MPC HANDBOOK

MEMBER’S HANDBOOK



Welcome to Massey Pony Club,

We are a friendly fun loving club with a ‘can do’ attitude. We welcome you to our club and
look forward to an involving friendship with you…

Massey Pony Club is a youth organisation, although we do offer a supportive Adult Ride
programme, the members of which have excellent rallies with great Instructors and their
own friendly competitions. The Adults ride meet is on a Wednesday night from 6.30pm to
8.00pm.

Our Pony Club Rally night is Tuesday 6-8pm, and it is always a delight to witness the first
evening when the kids assemble on horse back, faces shining in anticipation and delight,
uniforms clean and so many new faces. Our children at Massey Pony Club are delightful,
truly special young people who know how to set goals and achieve. It is our role as the
adults of this club to foster these goals and help our kids realise their dreams.

All children dream of different things; for some this year it may just be the dream to ride
and own a pony, to find a relationship with their pony, or it may be to go to Pony Club
champs. No goal is too small or too big- we can help the kids to achieve it.

Over the years I have watched many riders come through Pony club and seen the
transformation of children into young adults. It is amazing to see this transformation as we
give these young people responsibility, challenges and the ability to take risks and get out
of their comfort zone.

Pony Club is a family commitment and in today’s society, it’s fantastic to see parents and
children given the gift of time together. It’s amazing to see parents working together to
ensure children are looked after and supervised.

It’s been an interesting year for our club. Parents and children have united to achieve some
amazing results. We belong to a Pony Club where Parents want to work together and the
kids have a spectacular work ethic. To new members, I think you will be pleasantly
surprised by the Massey Pony Club experience and we truly look forward to working with
you over the next year.

As my daughter said after finishing a jumping lesson where she felt as if she was flying-
“Wow that was fantastic, why would anyone ever take drugs?” And that is what makes it
truly worthwhile for me in this society of instant kicks that our kids are learning to take the
time and put in the work to get the results that they deserve.

See you at Pony Club!

Gilly Shine

Vice President (1/3/2007)


FOR FIRST TIME PONY OWNERS AND THEIR PARENTS
Welcome to Pony Club. You have made the right decision! It is the perfect place to learn
all there is to know about how to look after a pony and to learn to ride in a safe
environment with expert instructors. Hopefully you will have a lot of fun along the way.

To begin with, there seems so much to learn and it may seem at times, like everybody else
knows so much more. It could be quite easy to feel left out or confused by conflicting
information. This is why we have decided to write this, to help you and your parents to an
easy start at Pony Club and to help you make the most of your first season. Apart from
reading this you should buy the Pony Club Manual (Version One). It contains all your child
needs to know in order to pass the first two pony club grades and is a good introduction to
riding and horse master-ship.

Rules and Safety

A lot of the rules and regulations may at first seem petty and designed to make life difficult
and riding more expensive than it is already. Most of these rules are there to ensure the
safety of horse and rider. Shoes without heels may cause your feet to slip through the
stirrups, or your foot may get stuck in the irons when you fall and this is very dangerous. A
long sleeved top for cross country gives you just that extra bit of protection. The hard hat
needs no explanation, it should comply with safety standards and the numbers are regularly
upgraded and checked.

The pony’s tack will be checked at every rally and may be checked at one day events held
at Pony Club. Once a month, points will be awarded on “turn out” (for the cleanest,
neatest tack and general appearance). Dirty and neglected tack is a hazard to the pony’s
health and may be unsafe if any of the stitching is worn. It is also essential that the tack is
fitted correctly. If you are at all unsure, ask your instructor or one of the senior riders to
check it for you.

Rally Nights

The Pony Club rallies start at 6:00 pm sharp. This means that for a mounted rally you need
to be ready to ride and mounted at that time. We assemble in front of the Clubhouse
important news and information will be given out here, so parents, if your children are
young or do not always remember messages, make sure you hear the notices as well. This
is where you are told where to go for your rally. Sometimes there are un-mounted rallies.
These involve learning about horse master-ship and how to care for your pony. For your
pony club grades you need to know this as well as being able to ride. In these instances,
you can leave your pony in the paddock or at home, but do remember to wear your Pony
Club uniform. If for any rally you are late, go to your instructor and wait for him/her to
tell you what to do. If you need to leave early, make sure you excuse yourself so no-one
will worry where you have gone and send out a search party.


What about Grades Then?

Your instructor will tell you when you are ready to go for your first Pony Club grade.
He/she will make sure that you know all you need to, to pass the test. The club organises
these exams and you want to look your best on the day. Passing your “D” certificate will
allow you to wear a little “D” on your pony club badge. The certificate grades are D, D+, C,
C+, B, A, & H. For C+ and B the exam is divided into two parts ridden and theory, you may
choose to do only one part.

How Do Parents Fit In At Pony Club?

Pony Clubs are youth organisations though we like to think of your Pony Club as a family
club. We are forever trying to raise funds to improve facilities and to be able to send
teams away to external competitions. Events and Ribbon Days are one way the club makes
money. Events take a lot of preparation though. Arenas and rings need to be set up, jumps
need to be put up and cross country courses need to be flagged. Many hands make light
work and the more the merrier applies. Running a Pony Club is also quite labour intensive.
The grounds need to be looked after, the jumps need to be painted and the toilets need to
be cleaned from time to time. Working bees are held to meet these needs. Working bees
are a good opportunity to get to know some of the other parents, have some fresh air and
exercise, and you might learn a lot too. Even if you think you have no skills, we will surely
find something you can do. Our club is only going to be as good as the effort we are
prepared to put into it. It is during working Bees that we make life long friends and the kids
have huge amounts of fun working together, children that are not amongst these working
Bees can feel left out so we encourage you all to join in.

Apart from working bees, help is always needed on the day of an event. Running an event
(especially a one day event) requires a lot of man (and women) power. We need ring
stewards, fence judges, writers, time keepers, gear checkers, canteen assistance and a
variety of other roles. Again, here is an opportunity to learn a lot about the pony club
movement. Your child may be on a lead rein anyway at the beginning. But even if not,
help is sometimes needed to hold ponies while the children do certain exercises, and
sometimes parents can also make themselves useful by putting up jumps, or setting up
barrels. Apart from that, you can always watch and enjoy the summer evenings in the open
air and chat to other parents of horse mad youngsters. You may be able to gather all kinds
of useful information about where to get good quality feed, or bargain riding gear.

The End of The Season

... will come all too soon. There is the AGM to look forward to though. Everyone should
attend this, because it is at the AGM that we discuss the year that has been and the year to
come any grizzles are aired and we celebrate our Season ending with wine and nibbles. The
prize Giving is set and it is here that all the prizes and trophies are given out. There are a
lot of trophies to be won, and not just for those who have been successful at competitions.
Awards are given for those riders who have shown the most improvement, for those who
have the highest score for turnout and attendance at rallies, etc. And it is a chance to see
all your new friends again before the long winter break. In the meantime - have a happy,
safe and successful season!


RULES


WE RUN UNDER THE NATIONAL GUIDELINES OF THE NEW ZEALAND PONY CLUB
ASSOCIATION THE MANIFESTO OF RULES AND REGULATIONS IS AVAILABLE ON THE NZPCA


WEBSITE AND FORMS OUR CONSTITUTION.

1 Supervision: It is the sole responsibility of the parent to ensure junior riders have
adequate supervision when riding on Pony Club Grounds on days other than rallies.
There is to be absolutely no jumping without supervision and juniors must have
ADULT supervision when jumping.

2 Supervision (Rallies): All riding at rallies must be carried out under the supervision
of an instructor or other authorised person. Parental assistance is always welcome.
No one may ride in a reckless or dangerous manner and all riders must regard the
safety of others at all times.

3 Hard Hats: Approved safety hard hats MUST BE WORN AT ALL TIMES when riding on
Pony Club grounds or on the road. Check the NZPCA website for safety approved
numbers.

4 Pony Club Uniform: This is: safety approved crash helmet, jodhpur boots or long
riding boots. Jodhpurs and a red Massey Tee shirt or sweatshirt. For District Events
the Uniform of West Auckland is white shirt & red tie also red jerkins may be worn
over the white shirt. It is important that when you represent Massey at District Level
you wear this uniform with your Pony Club Badge and certificate pin.

5 Gumboots: The wearing of gumboots is not permitted for riding at any Rally.
CLEATED GUMBOOTS are NOT PERMITTED under any circumstances WHILST RIDING.

6 Spurs: Rowelled (sharp) spurs are not permissible.

7 Kicking: Any ponies or horses that kick or are likely to endanger other horses/riders
must have a RED RIBBON tied to the tail.

8 Unruly Horses: All horses must be under control at all times. Owners of dangerous
or unruly horses will be told to remove them.

9 Stallions: Stallions are not permitted on Pony Club grounds at any time. Horses
under four years of age may not be jumped on Pony Club grounds.

10 Reporting to your Instructor: Report to your instructor before joining a ride if you
are late. If you have to leave early, do the same.

11 Riding on the Road: Members riding on any public road MUST NOT ride on footpaths
and must obey the road code and local authority by-laws AT ALL TIMES.

12 Interfering During Rallies: Parents and riders may not interfere during any lesson
being conducted by an instructor. Members who have any complaints, criticisms or
suggestions are to be forwarded to the Secretary or Head Instructor in writing.

13 Overnight Grazing: Permission must be given by the Grazing Manager BEFORE you
may leave your horse overnight. If you need to graze your horse overnight on rally
nights and/or the night prior to rallies, this will be free of charge and horses must be
paddocked where a Grazing Manager directs. For any other nights there will be a fee
of $6.00 per night and will be at the discretion of the grazing manager.

14 Working Bees: Riding on Pony Club grounds during working bees is PROHIBITED
unless prior approval is gained from the Grazing Manager, President or event
organisers of the day.

15 Behaviour: Bad language, excessive use of whips or spurs, or cruelty to horse/pony
will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

16 Drugs: Any member found to be using illegal drugs on pony club grounds will result in
instant dismissal from the club. Your membership fee will be forfeited as a result of
the dismissal.


BEHAVIOUR: GENERAL
. All members are ambassadors for the club wherever you go.
. Never race your horse through spectator areas or parking areas.
. Always treat your horse with consideration even when the day is going badly.
. Always accept defeat gracefully and preferably with a smile!
. Be compassionate to other competitors who are having a bad day, it could be you
next time.
. Always jump practice jumps in the direction indicated by the flags (red on the
right). Take your turn and don’t push in as it could cause an accident.
. Never follow too closely behind another horse when jumping, the other horse may
stop.
. Always listen to, and obey the Stewards and Officials, they are there to see fair
play and make the day a pleasant one.
BEHAVIOUR: IN THE RING

. Always listen to the judge, don’t chat amongst yourselves then complain if you do
the test wrong.
. If you are given a number remember it, don’t expect the gate steward to remember
it for you.
. Always thank the judge if you get a ribbon or rosette.
. In individual tests, salute the judge at the start of the test when he/she is looking
at you. Their acknowledgement is usually a signal to start.
. Salute again at the end, when you are facing the judge.
. Never argue with the judge, if you wish to protest, follow the procedure in the
rules of the competition.
RIDING ON THE ROAD

. It is best to keep off the road as much as you can.
. Keep your horse on the left of the road, and as far to the left as possible.
. Keep your horse on the grass verge or road margins wherever possible, but do not
ride of the footpath, lawn or garden.
. Do not ride more than two abreast.
. Do not ride to the right of any moving vehicle, except when passing.
. In town and city streets you must obey traffic signals and respect Pedestrian
Crossings.
. The walk is the only safe pace in traffic. Ride in single file.
IF YOU DO FOR ANY REASON NEED TO RIDE ON THE FOOTPATH PLEASE REMOVE ANY
DROPPINGS YOUR HORSE LEAVES (EITHER KICK INTO THE GUTTER OR GO BACK LATER
AND REMOVE IT.)


COMPETITIONS
OPEN RIBBON DAYS

These days are divided into mornings and afternoons. In the morning there are the flat
events which are judged on the pony’s paces, manners, general obedience and your riding
ability. In the afternoon, jumping events are run. These are judged on your ability and
your pony’s ability to negotiate fences. Most riders attending a ribbon day will attend both
the morning and afternoon sessions but you are able to do a half day if you wish.

Terms used at a Ribbon Day
Beginner: A pony/rider or combination that has won less than six firsts in a
corresponding event.
Novice: A pony/rider or combination that has won less than six firsts in a
corresponding event. (Once you win your way out of Novice you may only complete in
open events.)

These definitions may vary so you should always check your programme.

Ribbon Day Variations
Kindy and Geriatric Ribbon Day: The kindy ring is for riders 12 years and under, the
geriatric ring for riders 21 years and over.
Beginner and Novice Day: These days are for beginner and novice horses/pony’s and
riders. Open combinations may not enter.

The dress code for ribbon days is your riding jacket, shirt, light coloured jodhpurs, (glover
and lapel flower are optional) or Pony Club Uniform. Plaiting the mane and tail is optional.

ODE (ONE DAY EVENTS)

There are three phases in an ODE, they are:

Dressage:
You are required to ride a test from memory in a roped arena. Books with the various
tests are available at various horse shops. The test you have to ride is specified in
advance so you have a number of days to learn and practice it. On the day, you must
remain 20 meters away from any arena until it is your turn; once the horn/bell has
sounded you have one minute to enter the arena; once started if the judge sounds the
horn an error has been made, halt and listen to judges instructions, do not leave arena.

Cross Country:
There will be a cross country course with numbered solid obstacles set up across the
pony club grounds for you and your pony to jump. There is a set time to complete this
course in. Hint - three refusals at any one jump means you are eliminated but in most
case’s you will be allowed to finish the course; if you are having difficulty at a jump
you must give the rider approaching right of way.

Show Jumping:
The last phase of an ODE is the show jumping. It will consist of eight to 12 painted
jumps that are not fixed (i.e. the poles will fall off if your pony touches them). This
course of jumps is in a roped off area and must also be completed within a set time.
Hint - course walk can only be on the day and must be in full uniform, (i.e. hat, jacket,
tie, boots and crop). You must wait for the bell to sound before commencing round;
jumps must be ridden with red flags on the riders right; three refusals at any of the


jumps means you are eliminated and you will be required to leave the ring without
completing the course; when jumps are flagged as A and B combinations, a refusal at either
element means you must start the completed combination again.

There are different levels of ODE’s, Pre Introductory, Introductory, Pre Training, Training
and Open.

When you have been placed first, second or third overall, three times, in all but Pre
Introductory (which is one overall placing) you must then move onto the next level. You
can complete above the level you are at but not below, however if you are placed you
cannot go back. If you get a new horse you can start again.

DRESSAGE AND SHOW JUMPING DAYS

This is run along the lines of an ODE but does not have the Cross Country phase.

DRESSAGE EVENINGS

You will have a choice of how many tests to ride. You may have someone standing outside
the ring to call out the movements of your test.

FEI SHOW JUMPING

Different show jumping events are run throughout the day.

SHOW HUNTER

This is similar to show jumping but the emphasis is on style.

Massey Pony Club runs closed events every season, these events are only for Massey Pony
Club members. It provides a good opportunity for everyone to learn about the rules and
how the events are run and to participate and learn. Before any of these events ask your
instructor if he/she thinks you are ready to enter any of these competitions.

Guidelines for all Training Level Pony Club Horse Trials
Grading/Handicap


Recommendations re handicap/grading for Intro, Pre training and Training classes:

1. Combinations that have been placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in three classes may stay in that
class with a 10 point handicap e.g. Three placing’s in Introductory, stay there with
a ten point handicap or move up to pre-training with no handicap. Three placing’s
in Pre Training, stay there with a ten point handicap or move up to Training with no
handicap etc…
2. Combination in Open (DC or A1) classes will not accrue handicap.
3. Any combination which has been placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd or 4th in any open class,
including Area trials will take the ten point penalty handicap if they enter a lower
class.

Riding Dress at Events and Shows

We are often asked by new members (and some old…) “what are we supposed to wear at
events?

Closed Events and Shows

This is either a One Day Event (ODE) or Ribbon Day that is for members of your branch only
(Massey).

At these events you wear your Pony Club uniform.
If you represent your branch, you will be issued with a saddle blanket with the branch name
on it, to be returned after the event.


West Auckland District Pony Clubs also hold closed events.
At these events you wear you District Uniform.

Open Event

This is a ODE or Ribbon Day open to all riders whether members of a Pony Club or not.
At these events you are expected to wear a Riding Jacket and Dress hat (black velvet hat).
Correct dress dictates that juniors should not wear black, but most do and you will not be
penalised for it.


As a general rule, riders below C level should not wear long boots.


In the cross country phase of a ODE riders must wear long sleeves, and may wear shirts of
their own colours, with or without a matching hat cover.


Prize giving at ODE’s


It is a requirement that competitors receive their prizes in full riding dress; this is a
common courtesy to the organisers.


CHECKLIST FOR ODE’s

Before competitions here are some simple rules and guidelines that can make things easier.
For more detailed information refer to the Discipline Guide lines put out by NZPCA.

The Entry:

1 Check the closing date for entries

2 Fill out entry forms

3 Anything else you may need like grazing pens, camping site.

MANY CLUBS WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE OR INCORRECT ENTRIES-SO GET IT RIGHT!!!


Dressage:

1 Correct entry procedure
2 Get copies of the test and learn it
3 Check your forms of class eg. Tie or Stock
4 Clean your gear
5 Rubber bands or cotton plaiting
6 On the day be on time and collect your number
7 Learn your starting signal
8 Allow plenty of time to warm up.


Showjumping:

1 Correct entry procedure
2 Be on time
3 Walk and learn the course
4 Check the start/finish flags
5 Be ready for your turn- you can be eliminated for not being on time.
6 Remember to salute the judge.


One Day Event:

1 Correct entry procedure

2 Walk the course

3 Check your dressage time

4 Collect your number

5 Get gear check at all three phases

6 If Show Jumping is in back order number, put your number down and then

warm up

7 Dress appropriately for Prize Giving.

8 Read NZPCA Horse Trials rule book for specific rules.

Open Ribbon Day:

1 Novice is a combination who has won 1st, 2nd or 3rd at a novice level in a

corresponding event at any Open Ribbon Day. I.E if you are placed in any novice

event, you are then a Maiden level rider and no longer eligible for that Novice

event.

2 Maiden- is a combination who has not won a 1st at maiden level at any open day

(Except in kindy)

3 Check your rubber bands and gear is clean

4 Try and get a programme and mark your classes.

5 Pay your entry and get your sticker, put the sticker on your boot as it won’t

stick to a velvet hat.

6 Have fun- that’s what Ribbon Days are all about!

Games:

Find out what games are being played
Practise them
Learn the rules
Practice mounting quickly
Have Fun