These rules are specific to our branch and apply to all competitions where riders and ponies/horses are representing the United Pack Pony Club. Competitions include (and are not limited to) Pony Club Area competitions – Dressage, Show Jumping, Mounted Games, Polocrosse and Eventing – and competitions for which the Branch pays the entry, such as the Flower Show, Chatsworth, Gatcombe and Blenheim. The Rules are as follows:
- The pony/horse and the rider must qualify individually, so each rider and each pony/horse must attend three working rallies (not discipline training sessions).
- Anyone wanting to compete in a specific discipline, e.g. show jumping, must attend the relevant discipline training sessions and will not ride for a team if they fail to attend the last training session before that competition.
- The combination of pony and rider must be competing at a variety of venues at the relevant level (i.e. the level at which you want to represent the Branch). NSEA, Trailblazers, BD, BE and BS and unaffiliated competitions all count as qualifying competitions as well as competitions run by other Pony Clubs.
ONCE AT THE COMPETITION
- All riders MUST be at the collecting ring 45 minutes before their competing time to allow for tack check and riding in.
- Once the riders are with their team coach, parents must stay out of all arenas, including course walking and warm-up.
- All riders MUST walk the course with the team coach.
- Riders must only ride the pony/horse that they are competing on. They are likely to be eliminated if they ride anyone else’s pony/horse at any time, even if it is in the same team.
- Any outside assistance or comment aimed at the rider once in the arena can not only adversely affect performance but is likely to result in elimination, thus reflecting badly on the Branch.
- All riders and horses must be clean and smart as they are the face of the United Pack Branch.
- All riders must be supportive of both other team members, and other competitors.
Any infringement of the Rules carries a risk of not being asked to represent the branch in the future.
All competitors will be sent a shortened copy of the official discipline Rules before any competition in which they represent the Branch. It is their own responsibility to know and follow the Rules.
The objectives of The Pony Club are:
- to encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding
- to give instruction in riding and horsemastership and to educate Members to look after and to take proper care of their animal
- to promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self-discipline