Pony 5 Star

The PONY Five Star Performance Awards are designed as a series of progressive standards which provide pony riders with; a focus for their training, improved performance in the ring and improved stable management skills.

The awards start from instilling the correct basics and fundamentals through to encouraging young riders progression onto competitive pony riding through to supporting their step onto horses. The aim of the programme is also to instil stable management knowledge, respect of the rules as well as ethics of sportsmanship and recognition of good performance over results all of which can be delivered through the Academies.

The PONY Five Star Performance Awards are set to help all pony members to achieve their full potential while giving recognition for their achievements along the way.

Each level of award requires you to; set personal goals, achieve ridden skills, and answer questions correctly. The awards encourage basic riding standards and knowledge of horse care, rules and equitation. The awards also provide preparation for riders who wish to compete on Home Pony National teams and FEI International teams.

Depending on your age and experience you may begin at the level appropriate to your riding ability, riding and stable management knowledge & skills and your experience. This can be discussed with your British Showjumping coach so that you enter at the level which is appropriate for you and your pony.  If you do not start at One Star it is your responsibility to ensure that you complete the questions in the levels below the level you are starting.

Level 1 – An introductory achievement level for junior riders new to the sport of Showjumping

Level 2 – For junior riders with some experience of Showjumping, who are learning the fundamentals of the sport and are ready to progress their skills.

Level 3 – Junior riders who are competing regularly and have knowledge of how to prepare and look after a pony who is competing and are developing themselves as a competitor

Level 4 – For Junior riders with a broad range of experience in Showjumping, who can prepare themselves and their pony for consistency in competition and can demonstrate knowledge in achieving this.

Level 5 – Aimed at Junior riders who demonstrate consistent preparation and are a role model for other juniors  within the sport. They will show high levels of turn out of themselves and their pony and present themselves well to others. They will have knowledge of training techniques to aid the development of competition ponies and have clear goals about their future within the sport.

Achievement of the 1*, 2* or 3* also mean you qualifiy for the Style & Performance Finals classes at the British Showjumping National Junior Academy Show in August.

You can work towards the PONY Five Star Performance Awards at British Showjumping training with the natioanl academies or on a one to one basis with your coach.

To find a British Showjumping coach to sign off your Pony Five Star Performance Awards please click here.

Take your PONY 5* Log book to each training session and your coach can sign-off the relevant criteria that you achieve, monitor your progress and discuss the key areas for long term all-round development. Your log book will act as a record of your own personal journey and turn into a wonderful reference of the growing skills and confidence of you and your pony.

Upon successful completion of each level and sign off by a British Showjumping Coach please return the relevant signed coupon found at the back of the PONY 5* booklet to the British Showjumping Sport Team. You will receive a certificate and badge as you pass each level, as well as NAF products and merchandise.


Please enter your details into the fields below to register onto the Pony 5* Programme.
Once we have received your submission your Parent/Guardian will receive an email confirming receipt.

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