Hat standards set to change for 2016
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20 Jul 15

Hat standards set to change for 2016

To give BE Members the best chance of preparing for the changes in British Eventing hat standards in future, please note the below ruling which will come into effect on the 1st January 2016.

7.2 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 BE Event. Top hats and uniform hats are permitted as an exception to this rule only for dressage and mounted prize-givings (where appropriate) in Intermediate Championships and Advanced classes and in certain FEI classes.

If a hat comes off during a dressage test, it must be replaced immediately; the Competitor may dismount or the hat may be handed to them. The test will be restarted at the beginning of the movement during which it came off. There will be no penalty for error of course but if the hat is not replaced the Competitor will be eliminated.

Protective Headwear, as listed below, must be worn by Competitors at all times when mounted in BE80(T), BE90, BE100 and BE100 Plus classes.

When jumping, including warming up, all Competitors must wear ‘Protective Headwear’ i.e. a hat which meets one of the following standards:

Hat standards set to change for 2016
Hat standards set to change for 2016

‘Protective Headwear’ must have been checked by an official to make sure that it is labelled with one of the above standards and then marked with a visible current BE ‘hat tag’.

Harnesses must be correctly fastened at all times whilst mounted.

For the Cross Country phase, only a “Jockey Skull” may be worn, this must have no peak, 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 be used if required.

Competitors are strongly recommended to check their hats regularly and to replace them if damaged, or following a fall.