CLOTHING FOR RALLIES
Rules for rally attire are set by the Pony Club
No horse / pony may compete or attend a rally (or be present at the event as a companion) unless it has a Record of Vaccination against equine influenza completed by the veterinary surgeon who gave the vaccination, signed and stamped line by line, which complies with the Minimum Vaccination Requirements.
Full details on vaccination requirements can be found in the Pony Club Rule books and your vaccination details will be be verified before attending a ridden rally.
For mounted working rallies you should wear a Woodland polo shirt and sweatshirt which can be purchased from GGGear. Long sleeves are compulsory for Cross Country and Mounted Games.
Jodhpurs’ should be beige or a plain dark colour (black, brown and navy blue are all acceptable). Your hair needs to be secured in a hairnet (including boys whose hair falls below the hat brim) as health and safety requirement. You will need to wear gloves and long boots or short boots with matching half chaps or short boots with elasticated jod clips. Boots should be in good repair and well polished.
Hats which must be black or navy (hat covers are acceptable) must meet the latest Pony Club rules - click here for details. HATS MUST BE TAGGED PRIOR TO ATTENDING A RALLY. PLEASE ARRNAGE FOR THIS TO BE DONE BY THE DC OR HEALTH AND SAFETY OFFICER IN GOOD TIME BEFORE YOUR FIRST RALLY OR IF YOU HAVE PURCHASED A NEW HAT.
Medical Armbands are advised if members are not accompanied by a responsible adult, including hacking on roads and are compulsory for Pony Racing and for Endurance rides. They are also compulsory for those going Cross Country with a medical condition.
Spurs may be worn at the discretion of the Coach who may ask them to be removed if they see fit. Only blunt spurs, without rowels or sharp edges, and spurs that have a smooth rotating ball on the shank may be worn and may not exceed 4cm in length which is measured from the boot to the end of the shank.
No jewellery is allowed for safety reasons, other than a wristwatch, a wedding ring, a stock pin worn horizontally or a tie clip. It is recommended that stock pins are removed for Cross Country. Members who are contemplating piercing their ears or any other part of their body should be aware that they will not be allowed to participate in any Pony Club mounted equestrian activities until such a time as the “sleepers” can safely be removed. The reason for this is that “sleepers” have, in the past, caused injuries following falls. This rule will be strictly enforced.
Tack need not be new but must fit your pony and be in good, clean and safe condition. It needs to be plain brown or black without any 'bling'. You need to regularly check all stitching, especially around the bit, and at the top of stirrup leathers and girth straps. 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.
Your stirrups should be of the correct size to suit the riders boot. They must have 7mm (1/4") clearance either side of the boot. If you are not sure whether something fits properly, is safe, or is suitable please ask your instructor. Numnahs or saddlecloths should be plain black, brown, white, cream, navy or our own Woodland saddlecloth. Tack should be cleaned before rallies and it will be checked at each one.
Grass reins and balanced support reins are permitted at Pony Club rallies and competitions jumping up to 50cm or Walk and Trot tests. See the diagram for use of grass reins permitted under PC rules.
If you require any help with booking rallies or need any other information about our rallies please contact our DC Emma Dag.