It is important that you adhere to the following:
New Hat Standard
Rule 101.3 The New Hat standards came into force as of 1st January 2016.
Showjumping Officials will not be expected to check hats, it is the responsibility of the rider to ensure they comply with the rules of the St Lawrence Charity Horse Show and the requirements of the insurers.
However as with all Rules, if you are become aware that someone is riding with a hat that does not comply with the rules you are expected to enforce the rule.
Guidance, should you become aware that a hat does not comply with the new standards as follows.
1. If it comes to your attention before the rider competes, they must not be allowed to compete or ride anywhere on the showground until such time as they find a hat that complies with the rule
2. If it comes to your attention after the riders has competed. They are to be Disqualified from that competition for failing to comply with Rule 101.3 and cannot further compete or ride anywhere on the showground until such time as they find a hat that complies with the rule 101.3.
101.3 Hats: A ‘Riding Hat’, designed to provide protection, must be worn, at all times when mounted by anyone, whether or not a Competitor, at a British showjumping competition. Harnesses must be properly adjusted and fastened at all times when mounted.
When jumping, including warming up, all Competitors must wear ‘Protective Headwear’ i.e. a hat which meets one of the following standards:
- British - All PAS 015, VG1 - Provided they are BSI Kitemarked
- European - VG1 - Provided they are BSI Kitemarked
- American - All SEI ASTM F1163 04a onwards and SNELL E2001
- Australian & New Zealand - AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards.
Competitors are strongly recommended to check their hats regularly and to replace them if damaged, or following a fall. British Showjumping shall not suffer any liability (whether for death or personal injury or for any consequential or indirect loss suffered) in relation to protective helmets worn by riders and in particular but without prejudice to the generality of the foregoing any failure by riders to wear protective helmets to the above standards.