In addition to changes to the hat rules for 2016, there have also been changes to the Body Protector Rules for 2016.
In essence these changes mean that from now on all body protectors used for Cross Country and Pony Racing must meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label). The older 2000 purple label is no longer acceptable. These rules will also apply to Arena Eventing run under Pony Club rules where Cross Country dress is required.
The Pony Club does not make the use of body protectors compulsory, except for all Cross Country riding and Pony Racing whether it be training or competing. For general use, the responsibility for choosing body protectors and the decision as to their use must rest with Members and their parents. It is recommended that a rider’s body protector should not be more than 2% of their body weight. When worn, body protectors must fit correctly, be comfortable and must not restrict movement.
The full version of the ruling, and a picture of the relevant label, can be found here http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/dcs_health_safety/