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4th Feb 2004, 11:43 PM
i want to start goin to pony club local shows but i have a 13.2 which i wanted to do jumping on but it says in the schedule rider 16 years or under which i cant go in because im nearly 21 would u lie and be a senior member or a junior 1 i dont look 21 so i might get away with being a junior member its silly though they must think adults dont ride ponys.
4th Feb 2004, 11:47 PM
I wouldn't lie about your age to enter the competition. Unfortunately one lie can often escalate into a whole lot of lies and imagine if someone found out and put in a protest you might get banned from all competitions.
Good luck finding something you can take your pony to.
5th Feb 2004, 01:54 AM
Hey, that depends on what you are going for.....
is it 1. to win
2. to gain exprience for yourself
3. to gain exprience for your horse
4. to be out and about and have some fun.
if it is any of them other then number one then you could talk to the people and see if you could enter as a non competior. So you ride in the classes but can't win. (some times the will tell you what place you would have got). So you still get to do all the stuff, just dont get the ribbions.
Pony club events are ment to be fun but are extremly restrivtive.
(here you can ride in intermetia till you get a few wins then have to move out... the next step is adults hack ring. so 60cm jumps to large soild 1.05m white gates hmmm)
Have fun :D
5th Feb 2004, 10:12 AM
isn't 21 the upper age limit for pony club. Would it not be a better idea to invest in joining a riding club instead. Although i do not belong to one I am considering the idea and i have been given the impression that they are an adult version of the pony club. I know of several people who belong to different riding clubs and they have said that you get to go to demonstrations, have lessons and compete in shows too. So i would guess that it has to be pretty much the same as the pony club.
9th Feb 2004, 11:02 PM
I'm also nearly 21 and my ponies are 13.2hh and 14.1hh.
Unfortunately these silly age restrictions are all over the place for adults riding ponies and I for one am sick of them!
I'm going to join a riding club this year where hopefully our size/age won't be a problem, so maybe have a look into that like nutkin suggested.
Good luck and hope you can find something to enter!
21st Feb 2004, 06:51 AM
i am 21..i have always been wanting to be in PC,but by the time my horse was old enough to ride and be in PC i was too old,but IN usa, and soon in canada there will be a old people pony club,but now called old peoples riding club..which i hope starts..and oh ya i own/ride at 14.2 pony appy/qh x..i am still searching for that club i can be in at my age.LOL
21st Feb 2004, 06:53 AM
i don't look the age i am either,even i though of telling a lie about my age,just to get in the PC here in B.C
i am often seen at the age of 16 at the most.which is sometimes good,but sometimes bad
13th Mar 2004, 09:40 AM
I'm too old for pony club (I'm 29, and the PC cut-off age here is 25) but they said if I do my instructors course, then I can take Milly up to the PC grounds and use the jumps/XC course etc, but not actually ride on PC days. I'm still in the process of getting my instructors cert though...
When asked why older members weren't allowed to ride anymore (up until recently, our PC accepted members of any age as associate members - they could ride, but not compete on interclub days) I was told that the adults sat around at lunch-time and got a tad too tipsy on wine/beer and then expected to ride in the afternoon!!! Um... I didn't quite know what to say! Couldn't they just ban alcohol from PC events or something? And who would seriously get drunk and then expect to ride???
It's sucky though, coz the only adult riding club in my area is the trail riding one that Milly and I have joined - and while I thoroughly enjoy the trail rides with Milly, I'd love to do soem of the PC sporting games and also get the benefit of some of the PC's guest instructors...
sorry this is so long...
13th Mar 2004, 09:46 AM
Pony Club and other organisations, such as the BSJA and Trailblazers, dont allow adults on ponies (under 1,48m) due to insurance. Adults on ponies cannot be insured, so organisers don't like them. Maybe you could push your 14.1hh up to 14.2hh? If you are registered with the PC, they will know how old you are.
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