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Started back in 2021, 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 Recognition & Rules), submit your tracker here to receive your certificate and Dodson and Horrell prize.

Anyone can take part! From the smallest members on Shetlands out 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. The challenge is now sponsored by Dodson and Horrell so each milestone has a different D&H prize, ranging from feed vouchers to branded jackets.
  5. Earn your Achievement Badges. Hacking is a great way to achieve badges such as the Countryside Access badge.


25 miles

£2 D&H Feed Voucher

50 miles

£5 D&H Feed Voucher

100 miles

£10 D&H Feed Voucher

250 miles

D&H Cap/Beanie

500 miles

D&H Weigh Tape

1000 miles 

D&H Jacket


  • 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 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 use smart phones/watches to track their rides via their preferred apps. 

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

Any pictures you SAFELY take whilst out hacking, remember to #PChackingchallenge

Submitted miles will be added to the leader board so get your branch involved!

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Challenge Leaflet and Tracker
Hacking Challenge Leaflet
PDF - 2 mB
Challenge Tracker
DOCX - 122 kB


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 

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.

Roll of Honour - December 2021 to December 2022
December 25 Miles
PDF - 63 kB
December 50 Miles
PDF - 63 kB
December 100 Miles
PDF - 65 kB
December 250 Miles
PDF - 61 kB
December Branch/Centre Leader Board
PDF - 65 kB
Hacking Safely And COVID
PDF - 348 kB
App Guidance
PDF - 68 kB