Parents Information

 Irish Pony Club Code of Conduct
 Important that this is read by all members 

The Irish Pony Club is committed to providing the best possible environment for all young people involved in the sport. Members deserve to be given enjoyable, safe sporting opportunities, free from abuse of any kind. These members have rights, which must be respected, and responsibilities, which they must accept.

The Irish Pony Club also has a duty to care for volunteers working with its members on behalf of the organisation.

Members are entitled to:

                Be treated with dignity and respect. Be safe and to feel safe. Get help against  bullies.

                Say No. Be listened to.

                Be believed.  Be happy, have fun and enjoy sport. Experience competition and the desire to win as a positive and healthy outcome      
                Participate on an equal basis. Confidentiality.

Members should always:

Avoid behaviour, conduct or language that is unseemly or offensive, or conduct injurious to the character and aspirations of the Irish Pony Club or the interests of its members.Treat all Instructors, Trainers, selectors, competition organisers and officials with  respect. Abide by the rules set down by team Officials when travelling to away events. Respect team members even when things go wrong.

Respect opponents, be gracious in defeat.

Treat their pony / horse with care and consideration.. Take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. Abide by the Safety rules and regulations of the Irish Pony Club, in particular wear the protective riding hats, body protectors and correct footwear as prescribed by the IPC. Currently approved riding hats: PAS 015, EN 1384 both with BSI Kitemark, or SNELL E2001, or ASTM F1163 (with SEI Kitemark).

Take care that their tack is in good condition and safe for riding.

Abide by the rules set down by their District Commissioner and Branch Committee and Trainers when travelling to away events.

Members should never:

Use unfair or bullying tactics to gain advantage over other members or officials. Use bullying tactics to isolate another member. Use violence or physical contact that is not allowed within the rules. Shout or argue with officials, team members or opponents. Harm fellow members, opponents or their property. Cheat.  Make false allegations against other members or adults. Use drugs, alcohol or tobacco at Pony Club activities. Keep secrets, especially if they cause harm to any party.

IPC Code of Ethics

3 Updated May 2007


The Pony Club is a world wide, voluntary youth organisation, founded seventy five years ago to:

Encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding.To provide instruction in riding and horsemanship, and to instil in members the proper care of their animals.To promote the highest ideals of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty, thereby cultivating strength of character and self-discipline.

The Irish Pony Club is committed to providing a safe and fair environment for all members.

Our first priority is the welfare of Members and we are committed to providing an environment, which will allow participants to perform to their best ability, free from bullying and intimidation. The Irish Pony Club also has a duty to care for volunteers working with young people on behalf of the organisation.

The contribution of parents in this work is highly appreciated especially within the North Kilkenny Branch. As riding is a high risk sport we appeal to parents to help us by observing the following rules:

At all Pony Club activities the District Commissioner is the person in charge. In his/her absence the Secretary is in charge and may enlist the help of the Senior Instructor if needed. If neither can attend the District Commissioner will appoint an official representative who will be responsible for the activity.Only hats marked with: PAS 015 (with BSI Kitemark), EN 1384 (with BSI Kitemark) Snell E 2001 and ASTM F1163 (with SEI) are approved for Pony Club activities. Crash helmets must be worn for cross-country riding. Hats must be worn with chinstrap correctly fastened at all times when mounted. The hat should fit the head firmly but comfortably. If a hat suffers a severe blow then it should be discarded and replaced.
Body protectors must be worn for all jumping (Show jumping and cross country) Level 3 compulsory for cross country. 
Please check all tack for safety and fit regularly, paying particular attention to stitching and places where the leather is in regular contact with metal parts. Also please check the length of the girth – there should be at lease three holes spare on each side, above and below the buckles. These are always checked at rallies before riding as a matter of course, but if found to be ill fitting or unsafe it may be that the member will not be able to ride..
Parents are always welcome at all Pony Club activities but please stay 20 meters back while riding is in progress. Please do not distract and confuse your child by talking to them or attracting their attention in any way whilst they are in the care of their instructor.

If a parent cannot attend a rally/training session please designate an adult who will be present, to be responsible for your child in the event of an accident.

All points of discussion, queries, problems and suggestions should be brought directly to the District Commissioner. Instructors are briefed to refer parents to the District Commissioner or Secretary or acting official under all circumstances.

At the end of a riding session all riders will dismount, run up their stirrups and await their instructor’s directions. With the exception of the very young group who will remain mounted and under the supervision of their instructor until ponies are safely loaded or tied up. NO ONE WILL RIDE AFTER THIS TIME. This includes siblings and friends

IPC Code of Ethics

4 Updated May 2007

Only paid up members of the Pony Club, Instructors or nominated helpers may ride at Pony Club activities.

At the finish of a rally (or finish time at camp), the parents will please collect their children promptly as they are then officially the parent’s responsibility and history has shown this is one of the high-risk times for members and their ponies/horses.If you bring unmounted siblings, friends or relatives to a rally please ensure that they are properly supervised and where appropriate understand the above rules of safety.
Pony Club Tests: The District Commissioner with advice from the Instructor will decide when a member is ready to take the Pony Club Standards of Efficiency Tests.Team Selection: is the responsibility of the District Commissioner. He/she will appoint a Selector’s Panel for the purpose of selecting teams. Any person who has an interest in a competitor should stand down for that particular selection.
Parents help is needed with the running of Pony Club activities i.e. finding venues for Ppony Club rallies, camp and competitions, Fund-raising, Building/Maintaining cross country course, Maintaining show jumps / Mounted Games equipment, Stewarding fences etc. when we host competitions and most important with Catering at rallies, campand for competitions.
Be a role model for your child and maintain the highest standards of conduct when interacting with children, other parents, with officials and organisers.
Encourage your child to abide by the rules of the Irish Pony Club. Teach your child that honest endeavour is as important as winning and do all you can to encourage good sportsmanship.
Always recognise the value and importance of the volunteers who provide sporting/recreational opportunities for your child. Do not publicly question the judgement or honesty of judges, stewards, instructors or other officials.
Parents should support all efforts to remove abusive and bullying behaviour in all its forms.