What will I need?

You don't need a lot of specialist equipment to pony race. You need one or two things in addition to what you already ride in for safety.

Riders will need the following

  • Body Protector to correct minimum standard
  • Jodphur boots/Riding boots with Safety Irons OR Race boots with Racing Irons
  • Medical armband & completed insert
  • Skull cap to correct minimum standard
What Will I Need Photo

Ponies will need the following


  • Saddle – GP/Jumping saddles are acceptable. Racing Saddles are not compulsory but if used must be a min 16”, min 3lbs including leathers, correct irons, overgirth and girth.
  • Breastplates or Breastgirths must be fitted with racing saddles
    Please ask one of the Instructors on the day for advice on any saddle fitting issues.

Order of Saddling if Number Cloth is used:

  1. Numnah/saddle cloth or Anti-slip
  2. Number Cloth
  3. Saddle.
  • Overgirth – correctly fitted with buckle underneath. Must be secured in the girth area to avoid it slipping back
  • Any bit (no hackamore) but must be safe and well fitted
  • Neck strap and/or running/standing martingale OR
  • Irish martingale + Neck Strap
  • Reins must be buckle or loop (no billets). Ensure reins are not too long in length or knot the ends.
  • Safety irons must be used with jodhpur boots/riding boots
  • Racing irons must only be used with race boots
  • Passport for pony
  • Joint Measurement Board height measurement if applicable.

None of the items in the following table are allowed:

Ear Plugs
Eye covers
Hackamore Bits

Magnetic Stirrups

‘Cheese grater’ stirrups
Nasal Strips

Nickel Bits/Irons
Sheepskins Cheek Pieces

Tongue Ties
Split Reins
Ernest Dillon Reins
Market Harboroughs and Running, Draw or Check Reins
Seat Savers

Pony Vaccinations

BHA Equine Influenza vaccination requirements as of 1st January 2023:


From 01 January 2022, the primary course and booster interval schedule for Equine Influenza vaccinations will be as follows:

  INTERVALs between vaccines FROM 1 JANUARY 2022
V2 21 – 60 days
V3 120 – 180 days
BOOSTER Not more than 6 months apart



Six-monthly boosters 

  • Boosters should be administered no more than six months apart, according to calendar months rather than a fixed number of days. For example, a pony that is fully vaccinated on 01 January will require a booster on or before 01 July.
  • Horses should be fully compliant with the new requirements by 15 January 2023.
  • As of 15 January 2023, a pony cannot be registered unless it has a correct vaccination record.
  • To be clear: all horses must have a compliant vaccination record by 15 January 2023 (i.e.) all horses must have been administered a booster within six months of 15 January 2023.
  • As under the existing Rules, there is no minimum interval for boosters.
  • Ponies which do not have a compliant vaccination record as of 15 January 2023 will be required to re-start. Ponies which have an interval of over six months between boosters will be required to re-start.




At some stage it is likely you will need an official JMB height measurement for your pony.To find out if you need a an official JMB height measurement click here and go to Regulation 21.

The JMB website gives good advice on how to get your pony measured and how to prepare your pony for measurement. Remember, the measurement is taken when the pony is in its most relaxed state. Therefore preparation for the measurement is paramount in order to achieve a true and accurate reading. To find out more about how to prepare your pony for measuring click here.

If you need to contact the JMB directly email  admin@thejmbonline.co.uk or telephone 01981 510201.

The PRA Chief Executive sits as a steward on the JMB and is involved in the work the JMB does to ensure that measurements are as accurate as possible.



The PRA has produced a Medical Armband which can be purchased here.  They are £5 inc postage and can be used in all PRA and PC Races.  You can also download a copy of the insert for use in other armbands.

PLEASE NOTE – Armbands purchased between Wednesday 14th December will not be sent out until Tuesday 20th December via Royal Mail.