The current rule book is sent to all members in their membership pack but can also be downloaded here.
Any amendments made after the Rule Book has gone to print will be listed below.
Key Changes for 2021:
The NPS wishes to highlight the following key changes to the 2021 Rule Book:
In order to minimise the number of people entering a ring and to help the stewards ensure social distancing is maintained at all times, it has been agreed that no ponies will be stripped for conformation assessment in NPS qualifiers for 2021 only. This includes both flat ridden and WHP qualifiers. Ponies will be assessed for conformation with their saddles on and this should include boots if worn.
Please note that in HOYS & RIHS qualifiers it is mandatory for all ponies to be stripped.
Microchipping of all horses is a legal requirement in England from October 2020, in Wales from 12th February 2021 and in Scotland from 28th March 2021 and therefore is a compulsory requirement for all horse/ponies (excluding foals) competing in NPS affiliated classes in 2021.
Annual Equine Influenza vaccinations are a compulsory requirement for all horses/ponies competing in NPS affiliated classes.
Novice Rules. In view of the curtailed 2020 season, it has been agreed that any competition results earned in 2020 will not affect a pony’s novice status. This applies to the NPS/Picton M&M Novice, NPS/Roseberry Stud British Riding Pony Novice, and the NPS/NAF Novice M&M WHP qualifiers.
Qualification for NPS/Team Murphy Junior M&M WHP and NPS/Stevenson Brothers First Ridden M&M WHP has been amended to allow the three highest placed ponies within the top five to qualify for the finals.
Ponies who qualified for the 2020 Summer Championship Finals will have that qualification carried forward to the 2021 Championships.