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Safty Hat Standards

    28 Jan 2017   

Following recent confusion that appears to be emerging in the Showing community regarding the updating to the Hat Rules of the Member Bodies of The Showing Council, we would take this opportunity to clarify matters. The wording which has been finalised for the generic use in Member Bodies Rule Books, is as follows;

When jumping in the Ring, the practice or collecting areas, all Riders must wear protective headgear, according to the current standards as listed below:

All PAS 015; VG1; ASTM F1163 04a onwards; SNELL E2001; AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards.

Please note that from the 1st January 2017 the list no longer includes BS/EN1384: 2012 (or prior year suffix). The new European standard will be allowed once finalised and be will advised in due course. Skullcaps must be of, or worn with, a dark coloured plain peaked cover. See Rule 3.(C) Refer to your Society/Association Rule Book for further clarification.

Correctly secured Skull Caps/Riding Hats that meet one of the following current Safety Standards/specifications MUST be worn by all Riders between the ages of 15 to 17 inclusive. 

All PAS 015; VG1; ASTM F1163 04a onwards; SNELL E2001; AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards. In addition the new BS/EN standard will be allowed, once approved with the finalised number being advised in due course.

Not all the above will be relevant to every Society/Association as some will be Children only organisations some Adults only and some will be a combination of the two; some will require compulsory wearing of Safety Hats at all times and some will not; some will include Jumping Classes and some will be Flat Classes only. However, the above detail holds the entire framework that can be selected from as necessary. The actual content on what Safety Standards are now allowable is essentially exactly the same though.

It might be helpful if we try to dispel some of the myths that are currently being perpetuated and circulating; the Member Bodies would like to clarify that;

  • The VG1 Standard IS on the current list and thus is allowable
  • All PAS 015 means exactly that irrespective of any year that may be suffixed
  • If your Safety Hat meets more than one standard and one of those standards is now not on the list, then it will be fine as long as the other standards are on the list
  • The updating of the Hat Rules does NOT mean that everyone now must wear Safety Hats at all times with all organisations, there are no changes to that
  • The Rule does NOT apply to what you do at home

Please do not listen to rumour and conjecture nor have a discussion on Facebook - it’s not proving to be helpful; please do speak to your local or preferred stockist or seek guidance through The Showing Council Website where the latest information is found. The Showing Council decision is the one which has been reached through open and united discussion by ALL the Member Bodies and BETA and no one body has “enforced” anything on any one at any time.

The Showing Council promotes and encourages responsible riding and safety at all times.

Hopefully this will be a helpful piece of information for you all and please all remember to enjoy yourselves.






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