The Newcomer Riding Pony Championship is an incentive scheme for first season ridden ponies 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; however a late fee may apply.

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.

The Newcomer nomination form is state specific and can be found on the State’s website.

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.

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%.

Competitors MUST have a performance card to be carried with them when competing in this class.   Failure to do so will mean that the pony will be ineligible for judging.

The card must be signed by the judge at the time of competition.

Ponies entered in Riding Pony Newcomer classes are to be ridden in a snaffle bridle.

Stallions may compete in RPSBS Newcomer competition.

Classes will be as follows:

  • 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.
    (NOTE: Where numbers permit classes and Championship may be divided into separate Show Pony and Show Hunter Pony sections)
  • Newcomer Overheight RPSBS over 14.2hh & ne 15hh
  • Newcomer Overheight RPSBS over 15hh
  • Champion and Reserve Champion Overheight RPSBS .
    (NOTE: Where numbers permit classes and Championship may be divided into separate RPSBS Show Hack and RPSBS Show Hunter Hack sections)

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 Shows, or other accredited shows that conduct a Riding Pony program, even if they have won this event at a previous qualifying show.  If the winner has previously qualified then the qualification goes to second or if first and second are qualified the qualification can go down the line to third.   A Reserve Champion is a qualifier for a State Riding Pony Newcomer final Championship.

Interstate 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.

A pony that has only competed in Leading Rein and has not competed off the lead is eligible to be considered a Newcomer.

A Riding Pony Newcomer is eligible to compete in open Riding Pony ridden classes in their Newcomer Year.