Code of Conduct

Riders must:

  • Be polite at all times.
  • Give consideration to other riders and the general public.
  • Comply with instructions given by the Ride Organiser or other Ride Officials.
  • Be in control of their horse.


Riders wishing to overtake should call out and make their presence known and shall first obtain permission from the rider in front and then overtake with due care and attention. Any rider who is about to be overtaken should clear the way.

Footpaths, Bridleway and Byways are all public highways where it is likely that participants will meet other users. Whether on a public highway or not, participants should meet other users in a safe manner, for example, making them aware of their presence and slowing to a walking pace while passing if unable to give them a wide berth. While using any public highway, participants should comply with the Highway Code at all times.

Riders Must Wear:


Permissible hat standards no longer include BSEN1384. All riders must wear one of the standards listed below. Failure to do so will invalidate your insurance.
a) British PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kite marked.
b) European VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kite marked*
c) American ASTM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards provided they are SEI marked
d) SNELL E2001.
e) Australian and New Zealand AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards provided they are SAI global marked.

Footwear with at least ½ an inch of heel unless a stirrup cage is used to prevent the foot from being able to slip through the stirrup. Wellington boots are not permitted in any circumstances.

A number will be issued to all riders which must be worn at all times when riding. This is so we can identify riders. 2 stickers will also be issued. One should be placed on your hat the other on your tack – just in case any rider becomes separated from their horse. This sticker will have an emergency contact number on it.

Riders Should Wear:

Jodhpurs, riding breeches or riding tights, with chaps. Suitable foul weather clothing is permitted. Hi-Viz clothing is encouraged,

It is recommended that riders have their arms covered.

Riders with special medical conditions or needs should carry a medical card or similar, and leave a copy with the Ride Secretary for use in an emergency.

Artificial Aids:

Whips of a maximum length not exceeding 75cm (29.5″) are permitted,

Spurs are not permitted.


Unless otherwise indicated, gates should be left as found; some gates will be open on the course. Those that need to be closed will have a gate steward.



Horses shall be ridden in a recognised form of bridle with or without a bit. Riding in a head collar, blinkers, draw-reins, Market Harborough or similar schooling aid is not permitted. Any suitable saddle may be used. Numnahs, saddle blankets and girth guards are permitted. It is the rider’s responsibility to make sure:

  • their horse is under control at all times
  • their tack is safe and fits correctly

Tail Ribbons:

Tail ribbons should be used in these circumstances,

  • Red if a horse is nervous or bad tempered when other horses come too close to their hindquarters.
  • Green if the horse is young and/or a novice.
  • Blue is mandatory for a stallion.

Bridle Discs:

All Stallions must wear bridle discs.


A horse may be ridden with shoes, in hoof-boots, other hoof-wear or barefoot. If shod, the horse must be adequately and correctly shod before the start of the ride. Pads are allowed.

Leg Protection:

Horses may wear leg protection including grease when competing in any ride.