SHETLAND PONY AGILITY


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WELCOME


An introduction.


Welcome to Shetland Pony Agility. What is it ? It's a sport, much like dog agility, however it is much more than that, it's also a great way to have fun with your pony and to socialise with like minded friends.

Who can compete ?


Anyone can, EVERYONE can ! Shetland Pony Agility is for all ages and abilities.

Obstacles


The 10 groups of Shetland Pony Agility Obstacles

The Course

Important stuff !


INSURANCE.

INSURANCE.

All ponies and people participating in the sport of Shetland Pony Agility MUST have their own third party public liability insurance or have signed an appropriate indemnity form and agreement.

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PONIES.

PONIES.

Ponies must be 2yrs old and over to compete at Newcomers and Novice levels. Intermediate level, ponies must be 3yrs old and over. Advanced level, ponies must be 4yrs old and over.

WELFARE.

WELFARE.

It is the welfare of the pony that must take precedence above all else. Anyone participating in the sport of SHETLAND PONY AGILITY must undertake to uphold and respect and adhere too, the "CORE VALUES" of our sport at all times.

JUNIORS.

JUNIORS.

Juniors - 14yrs and under. Children must be 5yrs old and over to compete in competitions, up until the age of 7yrs they must also be accompanied by an adult .

HANDLERS.

HANDLERS.

No equipment is needed by the handler, Juniors must wear an appropriate hard hat, it is recommended that they also wear gloves and suitable footwear, NO whips or sticks are allowed.

SPORT AGILITY.

SPORT AGILITY.

No bridles are allowed to be used when competing in the sport of AGILITY. The only piece of equipment the pony needs is a comfortable well fitting headcollar and preferably a long rope.

Membership


Membership Membership Membership

Join us !
Adult membership £23 -Junior membership ( 14yrs and under ) £10 - Family Membership ( 1 adult, 2 children ) £30
Group membership £100 - to include at least 2 adults minimum - maximum 5 and an unlimited number of juniors.
For agility groups, riding schools and clubs, concessions available for charities.
Please contact us direct to apply.
Become part of the fun world of Shetland Pony Agility.
Enter and compete in all our Shetland Pony Agility shows and events.
Enjoy the added benefits of being a member with regular updates and news.
Join our "awards scheme" and see all your competition scores translate into points in our league ladder.
To become a member, just use the JOIN NOW button and fill in the forms provided.
We look forward to you joining us !

Getting Started


What's next ?

What's next ?

Joining the world of Shetland Pony Agility can open up a whole new world of fun for you and your pony, but how do you start, where do you begin, here are some ideas for you. Firstly familiarise yourself with the rules of the club and importantly take a note of our core values.

Training.

Training.

Preparation and practice are the key elements to successful training. Your training can begin at home, you don't need to purchase any expensive equipment, make use of the stuff you have at home and around the yard. Incorporate your agility training into the everyday handling of your pony, remember that everything you do with your pony you are teaching him "something" from the time you catch him up, to the time you let go of him, try to make all his experiences, positive ones.

Getting together with friends.

Getting together with friends.

Get together with a few like minded friends, help and support each other, share agility equipment and have FUN. Why not start a small agility club yourself ? Its easy to do. First find a venue with ground conditions suitable for agility, work out training schedules and even run mini competitions. Shetland Pony Agility can supply you with the rosettes.

Clinics and Playdays.

Clinics and Playdays.

Attend Shetland Pony Agility approved clinics and playdays. These training days are a lot of fun and are structured to provide you with all the help you need to improve your performance. The results from the competitions that run along side them can be added to your league score.

Approved Shetland Pony Agility Trainer.

Approved Shetland Pony Agility Trainer.

Find an approved Shetland Pony Agility trainer. All our trainers are full insured to teach agility. They will help you with any problems relating to agility training. You can organise a playday with them at your own venue. They will supply all the equipment needed. ( please note we are currently recruiting new trainers, if this interests you please contact us using the contact form or ring Sally Young direct for a chat )

Find us on facebook.

Find us on facebook.

Join the Shetland Pony Agility GROUP on facebook. We have over 1,400 members. Here you will find all the latest news an views. Our PAGE Shetland Pony Agility Training will help you with lots of Hints and tips and the whys and wherefores of competing and training.

Shetland Pony Agility Handbook 2019

Shetland Pony Agility Handbook 2019

When you become a member of the Shetland Pony Agility club you will receive a copy of our handbook for 2019. This booklet will provide with all you need to know about the rules of agility, the obstacles and their requirements, and all the information about the different levels of agility and how you have can become part of our yearly awards scheme.

Competing


Competing Competing Competing
IT'S SHOW TIME !
So you've done some preparation and training and now you would like to have a go at competing, here's what you need to know.
The COMPETITION agility course, comprises of 10 obstacles, one from each of the 10 categories listed.
The competition is judged on you and your ponies ability to negotiate your way around the course, following a given criteria ,over, under and through the different obstacles, which remain the same throughout the different levels of agility. It is the standard of horsemanship skills which differs at the different levels. The course and the obstacles have been standardised for 2019. Different elements may be added at different times but the obstacles will remain the same. You are scored marks out of 10. The highest percentage of the marks are awarded for horsemanship, 6 out of the 10 marks. The main emphasise throughout Shetland Pony Agility is the horsemanship skills of the handler. How you present the pony to the obstacle, what you do and how you deal with things if they don't go according to plan. Your Leading position is marked at all times. Unless otherwise stated, your pony should remain along side you, on a relaxed rein, his nose level with your shoulder, not pulling or lagging behind. Agility is never about just "doing" an obstacle, it is about your relationship with your pony. Our aim is to help you achieve a high standard of horsemanship. The other 4 marks are for effectiveness, this is how you completed the obstacle according to the requirements of your class, for example, in the Newcomers and Novice levels, the requirements are kept simple, and may only include one halt and immobility at only one of the obstacles. This is to encourage you and your pony and allow you to progress through the different levels of agility. The last 10 marks are for "expression" The expression of a pony preforming agility should be one of curiosity and interest. Some of the obstacles may be scary but we don't want to be scaring him. Your trust based relationship will often be put to the test, your pony should look at the obstacle and then look to you and ask "is it ok?" Low marks are awarded for over expression to much excitability, or under expression a dull uninterested pony, therefore be careful not to over train your pony, keep your training sessions short, interesting and POSITIVE.


Novice Course 2019


Obstacle 1. Whirly Bird.

Obstacle group - TOUCH. The handler must present the obstacle to the pony to touch with his nose.

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Obstacle 2. Narrow Gap

Obstacle group - CONFIDENCE. The pony must walk confidently through the gap on his own, the handler to lead the pony from outside the obstacle.

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Obstacle 3. S - Bend

Obstacle group - MANOUVRE. The pony to negotiate his way through the s- bend without stepping out of or touching the poles.

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Obstacle 4. Bending.

Obstacle group - AROUND. The pony must weave his way around 5 cones directed by the handler, who must remain walking in a straight line.

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Obstacle 5. Arch.

Obstacle group - UNDER. The pony walk along side the handler and together pass under the arch.

Obstacle 6. Controll of paces.

Obstacle group - HANDLING SKILLS. The handler must lead the pony through a corridor marked by coloured discs. In the Red zone WALK, In the White zone , HALT 4 seconds, Blue zone, SLOW WALK away.

Obstacle 7. Tarpaulin.

Obstacle group - OVER. Pony and handler both to walk confidently over the tarpaulin.

Obstacle 8. Crazy Corner.

Obstacle group - TRUST. Pony and handler to walk calmly and confidently through the Crazy Corner.

Obstacle 9. Halt and Wait - Gate.

Obstacle group - COMMUNICATION. The pony must halt and wait at the gate, the handler to open the gate and invite the pony through and than close the gate.

Obstacle 10. Podium.

Obstacle group - Step Up. The pony must step onto the podium. FRONT feet only, show immobility and be asked to step gently back and reverse off.

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AgilityAbility

Junior Acheivement Awards.

AgilityAbility


Junior Achievement Awards

Shetland Pony Agility Achievement Awards. Educational, fun and rewarding. Apply and enter today !

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AgilityAbility Entry


Non - Member

£23
  • Silver - Gold.
  • Achievement Awards.

Bronze entry level

£15
  • Bronze entry level.
  • Achievement Award.

Events


Downloads


Shetland Pony Agility novice course requirements.

The novice course and its requirements for 2019

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Example of a Shetland Pony Agility score sheet.

Shetland Pony Agility score sheet.

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AgilityAbility Bronze Level

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Schedule Horse Agility Show

20th October

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Horsemanship Challenge Course

Diagram of our Horsemanship Challenge Course

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Horsemanship Challenge Test

Test for 2019

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Halloween Course and requirements 20/10/10

The requirements for our Halloween Show, Malthouse Centre, Steventon Oxon, OX13 6AP

Shetland Pony Agility Recognised Trainer Application


Become a Shetland Pony Agility Recognised Trainer !
At Shetland Pony Agility we are always happy to welcome new faces to join our list of recognised trainers.
Your assessment is free and can be completed in your own time.
What we ask of you is that you agree to abide by our training ethos and that you will actively promote our positive welfare standards.
We will give you all the help and support you need including an entry on our website to promote your events and business.
Our shop can supply you with score sheets, rosettes and award certificates.
Please fill in and submit the form opposite.
We will then be in touch by phone for a informal chat to see how we can take things forward !

Munchkins Miniature Shetland Pony Rescue


Munchkins Miniature Shetland Pony Rescue Munchkins Miniature Shetland Pony Rescue Munchkins Miniature Shetland Pony Rescue
Our ethos at Shetland Pony Agility is to help promote a better awareness of the welfare needs of the Shetland Pony.
Many of the ponies that are advertised for sale, on the internet and social media sites are Miniatures.
Some of these ponies can easily fall into the wrong hands and end up in great difficulty.
It is places like the Munchkins Miniature Shetland Pony Rescue Centre that step in to help these ponies in need.
Munchkins owned by Tammy Marx and her hard working family was set up in 2014 and gained their charitable status in February 2015, set in the beautiful Devon countryside, their home is now a pony sanctuary.
Many of the ponies that they take in are in a bad state, having suffered both physical and emotional trauma and neglect.
Farrier, vet and feed bills are never ending for them, but all the hard work and worry is forgotten when a troubled pony is rehabilitated into a happy and healthy pony.
These Charities rely heavily on the goodwill of caring people. Without this help, they simply couldn't carry on.
You can help them today by visiting their facebook page, or their website. Here you will be able to find the information you need to maybe sponsor one of their ponies, make a bid in their Friday night charitable auction or just simply make a donation to them !
Every little bit truly helps , THANK YOU X

Website - https://www.mini-munchkins.org

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