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The following has been taken from the BRC Website as of 30.04.16

Following changes the EU commission has made to hat standards, from 2016, the BHS will be implementing changes to their hat rules to phase out the use of EN1384 or BSEN1384 in all BHS exams and competitions.

Hats bearing only the EN1384 or BSEN1384 standard will no longer be accepted under BHS hat rules for 2016.

However, hats would be acceptable if they carry EN1384 or BSEN1384 and another standard such as those listed:

  • PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)
  • VG1 01.040 (2014-12)
  • ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards)
  • SNELL E2001
  • AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards)

The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on riding hats already on the market. Once a hat has been manufactured to a standard, it will not become non-standard after withdrawal and can continue to be sold and worn. If riders have hats certified to EN 1384, they can continue to use them unless stated otherwise by rules of competition.

This change has a number of implications BHS members may need to consider, particularly in terms of insurance. Here is a summary of how the changes might affect you.

  • Gold members should be advised that insurers may not view continued use of the old standard hats as the stipulated acceptable precaution required. It is therefore suggested that investments are made into hats that meet the most up-to-date standard.
  • Riding schools will be required to insist riders wear acceptable standard hats, and may not be able to defend claims in the event of injuries if this is not enforced.
  • Freelance instructors must advise riders to wear acceptable hats. Should a rider insist on wearing a non-standard hat, this must be documented by the instructor.
  • Managers of livery yards should advise clients on the change and recommend that they get their hats checked.
  • Disclaimers from clients acknowledging their refusal to wear standard hats are not acceptable for insurance purposes.
  • BHS exams, taken domestically or internationally, will require the most up-to-date standard of hat in order to be covered by the BHS third party liability insurance.
  • BRC members will also be expected to adhere to the most up-to-date standard. Members taking part in Area Qualifiers and Championships will have their hats checked and tagged before competition.

The above information is from BRC Website as of 30.04.16

BRC Hat Guidelines 2015

Information for Competitors

Including important changes for 2016.

How does this affect me?.......

For 2015, all members will continue to be required to have their hats tagged before competing in any BRC Qualifier or Championship.

When you arrive at the competition, take your hat with you when you go to declare. The Official Steward will then check that you hat complies to an accepted standard, and will place a unique BRC tag on it. It is a good idea to allow a little extra time when arriving at a competition for this process to be done.

Please note, you will not be allowed to ride anywhere at that event if your hat has not been tagged, and hats which do not comply to an accepted standard will not be tagged under any circumstances.

It is the competitors’ responsibility to ensure they arrive at a competition with a hat to the correct standard so it is therefore imperative that you check your hats before you get to the event, in order to avoid disappointment. To do this:


1) Use the following information or the BRC 2015 Rule Book for reference

2) Check that your hat clearly displays one of the accepted standards

3) Check that the standard also shows the correct corresponding date

4) Check that your hat also displays the correct corresponding safety standard mark

5) Make sure that you do not remove any labels from inside of your hat which may hold the relevant information as a hat will not be tagged without all of the required information permanently visible.


Only hats which comply with all of these above steps will be accepted for tagging. If you’re in doubt, please contact the BRC office for further advice. If your hat cannot be tagged, you will not be allowed to ride wearing that hat under any circumstances.



We have been notified that the European Commission have made changes to the EN1384 hat standard (this also includes BSEN1384) and it will no longer be recognised as an acceptable standard for riding hats in the UK. However, in order to phase out the use of EN1384 and/or

BSEN1384 hat standards, the BRC 2015 / 2016 hat rules will be changed as follows:

· There will be no changes to the accepted hat standards for 2015 and hats will continue to be tagged with the BRC blue hat tags.

· However, from 1 January 2016, ALL hats must be checked and tagged with a new ORANGE BRC hat tag. All hats which only meet the standard EN1384 or BSEN1384, and do not comply with another standard from the approved table (see the next page), 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 approved table, will be tagged.

For example, BSEN1384 & PAS015 (1998 or 2011) along with the Kitemark, would be acceptable, but not BSEN1384 on its own.

· From 1 January 2016, no hats with a peak of any description will be permitted for the XC phase of any BRC competition. Hat covers and silks will be permitted.



Please note the changes for 2016

Only hats to the following specification are acceptable at any BRC competition:

Either PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)or BSEN 1384 (1997 or 2012) or EN 1384 (1996)AND MUST HAVE

BSI Kitemark SEI mark Official SNELL label and number SAI Global mark


ASTM F1163

(2004a or 04a) AND MUST HAVE

BSI Kitemark SEI mark Official SNELL label and number SAI Global mark


SNELL E2001 AS/NZS 3838


BSI Kitemark SEI mark Official SNELL label and number SAI Global mark



At all BRC Area Qualifiers and Championships, hats must show a visible BRC ‘hat tag’.

Any other standards / dates are NOT acceptable and will not be tagged.