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Dublin bound? Make sure your hat is up to standard!

If you’re heading to compete in one of the showing classes at The Dublin Horse Show this year, it’s important to note that there are new rules for protective headwear. With the withdrawal of the popular BSEN1384 standard, many riders have already upgraded their hats to take account of the fact that hats certified solely to this standard are now not permitted under rules by many governing bodies. It’s also important to remember that body protectors are required for many of the classes, so don’t be caught out and make sure you’re wearing the right gear!   The rules for Dublin Horse Show 2016 state: Protective headgear conforming to the …

When to replace your riding hat

We’re often asked when a riding hat should be replaced and while there’s no one answer to this question, there are 2 definite guidelines you should stick to: Replace your hat at least every 5 years. Leading riding hat brand Charles Owen recommends that every riding hat be replaced after about 5 years of use, which would equate to about 2000 hours of riding. The reason for this is that heat, sweat and the occasional drop reduces a helmets safety level, so a helmet that is worn regularly will deteriorate faster than one used only an hour a week. ALWAYS replace your helmet after a fall in which your hat …