1. All Classes
  • Whips and canes must not exceed an overall length of 75cm (30”). If in the opinion of a judge or committee member that a whip is misused on the show field the competitor concerned will receive a warning and may be send out of the ring if competing at the time.
  • Spurs may only be used in the Best Turned Out and Hunter classes (adults only)
  • No jewellery
  • No martingales or boots (apart from the jumping phase of working hunter classes)
  • Any suitable bit may be used apart from gags unless otherwise stated in the schedule
  • It is at the judge’s discretion if you will be allowed to enter or leave the ring once the class has started
  • The judge’s decision is final and binding in all classes
  • Any animal deemed by the judge organisers not to be behaving in a proper manner will be asked to leave the ring and show ground
  • Competitors are reminded that it is unethical to present their animals under a judge who has a vested interest in it

2. Dress

  • Jackets should be either a plain colour or a hacking jacket
  • Shirts – white or pastel coloured shirts with white collars and ties or hunting stocks. Pony club members may wear their pony club ties
  • Breeches / jodhpurs – must be white, pale yellow, beige or fawn in colour
  • Boots – riding or jodhpur boots. Gaiters cut in the traditional riding boot style may be worn
  • Gloves – optional
  • Body Protectors – optional
  • Chaps and Half Chaps – must be black or brown
  • Long Hair – hair may be in a net or if not must not hang lower than the shoulder line. Long hair may be tied into plaits or bunches but must look tidy.

3. In Hand Classes

  • Handlers must be dressed smartly with appropriate footwear
  • Handlers of stallions and colts must have attained their 16th birthday before 1st January of the current year and wear an armband to signal to other competitors that they are showing a stallion or colt or wear a blue ribbon in the horse’s tail
  • A show halter, lead head collar or show bridle may be used, colts and stallions should be adequately bitted.
  • Handlers of ponies aged 16 and under must wear correctly secured current British standard skull / riding hats.

4. Ridden Showing

  • Horses / ponies must be four years old and over in all ridden classes. The age should be calculated from the 1st January in the year of their birth
  • When mounted competitors must wear a correctly secured British standard skull / riding hats at all times
  • Juniors should not wear spurs

5. Lead rein classes

  • Ponies to be shown in snaffle bridle with the lead rein attached to the noseband

6. Veteran class

  • Where possible the horse / pony age should be displayed on the bridle. No spurs and no extension

7. Horse Tail Ribbons Etiquette

Please wear the following ribbons in your horse’s tail

RED – horses that kick are expected to have red tail ribbons. Riders or handlers who see a red ribbon on a horses tail are warned to allow that equine plenty of extra room, preventing the possibility of injury to horse or human

GREEN – a green ribbon on a horse’s tail signals that this is a young horse or otherwise inexperienced horse. Such a horse may be extra spooky, jittery or unpredictable and may require a bit of extra space in the riding arena

PINK – mares may wear pink tail ribbons when they are in season. During those periods a female horse may be extra moody, cranky or spirited. She may be easily distracted by a stallion and she will almost certainly be a distraction to stallions or even geldings


Please be courteous to other competitors and the organisers, committee, judges and stewards who all work on a voluntary basis to put on events for everyone’s enjoyment. Verbal abuse will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave the showground.