• INSURANCE – All competitors are recommended to carry third party insurance when attending any event with their horse or pony.

• HATS – All under 16 year olds must wear a five point harness skull hat which meets the current kite mark at all times. Adults when riding or working in-hand should also wear a current Kite mark hard hat

• CLOTHES – Jackets must be worn at all times when mounted and leading in in-hand classes unless permission has been given by the Judge to remove.

• ATTIRE – All competitors must be smartly dressed whether riding, in-hand or lead rein. Recommended: Black jackets, shirt and tie and white jodhpurs for showjumping. Skirt (in hand only) or smart trousers, shirt and tie and tweed or similar jacket and gloves for in hand or ridden. Matching attire in lead rein is preferable but clean smart and tidy is the most important. All footwear should be suitable for running comfortably in. Juniors may wear jodhpur boots up to the age of 16 and all adults should be in long boots. Short boots with gaiters is acceptable as long as they are clean and smart. Hair should be netted and tidily clipped or tied up out of the way of the harness. Adults may wear other footwear in gymkhana or handy pony classes.

• WET WEATHER GEAR – At the judge’s discretion, competitors may wear wet weather gear over their show turnout, but not instead of correct attire.

• JEWELLERY – No earrings, facial or tongue piercings are permitted. Riders found to have breeched this rule will be eliminated. Bracelets, rings and watches should be avoided but partnership rings are permitted if gloves are worn.

• WHIPS – must not exceed 75 cms (30”)

• SPURS – No person under the age of 16 may wear spurs unless they are dummy ones and only worn in Hunter Show classes. No adult may wear spurs in a mixed class of horses and ponies.

• START – A class will have been deemed to have started once the command to trot is given or the first in-hand has started its trot up. No competitor may enter the class once the trot has commenced unless by prior permission of the show secretary and with the Judges agreement.

• RESPONSIBILTY – It is the competitor’s responsibility to be at the right ring at the right time and classes will not be held for more than ten minutes unless the delay is the fault of the club in which case the class maybe held or a competitor may be permitted to enter the class late.

• DECISION – The judge’s decision is final and any complaint or representation regarding a class, the behaviour of the Judge or other competitor must be made immediately after the class in which the incident occurred, and to the show secretary or committee member. Then the complaints process will be commenced and a decision made as to whether the threshold for any disciplinary action should be commenced will then be made.

• BEHAVIOUR – Abusive or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated. You will be requested to leave the showground if any reports of such behaviour are received and may result in the termination of your membership!

EQUINES

• All horses and ponies must be at least 6 months old to show in hand and 4 years old to be in ridden classes.

• All equines over the age of 6 months should be bitted when shown and the lead rein attached by appropriate linked clips.

• All stallions are permitted to be involved in the show on the strict understanding that they will not present a danger to themselves or other competitors at any time. The Show Secretary will ask for the removal of a stallion if it appears to the committee it is not under control or is presenting a risk to other competitors.

• Stallions must be handled by those 16 years and above, the only exception being miniature horses where the handler may be 14 years old.

• It is acceptable to show in-hand exhibits in a bridle as long as the handler is able to manage the reins in safety.

• Ridden competitors must use a bit suitable to the needs and welfare of the horse or pony. Over biting is discouraged.

• Double bridles should be used but only if the rider is competent and the horse/pony comfortable with their use.

• No dropped nose bands or grackles are to be worn in showing classes.

• Plain brow-bands for most classes, but show horse/pony classes may wear coloured brow-bands.

• Martingales, tendon or over reach boots are only permitted in jumping stages of Workers and when Show jumping.

• Neck straps may be used by novice riders to give confidence but buckles should be covered in heavy duty tape to prevent injury
to horse or hand.

• If numnah’s are worn, then they should be brown or black and discreet, it is not usual to use white sheepskin in showing classes.

• Girths should blend in with the horse rather than be in contrast to.

• No penalty will be applied if synthetic over leather tack is used but no colour other than black or brown is permitted.

• Fly masks of any kind or ear muffs are not permitted in showing classes.

• NO HORSE OR PONY IS PERMITTED TO ENTER MORE THAN THREE SHOWJUMPING CLASSES IN ONE SHOW.

All juniors involved in jumping classes are recommended to wear body protectors.

Gymkhana Rules

Rules for Assisted/lead rein

• Assistant/leader can help child on and off pony. Assistant/leader can hold pony whilst child does activity but must not assist child unless told by judge at start of race

• You must state when entering if you are lead rein or assisted and you must continue one or other throughout the season If you start with a leader you must finish with a leader..

• Falls of the leader will result in elimination

• Child’s feet must be firmly in the stirrups before moving off

• Runners must wear suitable footwear

General rules

• No whips or spurs allowed in the gymkhana ring

• All equipment must be left standing..

• Any equipment knocked out of place must be put back before crossing the line

• Rules for each race will be clearly displayed in the collecting ring and must be followed

• Please make sure you understand each race!

• The games for the next show will be posted on the website and Facebook but may be subject to change on the day due to weather conditions!!

THE JUDGES DECISION IS FINAL.