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
  • Irish martingale + Neck Strap or running/standing martingale
  • 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
Nasal Strips

Nickel Bits/Irons
Sheepskins Cheek Pieces Spurs
Tongue Ties
Split Reins
Ernest Dillon Reins
Elastic Neck Breastgirth
Market Harboroughs and Running, Draw or Check Reins
Seat Savers

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.