These are the parts of the guidelines that concern the exhibitor.
Three year old fillies with foal at foot may not be shown.
Male ponies of 2yrs old or over must be shown in a snaffle bit.
There must be no colts or stallions in Young Handlers classes. Children under 14 yrs old may not show colts (excluding foals) or stallions in In-hand classes. If the host country has a national rule that dictates a higher age for showing or riding stallions, this will apply.
In the interests of safety, hard hats must be worn by all handlers aged 14 yrs or under in In-hand classes.
Each In-Hand Ring will produce a Junior Champion and Reserve Junior Champion of 3yrs old or under and a Champion and Reserve Champion.
Each Ridden/Driven section should contain the following classes :
Lead Rein, First Ridden, Open Ridden
W. H. P Cradle Stakes, Novice W. H. P
Driven Junior Whip (Show drive not required)
General rules for Ridden and Working Hunter Pony Classes
Arena should be a minimum of 40 metres by 60 metres.
Hats to Country’s standard, Riding jacket (blue, black or hacking) and Riding boots (long boots or Jodhpur boots). Hard hats must be worn by all exhibitors, irrespective of age, in ridden classes.
Whips no longer than 75cm, except in dressage classes where they may be a maximum of 100cms.
No spurs. No gag bits.
Tack must be safe (saddle and bridle). Martingales should be marked down (except in show jumping classes). No blinkers and no side reins.
If a rider or pony falls in the arena the pony must be led out and the rider walk out. They will not be allowed to return to that class.
Ponies must be 4 years old or over. No lactating mares are allowed.
Children under 10 yrs old may not show stallions in ridden classes. If the host country has a national rule that dictates a higher age for riding stallions, this will apply.
In each ridden class, the rider will be required to perform an individual show.
In ridden classes (not WHP) , all ponies are required to be in the ring for the whole duration of the class.
Lead Rein Class :
Riders not to have attained their 9thbirthday on 1st January in the year of show.
Bit to be a snaffle.
Reins to go directly from bit to rider’s hands.
The lead rein to be attached to the noseband.
All the class enters the arena together following each other with space between them, at a walk. On instructions from the judge the steward stops the class at a corner and asks each rider and handler to trot half a circuit of the arena on their own. All exhibitors then line in a straight line to one side of the arena. The steward will then ask each exhibitor to come forward, halt in front of the judge and at the judge’s request, do an individual show.
Below are two examples of shows: -
1) Walk away from judge, trot half a circle, return to walk and come to a halt before the judge, rider salutes and then returns to line from behind the line-up.
2) Walk away from judge, trot a figure of eight.
Return to walk and come to a halt in front of judge then return to line from behind. The whole class then walks around arena at steward’s request and judge chooses the final line up.
Class should be judged on ride, suitability of pony and general presentation of pony, rider and handler. After the presentation of rosettes the class may leave the arena at trot or walk.
First Ridden Class:
Riders not to have attained their 12thbirthday on 1st January in the year of the show. Bit must be a snaffle.
The whole class enters the arena following one another with space at a walk. The steward, on the judge’s instruction, will ask the class to trot. The steward will then ask the class to return to walk again, on the judge’s instruction. The class will then line up in a straight line at one side of the arena. Each competitor will then give an individual show, having first walked forward and halted in front of the judge.
A typical show would be a walk away from the judge, a trotted figure of eight and, if the combination is capable, a cantered figure of eight with the diagonal taken at the trot. Pony comes back to a trot and walks then halts in front of the judge. The rider then salutes and returns to the line up from the rear.
After all competitors have completed their shows, all the class walks around the arena following one another and the judge makes the final selection.
The rosettes are given and the class leaves the arena at trot.
This class is judged on ride, suitability of pony, general presentation, size of rider to size of pony and ability to ride with other ponies.
Marks are given as follows: - 50% ride and manners, 50% conformation and breed type. However, please remember a safe pony with manners is very important.
Open Ridden Class:
Rider any age of suitable height and weight.
Any suitable bit.
The whole class enters together following each other with space between. Riders should not be marked down for passing other ponies to find space.
The steward, on the judge’s instructions, will ask the class to trot on, then canter on and change the rein at trot and canter on. Again, at the steward’s request the class will return to trot, then walk and line up in a straight line to one side of the arena. Each competitor will then give an individual show that begins with a halt before the judge.
At the judge’s request the show begins and should include walk, trot to include a change of rein, canter with a change of rein, a gallop and a halt and salute to the judge.
After the show the competitor should return to the line up from the rear. If the judge requests, the ponies may be stripped and a groom may enter the ring to assist the rider. The rider, however, must show the pony in-hand. After this the whole class will walk around the arena following each other.
The judge may at this point request, through the steward, that each competitor gallops half a circuit, one at a time. The judge will then select the final line up and present the rosettes. The class may leave the arena at trot or canter.
Novice Ridden Class:
Bits to be snaffles. The formula for this class is the same as Open Ridden.
Marking for Open Ridden and Novice Ridden: - 50% for ride, suitability of pony, general presentation and capability to ride with others. 50% for conformation and breed type.
Please remember manners and forward going action are very important.
Working Hunter Pony Classes
There should be a minimum of 7 fences of rustic type (not coloured jumps, 1 or 2 white wings are OK). If possible some green material (branches of trees or bushes) should be tied to wings to make the course look as natural as possible.
The jumps should be numbered. It would be advisable for riders to wear body protectors.
The riders should be allowed to walk the course before the class begins The height and weight of riders should be considered when judging these classes in relation to the size of the pony.
1. Jumps minimum 30cm maximum 45cm.
2. No doubles or parallels, a simple course should be set.
3. No water jumps.
4. Snaffle bits.
5. Riders to be 10 years or under by closing date of show.
Novice Working Hunter Pony
1. Jumps minimum 45cm maximum 53cm spread not to exceed 47cm
2. A double and parallel may be included with two changes of rein.
3. No water jumps.
4. Snaffle bits.
Open Working Hunter Pony
1. Jumps minimum 53cm maximum 60cm spread not to exceed 60cm.
2. A double and parallel should be included, two changes of direction and a narrow fence.
3. A water jump should be included.
4. Any suitable bit may be used.
Procedure for all Working Hunter Pony classes.
Each combination will jump the course one at a time.
Marks for jumping phase : first refusal 15, second refusal 20, and third refusal elimination. Knock down of jump 10, Fall elimination
Marks to be given out of 50 for jumping 20 marks for manners and style when jumping (total jumping marks 70).
After all competitors have jumped, all clear rounds will enter the arena together following one another. The judge may invite competitors with 10 or 20 faults to join the class or not depending on the number of clear rounds. The class will then line up on one side of the arena and continue in the following formula.
Cradle stakes follows First Ridden show
Novice Working Hunter Pony follows Novice Ridden show
Working Hunter Pony follows Open Ridden show
The marks are given to each competitor as follows : 20 for breed type and conformation and 10 for ride. When all competitors have given their individual shows the judge and steward add the marks together for the jumping section and the ridden section and call the winners forward.
Example, a competitor with no jumping faults gains 50 points and 15 for manners and style whilst jumping, then 15 for conformation and 9 for ride adding up to 89 points.
These classes may be judged by two judges, one doing the jumping phase with 70 points and one doing the ride with 30 points and adding the points together at the end. In this case each competitor gives their show on their own.
Long Reining Classes
Suitable harness/ bridle (with noseband) and long reins
Dress safe and tidy
A suitable whip
A hat/helmet (drivers under 16 yrs) and gloves
Ponies must be 3 years or older
No gag bits
No side reins
Driver must be 8 years by the day of the show, Children under 16 yrs old may not show stallions.
The whole class enters the arena following one another with space between them, at a walk. The steward, on judge´s instruction will ask the class to line up in a straight line at one side of the arena. Each competitor will then give an individual show that begins with a halt before the judge and at the judge’s request, do an individual show.
Long reining classes are 16 years and under and over 16 years.
Long reining classes should include walk, circle (20 meters) in trot to both directions, sidepass in walk to both directions, a halt and rein back 3-4 steps (not on the side of the arena), shift trot-walk-trot and salute.
Then return to the line from behind. After all competitors have completed their shows, all the class walks around the arena following one another and the judge makes the final selection. The rosettes are given and class leaves the arena in walk or trot.
Show classes or Exercise Vehicle classes to be judged on the following:
1. Safe vehicles and harness
2. Dress of drivers – safe and tidy
3. Driver should carry a suitable whip
4. Junior whips, 16 years and under, must be accompanied on the vehicle by a competent adult.
5. No cantering will be allowed
6. If a pony behaves incorrectly in the arena then the judge may ask the combination to leave the arena.
7. When the competitors are standing in line grooms may hold the pony’s head.
Format for driven classes.
All vehicles enter arena together following one another, competitors should not be penalised for passing another competitor to find an open space providing it is safe to do so. The steward, on the instructions of the judge, will call for the class to trot on, then change the rein, at walk or trot, and trot on again finally returning to a walk. The judge will then call the competitors into a line to one side of the arena with the steward placing the vehicles.
Each competitor will then give an individual show which should include a halt in front of the judge to begin. The judge will ask for the show to commence, a walk away, a trotted figure of eight, a halt, rein back and salute to the judge.
After all competitors have completed their shows all competitors will trot around the arena following one another and the judge, using the steward, will select the final line up and present the rosettes. The vehicles will then leave the arena at the trot.
The class should be judged on the following:
1. Correctly fitting harness, which is well maintained
2. Cleanliness of harness and vehicle
3. Forward going of turnout and freedom of action
4. Suitability of pony to vehicle and driver
5. Overall impression of presentation
Additional classes may be added at the discretion of the Committee to allow for national differences and preferences.
17.The Overall Championship must be contested by the five Ring Champions with the Reserves standing by in readiness. This must be judged prior to other special awards. 18.No prize money will be given.