Sunday March 3, 2024
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Back Protectors


The use of body protectors is Compulsory for all Cross Country riding and Pony Racing in both training or competing. 

Body Protector Rule 2023/2024

In simple terms, the 2018 black blue label is the only one to have from 1st January 2024 for Pony Racing and Cross Country Riding.

If you are planning to buy a body protector, only buy one that carries this label!


The 2009 purple on white logo is only ok until end of 2023 and is then accepted for everything other than Cross Country riding and Pony Racing.

The 2000 purple on white label is no good at all – no longer accepted!

Riders who choose to use the Woof Wear Body Cage EXO must lodge a key with the Event Organiser when they collect their number.
Air Jackets
The Pony Club follows the British Equestrian Federation on its Standards for Air Jackets.
If a rider chooses to wear an air jacket in Cross Country or Pony Racing, it must only be used in addition to a normal body protector which meets the current Body Protector Standards. Parents and Members must be aware that riders may be permitted to continue after a fall in both competition and training rides for Cross Country and/or Pony Racing, provided the rider has been passed as fit to continue by First Aid Providers. In the event of a fall, it must be fully deflated or removed before continuing, after which, the conventional body protector will continue to give protection. Air jackets must not be worn under a jacket and number bibs should be fitted loosely or with elasticated fastenings over the air jacket.
A correctly-fitting body protector is essential to help to keep you safe; it should stop 7cm above the saddle so it doesn’t interfere when riding. If you’re buying for the first time, it’s a really good idea to be able to try different styles whilst sitting on a saddle. If you need guidance your local tack shop that sells rider safety equipment should be able to help or get in touch with Nicky at Denchworth Equestrian or Treehouse Sporting Colours for practical advice. Treehouse is offering extended returns on any products bought now until 31st January so if you’re thinking of buying a new protector as a Christmas present, you have time to exchange if it’s not quite right. Use code: OBHPC for 10% off – even better!