Dressage Rules


Rule Book

It is strongly recommended that you buy a copy of the appropriate sport Rule Book(s) so that you always have it to hand for your competitions.

All Rule Books are available from The Pony Club Shop at a cost of £3.00.

The 2018 Dressage Rule Book is available below:

Dressage Rule Book 2018

Eligibility Rules 2018

Eligibility 2018
The following FAQs have been produced to help you understand the Eligibility Rules for Dressage, Show Jumping & Eventing Area Competitions and the Championships:-

Can a Member ride one or more ponies/horses at an Area Competition?
-Yes they can, as long as they are eligible

Can a Member ride two ponies/horses – in a team and/or as an individual?
-Yes they can as long as they are eligible

Can a Member ride two ponies/horses in one team?
-Yes they can as long as they are eligible

Can a Member ride at more than one Sport at different levels – e.g. Novice Dressage and Intermediate Eventing?
-Yes they can, as long as they are eligible

Can a Member ride at two different levels of the same Sport on different ponies/horses – e.g. Intermediate Show Jumping and Open Show Jumping?
-Yes they can, as long as they are eligible

Can two Members ride one pony/horse at one Area competition at two different levels – e.g. Regional Championships and Novice Show Jumping?
-Yes they can, as long as they are eligible
Members/parents must consider the welfare implications of competing in a number of classes in one day and must also be aware that should they qualify for the Championships, these two competitions could take place on the same day.

Can two Members ride one pony/horse at two different Area competitions (on two separate days)?
-Yes they can, as long as they are eligible
Members/parents must consider the welfare implications should they qualify for the Championships, these two competitions could take place on the same day.

Can two Members ride one pony/horse at one Area competition at the same level in Teams or as Individuals?
-No they cannot


Preliminary Rounds for the Dengie Winter League will be run under 2017 rules which can be found below:
Dressage Rule Book 2017

Dress and Saddlery Rules

Note regarding Tack Checking at Branch and Area competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing
Please note that, although The Pony Club would like competitors to use plain tack and dress, there is nothing in our rule book to stipulate this.
There is a perception that The Pony Club only allows completely plain tack and dress. We do not want The Pony Club to be saddled with an ‘old fashioned’ label. We would rather retain members and educate them, than alienate them.
The most important aspect of the Tack Check is the safety element, i.e. checking that the stirrups are the correct size, that hats are tagged and that stitching is safe and secure etc.

PC Dressage Dress & Saddlery Rules 2018

Penalties for Contravening the Rules

Contravention of the rules will incur elimination. Under certain circumstances, instead of elimination, a 2-point penalty may be deducted at the discretion of the Dressage Judge, in
collaboration with the Official Steward (if there is no Official Steward, then the Organiser may be consulted). The 2-point penalty would only apply to minor infringements that do not affect the performance of the horse, i.e. rider not wearing gloves, horse entering arena with tail bandage in place, etc. Points will be deducted from the final score and will not count as errors of course.

Quick Reference Guide to Penalties for Contravening Rules

Other Sport Rules

All Rule Books are available for download via our website. It is strongly recommended that you print out or buy a copy of the appropriate sport Rule Book(s) so that you always have it to hand for your competitions. If you wish to purchase a 'hard-copy' of any Rule Book then you can do so from our online shop at a cost of £3.00



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