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Hat Standards 2023

From 1 January 2023, the following headgear PAS 015 1998 and SNELL 2001 are no longer accepted in Riding/Livery/Facility Centres.  This complies with international standards.

Protective headgear is mandatory at all times when mounted in Riding Centre.  Protective Headgear must be properly fastened at all times when mounted.

European Standard: 

  • All PAS 015 (2011) *
  • VG1 01.040 2014-12 *
    * with BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC Mark

Protective headgear carrying a CE Mark including products referencing the VG1 performance specification but excluding products referring exclusively to the EN1384:2012 unless it is shown in conjunction with another accepted standard from the present list.

American Standard:

  • American ASTM F1163: 2004a and subsequent updates
  • American Snell 2016 (Snell combines a standard with subsequent quality testing, therefore no additional quality testing mark is required

Australian or New Zealand:

  • All AS/NZS 3838 (2006 and any subsequent updates)


N.B.     The CE Mark on its own is not acceptable.

Riders are strongly recommended to check their headgear regularly (especially after a fall) and to replace if damaged.