Combined State Championships are held annually for 11 disciplines, including; Dressage, Sporting, Campdrafting, Team Penning, Team Sporting, Jumping Equitation, Show Jumping, Mounted Games, Combined Training, One Day Event (ODE) and Show Riding. Competitors must be a required Championship standard to qualify to participate in these championships and supply copies of grading cards and/or other documentation as required. Competitors are between the ages of 7- to under 25. Entrants compete in their relevant age group.
Often referred to as the "gymnastics" of horse training, since it is designed to improve the suppleness and responsiveness of the horse and the skill of the rider. It is required as basic training for all equestrian events. Competitors must ride standard written tests from memory and are judged on their ability to perform in harmony with their horse. PCANSW uses Equestrian Australia Dressage tests and full details of which tests for the Dressage Championship will be provided on the event schedule.
Championships bring keen competition in Flag, Bending, and Barrel racing as well as other novelty events.
This unique Australian sport is fostered within the Pony Club movement. Riders demonstrate their skills at cutting a beast out of a mob in an enclosure and then manoeuvre it around a set course. Points are allocated for cut out and work on the course.
A fast-paced event that gives a team of three riders 2 minutes to separate three specifically identified cattle from a herd of 30, and put them into a pen at the opposite end of the arena.
Riders are judged on their riding style and control of the horse whilst jumping.
Horse and rider are required to jump a course of fences according to their ability.
A team sport combining polo ad lacrosse. A team consists of six players, plus one reserve, divided into two sections of three who play 3-4 alternate quaters.
A great fun and skilful team activity for all riders. This event involves teams of four riders plus a reserve competing in fun games as a team.
ONE DAY EVENT
Consisting of three sections - dressage, showjumping and cross country jumping. It is designed to test the courage, determination and all round ability of the rider, as well as the training and conditioning of the horse.
An event where horse and rider demonstrate their skills on the flat. The horse is judged on confirmation, paces and manners, whilst riders are judges on their riding ability.
Current State and Interstate event schedules can be downloaded below. Entries details will be containe in the schedule. To support our State Championships, Sponsorship Opportunities can be viewed on our Partnerships & Advertising page Here.
Royal Canberra Show
PCA NSW have not been advised by Royal Canberra Show Horse Section whether they will be hosting any further Pony Club classes.
Sydney Royal Easter Show
Pony Club Competitions will be held on Tuesday 19 April 2022
Pony Club Classes will be in - Individual Riding Classes, Zone Teams of Four and Zone Pairs (riders wishing to compete in Pairs or Team of Fours must nominate for individual classes) as well as Area Team Showjumping and Area Team Sporting at the Sydney Royal.
The Horse Committee have extended the change to the Pony Club age group from Under 17 to Under 18 for the 2022 Royal Easter Show only. Please note that this will revert back to Under 17 years for 2023. Each Zone or Area will determine which age group that they accept for entries.
Entries for all classes will be paperbased with a form to be added to the downloads when finalised and Zone/Area Managers will complete the applications online via the RAS system. Once again riders nominating for Pairs and Teams of Fours must have nominated for the individual classes.
Please note that the RAS online entries have been delayed due to Covid-19 and will open during the week commencing the 24 January 2022 and therefore now close on the 16 February 2022, riders must contact their Zone Chief Instructor (ZCI) to confirm their eligibility to attend this event and all entries will be confirmed by ZCI's prior to final acceptance. There will be separate payee details for Area and Zone Team/Pairs classes with NO RAS membership discount to apply to these classes.
Riders must be financial members of pony club at the time of the competition, be of RAS standard and have completed three rally days. Please check with your club secretary for your membership number and update your contact details as renewals for 2022 will be available soon.
Numbers have been limited to 40 riders per class and will go through a selection process, if necessary, so please note that only riders who are of a suitable standard should nominate for this competition - this will ensure the continuance of these classes for Pony Club members. Riders will be evaluated and selected by Zone/Area Instructors.
Team Showjumping competition is an Area teams competition with a maximum of 6 teams to participate, one form each area. Teams are selected from Zones within each Area and consist of four riders and two reserves. Full details on this competition can be found in Section 6a of the Handbook here
Team Sporting they will be Area Teams with maximum of 6 teams to participate. Team Sporting competition rules may also be found on the PCA NSW website Section 6b here . Please note as per the Pony Club classes at the Sydney Royal the age for the Team Sporting riders is ages 12 & under 17 as at the first day of the show. All forms and entries must be submitted via the State Office as per Individual Rider Classes.
The Show will run from the 8th to the 19 April 2022 with Pony Club events on Monday 19th April 2022.
The RAS have provided us with the 2022 Pony Club Application form, please see below. Please circulate this to all riders who wish to go to the 2022 Royal, this includes those riders who may not have been selected for Area Teams but are of a suitable standard and may be able to represent another Area to ensure that we have the full six areas for Team Sporting and Showjumping.
These forms should be returned to the relevant Team Manager (Zone or Area) for them to collate and check that all details have been competed. Team Mangers will then be responsible for entering these details in the RAS online system which is not likely to be available until early in the New Year.
Rider forms should be received by the Zone/Area Team Managers by the 14 January 2022, Pony Club Applications for entry is to be collated and completed by the Area/Zone Manger online by 2 February 2022. A link to the RAS online system will be provided as soon as it is available. The Zone/Area Team Manager will be responsible to providing payment via the online system at completion so please organise with your riders/teams for payments to be made to the Zone/Area Team Managers prior to completing entries.
For assistance with the online Entries, please contact out Competitions Administration Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9704 1210.
The RAS would also welcome nominations from Associate age members to act as Stewards and nomination forms are included in the download section.
Volunteers are needed to Gear Check and Steward at this event would you please contact the office on email@example.com with the times that you would be available to help.
Conditions of Entry:
- Birth certificates are NOT required to accompany entry forms, however all competitors MUST take their Birth Certificate with them to the Show for inspection if required.
- The RAS will not accept the application of any riders who nominates directly through the RAS, so please contact your Zone or Area manager to indicate your interest.
- Riders must complete the PCA NSW Horse ID form for all disciplines, these forms must be signed by your Zone Chief Instructor
- Nominations will be online and updated by the Zone or Area Manager, payments will be available via credit card or one Zone/Area cheque made out to the RAS NSW (no personal cheques will be accepted)
- Rider forms must be completed fully including rider and horse details. Rider details to include:
- Riders full name, address, rider RAS membership number (not parents RAS number), mobile phone, email
- Horses full name, horse microchip number (all horses must be microchipped) and registered with the Australian Animal Registry. riders with incompleted details will be returned to the zone/area and may miss the closing date
- Riders must indicate bump in and bump out times and these may not change unless previously organised via your Team Manager
- Riders may indicate that they wish to be allocated loft accommodation directly with the RAS, please note that this accommodation is strictly limited with only 3 people allowed per loft. This means that parents who are not Team Managers will need to make other accommodation arrangements.
- All Team Managers must supply a current valid Working with Children Check registration number to be verified by the Zone and the State Office
- Zones/Areas must complete the RAS cover sheet and Team Cover Sheet for all disciplines and include a Zone/Area contact as well as the Team Managers details (please ensure that Team Managers details include mobile phone, email and WWCC registration number)
- Riders must participate in the Pony Club Parade which is scheduled to take place at approximately 1pm on the day
- Riders MAY NOT substitute horses for this competition therefore all Teams must have at least one reserve (maximum of 2 per team) which must be entered on the relevant nomination forms clearly indicating that they are the reserve rider. No late entries of additional reserves will be accepted.
Please see the download section below for the relevant Entry Forms which will be updated once available.
Stabling and Accommodation
Stabling and Loft allocations will be confirmed by the RAS directly.
Access to Sydney Showground
NO PASS - NO ACCESS
As in previous years, entry tickets or correct accreditation is required to access Sydney Showground at all times.
Exhibitor Tickets will be mailed prior to your arrival on the Showground.
Exhibitor Information Guide
Please read the Exhibitor Information Guide carefully before arriving at the 2021 Sydney Royal Horse Show.
Host a State Championship
If your Zone is interested in hosting a State Combined Championship, download a copy of the application form below and send the completed forms to the state office at least 7 days prior to the meeting at which they are to be discussed.
Nominations should be received at least twelve months in advance with applications needing to be submitted by the meeting dates listed below:
July Meeting; twelve months in advance
- Dressage, Showriding, Sporting, Campdraft, Team Penning, Showjumping, Jumping Equitation, Mounted Games, Team Sporting, One Day Event & Combined Training
Dates anD host details for State Championship Events
Riders wishing to attend State Championships must fulfil the criteria as listed in the Associations Handbook, be of a suitable standard (copies of grading cards or other documentation to be provided at nomination). Riders may also need to fulfil club and/or zone criteria depending on relevant bi-laws, please check with your club and zone before nominating. All horses attending State Championships must be microchipped.
State Camp - Sydney International Equestrian Centre
- 9-14th January 2022
State Tetrathlon & Formal Gymkhana Championship - Denman, Zone 7
- 4th - 6th March 2022
State Sporting, Campdrafting & Team Penning Championships - Location TBA
- 9th - 11th April 2022
RAS Pony Club Day - Sydney Royal Easter Show
- 19th April 2022
State One Day Event & Combined Training Championships - Harden, Zone 2
- 30th April - 1st May 2022
State Jumping Equitation Championships - Kootingal, Zone 5
- 21st - 22nd May 2022
State Showjumping Championships - Bingara, Zone 8
- 9th - 10th July 2021
State Mounted Games & Team Sporting Championships - Bungedore, Zone 16
- 24th - 25th September 2022
State Showriding Championships - Glen Innes, Zone 13
- 22nd - 23rd October 2022
Dates to be Announced:
- Pony Club Nationals (VIC)
- State Dressage Championships
Judges & Course Designers List
At the bottom of this page you can download a list of accredited Judges and Course Designers that you may wish to contact for your upcoming event. If a judge is not a current financial member of PCANSW they need to be recorded as a Volunteer for the day, and also sign a disclaimer and a Volunteer Student declaration.
The Pony Club NSW State Camp brings together the top 75 riders in the disciplines of Dressage, Showjumping, Eventing, Mounted Games, Formal Gymkhana and Tetrathlon. The camp is held in January every year from Sunday to Friday at the Sydney International Equestrian Centre (SIEC). Riders receive instruction from top Instructors and lectures from horse industry professionals.
Camp starts on Sunday where all riders meet and settle in. Instruction takes place from Monday to Thursday and riders depart on Friday morning. Evenings include lectures from well-known personalities in the horse world, veterinary surgeons and other fun activities. State Camp is not only about receiving the best instruction for you and your horse it is also about making great friendships which can last a lifetime. Your horse will be well looked after by experts who give 24-hour supervision, you will stay in comfortable twin share cabins onsite at SIEC, and receive all meals. Horses are stabled and instruction takes place at SIEC which has covered stables, an indoor arena, various outdoor arenas and a training cross country course. The Camp is open to Pony Club members who;
- Are financial members for the year of the State Camp with the Association through their Club before the 1st November in the year prior.
- Will be aged 15 to 24 inclusive on the first day; (Excluding Mounted Games – riders aged 14 or 15 years as at the 1st of January.)
- Have passed their "C" certificate;
- Are of State Championship standard in their chosen discipline;
- Will be mounted on a suitable horse to maximise benefit from top instructors;
- Are recommended by their Club and have satisfactory attendance at Pony Club instructional rally days (must have attended at least 3 rally days in the preceding 12 months, copy of attendance card to be included);
- Are recommended by their Zone Chief Instructor as a worthy Pony Club member of sufficient standard;
- Have their horse microchipped.
Applicants must apply on the official application form which will be available on this website each year. The application form asks questions about your performances in Pony Club and outside competition, certificates achieved, previous instructional schools attended, experience with other horses etc. It is very important that the application form is filled in carefully and correctly, as this information will be used to select participants. Applications close annually on the 1st November.
The selectors are also looking for Pony Club members who regularly attend their Club rallies, have performances at State Championships and also at Club and Zone level, have performed well in open competition and have been riding the particular horse for a substantial period of time. You must nominate on a particular horse and most details will pertain to that particular horse. Major requirements of State Camp applicants are enthusiasm, a desire to learn and improve and be willing to try your hardest.