What to Wear

Pony Club Codes of Dress

On this page you will find information on what to wear for Pony Club Events
1. Shows, tack n’ turn out and other events
2. Clinics and training
3. Red Cat rallies
4. Cross Country
5. Stable management and badges
6. Hats
7. Spurs
8. Body Protectors
 
It is a requirement of the Pony Club that you come correctly dressed to ANY event.
  • All horses should be clean and tidy as should your own attire especially your boots and tack. At rallies you will be marked on yours and your ponies appearance.
  • Remember dirty numnahs, bits and tack can make horses sore and not perform at their best.
  • All Jewellery should be removed. A wrist watch is acceptable.
  • It is not acceptable to wear hoods of any description whilst mounted.
  • No recording device is permitted (e.g. hat cameras) as they may have a negative effect on the performance of the hat in the event of a fall.

The following dress codes and additional notes give information as to the required turnout at events:

Dress Code 1
Suitable for shows, tack n’ turn out and other events

  • Riding Hat (see notes below)
  • Show shirt
  • Pony Club tie
  • Show jacket, or a suitable jacket with Pony Club badge
  • Gloves
  • Long hair must be suitably tied preferably in a hairnet
  • Light coloured jodhpurs, either white, cream, beige or canary
  • Long riding boots or Jodhpur boots
  • Gaiters, Chaps may be worn but only if the same colour as boots and must have no tassels attached.

Dress Code 2
Suitable for the majority of clinics and training.

  • Riding Hat (see notes below)
  • Plain coloured or light coloured jodhpurs
  • Gloves
  • Branch t_shirt, Branch sweatshirt OR Show shirt, Branch sweatshirt, Pony Club tie. Both with a suitable jacket
  • Long hair must be suitably tied preferably in a hairnet
  • Long riding boots or Jodhpur boots
  • Gaiters. Chaps may be worn but only if the same colour as boots and must have no tassels attached.Rallies

Dress Code 3
Suitable for Red Cat rallies.

  • Riding Hat suitable for Cross Country riding (see notes below)
  • plain coloured or light coloured jodhpurs
  • Gloves
  • Branch t_shirt, Branch sweatshirt OR Show shirt, Branch sweatshirt, Pony Club tie
  • Long hair must be suitably tied preferably in a hairnet
  • Body protectors are compulsory for the cross country section and should fit correctly. Riders who choose to use the Woof Wear Exo body cage must lodge a key with the Event Organiser
  • Medical armband
  • Cross country boots for the horse. Overreach boots are optional but if worn must be trimmed down to cover just the heal. They MUST NOT reach the floor. Boots are to protect your horse’s legs. Remember cross country jumps do not fall down
  • Long riding boots or Jodhpur boots
  • Gaiters. Chaps may be worn but only if the same colour as boots and must have no tassels attached.

Dress Code 4
Suitable for Cross Country.

  • Riding Hat suitable for Cross Country riding (see notes below)
  • plain coloured or light coloured jodhpurs
  • Gloves
  • Branch t_shirt, Branch sweatshirt OR Show shirt, Branch sweatshirt, Pony Club tie
  • Long hair must be suitably tied preferably in a hairnet
  • Body protectors are compulsory for the cross country section and should fit correctly. Riders who choose to use the Woof Wear Exo body cage must lodge a key with the Event Organiser
  • Medical armband
  • Cross country boots for the horse. Overreach boots are optional but if worn must be trimmed down to cover just the heal. They MUST NOT reach the floor. Boots are to protect your horse’s legs. Remember cross country jumps do not fall down
  • Long riding boots or Jodhpur boots
  • Gaiters. Chaps may be worn but only if the same colour as boots and must have no tassels attached.

Dress Code 5
Suitable for stable management and badges.

  • Jodhpurs, jeans or long trousers
  • Boots
  • Riding hat
  • Gloves and whip.

You should be presentable, Please make sure that you are dressed appropriately for the weather. If it is likely to be cold please bring a coat, hat and gloves!

Hats
All hats should be checked and hat tagged, if your hat is not tagged please advise the event organiservelvet-hat.jpg who will check and tag. It is mandatory for all members to wear a protective helmet manufactured to one of the minimum standards listed below. The CE symbol on its own is not sufficient to ensure consistent standard of manufacture.

Buying a New Hat ?
When buying a new riding hat it is strongly advisable to go to a reputable saddlery and mention that you are buying a hat that is to be worn for pony club activities. The member of staff fitting your hat will be trained to know what guide lines are required. Every hat MUST contain the CE mark and at least one of the symbols shown below.

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British – PAS 015:1998 OR 2011, BS**EN 1384: 1996 or 2012

American – Snell E2001* with the official Snell label and number

Australia and New Zealand – AS/NZS 3838 1998, 2003 or 2006

The PAS 015:1998 or 2001 and the Snell E2001 meet higher impact criteria and therefore give more protection.  **The prefix ‘BS’ on the EN 1384 standard does not mean that the hat has undergone batch testing by the British Standards Institute – the hat must contain the BSI Kitemark as well.

Before setting out to purchase a new hat it would be a good idea to print out the Pony Club Hat requirements page which will enable you to check whether the hat conforms to the standard.

There are different rules for cross country riding, please remember this if you are looking to purchase a hat for multiple diciplines.


Cross Country Riding/Eventing/One Day Events

skullcap.jpgCross country includes eventing, tetrathlon, horse trials, tests and training. When jumping fences at heights of 80cm (31.5 inches) high and above; a jockey skull cap must be worn. It is also strongly recommended that a jockey skull cap with NO fixed peak is worn for cross country riding even over lower fences.

The fit of the hat and the adjustment of the harness are as crucial as the quality. Members are advised to try several makes to find the best fit, the hat should not move on the head when the head is tipped forward. It is strongly recommended that second hand hats are not purchased. Hats must be replaced after a severe impact as subsequent protection will be significantly reduced.  Hats deteriorate with age.

Spurs
Please be aware that it is not permitted to use spurs of any type without the consent of the D.C. Members wishing to usespurs.jpg spurs must have their blue membership card signed before use. This does not apply if the member has attained ‘B’ test standard or higher. Permission will only be given for the use of blunt spurs, without rowels or sharp edges. If the spurs are curved, the curve must be in a downward direction and the shank must point straight to the back and not exceed 3cm. If in doubt please check with the D.C. before use.

The Pony Club Body Protector Rule 2016
The Pony Club does not make the use of body protectors compulsoryhatrule2008_311.jpg, 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 BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label). Pony Club Body Protector requirements.

For general use, the responsibility for choosing body protectors and the decision as to their use must rest with Members and their parents. It is recommended that a rider’s body protector should not be more than 2% of their body weight. When worn, body protectors must fit correctly, be comfortable and must not restrict movement.

Riders who choose to use the Woof Wear Body Cage EXO must lodge a key with the Event Organiser when they collect their number.

Air Jackets
When an air jacket inflates the sudden noise startles horses in the immediate vicinity thereby causing difficulties for the other members of a ride if used in a group ride in a confined area, e.g. an indoor school or outdoor ménage. Air jackets are therefore not encouraged for group rides.

If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket in Cross Country or Pony Racing, it must only be used in addition to a normal body protector which meets the BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label). Parents and Members must be aware that riders may be permitted to continue after a fall in both competition and training rides for Cross Country and/or Pony Racing, provided the rider has been passed as fit to continue by First Aid Providers. In the event of a fall, it must be fully deflated or removed before continuing, after which, the conventional body protector will continue to give protection. Air jackets must not be worn under a jacket and number bibs should be fitted loosely or with elasticated fastenings over the air jacket.