Health & Safety / Dress and Tack

The dress code for each of the individual sports is given in the individual rule books. However, there are some items of dress that have safety implications. Members are expected to dress correctly and safely for all Pony Club activities.

Hat Rule for 2018

Hat Rule 2018


Electronic Devices
Electronic devices (i.e. headphones, mobile phones, etc. enabling another person to communicate with the rider) are not allowed whilst the rider is competing. No recording device is permitted (e.g. hat / bridle cameras, etc.)

Body Protector Rule for 2018
The Pony Club does not make the use of body protectors compulsory, except for all cross country riding and pony racing whether it be training or competing. Body protectors used for cross country and pony racing must meet the BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple tag).

Air Jackets
If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket in cross country riding or pony racing, it must only be used in addition to a normal body protector which meets the BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple tag).

The full body protector rule can be downloaded below.
Body Protector Rule 2018

Clothing
When mounted at Pony Club activities, Members should wear a riding jacket or Branch / Linked Centre sweatshirt, jodhpurs, a suitable plain-coloured shirt with a collar and The Pony Club tie. New clothing is not expected, but what is worn must be clean, neat and tidy. Jeans should not be worn when mounted except when specifically allowed by certain sports. As a minimum shoulders must be covered for all riding activities, except for Mounted Games where long sleeves are compulsory. Polo shirts in Branch / Linked Centre colours are allowed to be worn at rallies and at camp.

Footwear
Only standard riding or jodhpur boots with a fairly smooth, thin sole and a well defined square cut heel may be worn. Plain black or brown half chaps may be worn with jodhpur boots of the same colour. Tassels and fringes are not allowed. No other footwear will be permitted, including wellington boots, “muckers” or trainers. Boots with interlocking treads are not permitted, nor are the boots or treads individually.

Jewellery
No jewellery is allowed for safety reasons, other than a wristwatch, a wedding ring, a stock pin worn horizontally or a tie clip. This rule will be strictly enforced.

Medical Armbands
Medical Armbands are recommended at all times, including hacking on roads, and are compulsory for all Cross Country riding, Pony Racing and for Endurance rides.

Unsafe Tack
All tack must be clean, in a good state of repair, properly fitted and suitable for purpose. Tack inspections are routinely carried out at events and the organisers may prohibit participation in the event if they consider the tack to be inadequate or unsuitable. Individual sports do have further specific tack rules which are detailed in their individual sports rulebooks.

Stirrups
Stirrups should be of the correct size to suit the rider’s boots. They must have 7mm (¼”) clearance on either side of the boot.

Humane Girths
Humane girths are not permitted in any sport, whether during training or competition. A humane girth is described as having non-independent straps that will loosen if one of the straps was to break.

 

 

 




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