MDRC RULES

The Club is dedicated to encouraging young people and adults to ride and to care for horses and ponies, whilst promoting the highest ideals of sportsmanship.

  • The subscription is £15:00 per MDRC Field Junior membership/£25.00 BRC Jnr Member. Adult membership £25:00 and must be paid prior to competing.  No rider may compete for cups/points or take part in any MDRC event unless they are a fully paid up member.  To be eligible for cups, subscriptions must be paid prior to the show day.
  • Day membership is now offered @ £10.00 per person per show and is limited to two attendances. No points will be counted. Excludes BRC Events.
  • Junior Field Membership of the Club is limited to those who have not attained their 19th birthday on 1 January 2018.
  • Show jumping entries are not accepted for BS registered ponies/horses except if non-competitive.
  • As from the 1st January 2016, in line with all members’ bodies of the BEF, MDRC will be applying a new standard for hats worn by members. The hat standards accepted as of 1st January 2016 are PAS 015:1998 or 2011 with BSI Kitemark , VG1 01.040 (2014-12) with BSI Kitemark, Snell E2001 2016 with the official Snell label and number, ASTM-F1163 2004a or 04a onwards with the SEI mark, AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards and must have SAI global mark.  It is considered to be the responsibility of Senior Riders, and the parents/guardians of junior riders to ensure that their hats comply with these standards.  Those without the correct hat will not be allowed to take part in ANY Riding Club activities.  Borrowing is strictly prohibited.  Regular checks will be made.
  • It is mandatory for all Members to wear a protective helmet at all times when mounted/competing in in-hand showing classes with a chinstrap fastened and adjusted so as to prevent movement of the hat in the event of a fall. All competitors are expected to dress correctly and smartly according to each discipline. Including correct standard hat, jodhpurs, riding boots, show/hacking jackets or coats. It is compulsory that body protectors are worn in all junior jumping classes.  Body protectors/long sleeves are strongly advised in all adult jumping classes and compulsory in jumping phases of Cross Country/2 day Event. It is strongly recommended that body protectors meet BETA level 3 2009 standard.  Competitors are expected to be smartly and correctly dressed for each discipline.  Club sweatshirts may be worn instead of jackets, or long sleeved shirts/tie to give arm protection.  No T-shirts or hoodies please. Riders are recommended not to wear jewellery.
  • Dressage attire to conform with BD Rules, although discretion will be used.
  • Whips may be used in Showing, Jumping and Cross Country classes only but must be no longer than 75cm. Dressage whips are allowed in Dressage Competitions. NO whips allowed in gymkhana games.
  • The use of spurs or any device capable of being used for a similar purpose is generally prohibited in junior classes. However, spurs may be used in the Dressage classes and in the Dressage element of the One Day Event.  No spurs can be worn in gymkhana games
  • The Club reserves the right to refuse any entry and to suspend any member, supporter or parent for disobedience or for causing any unnecessary incident at any of the Club’s activities. Any complaints are to be made in writing to the Secretary complete with £10 within 2 hour of the said offence/disturbance taking place, and must to be brought before five Committee Members. Should the complaint be upheld the £10 will be returned.
  • The decision of the Judge/Instructor at all club events is final. In the event of no Judge being present – the majority decision of the Stewards and Committee present is final.
  • The Club or any of its officers, servants or assistants shall not be held responsible or accountable for any loss, injury or damage that may happen from/to any animal, property or vehicle brought onto the Club field, or whilst entering or leaving the same, or otherwise in connection with or arising out of or attributable to the event or to the conditions or rules prescribed by the Committee thereto. Each exhibitor shall be solely responsible for any consequential loss, injury or damage done to or occasioned by or arising from any animal, including the spread of infection or contagious disease or article exhibited or introduced to the Club field by him or her and shall indemnify the Club and its officials against all actions, proceedings, liabilities, claims, damages and expenses in relation to or arising from his/her entries in any events.
  • It is a requirement that there must be an adult present who is willing to be responsible for any member aged 16yrs and under at all Club events and an up to date contact number must be provided. It is recommended that no one should attend events on their own.
  • Stallions or unsuitable ponies will not in any way be allowed at Club events. Ponies/horses must be 4 yrs or older to compete in any ridden event.
  • In leading rein classes – the leader must not assist the speed of the pony. If a member needs two assistants then the pony must remain in walk at all times.
  • Any Group A rider who is capable of competing completely unassisted off the lead rein may do so, but they will not be allowed to compete on the lead rein in any event for the season unless at the Committee’s discretion.
  • Cradle Stakes and Nursery Stakes Jumping (or equivalent height 30cms – 50cms) are assisted classes. Riders may be assisted but not led in these classes. These classes are designed to encourage children who can nearly ‘go it alone’, but would benefit from being assisted when necessary but not led on the lead rein. Riders may be on the lead rein during clear round classes.  Competitors may be assisted as follows:-assistant may run alongside and direct rider. If the pony is led/ held for any reason and for however long, 4 penalties per fence will be incurred.
  • Anyone refusing to have their pony measured will not be allowed to take part in any Club activity.
  • All competitors must enter and leave the ring and collecting rings at a walk. No cantering/galloping around the outside of the rings. Adults are asked not to ride in collecting rings during Junior events.
  • All event/classes are subject to change at committees’ discretion.
  • All horses/ponies must be tied to a trailer/lorry using either string or quick release bungee.
  • A horse/pony may only compete in 3 consecutive heights of jumping classes (excluding fun classes).