WHAT IS GRADING?
Grading was first introduced in 1969 for the discipline of showjumping but later adopted for the disciplines of dressage, eventing and combined training.
The aim of a grading system is to provide Pony Club Victoria members with fair and safe competition. All members should be able to expect to go out and meet riders of a comparable standard to themselves in a competition field.
The appropriate grading is achieved by assessing the ability of the horse and rider as a combination, irrespective of the age of the rider or the size of the horse, to perform safely and competently at a specific standard in their chosen discipline.
WHO DOES THE GRADING?
The Club District Commissioner is responsible for all grading of riders at their club and their decision is final. The District Commissioner may grade on their own initiative or seek advise from experienced people within the club or zone. To be regraded you will need to talk to your District Commissioner.
DO I NEED A GRADE FOR SEPARATE DISCIPLINES?
A separate grading is required to be undertaken for each discipline and horse/rider combination. Combinations can have different grading levels for each discipline. For example; have a grading of 3 in dressage but a grading of 4 in jumping disciplines. Grading should only occur when the combination is capable of competing safely. This applies to all age groups.
CAN I BE DOWNGRADED?
Downgrading of combinations is permitted and is at the discretion of the District Commissioner. Combinations may compete HC at a grade below their current grading if they have failed to complete 2 or more XC courses in the previous 6 months at their current grading. A combination can also compete in ‘open’ to restore/build confidence in a level below their grading if required.
ADULT RIDERS ... CAN THEY ALSO BE GRADED?
Many clubs now offer adult membership and these members are also eligible to compete under the Pony Club Victoria banner. These riders are graded following the same guidelines.
Rule 34.5.d Adult Riding Member: may receive rally attendance and may qualify to ride in a pony club Adult Riding Member section of a competition and require two mounted rallies by the combination in the preceding 12 months.