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The Great Pony Club Hacking Challenge is an opportunity for members to ride out of the arena and explore new areas of the countryside. 

The idea is simple – whether you already hack out a lot or want to start hacking more, you just need to sign up to the challenge and track the distances of your rides. When you hit each milestone (see below), submit your Hacking Tracker to receive your certificate and prize.

Anyone can take part! From the smallest members on Shetlands on lead reins, to our older members getting their horses fit for eventing. If you hack, or want to start, track it!

Why should I take part?

  1. Hacking is a great way to get your pony fit. Riding across different terrains (roads, grass, tracks, and water) help improve their balance and confidence for all other pony club activities. Especially useful on the run up to PC Camp!
  2. Getting your pony out of the arena allows them to see different things and they will become less spooky – helpful when you take them away to rallies, competitions, and camp!
  3. You can hack with your friends. Take a picnic and go exploring for the day.
  4. Each milestone has a different prize!
  5. Earn your Achievement Badges. Hacking is a great way to achieve badges such as the Countryside Access badge.


25 miles/40km


50 miles/80km


100 miles/160km


250 miles/400km


500 miles/800km


1000 miles/1600km



  • Must be members of The Pony Club.
  • Rides recorded are based on the rider entered, not the combination of horse and rider
  • All recorded rides must be outside of an arena, this can be on or off the lead rein
  • Proper safety precautions must be taken by participants and respect for the land which being ridden across shown. Adults are to accompany young riders for safety purposes.
  • Payment for entry must be made via Paypal upon entry, which is when the 12-month period will begin for completion. Entries without payment will not count.
  • Members can use smart phones/watches to track their rides via their preferred apps. 
  • All recorded hacks must have been completed after date of entry to the Challenge. I.e., you cannot enter on 1st April and submit a tracker with hacks completed before 1st April.

Once you have achieved the milestones shown below, submit a copy of your tracker here

Submitted miles will be added to the leader board, so get your Branch/Centre involved!

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Challenge Tracker
Challenge Tracker 2023
DOCX - 2 mB

Entries to The Hacking Challenge

Entry to the challenge is £5 per rider and lasts for 12 months.
Before tracking any rides, members wishing to take part in The Great Hacking Challenge must enter here: Enter the Great Pony Club Hacking Challenge 

When entering, you will need: 

  • Membership Number 
  • Branch/Centre information 
  • Payment card

Please note, you will receive an auto response to confirm entry. This may be in your email’s SPAM/Junk folder. If you do not receive anything, please contact 

Submit Hacking Trackers

Only when you have completed a milestone do you need to submit your Hacking Tracker. Please ONLY submit the Hacking Trackers (either as a word doc, PDF or a picture of it printed off and filled in by hand), screenshots of tracking apps will not be accepted.
Submit Hacking Trackers here

Roll of Honour - October 2022 to October 2023
Branch Leader Board October 2023
PDF - 88 kB

What next?

Wanting more? If you’re really enjoying hacking out, why not have a go at some organised Endurance rides? Check out the Endurance pages to see what it’s all about.