Pony racing rule changes for 2010

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:08 09 August 2010

At the recent national meeting of the Pony Race Authority various rules were discussed.

At the recent national meeting of the Pony Race Authority various rules were discussed. It was decided that, for 2010, children would still be able to ride in two pony races on one day, but if one was oversubscribed, the child with two rides would be balloted out.

In the Devon and Cornwall Area course walking will continue to be mandatory - this is because it was found last season that sometimes last minute changes to the course had to be made due to weather conditions and for safety reasons, the riders must be aware of the changes.

Ponies will be able to qualify for point to point pony racing from August 1 (to include autumn hunting).

In the D and C Area weighing out and weighing in will take place wherever possible. No weights of children will be published, announced or recorded, but it is for two reasons - one so that the riders get used to weighing out and in, and also to check for underweight saddles. Also a change this year is that saddle savers may not be used and a dressed saddle may not include any numnahs or pads when presented to weigh. Riders are encouraged to use non slip pads under racing saddles. Overgirths (surcingles) and neck straps remain mandatory, including when a martingale or breastgirth is used.

Riders must be in possession of both a Medical Armband and a Medical Record Book. The MRB must be handed in at declaration and picked up when the number cloth is returned, by which time the organisers will aim to have the results filled in. MRBs replaced during the season will cost £25.

Any pony which has run in any form of Arab race is not eligible for PTP pony racing.

Entries for the forthcoming season will remain at £15 per entry, but will not include a car pass. Claire Wright will again be acting as entry secretary, and all entries, should be sent to her at Barn Lane Farm, Stoke Rivers, Barnstaple.

The Devon and Cornwall Area final will remain open only to riders who live in the Devon and Cornwall point to point area.

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