FIRST ridden

• The ring:

  • The ring must be at least 40m x 20m and may be bigger, depending on the number of participants in the class.

  • The ring can be on grass or sand.


The pony:

  • The pony must be 4 years old or over.

  • The pony may be shod.

  • Mares with foals at foot are not accepted.

  • Stallions are not accepted.



  • The saddle and bridle should be well fitting, clean and in good condition.

  • Snaffle bit is requested.

  • Side reins, blinkers and gag or elevator bits are not authorised.

  • Martingales are authorised, but may lead to a deduction of points.

  • Whips may be a maximum of 75cm. Any abusive use of the whip will be sanctioned severely.

  • Spurs are not authorised.


• The rider:

  • The rider should be under 12 years old (must not turn 12 in 2020).

  • The rider must wear a riding hat.

  • A good fitting riding hat must be worn.

  • The rider’s attire should be appropriate, clean and elegant.

• The course:

  • Any ponies or couples deemed dangerous, will be asked to leave the ring by the jury.

  • Fall: if a rider falls, he must leave the ring on foot and is eliminated.

Class proceedings:

  • The participants will enter the ring in walk, one behind the other (please respect the distance between ponies. You may overtake without being penalised).

  • When asked to do so by the judge, all the participants will trot around the ring.

  • When asked to do so by the judge, the participants will change the rein on the diagonal.

  • When asked to do so by the judge, the participants will go back into walk.

  • The participants will then line up on the center line of the ring facing the judge.

  • Each participant, when asked to do so by the judge, will complete his individual show :

  • Walk towards the judge,

  • Halt facing the judge,

  • Continue in walk,

  • Figure of 8 in trot,

  • Optional (if the rider has a suitable level): figure of 8 in canter, trot on the diagonals,

  • Trot back towards the judge.

  • Progressive halt, salute and return to his place in the lineup.

  • After everyone has done their individual show, the judge will ask the participants to walk around the ring one behind another.

  • The judge will line up the participants in order of ranking along the center line.

  • Rosettes and prizes will be given.

  • The participants will do a lap of honour and leave the ring in working trot.


Marks given:

  • Execution of movements/10

  • Technique/10

  • Behaviour of rider and pony/10

  • Pony’s behaviour towards other ponies/10

  • Overall impression/harmony between rider and pony/10

  • Conformation, type/30

  • Paces/gaits/20


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