Tuesday January 18, 2022
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Hats checks and tagging














It is compulsory that body protectors are worn for all Cross Country riding and Pony Racing whether it be training or competing.  Body Protectors used for Cross Country and Pony Racing must meet BETA 2009 Level 3 standard (purple label) or BETA 2018 Level 3 standard (blue and black label)

  The aquamarine hat tags are current for 2020. Hats can be tagged by either PC, Riding Clubs or BE, you won’t need separate tags for each. 

Please find below link to the Hat and Body Protector Rules of The Pony Club for 2020

  • The hat standard BS EN 1384 has been removed as an accepted hat standard.
  • PC are now accepting the hat standards ASTM F1163 and VG1.
  • PC are also now accepting BE hat tags, so if Members have BE  tagged hat, they will not need tagging with the aquamarine Pony Club hat tag. However, please note we can still randomly spot check tagged hats if we wish.
  • PC are clarifying the position regarding peaks in cross-country riding including Eventing, Tetrathlon, Horse Trials and also Pony Racing and Mounted Games. Please note that a jockey skull cap must be worn, with no fixed 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.
  • Body protectors used in Cross Country or Pony Racing must be BETA Level 3 standard. These have a purple BETA tag on them.

Hat Rule 2020/21

Body Protector Rule-2020/21

Full details of accepted hats are on the links ABOVE and our hat taggers, Joy Wilson,  Tor Tearney and Lisa Smith will be able to answer any queries, but IF YOU ARE BUYING A NEW HAT check that the hat they are selling you will be compliant FOR 2020.

No recording devices are permitted as they can compromise a hat‘s effectiveness.

Hats must be replaced after a severe impact as subsequent protection will be significantly reduced.

The rules set down by Headquarters for hat checks and tagging are as follows:

It is mandatory for all Members to wear a protective helmet manufactured to one of the minimum standards and these are specified on the PC website or you can contact one of the designated officials below who will be able to tell you.

Tagging indicates that a hat meets the required standards, NO check of the fit and condition of the hat is implied. It is the responsibility of the Member’s parent or guardian to ensure that their hat complies with the required standards and to ensure that the manufacturer’s guidelines with regard to fit and replacement are followed.

It is your responsibility to get your hat checked and tagged before attending any rallies so that the rally organiser knows that it is of the correct standard.

The people who are designated to tag and check your hats are:- Tor Tearney 07501 088905  Joy Wilson 01235 868389/07811 927803 (please leave a message on the answerphone) and Lisa Smith 07779 354442.(Lisa will be at many of the rallies during the year) Alternatively, Claire Lisi is able to tag hats taken to Asti Stud’s saddlery near Goosey – please check first to see what times she is working.

If you need your hat checked and tagged please contact them to have it done before attending a rally.


Always wear the correct headwear!