Peebles and District Riding Club

Changes to BRC Hat Rules for 2016 - all members need to take heed!

Wee reminder about Hat rules are changing for 2016 even for riding club events at local levels. This information that we have received from BRC in the last few days

2016 BRC Hat Rules

Please Note: These are provisional until the rule book is published for 2016.

‘Protective Headwear’ must be worn at all times by anyone, whether or not a Competitor, riding anywhere at any BRC event. Harnesses must be correctly adjusted and fastened at all times.

At all BRC Championships and Qualifiers ‘Protective Headwear’ must have been checked by an official to make sure that it is labelled with one of the accepted standards and then marked with a visible BRC ORANGE hat tag. Failure to do so will incur elimination. Due to a change in the accepted standards for this year, BRC BLUE hat tags will no longer be accepted. ‘Protective Headwear’ constitutes a hat which meets one of the British PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 provided they are BSI Kitemarked European VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
VG1 01.040: 2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
ASTM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards provided they are SEI marked SNELL E2001

Australian and New Zealand AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards provided they are SAI global marked

IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR THE CROSS COUNTRY PHASE: Only a “Jockey Skull” complying to the above standards may be worn for any XC phase. This must not have a peak, any peak type extensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes or to the front and should have an even round or elliptical shape with a smooth or slightly abrasive surface. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may

The use of head cams are strictly prohibited at any BRC affilited competition. This includes use on the head, chest, bridle or any other part of the horse or rider.

Please Note: Due to a change by the European Commission regarding EN1384 and BSEN1384 no longer being an accepted standard, all hats which only meet the standard EN1384 or BSEN1384, and do not comply with another standard from the above list, WILL NOT be accepted and therefore will not be 
permitted for any BRC competition. Hats which bear EN1384 or BSEN1384 along with another standard from the above list, will be tagged. 
For example, BSEN1384 & PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the Kitemark, would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.

Hard hats must carry the quality assurance stamp of Kitemark, SEI or SAI. It is emphasised that hats bearing a quality assurance stamp are batch tested and therefore of a constant standard. Skullcap hats must be worn with an appropriate colour silk for that discipline (see Appendix 4). For Quadrille competitions, hats of the above standard are mandatory.

Competitors are strongly advised to check their hats regularly and to replace them if damaged or following a fall. It is recommended that hats are replaced every 3 to 5 years depending on usage.

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