PCT Handbook and Rules


Pony Club Tasmania Handbook V4.3 January 2020

Please note: minor version changes to Handbook may occur intermittently throughout the year - these are only minor formatting changes, not rule changes.  If there is a rule change or other significant change in the handbook, clubs will be notified.  Significant annual changes will be indicated by a new major version number eg V3 to V4.  Minor updates throughout the year are indicated with a minor version number change eg V4.1 to V4.2 

EA National Rules

EA National Eventing Rules
EA National Dressage Rules
EA National Jumping Rules

Helmet Standards
PCA Helmet Standards
Helmet Tagging Instructions

Body Protectors/Safety Vests
From 1st July 2020, a Level 3 body protector/safety vest is compulsory for the Cross Country phase only at all competitions for all grades.  The body protector must be manufactured after 2009 and labelled as complying with one of the following standards:
- EN13158:2009 level 3
- BETA 2009 Level 3
- EN13158:2018 level 3
- BETA 2018 Level 3

Recent Significant Eventing Changes (since 1 July 2019)
  • Safety vests: from 1 July 2020 level 3 safety vests are mandatory for cross country phase at competitions only (all grades)
  • Use of whip - the whip is not to be used more than TWO times for any one incident
  • Hackamores are no longer permitted for cross country
  • Neck straps must be attached to the saddle
Games Riders and permissible bits:
  • A Team riders: Snaffle bit only
  • B Team riders aged under 12:  any PCT approved bit is permitted 
  • Compression hoods are not allowed at competitions but are allowed at rallies
  • Efficiency test fees:  C $20, K & C* $35, B & A $50 
Eventing Reminders:
  • Qualifications for Trials (MER) - Both horse and rider is two events: one event with 60 or less cross country jumping penalties and one event with 20 or less cross country jumping penalties
  • Horses will be reverse qualified if they: have two consecutive cross country or show jumping eliminations; or a total of three cross country or show jumping eliminations within a twelve month rolling period (See section 8 in the handbook)