Okuku Pony Club

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PC Rally Calendar

Rallies are held every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month at Foothills Rd in Okuku.

Ready to ride at 10:30am - 12:30pm or there about (notification of all Rallies are posted in our Facebook Group, please join - link on home page)

Riders are to wear Pony Club uniform with a white collar underneath, a cobalt blue tie and their badge if they have one.

No dogs allowed on the grounds, as our grounds are on a working farm.


The objectives of The Pony Club are: to encourage young people to ride and to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses and riding. to give instruction in riding and horsemastership and to educate Members to look after and to take proper care of their animal.


The working rally is the backbone of The Pony Club. A working rally is one at which instruction is given and is open to all riding Members of the Branch. It may be either a mounted or unmounted rally. An unmounted rally is usually for horse and pony care instruction.

Rallies vary in length from an hour and a half to whole day rallies and even camps.

All mounted rallies follow a rally plan which are tailored to the level of the groups of riders attending.

The plans include a gear checking/safety brief, a 'lesson of the day' , a horse management lesson and games and activities.  The longer rallies allow for extra activities such as treks, hunts, competitions and quizzes.

It is at rallies that riders are encouraged to work towards gaining their certificates.


Attendance of Rallies are essential to participate in any Team Events; as five (5) rally rule is applicable.


Our main events are:

February - Okuku PC Inhand/Ridden Show

June - Okuku PC ODE


Pony Club Team Events

There are several Team Competitions each year. Below is an explanation for each.

Information is generally sent out prior to the upcoming events and will require you to register your interest in that event. Depending on the numbers of riders wanting to do the events, trials are sometimes held, and some of the events require you to have met certain criteria. You will also be asked to provide competition results, so remember to keep a record during the year. Ask an instructor if you require more information on any event or are unsure of something.

Please note:  The Riding Member must have attended a minimum number of working rallies in the twelve (12) months preceding the examination date or closing date for entries to inter Club, inter Area, National or International competition. (a) Riders who do not hold a certificate must attend a minimum of five (5) working rallies. Three (3) of these attendances must be the combination of rider and mount that are sitting the examination or entering the competition. (b) Riders who hold a D or D+ or C certificate must attend a minimum of five (5) working rallies. Three (3) of these attendances must be the combination of rider and mount that are sitting the examination or entering the competition. (c) Riders who hold a C+ certificate must attend a minimum of four (4) working rallies. Two (2) of these attendances must be the combination of rider and mount that are sitting the examination or entering the competition. (d) Riders who hold a B or H and A certificates must attend a minimum of three (3) working rallies. One (1) of these attendances must be the combination of rider and mount that are sitting the examination or entering the competition.

Events all have different rules regarding the age of the rider.

Some events can also be attended as draft riders or in composite teams. So if your branch is unable to field a team, or has surplus riders, let your instructor know if you are keen to go to something.

The most important thing of all, is to remember that teams’ events are all about taking part, having fun and enjoying being part of a team!


Events are listed in Calendar order;


South Island Show Jumping Champs Held in the January School holidays.

This is a two day competition of team show jumping, and is held around the South Island, generally in the same venue for two years. Teams consist of a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 6 who compete in four show jumping competitions over the two days (2 classes per combination each day). All scores count, riders gain points for completing rounds e.g. 2 points for a clear first round, and 5 points for a clear jump off. There are individual placings in each class and overall team’s placings. Age of rider is at the first day of competition. Ages and levels are:

* Junior 13 years and under - 85 cm

* Intermediate 14 years and under 17 years - 95 cm

* Senior 17 years and under 21 years - 1.05 m


NZPCA Teams Dressage Championships Held in January

The competition is a teams’ event in dressage.

There will be two divisions:

* Junior: Riders 15 and under, a maximum of three riders in each team.

* Senior: Riders 16 until the end of the season during which they reach the age of 21, a maximum of three riders in each team.

There will be competition for individual titles in each division. The Championships are held at two venues (one North Island and one South Island)

over two consecutive weekends with the dressage judges travelling to each of the venues in turn.

The object of the Competition is to stimulate interest and encourage enjoyment in Dressage and correct training of the horse, thereby encouraging members to improve their riding by acquiring and establishing an independent seat, and a true knowledge of the aids. Again, interested riders have to apply themselves for the area dressage trial (which often requires some qualifying dressage scores), to gain selection into the area dressage team.


North Canterbury Pony Club Teams Champs Day Held in March and run by all North Canterbury Pony Clubs

A fun Team of event which consists of four riders.  

Grades are: 

* Assisted (Lead Rein Riders/Adult accompanying)

* Pre Novice (Approx. D cert. level and just over)

* Novice (Approx. C cert. level and just over)

* Championship (approaching C+ level and over)


The Champs Day consists of the following activities:

* Turnout

* Quadrille Dressage

* Teams Jumping

* Games

* Gambler's Stakes Show Jumping

Rules apply as per each discipline


Heights for Team Jumping:

* Assisted - poles on ground

* Pre Novice - 25cm

* Novice - approx. 40cm

* Championship - approx. 50cm


Games (three games are pre-selected but could consist of the following):

Socks & Bucket

Speed Weavers

Flag Fliers

Pony Express

High Lo

Hula Hoop

Hug a Mug

Bottle Shuttle (exchange)

Tool Box Scramble

Mug Shuffle

Association Race

2 Flag - Tiebreaker


Heights for Gambler's Stakes:

* Assisted - poles on ground

* Pre Novice - ground rails to 45cm (Joker to be 60cm Max)

* Novice - 30cm to 65cm (Joker to be 80cm Max)

* Championship - 60cm to 80cm (Joker to be 95cm Max)



NZPCA Horse Trials Teams Championships (Eventing) Held in April.

The competition is a Teams Event, one team competing from each of the Association Areas, and comprising a maximum of six riders.

There are two divisions;

A1: Riders 17 years and under 21, maximum of 3 riders in each team (plus a travelling reserve rider).

DC: Riders 16 years and under, maximum of 3 riders in each team. The max height for these jumps is 1.05m, but this does not include spreads etc.

There is also competition for individual titles in each division.

The NZPCA are also provide a training division (95cm) championship class. This is a stand-alone event, which follows the same format as the classes above. There are a maximum of 3 riders in the team, plus a reserve rider. Riders can also compete individually in the 95cm competition. The competition is in the form of a Horse Trial comprising three tests: Dressage, Cross-country, and Show-jumping, normally in this sequence.

The Aim is to encourage a higher standard of riding throughout Pony Clubs in New Zealand and to stimulate interest in eventing as a sport, and as recreation, abiding by the principles of the NZPCA Fair Play Charter (which you can find in the front of your pony club manual).

This is a brilliant event which I think the younger riders should aspire to. It’s a great experience and you have to work and train hard to earn team selection at the area trial, and thus represent your area at these champs.


Scandal Trophy

The NZPCA Christchurch Pony Club Scandal Trophy is open to all levels and ages.

It is shared and run by 2 branches, One running it, the other assisting, then the assisting team will run it the following year with another branch assisting them and so on.

Dressage & Combined Training Day also includes the Huntley Cup teams event. This is a great day for gaining experience competing against other pony club combinations and receiving constructive critique from dressage judges.

There are led-rein, assisted, non-championship and championship level classes, to cater for riders of all levels as well. These dressage tests obviously vary in difficulty as you progress through the class levels.

Scandal Trophy is a challenging elementary level test, which you have to qualify for, before actually competing in. This is done in a qualifying test earlier in the day which you have to enter prior to competition day.

There is also a combined training class, which is an age group class dressage test, followed by a show jumping round (set at an age-group-specific height). So the lowest decimal score or highest percentage score wins.

The Huntley Cup teams event is also run in conjunction with this event. Entry of the team can be made on the day to the secretary before the given cut-off time. Pony clubs can enter more than one team in this competition. 

The Huntley Cup teams are made up of four riders and their mount who can be entered in non-championship and or championship dressage classes. Best three placings count towards the final score. Only one placing per rider counts.

Scorers will count the highest placing for each team member.

Pony club uniform or dressage jackets are to be worn for this competition, which is run under NZPCA and NZEF rules and regulations. So it’s a good idea to look these up on the respective websites: Click here and Click here


Collier Trophy held in May

Collier Trophy is a Canterbury wide competition and is run like a one day event – Dressage followed by cross country and a show jumping round. Teams of six riders (min. 4 riders) compete and the best 4 scores (one from each level then the next best one) contribute to the team’s final overall score for the event.  4 riders must have “live” scores, i.e. they must not get eliminated, to allow the team to stay “live” and vie for a place in the competition. A wooden spoon competition, comprising of dressage and show jumping will be held for those teams eliminated in the cross country phase.

The team of riders are divided into 3 age groups:

* Senior: 16 years & under – 80cm

* Intermediate: 14 years & under - 65cm

* Junior: 12 years & under – up to 65cm

So if there is a full team of six riders, there will be 2 riders in each age group.   

The competition is typically run by a Christchurch branch, with or without the help from the branch which won the competition in the previous year.


Amberley Cup Held in late September and hosted by Amberley Pony Club.

Amberley Cup is a team dressage competition. Teams are made up of a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 riders who compete in one or two dressage tests. Levels and ages are:

* 12 years and under - Prelim test

* 14 years and under - Prelim test

* 16 years and under – Prelim test

* Under 25 years - Prelim/Novice test


Stringer Trophy Held in late September

Stringer Trophy is a combined training teams event, aimed at providing teams’ competition experience for inexperienced pony club combinations. The competition consists of one dressage test and one show jumping round per combination in each team. Teams are to consist of four riders – one in each age group. The final team score will be determined by adding the three best rider’s scores together. At the conclusion of the first round of show jumping, another round will be held. However results from this class, will not contribute towards the Stringer Trophy.

* Class 1: 21 years & under – up to 75cm

* Class 2: 16 years & under - up to 75cm

* Class 3: 14 years & under – up to 65cm

* Class 4: 12 years & under – up to 45cm



Springston Trophy Held in the September/October school holidays over three days.

This is the premier eventing competition, which is a South Island wide competition. It is hosted in a different venue around the South Island each year. Teams consist of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 riders who compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping. The best 4 scores (one from each level plus the next best one) contribute to the team’s final overall score. 4 riders must have “live” scores, i.e. they must not get eliminated, to allow the team to stay “live” and compete for a place. This is purely a team’s competition with no individual prizes. A wooden spoon competition, comprising of dressage and show jumping will be held for those teams eliminated in the cross country phase.

Ages and levels are:

* Junior 14 years and under - 80 cm (Pre-training)

* Intermediate 17 and under - 95 cm (Training)

* Senior 24 and under - 1.05 m (Open)

Two-age group teams can also be entered – that is 2 riders from any level, can start with a 25 point penalty for team. The competition is also open to riders from the north island.One fall anywhere on cross country results in elimination according to NZPCA rules, which can be found in annex 5 of the ESNZ rule book. This differs from ESNZ eventing rules, where elimination on cross country occurs after 2 falls.



Christchurch Games Held in November.

This event is usually at Riccarton-Fendalton PC at the racecourse in the morning

Teams of at least 4 (can have a couple of extra riders to reserve and or change between, because some games require more than 4 riders in a team to play and some ponies are more suited to particular games than others)Teams compete in a variety of games in the morning, which require much skill, accuracy (and some speed) and results are judged by time taken for the last rider of the team to cross the finish line. The top 3 teams placed in the morning’s games, go on to compete against the North Canterbury teams in the afternoon, for the Prince Phillip cup. This is a really fun event and you can gain lots of valuable skills and make great new friends in the process. 


Windsor Teams Show Jumping This event is held in November and run by North Canterbury.  

Teams are made up of a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 6, who compete in two show jumping classes. Two riders are required at each level. All scores count, riders gain points for completing rounds e.g. 2 points for a clear first round, and 5 points for a clear jump off. There are individual places in each class, as well as overall team’s placings.

Levels and ages are:

* 13 years and under - 75 cm

* 16 years and under - 85 cm

* 17 and under 21 years - 95 cm


Age of rider is at the closing date of entries.


All other pony club events - link below

Pony Club Event Calendar

Click https://www.sporty.co.nz/canterburyareapc/Area-Calendars-Google/20212022-google-calendar to view the Canterbury Area Pony Club Events Calendar 2022. Entry forms can also be found on the site.