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    04-23-2012, 12:57 PM
Green Broke
Question Pony card?

Ok this is me just learning more, since I've just started getting into Hunters, from Eventing...

People have asked me if my horse has her "pony card", since she is 14.1hh which would make her a large pony. But someone else told me I'd never be able to take her in any pony classes, because those are strictly for children.

Sooooo I'm certainly not a child (ahem, 21....ok FINE I'm 32 geez!) Anyway, I'll be the one riding her, so just thought I'd ask the forum what they know about these "pony cards"
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    04-23-2012, 01:08 PM
Good topic - i've wondered this myself as my mare is 14.1 1/2. Not that i'm going to be showing or anything - just curiosity. :)
    04-23-2012, 01:16 PM
Green Broke
I'm also wondering! My mare had one when she was a short stirrup pony but I have no clue what it is.
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    04-25-2012, 12:50 PM
Green Broke
Hmm so no one has any idea about pony cards?
    04-26-2012, 07:40 AM
Its just a card that says they are a large, medium, or small pony. You have to get them measured a couple different times for it. As you will be doing hunters and you are an adult, it doesnt really matter, the pony classes are all for kids.
    04-26-2012, 08:16 AM
Green Broke
Ok that's what I was wondering, whether it was a just for kids thing or not!
    04-26-2012, 05:43 PM
Just to add on to what gypsy said, you can get permanent or non-permanent cards. I'm never going to take my mare to rated shows, so rather than spending all the money and effort (she's a hony ;) ) to get an "official" pony card at some big recognized show, she just has one from our county show organization. It only works for those shows, but that's all I need. Depending on where you're showing, you may not even need a card. Local/schooling shows will often times just take you at your word unless there's a big question about size.
    04-26-2012, 06:27 PM

In your case a pony card doesn't matter, as you'll only be able to show her in schooling or unrated divisions where adults are allowed to ride ponies.

The pony card is mostly a rated show/rated division thing, though individual show organizations may have measurement rules.

A pony card will get to be very important if you ever sell Sandie and will increase her value. People interested in her for a child rider will definitely want her to already have a card. To obtain one, you must go to a rated show where she's being shown over fences and have the steward at the show give you an official measurement. Most show grounds have a concrete pad just for this purpose. You will need to have paperwork certifying her age or a vet certify that she is over 5 in order for her to get a permanent card.

DISCLAIMER: That's just an overview, and that info may be outdated as I haven't been to a rated show as a coach or competitor in about 17 years.
    04-26-2012, 06:46 PM
You have to get them measured two or three times for them to get a permanant card
    04-26-2012, 08:16 PM
Good to know, thanks, Gypsy.

Used to be you could get one at a single show IF you showed over fences at the show and had the rest of the paperwork.

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