“Pony Club NSW exists to encourage horsemanship and horsemastership amongst its members. To provide appropriate coaching and competition, to raise awareness of sportsmanship and citizenship of its members, in order to assist its members to become proficient in their chosen sport.”
Pony Club NSW Mission
Structure of Pony Club
Rally Days are the regular meetings for the Club, which aim to provide fun and interesting ways to learn about riding and the different facets of horsemanship.
A variety of activities are organised by the instructors, which may include dressage, jumping, sporting, games, cross country, or certificate work.
Groups are formed based on riding ability, age, and club experience to ensure that everyone is in a group with riders of a similar standard. Groups then rotate around to different activities.
Until a child can ride, trot and canter “in control” to the satisfaction of the Club captain or Senior Instructor, the child must be kept on a lead rope and accompanied during all riding by a responsible adult.
- Competition Days and Events usually start earlier. Check the entry form and the Club newsletter for details
- Parents are not allowed ‘on the field’ unless they are rostered to help or have a child on a leadrope
- Dogs must be kept on a lead and are the responsibility of their owners. They may not be ‘on the field’ with horses present
- Parents may not leave their child unattended at Pony Club. Each family requires a non-riding member present
Forest Hills Pony Clubs uniform consists of:
- Fawn jodhpurs (not white or yellow)
- Long-sleeved brown shirt
- White tie
- Brown V-neck jumper
- Short leather boots
- Australian Standards Association approved helmet- COMPULSORY (see below table)
- Saddle-blanket – brown with white trim and Forest Hills Logo
- Brown polo shirt with white Forest Hills logo
The Uniform Shop is open each Rally Day for half hour before gear check and closes at the commencement of troop drill. Winter- 9am-10am, Summer- 8:00am – 9:00am
The fleecy FHPC jumper may be worn to winter Rally Days. Secondhand items are also available to purchase – donations are always welcome.
Jodhpurs, boots, and helmets can be purchased from any saddlery (see table for approved Pony Club helmets).
- Tall boots (long boots) may not be worn by riders under 17 years
- Full uniform, including boots and helmet, are compulsory at all Rally Days and competitions. Points will be deducted from Club pointscore for incorrect uniform
- Polo shirt may be worn to Summer Rally Days instead of shirt and tie
- Body protector is MANDATORY for cross country (see PCA NSW approved standard)
The Pony Club Association of NSW and the Zone Committee have also determined other regulations for uniforms.
For more information, refer to PCA NSW website – (click here )
- CLOSED EVENTS Only members of that Club may compete. This is where riders get their initial experience at events.
- INVITATION EVENTS Only members of the host Club and clubs specifically invited may compete. This can be a good way to gain further experience in events.
- OPEN EVENTS Members of any Pony Club may compete. This can be a good way to get further experience in different settings, without necessarily stepping up a level.
- ZONE CHAMPIONSHIPS You do not need to be selected to attend these, although you must have Club endorsement about your membership and being paid up, and must have attended three Rally Days in the past year. You need to feel fairly confident to attend these. You should have competed at a few Club level events , and had plenty of practice (and, for Showjumping, are comfortable at your grade). Ask your instructors or Club Captain for advice as to whether a certain event would be suitable for you to attend, and whether you would be capable, of going.
- STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS Strictly for serious competitors. Competition is extremely tough. You must be selected by the Zone to apply for these, and must be able to convince them that you are one of the best representatives for the Zone. You may be required to attend special competitions for scrutiny by the Zone Chief Instructor. It is necessary to be competing at Open, non-Pony Club events to gain the experience required. These competitions are usually held in country towns and are a long way away.
Each rally day riders can earn up to 25 points, which accumulate to award the Champion pointscore trophy for each age group at the annual Presentation Day/Christmas Party. Riders can earn up to 5 points for each of the following categories:
- Horse (clean and tidy presentation, oiled hooves, trimmed bridle path, etc.)
- Tack (oiled and free of dirt, in good condition, clean bit, etc.)
- Rider (clean and correct uniform – new riders will be given a grace period to purchase uniform)
Bonus points may be awarded, e.g. for punctuality or helping to pack away equipment. Riders can earn up to 5 points for unmounted attendance at rally days (it is encouraged to wear the Club polo shirt if unmounted)
“Pony Club NSW exists to encourage horsemanship and horsemastership amongst its members. To provide appropriate coaching and competition, to raise awareness of sportsmanship and citizenship of its members, in order to assist its members to become proficient in their chosen sport.“
Pony Club NSW Mission