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Horse Riding Hat Standard to Change in 2016

16 November 2015

UK - From 2016, changes by the EU commission are being introduced to the standard of hat acceptable for riders.

The previous standard of hats bearing only EN1384 or BSEN1384 will no longer be accepted.

Hats will now require EN1384 or BSEN1384 as well as another standard. The additional acceptable standards are: BSI Kitemark, SEI Mark, SNELL label and number, and SAI Global Mark.

This change has a number of implications BHS members may need to consider, particularly in terms of insurance. Here is a summary of how the changes might affect you.

  • Gold members should be advised that insurers may not view continued use of the old standard hats as the stipulated acceptable precaution required. It is therefore suggested that investments are made into hats that meet the new standard.

  • Riding schools will be required to insist riders wear acceptable standard hats, and may not be able to defend claims in the event of injuries if this is not enforced.

  • Freelance instructors must advise riders to wear acceptable hats. Should a rider insist on wearing a non-standard hat, this must be documented by the instructor.

  • Managers of livery yards should advise clients on the change and recommend that they get their hats checked.

  • Disclaimers from clients acknowledging their refusal to wear standard hats are not acceptable for insurance purposes.

  • BHS exams, taken domestically or internationally, will require the new standard of hat in order to be covered by the BHS third party liability insurance.

  • BRC members will also be expected to adhere to the new standard. Members taking part in Area Qualifiers and Championships will have their hats checked and tagged before competition.


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