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Part of a series of emails to our exhibitors in an effort to provide helpful information about their interaction with the show office and other staff at the show.  If you have a particular question you would like addressed, please feel free to make a suggestion.

June Newsletter
So You Want to Ride A Pony....

Guess Who?  Gainesville (FL) Horse Show - 1968

Once upon a time only a rider under the (showing) age of eighteeen was able to show a pony.  And that would be the end of this epistle.  But.... now things are not so simple.Any junior can ride a green pony.  HU 109.

No junior over 12 years of age may ride in a Regular Small Pony Hunter Section,  HU 109.1
No junior over 14 years of age may ride in a Regular Medium Pony Hunter Sectio. HU109.2 
EXCEPT - any junior rider may ride a pony in an under saddle (or show in the model) if another exhibitor has more than one entry in the class.  HU 109.3.

Ponies must be handled by junior exhibitors in all phase of a class.  EXCEPT for breeding classes in-hand.  GH 109.4.

An adult may show a pony in breeding classes in-hand and the pony may compete in the Pony Hunter, Green Pony Hunter, Children's Hunter Pony, or Pony jumper classes.  HU109.5
An amateur adult can ride a pony.  HU107.1.c. But if an adult shows a pony in any other class, the pony may not compete in the rated pony classes.  HU109.5  Or in any jumper class restricted to ponies.  JU118.2.a.

A rider in a pony hunter class may not compete at the same competition in any class where fences MAY be set higher than 3'6".  EXCEPT the rider can show in a Hunter Derby, Children's Jumper and Pony Jumper.  And if the rider competes only in the Green Pony Hunter classes, then there is no restriction (by the pony rules) on what else is entered.  HU109.10.  
If you ride a pony in a pony jumper section, the rider may not compete at the same competion in any class where they are required to jump 1.10m EXCEPT Children's Jumper.  JU1182.d.  So if you ride in the "big" equitation classes, you may not ride in the regular pony or pony jumper and in the USEF Talent Search but you can ride in all the medal classes.

No matter what the age, the rider may not ride more than three ponies in any one HEIGHT section in the division (Regular and Green are considered two divisions for purposes of this ruel).  HU109.10  But if competing in a Pony Hunter Classic, the rider is limited to just two ponies in any heiht section.  HU 145.7/HU146.1.  And the rider must declare which two animals are to be scored for the classic.  HU146.1. 

A lot has changed over the years, but one thing is certain, ponies are different than horses.  If you don't believe it, just ride one.