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What is the Virtual Music Ride?

The Virtual Musical Ride is a version of the Musical Ride Competition that teams can take part in from home.

Teams of between 6 and 12 riders perform their own choreographed routine to music, wearing themed costumes or Branch/Centre sweatshirts. There rides are filmed and submitted for judging.

Some of the previous themes we have seen include: Bake Off, Superheroes, Pirates of the Caribbean, Bugsy Malone, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Beauty and the Beast, Lancaster Bombers, Matadors, Grease, Jungle Book, James Bond, Thriller and 101 Dalmatians to name just a few!


Branch / Centre  Name of Theme Ride  Judge 1 Judge 2  Total Score  Overall Percentage  Artistic  Placing  Videos
South Devon Hunt (West) South Devon West Country  82.5 81 163.5 81.75%   1st 

South Devon Hunt (West) Busy as Bees  80 72.5 152.5 76.25%   2nd 
Little Margate Equestrian Barbie  73 78 151 75.50% 30.0 3rd  
Radnor & West Hereford Hunt  Alice in Wonderland  71 80 151 75.50% 30.0 3rd 
East Herfordshire Hunt  Coronation Chaos! 79.5 68 147.5 73.75%   5th  
Gym-khana  Western 71.5 75 146.5 73.25% 30.0 6th  
Hot to Trot School of Equitation  Top Gun 69 77.5 146.5 73.25% 29.0 7th 
Darlington Stables  Darlingtons Greatest Show  74.5 71.5 146 73%   8th  
Petersfield Stables  Petasfield Stables Star Wars Musical Ride  77.5 64.5 142 71%   9th  
Petersfield Stables  Petasfield Stables Bring you Trolls... 67 62.5 129.5 64.75%   10th  
Lakefield Equestrian  Matilda  68 60.5 128.5 64.25%   11th  
Lakefield Equestrian  Minions 66.5 59 125.5 62.75%   12th  




  • Open to all Pony Club Members.
  • The team should contain between 6 and 12 riders.
  • The team can be from a Branch or Centre or a combination of both (mixed teams are permitted)
  • Lead rein riders are permitted – leaders must wear a correctly tagged hat.

Saddlery & Dress

  • Hats must be tagged, and correct footwear must be worn.
  • Any normal tack items and riding bits are permitted.
  • Costumes / fancy dress are optional.
  • Small, unobtrusive handheld props are permitted.


  • 20m x 60m or 20m x 40m to suit venue and ride
  • There should be no physical props inside the arena.
  • All riders must enter the arena at A.
  • Outside assistance eg voice, bell, whistle is not permitted.
  • Duration – the duration of the display within the arena should be no longer than 5 minutes (an additional 1 ½ minutes is allowed for entry and exit, music is permitted for this)


  • 1st July – 18th September – team practices and filming
  • 1st September – entries & video upload open
  • 21st September – entries & video upload close
  • Week commencing 2nd October – results announced


  • Entry fee - £80 per team.
  • Entries should be made online between 1st and 21st September
  • It is preferred that videos are submitted via a YouTube link.

Any queries should be sent to


  • The rides should be ridden specifically for this competition and filmed during the specified filming and video-upload period only.
  • Videos from another competition or outside the scheduled filming period will not be accepted.
  • You may repeat the ride as many times as you need and submit only the best video.
  • Film from C, the judge’s position.
  • If filming on a smartphone, hold the device in the landscape orientation.


The object of the competition is to provide an entertaining spectacle for both competitors and spectators and will be marked as follows:

Content of Ride         60

Variety and change of pace


Riding skills and team compatibility


Choice of Music        20

Interpretation and entertainment value

Suitability of music to the paces shown


Overall Artistic Impression  20

The whole presentation, idea and display

In the event of a tie, the ride with the higher artistic marks shall take the higher placing.

Example Score Sheet
Musical Ride Scoresheet
PDF - 77 kB