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Don't be caught out ! - Hat standards for competing are changing in 2016

Posted by Sean Fowden on

When will (BS)EN1384 be phased out?

British Eventing — will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. All hats will be retagged in 2016.

Riding Clubs — British Riding Clubs will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. All hats will be retagged in 2016.

The Pony Club — will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. Full details of the revised hat tagging procedure will be communicated to the membership and volunteers shortly.

British Dressage — Riders competing in British Dressage events (BD) will be able to continue to wear helmets at (BS)EN 1384 standard throughout 2015 and 2016.

British Showjumping — will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter.

British Horse Society —will permit (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. From 1 January 2016 hats made solely to (BS)EN1384 will not be permitted for use in BHS approved centres.

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) told H&H that there is no need for change for riders who wear (BS)EN1384 but do not compete.

“Hats certified to this standard have reduced injuries and saved countless lives,” said BETA’s Claire Williams. “The protection that (BS)EN 1384 offers has not changed.

“When used and fitted correctly, (BS)EN1384 hats will continue to be as protective as they have been for the best part of 20 years, since the standard first appeared.”


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