General

  1. All RPSBS registered ponies or horses must be shown in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of Riding Pony Stud Book Society Ltd.
  2. These Showing Rules and Regulations can only be enforced in classes run under RPSBS Ltd Rules and Regulations
  3. A Show Season is State specific; please refer to your State Secretary or website.
  4. Pending memberships, registrations and transfers do not constitute eligibility for an exhibit to be shown in RPSBS classes.
  5. In any one state show season a pony 4 years and over (not exceeding 14.2hh) may be exhibited at RPSBS Ltd Shows as a Show Pony or Show Hunter Pony, but not as both.
  6. In any one state show season Overheight Riding Ponies 4 years and over (exceeding 14.2hh) may be exhibited at RPSBS Ltd Shows as RPSBS Show Hack or RPSBS Show Hunter Hack, but not as both.
  7. Youngstock 3 years & under may change once only per ‘State Show Season’ from Show Pony to Show Hunter or Show Hunter to Show Pony.
  8. Show Ponies and Show Hunter Ponies can only compete against each other in Supreme, Newcomer, Lead Rein, First Ridden Class or Children’s Ridden Classes.
  9. Overheight Riding Ponies are not eligible to compete in Show Pony/Show Hunter Pony Champion and Supreme Champion Classes.
  10. Foals/Weanlings must only be shown in a halter or head collar. No Foal/Weanling under the age of twelve months as of the 1st August can be shown in a bit.
  11. Stallions and Colts 1 year and over as of 1st August must be bitted when shown. Handlers and riders of stallions or colts must be 18 years of age or over.
  12. Stallions and Colts two years and over must be adult registered.
  13. Stallions and Colts two years and over must be entire, with two visible descended testicles, except where a stallion has had one testicle surgically removed and has an appropriate veterinary certificate which has been submitted to the Registrar and recorded prior to the Show.
  14. The ground jury, ringmaster, judge or ring steward is able to remove a pony from competing that is deemed a danger to the handler, rider, competitor or member of public.
  15. The onus is on the exhibitor to ensure he/she is eligible for all classes he/she enters.
  16. After a fall from their mount a rider is disqualified from that class and must not remount their pony in the ring.
  17. RPSBS Ltd Heat Policy applies; check details on website
  18. Newcomer Rules apply to all RPSBS Shows; check specific state details on state websites

    Membership Requirements

  19. All owners/exhibitors/handlers/riders must be current financial members of the Riding Pony Stud Book Society Ltd.
  20. All exhibits must be shown in the name of the registered owner/lessee (bona fide owner). This means that an exhibit must be in the name of the last recorded owner/lessee exactly as it appears on the exhibit’s Riding Pony Stud Book Society Ltd. Registration Certificate. When entered in multiple names one of the listed exhibitors for each pony entered in Riding Pony classes must be a current financial member of RPSBS and must be the owner/lessee of the pony entered. The named exhibitor may be a family member of the registered owner.
  21. Current membership cards must be produced upon request at any show.
  22. Registration Requirements: Pending memberships, registrations and transfers do not constitute eligibility for an exhibit to be shown in RPSBS classes.
  23. Branding/Microchipping: All ponies must be visibly branded and/or microchipped when shown, excluding foals shown whilst on their dam.
    Registered Name of Pony: No Riding Pony Award will be awarded to any pony unless shown under the Registered Riding Pony name.

    Height of Ponies

  24. No exhibit, which exceeds 14.2hh in height, is eligible to be shown in RPSBS Show Pony or Show Hunter Pony classes.
  25. No Youngstock exhibit is eligible to be shown in Riding Pony classes if it‘s height exceeds: 13.3 hh at 1 year; 14.0 hh at 2 years; 14.1 hh at 3 years  with 1/2inch to be added for shows in the period from 1 February to 31 July.
  26. All ponies must have a current official height certificate or be subject to a day measurement. Life Certificates not accepted.

    Age of Ponies

  27. A pony’s age is taken from August 1st annually.
  28. Youngstock Ponies are 3 years and under.
  29. Ponies under the age of 3 years cannot be exhibited in ridden classes.
  30. All ponies must be registered to compete in RPSBS classes. Stallions and colts 2 years and over must have Adult Registration.

    Presentation and Dress

  31. All ponies must have manes plaited and tail either pulled or plaited.
  32. All ponies must be shown in good coat and condition.
  33. All handlers and riders must be present themselves in correct attire relevant to the class being judged.
  34. Spurs: The wearing of spurs in Lead Rein and First Ridden classes are not permissible. Spurs are permitted in all other ridden classes.
  35. No rider will be covered by the Riding Pony Stud Book Society Ltd. Insurance if they are not wearing a safety approved helmet at all times when riding a pony.
  36. Whips: Riders are not permitted to carry a whip in Lead Rein classes. Whips carried in other classes are not to exceed 75cms in length. Hunting Crops are permissible in Show Hunter and Working Hunter classes.
  37. Tack: A narrow strap may be attached to the front of the saddle for children in Lead Rein and First Ridden classes. Under no circumstances may tack be changed during the judging of a class unless it is for safety purposes. (N.B. Whips and spurs are not considered tack).
  38. Bridles: Lead Rein, First Ridden and 3-year-old ridden exhibits shall be shown in a suitable snaffle bridle with a cavesson noseband. Any suitable snaffle or double bridle is optional in Show Pony or Show Hunter Pony classes. Any suitable bridle may be used in Working Hunter Pony classes, running martingales and any nosebands are permitted.
  39. Leg Protection: Only protective leg boots of a plain colour may be used in the jumping phase of the Working Hunter pony classes. No other forms of leg or hoof protection are permissible in any other classes.

    Lead Rein Show Ponies/Show Hunter Ponies

  40. Ponies are not to exceed 12.0hh.
  41. Age of rider is to be 3 years and under 8 years old on the day of the show.
  42. Ponies to be ridden in a suitable simple snaffle bitted bridle. Wilkie bits are acceptable. (For permissible snaffle bits refer to clause 3.9.1 of Equestrian Australia Show Horse Rules)
  43. No spurs or whips for the rider; the handler may carry a cane.
  44. A narrow strap may be attached to the front of the saddle.
  45. This class should not be judged as Smartest on Parade but for the suitability of the pony for the purpose intended.
  46. Lead Rein Show Ponies and Lead Rein Show Hunter Ponies can be shown together as Lead Rein Pony or, if numbers warrant, can be split into Lead Rein Show Pony and Lead Rein Show Hunter Pony Classes.

    First Ridden Show Ponies/Show Hunter Ponies

  47. Ponies not to exceed 12.2hh
  48. Age of rider to be 5 years and under 12 years old on the day of the show.
  49. Ponies to be ridden in a suitable simple snaffle bitted bridle. Wilkie bits are acceptable. (For permissible snaffle bits refer to clause 3.9.1 of Equestrian Australia Show Horse Rules)
  50. Ponies must enter and leave the ring at either a walk or trot.
  51. No cantering is allowed except in the individual workout.
  52. This class is to be judged for the suitability of the pony for the purpose intended. As in all Riding Pony classes type, conformation, evenness of paces and straightness of action are important.
  53. A narrow strap may be attached to the front of the saddle.
  54. No spurs allowed.
  55. The rider may carry a whip or cane, length not exceeding 75cm.
  56. First Ridden Show Ponies and First Ridden Show Hunter Ponies can be shown together as First Ridden Pony or, if numbers warrant, can be split into First Ridden Show Pony and First Ridden Show Hunter Pony Classes.

    Newcomer Rules and Regulations

  57. The Newcomer Riding Pony Championship is an incentive scheme for first season ridden animals registered with the RPSBS Ltd. A Riding Pony shall be eligible to be shown as a Newcomer if it has not been exhibited under saddle at any show or competition of any sort, prior to the said pony’s newcomer year. Each State Secretary or State website will have details of each State’s newcomer year commencement date, together with closing dates for all nominations, qualifications and fees. The one off nomination fee will be determined by each State Committee. Late nominations will be accepted; a late fee may apply.
  58. This competition will be managed separately by each State Committee. Competitors must abide by the Rules & Regulations applicable to the State in which they are competing.
  59. The Newcomer nomination form can be found on the RPSBS Ltd States’ websites.
  60. Nominations will be sent together with the completed Newcomer form and a self-addressed envelope to the State Secretary, who will then forward a Riding Pony Newcomer card to the competitor.
  61. Each State will run a Newcomer Riding Pony Championship final with a sweepstakes pool to be divided as follows – Champion 45%, Reserve Champion 35% and third 20%.
  62. Competitors MUST have their Newcomer performance card with them when competing in this class. Failure to do so will mean that the pony will be ineligible for judging.
  63. The card must be signed by the judge at the time of the competition.
  64. Animals entered in Riding Pony Newcomer classes are to be ridden in a snaffle bridle.
  65. Stallions may compete in RPSBS Newcomer competition.
  66. Classes will be as follows;
    Note: States can elect to run separate Newcomer classes for Newcomer Show Ponies and Newcomer Show Hunter Ponies or may run combined classes if numbers do not warrant separate classes.
    Newcomer Riding Pony ne 12.2hh
    Newcomer Riding Pony over 12.2hh & ne 13.2hh
    Newcomer Riding Pony over 13.2hh & ne 14.2hh
    Champion and Reserve Champion Newcomer Pony.
    Newcomer RPSBS Show Hack or RPSBS Show Hunter Hack over 14.2hh & ne 15hh
    Newcomer RPSBS Show Hack or RPSBS Show Hunter Hack over 15hh
    Champion and Reserve Champion Newcomer RPSBS Show Hack/Show Hunter Hack
    Note: States may elect to amalgamate classes if numbers do not warrant the height class separations as listed.
    Note: For Rules 11 – 14 Ponies/ Riding Pony to be read as including Overheights
  67. Ponies must qualify to enter a RPSBS Newcomer State final. A Riding Pony Newcomer will be able to compete and qualify all season in the ridden Newcomer section at Riding Pony or other accredited Shows. If the winner has previously qualified then the qualification goes to second or if first and second are qualified the qualification is awarded to the third placegetter. A Reserve Champion Newcomer is a qualifier for a State Riding Pony Newcomer Final Championship.
  68. Riding Pony newcomer contenders may travel interstate to compete; for example a Riding Pony Newcomer from Queensland may travel to New South Wales to compete in an Riding Pony newcomer class, however if the newcomer intends to compete at a New South Wales Riding Pony Newcomer Championship final, the competitor must pay the appropriate nomination fee to the New South Wales Secretary for inclusion into that State’s sweepstakes pool.
  69. A pony that has only competed in Lead Rein and has not competed off the lead is eligible to be considered a Newcomer.
  70. A Riding Pony Newcomer is eligible to compete in open Riding Pony ridden classes in their Newcomer Year.

    Children’s Ridden Show Ponies/Show Hunter Ponies

  71. When judging these classes, the suitability of the pony for the purpose intended is to be taken into account.
  72. For ponies not exceeding 12.2hh, rider is to be 12 years old and under on the day of the show.
  73. For ponies over 12.2hh and not exceeding 13.2hh, rider is to be 14 years old and under on the day of the show.
  74. For ponies over 13.2hh and not exceeding 14.2hh, rider to be 16 years old and under on the day of the show.
  75. Children’s Ridden Show Ponies and Children’s Ridden Show Hunter Ponies can be shown together as Children’s Ridden Pony or, if numbers warrant, can be split into Children’s Ridden Show Pony and Children’s Ridden Show Hunter Pony Classes

    Working Hunter Ponies / RPSBS Hunter Hacks

  76. Animals are to be 4 years and over.
  77. Class 13hh and under. Fences to have a minimum height of 60cms, a maximum of 75cm and a maximum spread of 85cms.
  78. Class over 13hh and not exceeding 14.2hh. Fences to have a minimum height of 75cms, a maximum of 90cm and a maximum spread of 100cms.
  79. Class over 14.2hh. Fences to have a minimum height of 85cms, a maximum of 100cms and a maximum spread of 110cms.
  80. Protective leg boots only may be used for Phase 1the Jumping phase) of the W.H. class.
  81. No changes to saddlery permitted between Phases 1 and 2(Phase 2 being the workout on the flat). (N.B. Whips and spurs are not considered as saddlery).
  82. Marking:
    Phase 1:
    Jumping 50
    Style and Manner while jumping 10
    Phase 2:
    Conformation, Freedom of Action, and Type 30
    Manners 10
    TOTAL 100
  83. Penalties
    Jumping knockdown 10 faults
    First refusal 15 faults
    Second refusal 20 faults
    Third refusal Elimination
    Fall of horse or rider in either phase Elimination
  84. The jumping phase will be judged first.
  85. The course must consist of a minimum of 6 fences, one of which must be a spread fence. A change of direction must be included.
  86. At the discretion of the Judge, Ponies, if possible, should be galloped, but not more than one at a time.

Definitions for the purpose of Home Produced and Amateur Produced Classes Rules

  • Professional: A person who derives an income from or receives some form of remuneration for the production of show horses.
  • Amateur: A person who is deemed not a professional and meets all the eligibility rules and criteria as outlined below.
  • Production: The training, conditioning and/or exhibition of show horses.
  • Producer: A person involved in the training, conditioning and/or exhibition of show horses.
  • Competitor: The rider or handler presenting the horse in the competition arena.
  • Immediate family: Grandparents, parents, parents’ partners, husband/wife/partners, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, step grandparents, step parents, step brothers/sisters, legal guardians and step children.
  • Horse: Horse or pony regardless of height.
  • Resident: Stabled or paddocked in a given location for a period of time greater than 24 hours, for purposes other than attending a competition event, veterinary care, DIY agistment or stud work.
    State Show Year: NSW: Jan 1 – Dec 31; VIC: Jan 1 – Dec 31; QLD: July 1 – June 30; SA: July 1 – June 30; WA: Jan 1 – Dec 31; TAS: Jan 1 – Dec 31.

Home Produced

These classes are for Home Produced led and ridden stallions, mares and geldings where the handler/rider/horse meets criteria for being Home Produced.

Home Produced classes rely on the integrity and goodwill of exhibitors to adhere to eligibility.

Home Produced Eligibility Rules:

a) Riders, handlers and owners must be financial members of RPSBS Ltd and animals must be RPSBS Ltd registered as being owned or leased by the competitor or an immediate family member.
b) Horses must not have been resident in a professional producer’s/trainer’s stables for a period of at least six months prior to the competition except on a DIY agistment basis or at stud.
c) Any horse competing in Home Produced LED classes must not have been shown in any led class by a professional handler stables for a period of at least six months prior to the competition. (NB Riders and handlers under the age of 14 years and 9 months are exempt from this rule)
d) Any horse competing in Home Produced RIDDEN classes must not have been shown under saddle by a professional rider for a period of at least six months prior to the competition. (NB Riders and handlers under the age of 14 years and 9 months are exempt from this rule.)
e)    Any horse competing in a Home Produced class must have received it’s primary care, training and preparation from the competitor or a member of their immediate family for a period of at least six months prior to the competition.  Having tuition and attending clinics is permitted.

Amateur Produced

  • These classes are for Amateur Produced led and ridden stallions, mares and geldings.
  • The word ‘’Amateur’’ includes all of the following meanings:
  • A person who engages in a sport for pleasure rather than for financial benefit or professional reasons;
  • A sports person who does not compete for payment and
  • A person inexperienced in a particular activity.
  • Amateur Produced classes rely on the integrity and goodwill of exhibitors to adhere to eligibility.
  • For the purpose of these rules an “Amateur” is deemed to be a person who
  • Does not receive an income or reward from the production of showing of horses and/or is not a person and/or the immediate family of a professional as described above who produces or shows horses for a fee or reward (excluding show prizes) or
    a person who is inexperienced or whose skills are such that they are not considered to be operating at the ‘’elite’’ level in the sport
  • Any horse competing in Amateur Produced led classes must not have been exhibited by a handler who has exhibited a horse in a Led class, for a professional at any show in the six months prior, and satisfies the definition of “Amateur”.

Any horse competing in Amateur Produced ridden classes must not have been exhibited by a rider who has exhibited a horse in a ridden class, for a professional at any show in the six months prior, and satisfies the definition of “Amateur”.

Eligibility Rules:

a) Riders, handlers and owners must be financial members of RPSBS Ltd and horses must be RPSBS Ltd registered as being owned or leased by the competitor or an immediate family member.
b) Horses must not have been in a professional producer’s/trainer’s stables for a period of at least six months prior to the competition, except on a DIY basis or at stud.
c) The rider/handler does not receive an income or reward from the production or exhibition of show horses (excluding show prizes) and/or is not the immediate family of a professional who produces or shows horses for a fee or reward.
d) A rider/ handler is not considered to be an “Amateur” in their specific led or ridden section if he/she has been awarded in the state’s previous two full showing years, a Championship (led, ridden or rider) at any Royal, State Titles, Grand National Qualifying or Grand National Show. RPSBS Ltd State Committees may, at their discretion, add specific shows of a commensurate high standard to this list.

d) A rider/ handler is not considered to be an “Amateur” in their specific led or ridden section if he/she has been awarded in the state’s previous two full showing years, a Championship (led, ridden or rider) at any Royal, State Titles, Grand National Qualifying or Grand National Show. RPSBS Ltd State Committees may, at their discretion, add specific shows of a commensurate high standard to this list.

Overheight Riding Ponies

  • Riding Ponies which have grown over 14.2hh and registered as Section A or who are registered and have a Section A Riding Pony parent will be eligible to compete in showing classes for Overheight Riding Ponies. These ponies will remain in the Riding Pony Stud Book.
  • Overheight Mares and Geldings must only be shown as RPSBS Show Hacks or RPSBS Show Hunter Hacks and must not be shown in any RPSBS Show Pony or RPSBS Show Hunter Pony classes including any Championship or Supreme Championship.
  • Overheight Youngstock, registered as Section A or who are registered and have a Section A parent, as those that exceed the height limitation for their age as follows: –
    1 yo over 13.3hh (with ½ inch to be added for shows in the period from 1 February to 31 July)
    2 yo over 14hh (with ½ inch to be added for shows in the period from 1 February to 31 July)
    3 yo over 14.1hh (with ½ inch to be added for shows in the period from 1 February to 31 July)
  • Overheight Youngstock must be either RPSBS Stud Book foal recorded or adult registered.
  • Classes for Overheight Riding Ponies may include all or any of the following:
    Led classes for RPSBS Show Hack and RPSBS Show Hunter Hack Youngstock and Adult Registered
    Stallions/Colts, Mares/Fillies and Geldings;
    Ridden classes for RPSBS Show Hacks and RPSBS Show Hunter Hacks including Newcomer, Childs, Amateur and Home Produced;
    Working RPSBS Show Hunter Hacks where fence heights have a minimum height of 85cms maximum 100cms and a maximum spread of 110cms.

Appendix Register

The Appendix Register will remain as a register of breeding stock only from recognised breeds that exceed 14.2hh. Horses registered in the Appendix Register will not have RPSBS showing rights.

The RPSBS Ltd National Board reserves the right to amend, add to or subtract from these Rules.