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It's a Sport. It's also great way to have fun with your pony and to socialise with like minded friends. For those of us lucky enough to have the pleasure of owning a Shetland Pony ( or 2 or 3 or 4.... ! ) we know what courageous characters they have, with a great willingness and boldness to do what we ask of them. However due to their small stature, communication with them can sometimes be difficult, leading to misunderstandings and to behaviour that we often perceive as "being naughty". Through the use of Agility training, an opportunity for exploration and play can be created, these misunderstandings, can then often be resolved, and with clear, calm, communication from us, a partnership based on trust and co-operation can be formed !


Anyone can ! Ponies must be 2yrs old and over to compete in competitions. Registered and unregistered ponies and part breds under 43" are allowed. The only piece of equipment needed is a well fitting headcollar and rope.


What are the benefits of becoming a member of Shetland Pony Agility? Number one you will be supporting our " CORE VALUES " which are the promotion of good horsemanship and the upholding and the maintaining of the strict welfare standards, both towards your pony and fellow competitors, that as a club, Shetland Pony Agility undertakes to promote. You will be able to compete in shows and events and work your way up through the different levels of Agility, Newcomers, Novice, Intermediate and finally the Advanced level. You will have access to all the up to date information and training hints and tips enabling you to succeed in our annual awards scheme, which runs from April through to October of each year.


The 10 groups of Shetland Pony Agility Obstacles

The Course

Club Rules



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 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.



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 - 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 .



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.



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

Join us !
Adult membership £23 -Junior membership ( 14yrs and under ) £10 - Family Membership ( 1 adult, 2 children ) £30
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.



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
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 the situation if things 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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Shetland Pony Agility Online facebook Photo & Video Competition

As part of our ANNUAL AWARDS SCHEME we have the Best Photo and Best Video categories.

  • Date: 01/04/2019 07:00 AM - 29/04/2019 07:00 PM
  • Location: facebook online

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Spring Bank Holiday Show 6th May

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Core Values

The welfare and safety of the pony both mentally and physically are paramount. Only enter a competition when the pony is in good health and ready to compete. Insufficient preparation and training for a competition can only result in undue stress for both you and your pony. Competing in an agility event should be regarded as an opportunity to demonstrate the results of all your hard work together. Your final score should be viewed as an "expression", good or bad, of the relationship between you and your pony."

Welfare and Saftey Shetland Pony Agility

Code of Fair play The best interests of the pony should be placed above all else. It is the collaboration of all those who participate in the sport of agility in any way, not only the competitors but the owners, trainers and spectators that can play a significant role in the upholding of the important "values of fair play" and respect of the rules. No abusive behaviour will be tolerated either towards the pony or fellow competitors by anyone."

Code of Fair Play. Shetland Pony Agility.

It is the aim of Shetland Pony Agility to promote and enhance a high standard of horsemanship within the sport of agility. The small stature of the Shetland pony, especially the minis, and due to the fact the majority of them are not ridden, sometimes leads to the misconception that they are not fully functioning equines, it is because of this fact that it becomes even more imperative that our groundwork skills and our day to day handling of them is equal to that of the general horse world and that they are given the respect and understanding that all horses and ponies deserve."

Horsemanship. Shetland Pony Agility

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

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