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

Amendments to Pony Club Eventing Eligibility Rules 2018
Whilst the Pony Club is committed to easing the restrictions on where and when a Member may compete, it retains a strong concern that welfare of the horse/pony should be a significant element of any changes to rules.
In light of this the Eventing Committee with the concurrence of the Rules and Compliance Committee, has made a change to the rules applicable to Pony Club Eventing Eligibility 2018.

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

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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