I would hope that after 3 years of experience the child is able to move up in the ring providing their pony is good enough for official or if their pony isnt, progess to the unofficial pony ring. It depends entirely on what level of education the child has received during the 3 years of competing. Can the child canter confidently in open space and are they able to control that canter? Or are they ribbon hunting? Mirawee....regardless of the opinions of the above...this is exactly why set and defined rules and regulations need to be set out for everyone across the board. Then we wont have these problems * ** Also isn't that "7-10" query you have the same as a lead rein rider starting at 5years old and still being in there at 8years old??