New riding hat rules introduced for 2016

As previously advised the EN1384 and (BS)EN1384 standard is no longer accepted at any AIRC activity as they have been phased out.

Meanwhile, a new British standard, VG1 01.040 (2014-12), may now be used at any AIRC activity.

The complete list of acceptable riding hat standards for AIRC activities is as follows:

  • PAS 015
  • ASTM F1163 2004a onwards with SEI mark
  • Snell E2001
  • AS/NZS 3838: 2003
  • VG1 01.040 2014-12 with BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC Mark

These changes mean that all hats must now be checked and re-tagged with new hat tags.  Riding hats with old hat tags will no longer be accepted in competition until they have been checked and re-tagging if they meet any of the approved standards.

Two new hat tags are being introduced this year to replace the previous hat tag as all hats will be tagged with one of the following tags:

  • Bright green tag for skull caps with NO fixed peak for all activities.
  • Bright green and white tag for hats with a fixed peak for none cross-country activities.

If you have any questions regarding the approved hat standards and hat tags, please contact David Abbott at National Office.

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