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Changes to Hat Standards

(BS EN 1384 / EN 1384) from 2016

2016 BRC Hat Rules

Please Note: These are provisional until the rule book is published for 2016.
‘Protective Headwear’ must be worn at all times by anyone, whether or not a Competitor, riding anywhere at any BRC event. Harnesses must be correctly adjusted and fastened at all times. At all BRC Championships and Qualifiers ‘Protective Headwear’ must have been checked by an official to make sure that it is labelled with one of the accepted standards and then marked with a visible BRC ORANGE hat tag. Failure to do so will incur elimination.  Due to a change in the accepted standards for this year, BRC BLUE hat tags will no longer be accepted. ‘Protective Headwear’ constitutes a hat which meets one of the following standards:

 British PAS 015: 1998 OR 2011 Provided they are BSI Kitemarked

 VG1 01.040:2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
 European  VG1 01.040:2014-12 provided they are BSI Kitemarked
 American  ASRM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards provided they are SEI marked
 SNELL E2001
Austrailian and New
 AS/NZS 3838: 2006 onwards provoded they are SAI global marked
 IMPORTANT CHANGE FOR THE CROSS COUNTRY PHASE: Only a “Jockey Skull” complying to the above standards may be worn for any XC phase. This must not have a peak, any 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. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may be used if required.
The use of head cams are strictly prohibited at any BRC affiliated competition. This includes use on the head, chest, bridle or any other part of the horse or rider.

Please Note: Due to a change by the European Commission regarding EN1384 and BSEN1384 no longer being an accepted standard, all hats which only meet the standard EN1384 or BSEN1384, and do not comply with another standard from the above list, WILL NOT be accepted and therefore will not be permitted for any BRC competition.

Hats which bear EN1384 or BSEN1384 along with another standard from the above list, will be tagged. For example, BSEN1384 & PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the Kitemark, would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.

Skullcap hats must be worn with an appropriate colour silk for that discipline (see Appendix 4). For Quadrille competitions, hats of the above standard are mandatory. Competitors are strongly advised to check their hats regularly and to replace them if damaged or following a fall. It is recommended that hats are replaced every 3 to 5 years depending on usage.


*New.... Body Protector Rules For 2012*
new and only standards for body protectors for those competing 

at Area and Championships, 

where a body protector is required. 

PLEASE - make sure your body protectors comply BEFORE you arrive at the Area qualifier.

You MUST NOT get on a horse at the qualifier UNTIL you have had your body protector checked.
If the body protector does not conform 



flu info


Our equine influenza rules are based on the British Horseracing Authority  

Rules (formerly The Jockey Club Rules).  

G7.1: Vaccination Procedure  

Each pony or horse must have a valid vaccination certificate which undeniably relates to that pony or horse, completed, signed and stamped on each relevant line by a veterinary surgeon who is not the owner of the pony or horse. It must state that the pony or horse has received the appropriate course of injections: 

Primary Vaccination Two injections, the 2nd between 21 and 92 days after the 1st First Booster An injection between 150 and 215 days after 2nd primary injection Annual Booster An injection not more than 1 year after the preceding injection None of the vaccinations may be given within the preceding 7 days including the day of competition or entry into the competition stables. 

Annual Boosters may be given on the same date each year, but this is not recommended. 

If the pony or horse competes at FEI level then the annual booster is replaced with a six monthly booster. This FEI Rule applies to any team that qualifies for the Quadrille Championships at Olympia.  

It is the competitor’s responsibility to ensure that their pony or horse has a valid certificate that fully complies with the BHA Rules in all respects and to present that certificate at all Official Competitions.  

G7.2: Checking of Certificates  

There is now a legal requirement for a valid passport to accompany the pony or horse when traveling to any competition. If the passport does not contain the full vaccination history then, to comply with rule G7.1, the flu vaccination certificate must also accompany the pony/horse to all BRC Qualifiers and Championships.  

Full vaccination histories and drawings will be checked at all Area Qualifiers and at all Championships before the pony or horse is allowed to compete, and anyone with an invalid certificate will not be permitted to compete. Any pony/horse that is in a team competition that is disqualified at an Area Qualifier cannot be replaced, the team will have to continue as a team of three, or if already a team of three, will have to compete as individuals only, if there is an individual competition. Any pony/horse disqualified at an Area Qualifier under this rule will be reported to the BRC Office. If that team qualifies for a Championship then the disqualified pony/horse cannot be replaced with a reserve for that Championship and the team must remain a team of three.  

Every effort will be made to ensure that the checking at Area Qualifiers is carried out correctly. BRC accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any losses suffered, whether directly or indirectly, due to incorrect checking at any BRC Area Qualifier or Championships. It is the sole responsibility of the competitor to ensure that their certificate is valid and it should not be assumed that because a certificate has been accepted at one competition in good faith it would also be accepted at another competition. 

G7.3: Dual Names

The name shown on the certificate/passport must be the one that is used on all official competition entry forms. If a stable name is also shown on the certificate this must be endorsed by a veterinary surgeon.

G7.4: Ponies/Horses Foaled before 1 January 1980

Ponies or horses foaled before 1 January 1980 need not have the first booster injection (between 150 and 215 days after the second injection) but must have had annual boosters (every 12 months) thereafter. Any ponies or horses foaled before 1 January 1980 who re-start their vaccinations after 1 January 1991 must have the full course of injections including the first booster. 

G7.5: Allergic ponies/horses & Homeopathic vaccinations  

Ponies or horses that, for any reason, are unable to be vaccinated against equine influenza will not be given any dispensation to compete. Homeopathic vaccinations are not acceptable.