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January Update 2022

Dear all,

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to a year of fun and friendship with The Pony Club. This month’s update shares some details on rules for 2023 and a reminder to check your mailbox for your membership renewal email, we don't want you to miss out on all this year has to offer.

Best wishes,
Marcus Capel (CEO)

Included in this update:

  • Rulebooks / Handbook
    • Vaccination Rule 2023
    • Hat Tags
    • Body Protectors
    • Guidance on Team Selection
  • Membership renewal – look for your email
  • Have you bought your ticket for the 2023 Coaching Conference?
  • Spring Festival is just around the corner!
  • Pony Club Pen Pals
  • All things Mounted Games
  • Polocrosse Four Nations
  • Risk Assessment Courses

2023 Rulebooks & Handbook

The 2023 rulebooks are available free on our website under the Officials Tab. In addition, printed copies of each book can be ordered directly from Amazon, search for Pony Club Rulebooks 2023 and you will have the full list available. 

There have been some important rule changes this year and below are just a few key updates, please do refresh yourself with the 2023 Handbook and the rules for your sport.

  • The Vaccination Rule 2023 is available on the website with the rulebooks. This has been simplified so that the vaccination schedule for Pony Club activities requires a booster every 12 months. Please be aware that other organisations and event venues may have different requirements, including Pony Racing and some racecourses.
  • Hat Tags: From the 1st January 2023, the following hat standards will no longer be accepted, due to the age of hats made to these standards:
  1. PAS 015 1998
    2. SNELL 2001
    A new pink hat tag will be required for all Pony Club, BE and British Riding Club activities from 1st January 2023. These tags are available now for DCs and Branch Officials to buy from Wainwright Screenprint.
  • Body Protectors: Advance warning that BETA 2009 level 3 standard (purple label) Body Protectors will not be accepted at Pony Club events after 31st December 2023. After this date, only the BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label) will be allowed.

  • Pony Club Transfers: After much discussion and consultation, The Pony Club rules on transfers and rally attendance for team representation have been simplified. 
    • Rules 8.9 – 8.15 cover the transfer process: whilst The Pony Club does not encourage transfers it recognises that there are valid reasons for moving. Members wanting to transfer should discuss the potential move with their current DC before submitting a Transfer Request via the website. Both DCs and the Area Rep will be informed automatically of the request, the receiving DC will make the decision to accept or decline the Membership transfer.
    • Rules 7.6-7.9 have been rewritten (incorporating the old 2022 rules 10.7 – 10.9) to promote training and attendance at rallies, loyalty to the Branch and to support competence and safety to compete. Branch Committees may make a Branch rule that Members wanting to represent the Branch in any competition should demonstrate an interest and commitment to the Branch. The Rules and Compliance Committee have issued Guidance on Team Selection to support Branches and Centres, available here. In addition, Areas may also make a rule that to compete at Area Competitions, Members and their horse or pony should have actively taken part in a specified minimum number of rallies / Qualifying Coaching or Training sessions.

Membership Renewal

Renewal emails are flying out to many of our Members this month to share your personal link to renew online. We know there is a busy training period already starting to prepare for competitions, like our Spring Festival and many of you are busy completing Pony Club badges in the winter months, so look out for your renewal email so your membership doesn't lapse.

Please also remember if your membership expires so does your insurance!

Our Membership Team are also here to help, just email: if you have any questions and we look forward to you joining us again in 2023.

Have you bought your ticket for The Pony Club Coaching Conference? 

It is less than 4 weeks till our annual Coaching Conference goes live on February 9th at 7pm!

It is set to be another great evening as we come together and listen to 3 industry professionals covering topics such as the benefits of horses on our mental health, learning theory and key exercises that can be used through the levels of training.

The Conference is ONLINE, tickets cost just £20 and it counts as Continued Professional Development (CPD).   

To check out the full list of speakers and to book your ticket, click here.

Barrier Animal Health Spring Festival

Good luck to all our Members competing in the Area qualifiers for the Barrier Animal Health Spring Festival, to be held at Arena UK 11th-12th February (England and Wales) and at Morris Equestrian 1st – 3rd April (Scotland and Northern Ireland). We look forward to seeing you at the finals!

To see the full timetable and schedules, follow the link here.

Pony Club Pen Pals 

Did you know The Pony Club has members all around the world in Countries such as China, Dubai, France, Bahrain, Austria, and Kenya?

Would you or your Members be interested in getting to know what it’s like to be a Pony Club member at one of our Overseas Centres, what sports they enjoy, the different tack and equipment they use and their favourite badges?  

We are super excited to be launching Pony Club Pen Pals! This is a great opportunity for members to share their love of horses and ponies, exchange Pony Club adventures and make new friends around the world. Sign up as a Centre, Branch or an individual by clicking here. Letter templates will be sent out at the end of January for members to complete.

All things Mounted Games 

National Study Day 2023

The National Study day will be taking place in Area 5 on 11th February, bookings are open now. These will close early February to ensure that joining information can be sent out. Please do not miss your opportunity to attend, book now here.

Area Competition dates

The dates are now available on the website to support getting teams and pairs ready for the season, find your dates here.

Area Coordinators

The Area Coordinators roles are available for application, please enter here.

The role will close on 27th January to support the committee to review applications and make appointments.

Royal Windsor Horse Show- Mounted Games Trials

A reminder that nominations for Mounted Games Trials for the Royal Windsor Horse Show close on February 2nd. Nominations can be made here and all supporting documents must be submitted digitally, either with the application or emailed separately.

Mounted Games Trainers

The Mounted Games Trainers are in regular contact with children and young people in a coaching capacity to support progression within the sport. Trainers are to be listed and compliant with the Coaching Criteria, which can be found here - Coaching Criteria.

If you are a Mounted Games Trainer please ensure you liaise with your club to keep your records up to date and correct on PELHAM. Your PELHAM Number will be required for the declaration form this season. 

Polocrosse Four Nations 2023

Returning for 2023 is the Four Nations Camp and Tournament, this event is invitational to see members represent England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales across the Mini, Junior, and Senior sections to determine who will become the overall Champions.

To support the camp, tournament and teams there is the opportunity for coaches and volunteers to apply for positions for this event, full role descriptions and the application process is available on the website by clicking the link below:

Applications close 12 noon on 27th January 2023 - Click Here 

Risk Assessment Courses

A gentle reminder that 2023 Risk Assessment Courses offered by the Pony Club are available to book now. These courses do become full quickly so please book on earlier to ensure you do not miss out!

Book online here.