TPC Rules & Responsibilities

Get all the information you need about the Tallebudgera Pony Club in our handy PDF handbook. It covers everything you need to know about participating in our events and being a member of our club. Check the handbook first for quick answers. If you still have questions, feel free to contact us!

Rules of Tallebudgera Pony Club

Use of Grounds

  • The grounds are only available for financial TPC members unless authorised by the committee.
  • Proper safety attire, including enclosed footwear, riding boots, and certified helmets, is mandatory when handling or riding a horse. Riding in a halter is not allowed.
  • Bridles with a bit meeting TPC guidelines, or approved by the Chief Instructor, must always be used.
  • Check the safety of all tack and equipment before each use.
  • All tack and equipment must be used as designed.
  • Coaching is only allowed by parents of their own children and by qualified instructors with PCAQ or EA accreditation, including those with an NCAS Level 1 qualification for jumping or cross-country disciplines.

Jumping Rules

  • Show jumping is permitted only with the presence of an adult over 18 years.
  • Cross-country jumping requires supervision by an NCAS 1 Instructor, especially outside rally days or official events.
  • PCAQ or EA instructors providing coaching outside official events must possess the necessary qualifications and provide insurance documentation.

Arena Rules

Specific conduct guidelines are to be followed in the arena, including:

  • Collect manure and dispose of it properly.
  • No lunging if riders are present; use the round yard for lunging, which has priority for this activity.
  • Give way to faster horses and use the inside track for slower paces.
  • Tack adjustments should be done outside the arena or near the middle without obstructing paths.
  • No dogs or horses to be tied on arena rails.

Equipment and Facility Use

  • Return all equipment to its original place after use.
  • Use jump equipment responsibly and avoid leaving poles on the ground.
  • Dogs are only allowed on non-event days and must be on a lead and under control at all times. No dogs are permitted during unofficial or official events, including rally days, clinics, and RDA days (Friday and Saturday mornings).
  • Training equipment should be used under supervision for those under 17. Adults should use these away from younger members.
  • Use the driveway to prevent damage when driving vehicles. Dispose of manure from floats in the designated pile, not in the car park area.

Water/Wash Bay Use

Conserve water in the Wash Bay area according to the specific rules:

  • Wash Bay is open only for agistees and members who float their horse to the grounds for work.
  • On Competition and Rally Days, it’s open for all members.
  • Use buckets and sponges for cleaning, limiting hose use to brief periods.

Safety and Conduct

  • No smoking is permitted on TPC grounds at any time.
  • Helmets must be worn at all times; riding in a halter is not allowed.
  • Anyone under the age of 17 must have adult supervision on the grounds.
  • Visitors must be accompanied by a financial TPC member.
  • Close all gates after passing through.
  • Respect the 5km speed limit on grounds. Horses always have the right of way. No riding on the sides of vehicles.
  • No bad language, unsportsmanlike behaviour, or cruelty to horses.
  • Alcohol is not permitted during official functions involving horses.
  • Riding for the Disabled Access Times: Respect and courtesy are required towards Currumbin Valley Riding for the Disabled users on Friday and Saturday mornings from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Participation Policy

  • No Help No Ride Rule applies on rally and competition days.