A new “code of conduct” for junior showjumpers has come into force, following complaints about the behaviour of young members.
Scotland has lost its Home Pony International (HPI) for 2013, after the 2012 host, Ingliston, backed out. It cited underage drinking and petty vandalism at last year’s event.
British Showjumping (BS) has responded by issuing a code of conduct for juniors.
“It confirms that BS has zero tolerance for drinking and smoking among underage children,” said chief executive Iain Graham.
He said the “ultimate sanction” for any member caught breaking the code would be “expulsion of parent and child” from BS.
Mr Graham said BS had received “considerable” feedback about the lack of parental control and responsibility at certain shows.
“We are hoping it will just remind everybody about their responsibilities,” he said.
Ingliston’s owner Paul Fraser — who was moved to cancel the 2013 HPI after previous contenders flooded the lavatory block and engaged in underage drinking — said the code was “a step in the right direction”.
He told H&H: “It is good for the sport and I think every fair-minded person will welcome it with open arms.
“The only people who won’t think it’s a good idea are the ones we don’t want
This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (28 February 2013)