Entrants must be a current Member of a Pony Club Branch or Centre in the United Kingdom.
The drawing or painting should have a title suggested by this year's theme of "Heritage through Horsemanship". It should be a personal memory or idea, and if needed, references should be taken from your own or your family's collection of photos, and not from a magazine or published professional material (i.e. when the copyright for the image belongs to someone else.) The judges will be looking for a well thought out, well painted or drawn picture that successfully conveys the idea being pictured. They will be looking for originality, a flair for colour or drawing, and good use of materials.
The subject of the work must be equestrian-related.
The piece must be entirely the artist's own work.
By entering the competition, entrants give their express permission to allow their work to be used for publicity if required.
There are three separate age categories: 11 years and Under, 12-16 Years, and 17 Years and Over.
Deadline for entries is midnight Sunday 1st July 2018.
Members of Pony Club Centres and Branches overseas are welcome to upload their artwork, but only artwork from those who are Members of The Pony Club UK (including Northern Ireland) will be judged as part of the competition.
Guidelines for Photography
Photograph your work outside in natural light, so the colours are true to life and there aren't any shadows caused by thick paint etc. Get someone to hold it if it is windy, or prop it up against a wall or other object.
If it is on paper, tape it to a board of some kind to hold it flat. Make sure there are no shadows across the work from bushes, washing lines etc. If it is really sunny, angle the picture so that the light is not too bright on the image. Make sure your painting is properly dry or it will shine.
To get a nice photo that is not distorted try to line up all the edges of the artwork with the edges of the picture and try to get close enough to fill the whole of the screen with the picture, especially with a mobile phone which will still focus when it is quite close to the picture. If you have a camera with a zoom stand back to about 1.5 - 2 metres from the picture and zoom in to just the picture cutting out the background that way. If you do this you don't have to edit the picture on the computer and it looks more professional. That way you can be sure you have the best possible photo and the least amount of background which is distracting and will spoil your picture.
Make sure the flash is turned off or this will leave a white blob in the middle of the photo where the flash bounces off your work back at the camera.
1st Stage: Initial judging will be done using the images uploaded to the competition website. A total of ten entries in each category will be shortlisted for the second stage of judging, and those entrants will be notified by late July 2019.
2nd Stage: The next stage of judging will be done by representatives from The Pony Club, who will each rank the shortlisted entries within their age category. The five entries in each category with the highest average score will go forward to the final stage.
Finals: The five finalists in each age category will go forward to the national judging at The Pony Club Championships, August 16th-20th 2019. Their artwork will be displayed to Championship competitiors and visitors, and a judging panel will decide upon an overall competition Winner and Runner-up.
Winner: The national winner will have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed at the Society of Equestrian Artists exhibition.
Other: Please don't discuss or make contact with any of the judges in regard to the competition entries.
Presentation of Work
The size of the final drawing/painting must be no larger than A2.
If your work is selected as one of the 15 finalists, you will be required to frame it for exhibition. If you've produced your work to a standard size (A2, A4, A3 etc) you will be able to buy a reasonably priced ready-made frame to fit it. If you require guidance with this please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries should be photographed digitally and uploaded to The Pony Club Art Competition portal at artcomp.pcuk.org (see guidelines and hints about taking good pictures above) together with the online entry form. The size of the uploaded image should be a maximum of 4MB (if it is larger, you will need to decrease its size in an image editing program before uploading)