe that your child is participating in an event and you have received no communication within 48 Hours of a rally or for competitions 7 Days, please ensure that you contact the organiser, details of the organiser will be on the website.

Health & Safety Rule Book 2013: Section 18

The Pony Club is a volunteer organisation and depends on parents and guardians to help. Fairness should take precedence over competiveness.

Parents and 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 behaviour 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

Parents and Guardians should therefore:

  • Be a positive role model for their child and other Members by respecting coaches, official, 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, with 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 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, etc are more important than winning
  • Praise all members equally for trying hard and competing fairly
  • Inform officials as soon as possible if their child is unable to fulfil commitments or attend events
  • Help their child and others to understand the satisfaction of co-operation, group work and team spirit in achieving personal goals 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.