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 recommended Kitemark standard – PAS 015, F1163 or Snell, and fitted with an adjustable harness, is compulsory for all riders. Please note that (BS) EN1384 hats will not be permitted unless the hat is dual stamped with another standard such as Snell or PAS 015.

Protective headgear conforming to the above standards is compulsory for riders under the age of 16 years and for all riders competing in performance classes i.e. Working Hunter Horses, Working Hunter Ponies, Performance Irish Draught, Connemara Performance Hunter, International Connemara Performance Hunter, Combined Training, Junior Equitation, Young Event Horses and Small Event Horses.

In the ridden show classes, gentlemen and lady riders over 16 years of age may if they so choose wear a bowler hat (gentlemen) or a velvet hunt cap (ladies).

A body protector must be worn by all riders competing in the Young Event Horse, Small Event Horse, Working Hunter Pony, Combined Training (Jumping Phase), Junior Equitation, Working Hunter Horse, Performance Irish Draught, Connemara Performance Hunter and International Connemara Performance Hunter classes. A correctly fitted, BETA approved and appropriately labelled Level 3 body protector, manufactured in the year 2000 or after, is recommended. If a rider chooses to wear an airbag style body protector, it must be worn over a recommended body protector.


Charles Owen have a wonderful selection of up to standard riding hats that are perfect for the show ring. Pop on down to your local stockist where you’ll be able to see the full range, discuss the best option for you and be professionally fitted to make sure you have the correct size.

Some of our favourites for the showring are…


Happy Competing!

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