Parents and Guardians
The Pony Club is a voluntary youth organisation for young people within an equestrian environment, and depends on parents and guardians to help. Fairness should take precedence over competitiveness, and should be expressed to all involved. Teaching by example will foster caring and respect for all. The Code of Conducts for Parents and Guardians outlines the standards expected at all Pony Club activities towards all Members, Officials. Coaches, and other Parents / Guardians, not just their own child(ren).
The Role of Parents / Guardians
- To encourage young people to learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with ponies and riding
- To give instruction in riding and horsemanship and to educate Members to look after and take proper care of their animals
- To promote the highest levels of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self-discipline
The Pony Club is a volunteer organisation and depends on parents and guardians to help. Fairness should take precedence over competitiveness. Teaching by example will foster caring and respect for all.
Parents/ Guardians should therefore:
- Be a positive role model for his / her child and other Members by respecting coaches, officials, volunteers and leaders, their authority and decisions, and the rules and regulations under which The Pony Club operates
- Agree to discuss disputes / appeals at a suitable, agreed time with the correct officials, within the appropriate level of The Pony Club organisation, without resorting to hostility or violence.
- Always remember that Pony Club activities are intended to be educational, safe and fun to benefit the Members rather than parents / guardians.
- Respect the horses and ponies and show humane care for them at all times.
- Respect the property and equipment used in any activities, considering safety uppermost in all situations
- Be knowledgeable about the rules of the discipline or competition their child is taking part in and encourage their child to know, be familiar with, and follow these rules.
- Promote the physical and emotional well-being of their child, other Members and horses ahead of any personal desire to win or succeed in any activity.
- Teach their child that taking part, learning and showing sportsmanship in all competitions, testing situations, clinics, etc. are more important than winning.
- Praise all Members equally for trying hard and competing fairly.
- Inform officials as soon as possible if they or their child is unable to fulfil commitments or attendance at events.
- Help their child and others to understand the satisfaction of co-operation, group work and team spirit in achieving personal goals and growth, and good results.
- Volunteer their services and skills, whether equine-related or not, whenever possible.
- When using social networking sites always conduct yourself in an appropriate way as you would face to face. Be aware of what you say and how you say it – the use of sarcasm and innuendo are not appropriate.
- Encourage his / her child to learn the rules and ride within them.
- Discourage unfair competition and arguing with officials.
- Help his / her child to recognise good performance, not just results.
- Never force his / her child to take part in equestrian events.
- Set a good example by recognising fair competition and applauding good performances of all.
- Never punish or belittle a child for losing or making mistakes.
- Publicly accept officials’ judgements.
- Support his / her child’s involvement and help them to enjoy their sport.
- Use correct and proper language at all times.
- Encourage and guide performers to accept responsibility for their own performance and behaviour.
- Parents / Guardians should not:
- Force their child or other Members to take part in activities with which they are not comfortable.
- Disrespect the decisions of coaches / officials concerning the skills and abilities of their child or other Members.
- Undermine the authority of coaches / officials by interfering with, or coaching any Members from the side-lines.
- Dispute the decisions of coaches / officials and volunteers during an event or in front of their child, other Members or parents / guardians.
- Engage in or condone unsportsmanlike behaviours such as booing, taunting, using profane language, refusing to congratulate winners, etc.
- Criticise officials, coaches, volunteers or members on social networking sites or by the use of text messaging.
Spectators’ enthusiasm and support encourages all participants, both members and non-members. Their actions influence the mood of the riders and the atmosphere at competitions. Therefore, it is essential that spectators are made aware of the Code of Conduct for Spectators to express what is anticipated by all spectators attending Pony Club activities.