Rules and Policies

Class Rules

* BARREL RACE

The following preliminary criteria is set for this competition:

  • 3 barrels will be set up in a triangular pattern.

  • Ponies may run with or without a handler.

  • Ponies will run a cloverleaf pattern around the barrels by circling the left, then the right, then the far center before crossing the finish line.

  • Ponies may start with either the left or the right barrel but must complete a cloverleaf pattern.

  • Any pony that breaks the pattern will be disqualified. 

 

The following criteria is set for the actual activity:

  • Time will start when the pony or handler crosses the start line. 

  • Time will finish when the pony or handler crosses the finish line. 

  • A five second penalty will be added for each barrel knocked over. 

 

* POLE BENDING

The following preliminary criteria is set for this competition:

  • Six poles are set up in a straight line 5 feet apart. 

  • Ponies may run with or without a handler.

  • Ponies must first run past all the polls then turn around the last pole and weave between all the poles. When the pony reaches the first pole, they will make another turn and weave back again through all the poles. When the pony reaches the last pole, they will turn and run straight back to the finish line. 

  • Ponies may run on the left or right side of the poles.

  • There will be a five second penalty for every pole knocked over. 

 

The following criteria is set for the actual activity:

  • Time will start when the pony or handler crosses the start line. 

  • Time will finish when the pony or handler crosses the finish line. 

  • A five second penalty will be added for each pole knocked over. 

 

* ENDURANCE RACE

The following preliminary criteria is set for this competition:

  • The track is 3/4 of a mile around the property. 

  • The pony must be in harness and hitched to a cart. 

  • The handler must ride in the cart the entire route.

  • Passing another cart is allowed, but the team must remain on the route. 

  • Leaving or altering the route may be cause for disqualification. 

  • Stopping and resting is allowed. 

  • A water station is available at the halfway mark.

 

The following criteria is set for the actual activity:

  • Each team will start one minute apart. 

  • Time will start on the timekeeper’s command. 

  • Time will finish when the pony crosses the finish line. 


* SLED PULL

The following preliminary criteria is set for this competition:

  • The sled will have a starting weight of 200 pounds. 

  • The sled must be pulled a minimum of 30 feet to be considered a successful pull. 

  • The sled must be pulled with one continuous motion.

  • Any pony that completes a successful pull will move to the next round.

  • 100 pounds will be added after each successful pull for the next round.

 

The following criteria is set for the actual activity:

  • A start and finish line will be clearly marked.

  • Once the sled stops, it may not be pulled any further and the run is considered over. 

  • The handler may encourage the pony but may not pull or push the pony. 

  • Tugging or jerking of the sled will be considered a stop and the distance will be marked. 

  • If no pony crosses the finish line, achievement will be determined by the furthest distance marked.

* SHOW JUMPING
The following preliminary criteria is set for this competition:

  • A start and finish line will be clearly marked.

  • Competitors must run the entire course in the order the jumps are numbered.

  • Handlers are not required to run with their pony.  No additional points are given for those who do.

The following criteria is set for the actual activity:

  • Time will start when the pony crosses the start line. 

  • Time will finish when the pony crosses the finish line.

  • Knocking down a jump will count as one fault.

  • Refusals count as one fault.  A refusal is considered not going over the jump on the first try, backing up or circling around to re-attempt the jump, etc.  You must clear it on the first try.

 

EVENT POLICIES

 

Consent must be attained from all involved. Consent means you must have verbal permission to touch or interact with a person. Inappropriate touching or verbal interaction with another person without their consent will not be tolerated and may be grounds for dismissal from the event. Any consent violations should immediately be reported to event staff and will be handled by the Consent Incident team.


Alcohol consumption by participants is not allowed during competition. Anyone deemed to be impaired will not be allowed to compete for safety reasons. Drinking after the competition will be done in a reasonable manner and all participants must maintain appropriate behavior with others.

 

Photography, either still or video, must have written consent by all people who appear in them. No photos or videos will be allowed during competition except for POTD assigned photographers. Event members who do not wish to have their photo taken will wear a RED badge, lanyard, or armband. Under no circumstances will photos or videos be taken of people with the RED designation. Staff may inspect phones, cameras, and other media for inappropriate photos, which will be deleted.

 

Inclusion means we accept all persons regardless of age, gender identification, sexual orientation, color, creed, religious affiliation, or physical ability. Any person who feels they have been minimized based on any attribute, should report the behavior to event staff. Any person who requires physical support or attention in order to attend or compete in the event should notify the Director of Operations who will make a concerted effort to ensure all persons can support and participate in this event.

 

Judging during the event may sometimes be subjective. Arguing with the Judges during competition will not be tolerated. If a person feels that a decision was incorrect, they should bring the grievance to the Event Coordinator who will be the arbitrator and their decision will be final.

 

Liability as part of the event rests solely on the competitor. Since Pony Play is an athletic activity, it is the individual’s responsibility to know their limitations. Neither POTD nor Gryphon’s Nest Campground will be held responsible for any injury that occurs during competition or while on the campground.

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