IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION – Hat Tagging 2015

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION – Hat Tagging 2015

Stop whatever you are doing today – Drop everything….but not your hat!

For 2015, Hat Tagging will continue as for 2014. All of the sport’s main governing bodies have announced that they will be phasing out the (BS)EN1384 standard0.

Please note, you will not be allowed to ride anywhere at an event if your hat has not been tagged,and hats which do not comply to an accepted standard will not be tagged under any circumstances. It is the competitors’ responsibility to ensure they arrive at a competition with a hat to the correct standard so it is therefore imperative that you check your hats before you get to the event, in order to avoid disappointment.

To do this:

1) Use the following information or the Rule Book for reference

2) Check that your hat clearly displays one of the accepted standards

3) Check that the standard also shows the correct corresponding date

4) Check that your hat also displays the correct corresponding safety standard mark

5) Make sure that you do not remove any labels from inside of your hat which may hold the relevant information as a hat will not be tagged without all of the required information permanently visible. Only hats which comply with all of these above steps will be accepted for tagging.

If your hat cannot be tagged, you will not be

allowed to ride wearing that hat under any circumstances.

 

The various organisations have released the following guidelines:

  • British Eventing — will permit (BS) EN 1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. All hats will be retagged in 2016 at which stage no hats made solely to (BS) EN 1384 will be tagged or permitted for use.
  • Riding Clubs — will permit (BS) EN 1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. All hats will be retagged in 2016 at which stage no hats made solely to (BS) EN 1384 will be tagged or permitted for use.
  • Pony Club — will permit (BS) EN 1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. Full details of the revised hat tagging procedure will be communicated out to the membership and volunteers shortly.
  • British Dressage — will permit (BS) EN 1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter.
  • British Showjumping — will permit (BS) EN 1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter.
  •  British Horse Society — will permit (BS) EN 1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. From 1.1.2016 hats made solely to (BS) EN 1384 will not be permitted for use in BHS Approved Centres.

So whether you are riding for pleasure or competitively: showing, dressage,, eventing, show jumping, training at a BHS approved premises etc: make sure you have the correct head gear.