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THE PONY CLUB STANDARDS OF EFFICIENCY ‘B’ TEST Guidelines for Organisers and Examiners PART I THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ORGANISERS GENERAL The practice of bringing pressure to bear on Examiners and other Pony Club Officials to treat as special cases those who happen to be using the Test as an Entry/Professional Qualification is unacceptable. 1.organisers are required to: a) Attend on the day, except in exceptional circumstances, when a deputy must be suitably briefed.

B) Prepare a programme in accordance with the number of candidates and ensure that this is adhered to.

C) Meet and look after Examiners and Candidates.

D) Ensure that Examiners debrief the Candidates and their supporters.

E) Report the results to the appropriate District Commissioners.

F) Report any incident or accident to the Area Representative and record it on an Accident Report Form. 2.

Examiners Two Examiners are required for every eight (or less) candidates.

They must examine the Riding phase together, but may divide the syllabus of the Horse and Pony Care phase between them, provided each candidate is examined by both examiners.

In very exceptional circumstances the Area Representative may allow a Test to proceed with only one examiner. 3.

Candidates If only two Examiners are available; eight Candidates will be the maximum for one day; in which case both Examiners will test both phases. 4.

Horses Candidates bring their own horses.

The Organiser must make sure through the DC concerned that the horses coming forward for the Test are safe and suitable for all parts of the Test.

A young or very green horse should not be accepted.

Under no circumstances can excuses be made for a horse being unable to perform part of the Test.

Horses should arrive with one set of tack for the whole Test.

Changing saddles and bridles between sections is strongly discouraged.

Riders will change horses at the discretion of the Examiners.


The Riding Phase The Organiser must inspect the venue in advance, making sure that there is adequate space for the Riding Phase.

If unsure of suitability of lay-out they should seek expert help.

A) A field: Preferably undulating and large enough for the candidates to gallop their horses.

It should include a flat area with a Dressage Arena (20 x 40m) with the appropriate markers.

If no suitable area is available in the field, an indoor or outdoor school may be used.

B) Fences: The Courses must be completely set and ready for the Examiners and Candidates to inspect so that they can check heights and distances.

Show jumping- Eight or nine fences, 90 cm (3 feet) maximum.

The Course should have several changes of direction, and include: an ascending spread; an upright; a parallel; a one-stride combination, spread in upright out; two fences at a related distance, of not less than four strides.

Cross Country – If possible the terrain should show some undulation.

There must be sufficient space to allow the riders to show lengthening and shortening of pace.

If Possible the course should consist of approximately 8 fences 90cm (3 feet) maximum to include ditches, banks and fences to test the riders control and accuracy. 6.

The Horse and Pony Care Phase a) Bedded down loose boxes with tie ring, ring for hay net, manger/feed bucket, Water bucket/automatic watering.

B) Stable Tools.

C) Two stabled horses with head collar and rope.

D) Various types of rugs, tail and poll guards to be discussed.

E) Various types of saddles, bridles, (to include a double bridle), martingales, and boots etc.

F) First Aid Kit.

G) Gamgee, fibregee, stable bandages.

H) Feed store with common types of feed, hay and haylage.

I) Farrier’s tools and sample common shoes.

J) Tack Room.

K) Horsebox and or trailer.


The ‘B’ Test consists of two phases, Riding and Horse and Pony Care, each Phase lasting approximately one and a half hours, for four Candidates.

The Test may be taken as a whole or in two sections on the same day or on different days.

A Member who passes either Section of the Test is required to pass the other Section before being awarded the B Test Certificate and Felt.

Examiners should therefore make notes on Candidates’ good and weak points, and make provisional assessments after each section of each phase, bearing in mind that they should be looking for reasons to pass rather than to fail Candidates. 8.

Candidates must only be examined on subjects and movements that are in the Syllabus and covered in the Pony Club Publications listed on the Test Sheet. 9.

Encourage basic answers in all sections by asking simple questions. 10.

When first meeting the candidates, the senior examiner should set them at their ease and explain briefly how the Test will be run.


This is an outdoor test, but the Arena section may be conducted in an Indoor or Outdoor school if there is no suitable area in the field. 12.

Depending on the numbers, Candidates may be examined in one or two groups, but no more than four in one group. 13.

Candidates must be ready to start the Test on time.

They should allow time for walking the courses and riding in beforehand. 14.

There are three sections, which may be taken in any order, depending on the timetabling.

During all three sections, candidates may be asked how they felt the horse was going based on the Scale of Training, what they liked about it, and its good and bad points, at this level they would NOT be asked how they would try to improve it.

A) Assessing their horse both on the flat and over one or two jumps, and being prepared to talk to the Examiners about the horse and how it went.

They should show some knowledge and understanding of correct paces and the correct way for a horse to go.

B) Jumping over both Cross Country and Show Jumps if possible, either as individual fences or as a Course, from trot or canter as indicated.

C) Riding more than one horse in the Arena and performing movements as required by the Examiner.

The Candidates should be asked how to ride these movements and what aids are used.

Candidates must be able to ride with two reins in case the horse they swap onto arrives in a Pelham or double bridle. 15.

A) All Candidates will be required to ride and assess more than one horse.

B) The changing of horses is at the Examiners’ discretion, bearing in mind considerations of safety.

However, it is desirable that each candidate rides at least one horse other than their own.

As to whether this is done in the open or only in the Arena is at the discretion of the examiners.

Candidates may jump a small fence on the strange horse if they wish, provided that the Examiners have seen the horse jumped by its own rider first. Examiners a) Must be conversant with all the standards of The Pony Club Tests and ‘A comparison of ‘C’ and ‘B’ Standards’.

They should in particular watch for: i) The approach to a strange horse.

Ii) Whether and how the saddlery is checked.

Iii) The rider’s position.

Iv) When jumping, Candidates have a sensible, determined approach, and an understanding of the importance of maintaining balance and rhythm throughout.

B) Should remember in all sections that it is the rider, not the horse, being examined.

C) Under no circumstances should an examiner have recently trained any of the candidates they are due to examine.

If under exceptional circumstances an examiner is faced with such a Candidate they must declare an interest to the Organiser.


Duration: Approximately one and a half hours for 8 Candidates ie two groups of four. 17.

The Syllabus may be divided between the two examiners at their discretion provided each candidate is examined by both Examiners. 18.

As many subjects as possible should be tested practically.

Candidates are not expected to fit a double bridle or exercise bandage at this level. 19.

Examiners should watch the Candidates’ approach and handling of a strange horse, whether they are observant and that the practical tasks are carried out in a common-sense, efficient and quiet manner. 20.

When answering questions, Candidates should show experience and understanding of what they are saying, and not just reproduce a parrot-fashion repetition of the Manual.


When all tests are completed and the examiners have consulted together to make their final decision they will sign the certificates for those who have been successful.

Examiners need to retain their notes for a year following the test. 22.

A clear debriefing must be given individually in the presence of the organiser, candidate and their representatives of the results and the reasons for their decision.

DRESS The Examiners should be suitably dressed and neat and tidy at all times. © 2010 The Pony Club All rights reserved.

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