CONTENTSObjectivesThe Pony Club Show Jumping CommitteeRULE1.Age2. Horses and Vaccinations3.Dress4. Saddlery and Equipment5. Eligibility – General6. Action After A Fall7. Head Injury and Concussion8. Suspension from Competitions for Medical Reasons9. Unseemly Behaviour10. Performance-Enhancing Drugs11. Disqualification12. Sponsorship13. Insurance14. Health and Safety15. Legal Liability16. Supplies for Organisers Available from The Pony Club Office17. Guidelines for Branch Team and Individual Competitions(not Area or Championships)18. The Course19. Plan / Inspection / Access20. Practice Fences21. ExerciseRULES FOR JUDGES22. Faults for Pony Club Show Jumping Competitions23. Time Faults24. Timing25. Time Penalties26. Falls27. Disturbing The Obstacle As The Result of a Disobedience28. Adjustment of Saddlery, Dress and Outside 3

NOTES FOR JUDGES AND COURSE DESIGNERSMini CompetitionsShow Jumping Area Course DimensionsChampionship Course Dimensions303132AREA AND CHAMPIONSHIP COMPETITIONS(To be used in conjunction with all General Rules)Some of these Rules can also be used for Branch Competitions29. Eligibility for Area and Championship Competitions30. The Team Competition31. Branch Entries32. Withdrawals33. Abandonment34. Substitutions35. Course Designers / Timing / Judges / Ring36. Order of Jumping37. Course Dimensions38. Method of Judging – Team Competition39. Method of Judging – Individual Competition40. Numbers to Qualify41. Awards – Area Competitions42. Jury of Appeal43. Protests or Objections44. Branch Representatives45. Official Steward46. Medical and Veterinary47.Ring Stewards48. Turnout . Explanation of Horsemanship Award Judging(Open and Intermediate)49GUIDELINES FOR TURNOUT JUDGES503335BRITISH SHOWJUMPING – Table of Definitions51HEIGHT CONVERSION TABLE51HEAD INJURY AND CONCUSSION FLOWCHART524 pcuk.orgTHE PONY CLUBSHOW JUMPING OBJECTIVESTo provide an opportunity for all Branch and Centre Members interestedin Show Jumping to compete against each other and to encourage a highstandard of riding.Every eventuality cannot be provided for in these Rules. In any unforeseenor exceptional circumstances or any other issue in connection with PonyClub Show Jumping it is the duty of the relevant appointed officials to makea decision in a sporting spirit and to approach as nearly as possible theintention of these Rules. It is the competitors’ responsibility to ensure thatthey are complying with the Rules of the competition.When a rule states District Commissioner, Centre Proprietor also applies, andwhere Branch is stated, Centre applies.Further information is available on the Show Jumping pages of The PonyClub website.As a Member of The Pony Club, I stand for the bestin sportsmanship as well as in horsemanship.I shall compete for the enjoyment of the game wellplayed and take winning or losing in my stride, rememberingthat without good manners and good temper,sport loses its cause for being. I shall at all timestreat my horse with due consideration. 2020 The Pony ClubAll rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced,stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted, in any form or by means,electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwisewithout the prior permission of The Pony 5

THE PONY CLUBSHOW JUMPING COMMITTEEAll Rules are made by the Pony Club Volunteer Committees includingconsultation with others.The Pony Club Office provides administrative support and any queries orquestions relating to these rules must be directed to the Chairman of therelevant sport and copied to the Secretary.Chairman:Members:James Loffet – Tel: 07771 696565 / [email protected] BenfieldJudy EdwardsKirsty HardstaffRachel Horton-BarrHannah JacksonLiz LowryNicola Morrison (Area Representative)Louly Thornycroft (Area Representative)Health and Safety: [email protected] Pony ClubStoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 2RWTelephone: 02476 698300pcuk.orgTHE PONY CLUBSHOW JUMPING RULESGENERALExcept where varied in this Rule Book, all Pony Club Show JumpingCompetitions shall be judged under British Show Jumping Rules, copies ofwhich may be obtained from British Show Jumping, Meriden Business Park,Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands, CV5 9RG (02476 698800). Where thesame matter is covered by both British Show Jumping and Pony Club Rules,then The Pony Club rule shall take precedence. For the particular purposesof scoring and results, The Pony Club variations to British Show Jumpingrules are listed under Rules 22 to 28.1.AGEUnless specified otherwise in the schedule all Members are eligible tocompete in any Pony Club Team or Individual Show Jumping competitions.See rule 29 for Eligibility to compete at Area Competitions and TheChampionships.2.HORSESa) No horse under 5 years of age is eligible.b) There is no height limit.c) Stallions can only be ridden by Members if they have obtainedwritten permission from their District Commissioner and in theinterests of safety, must wear identifying discs on their bridle.VACCINATIONSEVENTS THAT ARE HELD AT SOME VENUES MAY BE SUBJECT TOADDITIONAL RULES.E.G. ANY HORSE / PONY ENTERING A LICENSED RACECOURSEPROPERTY MUST COMPLY WITH THE VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS ASSET BY THE BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY.SIMILAR RESTRICTIONS APPLY IN THE CASES OF POLO VENUES.IN ADDITION, IF YOU ARE INTENDING TO COMPETE UNDER FEI, BRITISHEVENTING, BRITISH SHOW JUMPING OR BRITISH DRESSAGE RULES YOUWILL NEED TO ENSURE YOU ARE COMPLIANT WITH THEIR RULES.To protect the health of other competing horses and the biosecurity ofthe venue, the following rules will apply to all Pony Club Competitions:NOTE: Rules which differ from those of 2019 appear in bold type andside-lined (as this note).6 7

1.PassportsA valid passport and vaccination record:a) must accompany the horse / pony to all eventsb) must be available for inspection by the event officialsc) must be produced on request at any other time duringthe event2.3.4.5.No horse / pony may compete (or be present at the event asa companion) unless it has a Record of Vaccination againstequine influenza completed by the veterinary surgeon whogave the vaccination, signed and stamped line by line, whichcomplies with the Minimum Vaccination Requirements.The Minimum Vaccination Requirements for a horse / pony arethat it has received:a) a Primary Vaccination followed by a Secondary Vaccinationgiven not less than 21 days and not more than 92 days afterthe Primary Vaccination; andb) if sufficient time has elapsed, a booster vaccination givennot less than 150 days and not more than 215 days after theSecondary Vaccination and further booster vaccinations atintervals of not more than a year apartAt competitions at Area level and above including GrassrootsRegional Championships and the finals of the Winter Seriescompetitions, the most recent booster injection must havebeen given within the six calendar months prior to the date ofthe competition.No horse / pony may compete on the same day as a relevantinjection is given or on any of the 6 days following such aninjection.NOTE: We also remind owners of the importance of vaccinationsand to ensure that their vaccination records are up to date. The vastmajority of confirmed cases reported by the Animal Health Trust arein unvaccinated horses. We continue to recommend that if it has beenlonger than six months since the last vaccination, owners shoulddiscuss a booster with their veterinary surgeon.3.DRESSNew equipment is not expected, but what is worn must be clean, neat, tidyand safe. It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure their dress complieswith the Rules. Contravention may incur disqualification. Apart from CrossCountry colours and silks, brightly coloured accessories must not be worn.8 pcuk.orga) Hats: It is mandatory for all Members to wear a protective helmetat all times when mounted with a chinstrap fastened and adjustedso as to prevent movement of the hat in the event of a fall. This ruledefines the quality of manufacture that is required. The individualsports also have additional requirements with regard to colour andtype. It is strongly recommended that second hand hats are notpurchased. The hat standards accepted as of 1st January 2020 are detailed inthe table below:Hat StandardSafetyMarkAllowedat thefollowingactivities:PAS 015:1998 or 2011* with BSI KitemarkAll activitiesVG1 with BSI KitemarkAll activitiesSnell E2001* onwards with the official Snell label and numberAll activitiesASTM-F1163 2004a onwards with the SEI markAll activitiesAS/NZS 3838, 2006 onwardsAll activities For cross-country riding (over 80cm) including Eventing,Tetrathlon, Horse Trials, Pony Racing (whether it be tests, rallies,competition or training) and Mounted Games competitions,a jockey skull cap must be worn with no fixed peak, peak typeextensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to thefront, and should have an even round or elliptical shape with asmooth or slightly abrasive surface, having no peak or peak typeextensions. Noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to thefront not greater than 5mm, smooth and rounded in nature arepermitted. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may beused if required. It is strongly recommended that a jockey skull cap is worn forcross-country riding over lower fences (less than 80cm) as there isresearch evidence that a fall onto the fixed peak can result in anover extension of the neck backwards with the potential for 9

No recording device is permitted (e.g. hat cameras) as they mayhave a negative effect on the performance of the hat in the eventof a fall. The fit of the hat and the adjustment of the harness are as crucialas the quality. Members are advised to try several makes to find thebest fit. The hat should not move on the head when the head istipped forward. Most helmet manufacturers recommend you visit aqualified BETA (British Equestrian Trade Association) fitter. Hats must be replaced after a severe impact as subsequentprotection will be significantly reduced. Hats deteriorate with ageand should be replaced after three to five years depending uponthe amount of use. Hats, must be worn at all times (including at prize giving) whenmounted with a chinstrap fastened and adjusted so as to preventmovement of the hat in the event of a fall. For Show Jumping and Mounted Games the cover, if applicable,shall be dark blue, black or brown only. For Dressage, hats and hat covers must be predominately black,navy blue or a conservative dark colour that matches the rider’sjacket for Area competitions or above. The Pony Club Hat silk is alsoacceptable. The Official Steward / Organiser may, at his discretion, eliminate acompetitor riding in the area of the competition without a hat orwith the chinstrap unfastened or with a hat that does not complywith these standards.Hat Checks and TaggingThe Pony Club and its Branches and Linked Centres will appointOfficials, who are familiar with The Pony Club hat rule, to carry outhat checks and tag each hat that complies with the requirementsset out in the hat rule with an aquamarine Pony Club hat tag.Hats fitted with an aquamarine Pony Club, British Eventing (BE)or British Riding Club (BRC) hat tag will not need to be checked onsubsequent occasions. However, The Pony Club reserves the rightto randomly spot check any hat regardless of whether it is alreadytagged.Tagging indicates that a hat meets the accepted standards, NOcheck of the fit and condition of the hat is implied. It is consideredto be the responsibility of the Member’s parent(s) / guardian(s) toensure that their hat complies with the required standards andis tagged before they go to any Pony Club event. Also, they areresponsible for ensuring that the manufacturer’s guidelines withregard to fit and replacement are followed.10 pcuk.orgb) Hair: In the interests of safety, long hair must be securedappropriately in a hairnet. c) Body Protectors The Pony Club does not make the use of bodyprotectors compulsory, except for all CrossCountry riding and Pony Racing whether it betraining or competing. If a Body Protector isworn for any Pony Club activity it must meetBETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label)or BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue andblack label). For general use, the responsibility for choosing body protectorsand the decision as to their use must rest with Members and theirparents. It is recommended that a rider’s body protector shouldnot be more than 2% of their body weight. When worn, bodyprotectors must fit correctly, be comfortable and must not restrictmovement. BETA recommend body protectors are replaced atleast every three to five years, after which the impactabsorption properties of the foam may have started to decline. BETA 2009 Level3 (purple label) body protectors will continueto be accepted at Pony Club competitions until 1st December2024. Riders who choose to use the Woof Wear Body Cage EXO mustlodge a key with the Event Organiser when they collect theirnumber.Air JacketsWhen an air jacket inflates the sudden noise startles horses inthe immediate vicinity thereby causing difficulties for the othermembers of a ride if used in a group ride in a confined area, indoor school or outdoor manège. Air jackets are therefore notencouraged for group rides.If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket in Cross Country or PonyRacing, it must only be used in addition to a normal body protectorwhich meets the BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label) orBETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label). Parents andMembers must be aware that riders may be permitted to continueafter a fall in both competition and training rides for Cross 11

and/or Pony Racing, provided the rider has been passed as fitto continue by