Change in Approved Riding Hat Standards

The EU Commission has announced that the European equestrian riding helmet standard BS EN 1384 is to be withdrawn from the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) in its next publication.


This means that hat manufacturers will no longer be able to CE-mark their hats using this standard and will need to recertify to a specification currently being developed.


The existing EN 1384 standard is currently in the process of revision. The withdrawal is due in part to the European working group responsible for the hat standard failing to reach an agreement on this overdue revision and subsequently causing the commission to take this drastic step. 


As a result of these recent changes, the disciplines and riding bodies within the UK will be reconsidering their hat rules for the future. Full details of the changes currently available are listed below.


British Horse Society approved centres will permit BS EN 1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter. From 1 January 2016, hats made solely to BS EN 1384 will not be permitted for use in any BHS Approved Centres.


As of 1 January all customers' hats will be checked and tagged by us so we can ensure everyone is riding in a correct standard hat.


Hats that conform to PAS 015, ASTM F1163, SNELL E2001 or AS/NZS 3838:2006 are acceptable.


If you are thinking of buying a new riding hat for Christmas make sure it conforms to one of the above standards as BSEN1384 hats are still being sold.


Due to these changes we are pleased to announce that Countrywide Farmers' Bridgwater Store is offering Cannington Equestrian Centre customers 10% off a new riding hat when purchased in store. See Hatti for further details.