PONY CLUB RALLIES
WHAT IS A RALLY?
Rallies are the backbone of Pony Club! A rally is a structured, supervised day, where lessons are conducted on horse riding and horsemastership. Rallies provide the Club with the opportunity to explore all sorts of horse sports and present them to their riders.
Rallies should be fun, family orientated occasions where both rider and parent can learn more about the proper maintenance of their horse or improving basic riding skills.
A club will hold at least eight rallies each PCV year. Rallies are open to all Club members and may include visiting members (PCV Members who are members or another Pony Club) or Come & Try Members.
Members must attend two rallies each year to be eligible to compete at Pony Club competitions.
MEMBERSHIP CARDS – HOW TO FILL IN.
Click here to access the guide for completing a members card: Membership Card Guidelines 2019
Grading was first introduced in 1969 for the discipline of show jumping but later adopted for the disciplines of dressage, eventing and combined training.
The aim of a grading system is to provide Pony Club Victoria members with fair and safe competition. All members should be able to expect to go out and meet riders of a comparable standard to themselves in a competition field.
The appropriate grading is achieved by assessing the ability of the horse and rider as a combination, irrespective of the age of the rider or the size of the horse, to perform safely and competently at a specific standard in their chosen discipline.
Download the PCV Grading Guidelines here: Grading guidelines 2021
Download the PCV Rider Grading Application form here: Grading application form 2021
Clubs must keep accurate records of people who attend their rallies & other activities. Click here to download a copy of attendance register: Attendance register
Sometimes neighbouring Pony Clubs will join together to have a rally, this is a great opportunity for riders to meet other Pony Club members and can open the door to offer different learning opportunities for members.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A RALLY?
Clubs are limited only by their imaginations!
Some clubs over the journey have offered all sorts of learning opportunities to their members outside of the standard olympic disciplines such as campdrafting, vaulting, polocrosse or carriage driving.
Plenty of opportunities to improve horse management knowledge too with Clubs often getting a vet, horse dentists, farrier or master saddlers to educate on horse health and proper fit of gear.
Pony Clubs can offer any approved horse sport and should be aiming to teach the latest in horse care and management!
All pony club riders will achieve Pony Club Australia Proficiency Certificates as part of their journey at pony club. The certificates begin at E, D, D*, C, C*, K, B and conclude at A. The A certificate is recognised internationally.
Riders aged 14 years or old and who have been at pony club for more than 2 years, must have achieved the C at a minimum in order to compete at state events.
Clubs should use the Pony Club Victoria Certificate Assessment sheets when developing their rally plans for riders so they progressively worth through the levels. These assessment sheets have directives for assessors and guide the rider on the requirements to achieve competency.
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