Dressing Safely for Riding
Riding Hats (which should be worn whenever you ride)For all Pony Club activities, Pony Club Members must when mounted, wear a hat which conforms to the Pony Club’s current required standard. The hat must fit comfortably, the drawstring (if it has one) must be adjusted correctly and the chin strap must be fastened.
Hats are available in various shapes and sizes, so when you buy a new one, make sure that as well as conforming to the required standard it is a suitable design for the size and shape of your head. The shop assistant should be qualified to give guidance as to which hat is suitable for your particular needs and to ensure that the fit and adjustment are satisfactory.
You can read The Pony Club hat standards and rules on www.pcuk.org.
FootwearFootwear must have smooth soles, and heels of a sensible depth. Jodhpur boots or riding boots are recommended. In Pony Club competitions, they are obligatory. ‘Trainers’ and other soft shoes, or those without heels, can slip through the stirrup and cause serious accidents. Wellingtons and other boots with large treads are also dangerous because they can be wedged in the stirrup.
Jodhpurs and BreechesThese are designed specifically for riding. You will ride better and feel more comfortable if you are wearing one or the other.
Body-ProtectorsThese are recommended for showjumping and are compulsory for all cross country work.