Lead rein class

• 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 for children under the age of 10 years old.



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

  • A bridle with a snaffle bit and nose band, where the leading rein should be attached.

  • The leading rein should not be attached to the bit, it should stay soft without tension on the pony.

  • Gags and blinkers are not authorised.

  • 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 8 years old or less (not being 9 years old in that year).

  • A good fitting riding hat must be worn.

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

  • The handler must be dressed appropriately, clean, elegant and in harmony with the rider.


• The presentation:

  • The rider should be in control of the pony (the handler is there to accompany, encourage and reassure the rider).

  • 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:

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

  • At the request of the judge, the riders stop one behind each other.

  • Each rider trots individually round the ring and joins the rear of the line.

  • The judge will all the participants to line up in the center of the ring.

  • When asked to do so by the judge, one after another, the participants will be invited to do their individual show, comprising a figure of 8 in trot, a halt and salute to show the rider has finished his show. He then goes back to his place.

  • After all the riders have completed their individual show, the judge will ask the participants to walk around the ring one after each other.

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

  • Rosettes and prizes will be given.

  • The participants will leave the ring calmly.

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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