Recently, we’ve had a scary amount of people come into the shop that have been sold a riding hat, or body protector elsewhere, to be told by their riding instructor that is has failed the safety test, either due to ill-fitting or the hat/body protector isn’t up to current standards.
Whether you’re a member of a local Pony Club or eventing at Burghley, your hat must meet the new standard. This means that (BS)EN1384 alone is not permitted by the The Pony Club, Riding Clubs, British Horse Society (BHS), British Eventing, British Show Jumping or British Dressage in 2017. However, hats would be acceptable if they carry EN1384 or BSEN1384 and another standard such as those listed:
- PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)
- VG1 01.040 (2014-12)
- ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)
- SNELL E2001
- AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)
So if your hat is still meeting current safety standards, fab. But does it fit correctly? Scott and I are both trained to fit safety equipment correctly, so please call us on 01509 670436 to book an appointment as the shop gets busy. Even if your hat was fitted when you first bought it, it is a good idea to have it regularly checked in case any straps need adjusting or in the case of young riders a reminder of how to correctly wear their hat! A fitting or check is free here, so it’s definitely worth the peace of mind.
For 2017, the Pony Club requires that body protectors must meet the Beta Level 3 2009 standard for cross country and pony racing, but they are not compulsory for other activities. In 2018, British Eventing will only allow body protectors with the Beta Level 3 2009 (purple) label to be worn, as the 2000 version will no longer be permitted. We can also check that your body protector fits correctly.
If you bring your hat and body protector along to your appointment we will check them. That way you know they will do their job properly in the event of a fall (it happens to the best of us, just seems to be me hitting the deck every other week at the moment!)
*Always check with your riding organisation for current rules.