We meet the 1st Sunday of each month
Lunchtime Talk – this is very informative and ALL members are
required to attend.
While the rally is in
progress, riders are asked not to leave their group without the
permission of their instructor, nor should they leave the Pony
Club grounds before the end of the Rally without the permission of
At the conclusion of the Rally,
all mounts are to be unsaddled and taken home
No rider, parent or
friend is permitted to ride any mount on the Club Grounds until
AREAS OUT OF BOUNDS
Areas out of bounds to horses/ponies (mounted or
led) during Pony Club Activities:
- In front of the Grandstand and
Trotting Club Canteen
- The shelter next to the
- The Trotting Track surface
- Directly in front of the Pony
In case of a fall or injury to a rider attending a
Rally or Pony Club activity and not parent is available, the
instructor or person in charge of the activity will call
an ambulance if they have any doubt to the extent of the
Riders need to attend gear check for the following
- Safety of riders tack , horses
comfort and condition
- Record of attendance
- To ensure the day starts
smoothly with all riders in their appropriate groups
Barwon Zone has recently implemented a
new Gear Check policy to ensure Gear Checks are completed
correctly and any issues with gear are followed up. Riders who
need gear fixed, changed, removed or replaced, will have a form
filled out and handed to their parents notifying them of the
changes required. Member will have until the next Rally to make
the required adjustments. If changes are not made the rider will
not be permitted to ride without the right gear. If
gear is deemed to be unsafe to ride with , the rider will be asked
to change, fix or remove the gear before they can continue on with
No Dogs are
allowed at Pony Club Rallies, activities or Competitions.
The Rally will cover a diverse range of equestrian
skills – flat work/dressage, jumping, games, cross country,
polocrosse and anything else that can be thought of to provide a
broad range of experiences, fun and education to the riders.
Whilst due emphasis will be given to providing a solid foundation
in elementary areas of flat work and jumping, the aims of Pony
Club are to provide broad experience, skill and enjoyment. Pony
Club is not solely about instruction and certainly not about
focussing on one area of riding. Consequently, all riders are
expected to participate in all activities. Pony Club is not
designed for riders who want to specialise in one or two
equestrian disciplines alone.
All members of Pony Club will be issued with an
official PCAV Attendance Card one rally after payment of fees.
Yearly fees are payable at the June Rally of each year. Please
Note: No rider may ride in the July Rally without paying their
A cover can be purchased to keep the Attendance Card in.
- Attendance cards should be
placed in the Brown Box at the gate entrance to the Pony Club
shed at the start of the rally
- Attendance Cards are the
responsibility of the rider and must be kept up to date with
attendance and gradings
- Attendance Cards will be signed
on the Rally Day. Any change of mount must be notified to the DC
at the Rally so that it can be noted on the rider’s card (a note
attached to the Card is sufficient)
- Riders must attend a full day to
gain an attendance mark
- Writing on or altering cards is
ATTENDANCE CARDS AND PONY CLUB COMPETITIONS
The following eligibility rules apply:
- Riders cannot compete at a Pony
Club competition without an Attendance Card or proof of current
- Riders must attend 50% of the
Official Club Rallies in the past 12 months preceding the event,
or since becoming a member of Pony Club.
- The mount and rider as a
combination must have attended two (2) Pony Club Rallies in the
12 months preceding the event, or since becoming a member of
- Riders must be graded on the
mount they are competing on (for age and ability). No grading
will mean no competition.
GRADING OR HORSE AND RIDER COMBINATIONS
Horse and riders are graded into different grades
according to age and ability. Grade 5 is the starting Grade and
riders can progress up to Grade 1. Riders should make their
initial enquiries through their instructor and any gradings must
be approved by the DC. The DC is the only person allowed to mark
gradings on the Attendance Cards.
PCAV has a Certificate award system that whilst
optional, is encouraged and included as part of the club
activities. The Certificate system is designed to ensure that
riders undertake elementary studies in both riding (horsemanship)
and care of horses (horsemastership) and citizenship.
During the course of each rally, points are
allocated not only for horse and rider presentation but also for
rider application to activities. This does not mean that the best
rider will always win but rather, the points are allocated on the
basis of rider attitude, willingness, co-operation, demeanour and
overall endeavour towards each activity. These points are accrued
throughout the year and winners are allocated accordingly.
EQUIPMENT SETUP AND CANTEEN DUTIES
There are many things
that need to be organised at Pony Club on Rally Days. Parents
assistance and support is greatly appreciated in setting up
equipment at the start of the Rally and then packing it up at the
end. An equipment roster is drawn up at the start of July and
posted on the noticeboard in the Club Shed.
BMPC also runs a
canteen for riders and parents. Snacks, drinks and lunch are
served and lunch orders should be placed by 10.30 each Rally Day.
Parents assistance in the Canteen is greatly appreciated.
SUNSMART CLUB/VIC HEALTH
Bacchus Marsh Pony Club
promotes sunsafe with sunscreen available and recommends long
sleeve shirts in summer.