Where are rally days held?
Pony Club rally days are usually held on the 2nd Sunday of every month, please contact your local club to confirm there rally day calendar.
09:30 am – 3:30 pm (approximately) again please contact your local club to confirm the times, as they do change due to weather conditions.
Wet weather policy
Rally day will usually go ahead with theory work if mounted activities are impractical. If in doubt please contact your local club for clarification.
What should you bring?
Foods for your horse, bucket for water, secure headstall and lead rope, and a rug in winter. Tack should meet Pony Club criteria, be well fitting and in good condition. You may need to check the suitability of your equipment (especially bits) before coming to rally day.
A canteen generally runs every rally day providing cooked food for lunch at a reasonable cost, morning tea, cordial, tea and coffee. Many clubs also ask those attending rally days to bring a plate to share for morning tea.
All members are to help out in the canteen during the year. Please liaise with your club to confirm local arrangements.
Who can come to rally day?
You must be a financial member of the Pony Club Association of NSW. A responsible adult must accompany each child/family at Rally Day. Only Pony Club riding members are permitted to ride at rallies (senior riding members over 25 years, are only permitted to ride with the Chief Instructor’s approval for instruction or demonstration only). Riders are also not permitted to ride others members’ horses at the rally without the permission of the horse owners, parents and chief instructor.
Non-finical members may consider Come and Try Days.
How the day runs
There are lots of different activities that you may participate in at rally day including showjumping, dressage, cross country, troop drill, mounted games, sporting, polocrosse, horse care and theory. Each club will design a program for each rally day, commonly the program will reflect upcoming events in the area.
Riders must be present for gear check at 9:30am (or as advertised by the club) in troop lines in front of the clubhouse. Gear check ensures equipment is safe and suitable for the days riding.
Generally 2 sessions are held in the morning with a break for morning tea at 11:15. Lunch is around 1:00pm and there is one or two sessions after lunch. These are indicative times and can vary on the day.
All riders must remain unmounted until gear checked by a club official and advised to mount. If you ride to pony club you must dismount as soon as you arrive.
All parents and riders assist with setting up, packing up equipment, show jumps etc, at conclusion of rally. Riders are required to stay with their allocated group and walk your horse between lessons.
When all riders have been checked, they will be organised into groups for their first session.
Size and composition of groups depends on many factors including – which members are present, which instructors are available, what activities are organised. Generally riders of similar ability and/or age are grouped together.
What should the rider wear?
- Well fitting approved helmet AS/NZS 3838, ASTM F1163 or EN1384
- Reasonably smooth soled, elastic sided and with uppers that may incorporate a zipper (but no laces or buckles) riding boots . Riders over 17yo may wear long boots.
- Jodhpurs and Club Polo Shirt (Informal uniform) is recommend by not generally mandated for rally days please contact your local club to confirm. Full uniform Club shirt and tie (or polo shirt) is required for competition days.
Car parking is provided at the Clubhouse. It is a requirement of Pony Club NSW that a horse free parking area be provided – therefore no horses are to be tied up on the vehicle side of the hitching rails or to floats/trucks.
You are not to ride your horse in the parking areas. Your local club will confirm the arrangements, please ask them to be sure you know where to park.
Helping out at rally days
As you can well appreciate pony clubs are only successful with the assistance of the parents of the riders. We would all love to sit each rally day and simply watch our own child. Unfortunately, if everyone in the club took this stance, especially our instructors, nothing would be done and none of the children would get to ride. Therefore, it is particularly important that every parent of every rider pitches in, every rally day and does their bit to assist in the running of pony club. Rally day jobs include;
- Helping in the canteen
- Cooking the BBQ
- Assisting to put out equipment
- Putting equipment away
- Packing up the club house after lunch
- Assisting instructors especially with activities like sporting (putting flags out, timekeeping) and jumping (picking up pole when they are knocked).