Helpful Hints


Firstly you need to be a member of the Ringwood Horse and Pony Club (RHPC). Fees are reviewed annually. Go to the RHPC Our Club Page for a breakdown of fees. Each year, membership expires and rather than being ‘renewed’ a full new application is required. The forms required can be downloaded from either the PCAV or RHPC websites and include:

  1. Application for membership (for the respective year)
  2. Liability, Release and Indemnity
  3. Participant’s Agreement
  4. Member Protection Declaration

These are on the Forms page.  Children under the age of 18 must have at least one parent/carer join with them.  Applications to join RHPC are brought to the next available committee meeting (or via Management Committee email if a timely meeting is not scheduled) where it is either approved or rejected (by a majority vote). You will be advised of the outcome and once your fees have been paid, your details are passed onto PCAV and you will receive a membership card.

If you are unsure about joining you can ride at one rally as a ‘come and try’ option which costs $20 for the day. Just let the club know you plan to attend as a come and try before attending.

Unfortunately, RHPC does not own horses for members to ride, so having a horse of your own is necessary.  Your horse may be owned, leased or borrowed. However, we are aware that some children fancy the idea of riding but have never been on a horse before.  There is an additional type of membership known as Pedestrian Equestrian. Where Club members can provide horses for Pedestrian Equestrian members to use at Rallies and they, in turn, assist and learn about their upkeep and care. This program is also of assistance to parents to enable them to assess the likely long-term interest of their children in becoming Pony Club members before investing in horses and transport vehicles and equipment. If you are considering this option, you should firstly discuss this with the Club’s DC before joining.

 

Yes, there are some items that are essential for riding at Pony Club –

  • PCAV approved helmet
  • Short riding boots (if you are under 16 or long boots for over 16)
  • Medical Armband

All other gear must be safe, and correctly fitting and without any defects such at loose stitching or cracks in the leather and conform the PCAV rules. Some pony clubs require you to wear the Pony Club uniform –for more details you can discuss this with the club DC.

 

Yes. You are welcome and encouraged to participate in the scheduled meetings. Committee meetings are held monthly if you are not on the committee and would like to attend a meeting you need to contact the club president before attending.

There are 5 Executive Management Committee (EMC) positions including the District Commissioner and several General Management Committee (MC) positions including various Coordinator roles. All committee positions are automatically vacated at the Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is held shortly before the cessation of the Club’s financial year (the membership/financial year runs as per financial year, thereby ending on 30th July each year). The AGM is usually held in March.

Please feel free to nominate for either an EMC position or other MC role at the AGM. The EMC positions are President, 2 Vice Presidents (one of which is the Chief Instructor), Secretary and Treasurer. There are also several general MC positions which may include: Fundraising and Grants Coordinator, Events Coordinator, Clinic Coordinator, Canteen Coordinator and Maintenance Coordinator to name but a few. Please give consideration to holding one of these portfolios as “many hands make light work” and there are plenty of willing and experienced Club members to support you. Please note, the EMC people are neither responsible for nor able to manage the entire year’s schedule and day-to-day Club business without the assistance of ‘general members’; so please come along to the meetings if you can so that you can contribute not only ideas but assistance. It is only with the coordinated assistance of everyone that the RHPC can have a rich and fulfilling schedule of events to meet the needs and expectations of all its members.

 

There are two components to your annual membership fee. One component is the PCAV set fee to cover insurance, administration and indemnity costs. The other component the RHPC.

 

All information regarding this topic can be found on the PCAV website.

 

Only if you want to. RHPC holds regular Rally Days and an annual camp, Show and Dressage Day. Also, RHPC may host private clinics conducted by approved visiting trainers. If you or your child is working on gaining Proficiency Certificates, then participation in a variety of designated PCAV events is highly recommended. These are held throughout the Zone, and you will need to organise for your horse to be transported to the hosting clubs grounds.

 

Many individuals and families started out in Pony Club with only the basics. In the beginning, you may only want to participate in Rally Days, Events and Clinics that are within riding distance from where your horse is kept. Over time, you may meet others who have room in their horse float, and you may be able to make arrangements for them to transport your horses to other events. But please be aware that loading and floating someone else’s horse is a huge commitment, and not everyone is willing to undertake this challenge. It is possible to hire horse floats through local truck hire companies.

 

Rally Days are the regular, non-competitive yet structured sessions for riders and are run by the Club’s Instructor/s. They can be held twice monthly on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month – there is usually no rally on a public holiday or school holiday weekends. A Rally Day is usually held either for a whole day, starting at 9.45am and finishing approx. 3pm. Requirements for Rally Days include club polo shirt (preferred) or other long-sleeved (sun-smart) shirt with a collar, jodhpurs (beige or white preferred), correct boots and a PCAV Standard helmet is required. Saddle and club saddle blanket are required.

On rally days a variety of activities are organised by the instructors, ranging from instruction periods in sporting, jumping, dressage, games, cross country and Certificate work.

Riders are separated into groups based on their current ability and age when starting pony club the DC will discuss this with you to ensure you receive the best instruction for you and your horse. Riders are constantly assessed and will change groups depending on their ability; this helps to maximise your safety and ensures you get the most out of rally days.

 

The term “event” refers to the complete meeting or fixture under the control of an Organising Committee.  An Official Event is one which is approved by PCAV Management Committee. These can include shows, Show Jumping, Horse Trials, Dressage, Games and Combined Training events. At most events, you will need to be graded by your club DC to make sure you are competing at the correct level. At some events, performances are considered for selection purposes for qualifying for State Events. Riders can compete from any age (for horse trials you must be 8 years old) until they turn 26 years and are riding a horse with an appropriate performance card, are eligible to compete.

 

A clinic is usually run for the club members, but other club members can be invited to participate if numbers are required.

An instructor is normally paid to run the clinic, and the members are normally required to pay a fee to participate, this fee is determined by the instructor’s costs.

The clinic normally concentrates on one discipline, e.g.  Showjumping and the instructor will be specifically qualified in this discipline.

Clinics are normally held over 1 – 2 days and are run on a group basis. Riders are grouped according to ability.

Clinics can be very advantageous giving the opportunity to members to gain much experience and knowledge over a couple of days at a reasonable cost.

 

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