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While we are working on our plans for Pony Trot Series, here’s some useful information for those planning to get involved in 2020

🐎 Pony camps and qualifiers for ALL ponies and drivers prior and during racing season.

PONIES
🐎 Trotting ponies only
🐎 Pony max height 13.3hh measured with shoes.
Pony has to be older than 3 years of age (teeth may be checked), have passport, be microchipped and have vaccinations up to date.
Ponies will be cleared by the track veterinarian and measured by the stewards.
🐎 Before racing season each pony will have to be qualified, handicapped and be approved by the stewards as safe to go.

DRIVERS
🐎 Junior Drivers will have their own Pony Trot membership and insurance (more info to follow soon)

🐎 Children aged 7-15
Drivers will have to pass their driving exam before entering into races. Each young driver will have to prove their ability to drive a pony independently.
If exam is not passed, they will be racing in the NOVICE race with backup driver until ready to drive on their own in the INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED races.

🐎 The Tiny Hooves – children aged 4 to 6 years, ponies max height 10.2hh (max one race per race meeting) only allowed with backup drivers.

RACING ATTIRE:
Helmet, body protector, registered racing silks (or at least registered colour of the jacket), short leather boots and driving glasses and long pants. strictly no runners.

RACES
The Tiny Hooves distance 400m
Novice to Advanced – 1000m
Max trailing 400m

Stay tuned for the Racing calendar and training programme!

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