2018 Helmet Regulations
From 01 January 2018, helmets must be type approved to the standard PAS015:1998 or PAS015:2011 with CE mark, SNELL E2001, VG1 01.040 2014-12, or UTAC/CRITT 04/2015 and any newer version of the same standard, including EN1384:2017.
Our policy is the follow the same regulations as the British Horseracing Authority,
List of approved helmets 4.5.2018
|Charles Owen||Palermo Polo||PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014|
|Charles Owen||Polo Edition||PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014|
|Charles Owen||Young Rider Polo||PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014|
|Armis||Armis||PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014|
|GPA||Speed Air/X2||UTAC/CRITT 04/2015|
|KEP Italia||Cromo*||PAS015:2011 and VG1 01.040-2014|
|Samshield||Shadowmatt* or Premium* with Polo Visor||PAS015:2011 and EN1384:2017|
* The manufacturers of these helmets have not sent us their certificates, but because they are adapted general equestrian helmets, we accept them.
In addition, we have seen evidence to suggest that that Casablanca, La Martina, and Falcon/Kolt Gear are soon to introduce compliant helmets. These companies do not produce general equestrian helmets, so the certification process has been novel for them.
Why helmet standards?
- There is very strong evidence that two things in an equestrian helmet reduce traumatic brain injury: a shock-absorbing lining (usually but not always made of expanded polystyrene), and three-point harness.
- Every British equestrian regulatory body except polo has up till now had helmet standards: British Horseracing, British Eventing, British Dressage, British Show Jumping, Pony Club. International regulatory bodies such as the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) also require certified protective headgear.
- In 2008, the HPA commissioned the Transport Research Laboratory to test the helmets available at that time. In short, the tests revealed that only helmets with an impact-absorbing layer reduced the deceleration of the head to less than 250g. The important table from this report is shown below. The British helmets which failed this test were eventually withdrawn from the market.Injuries associated with recreational horse riding and changes over the last 20 years: a reviewSandiford, et al. 2013.
Research conducted in the UK.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3681230/This review article states: The benefits of wearing protective equipment seem logical and non-controversial. A decreased incidence of head injuries has been demonstrated with the use of approved riding helmets.
A changing pattern of injuries to horse riders.
Moss et al. 2002. Research conducted in the UK.
This review article states:
“The risk of a serious head injury has been well documented.2–5,8,9 It would seem, however, that there has been a reduction in head injuries over the past 20 years. Barber in 1971 noted 66% of admissions were attributable to a head injury 7 and when Chitnavis 8 repeated the study in 1991 this figure was reduced to 26%. Edixhoven in 1979 9 found that head injury admissions in a mainly professional group of jockeys was 40% and Lloyd in 1984 50%.2 Gleave recorded 162 admissions to a regional neurosurgical unit over a 12 year period until 1975, compared with 132 rugby injuries.10 Whitlock found that 23% of all admissions in a mixed population were attributable to a head injury and 3% of these needed neurosurgical intervention, with 3 of 5 deaths being attributable to a head injury.4
The main reason for the reduction in head injuries has been given as improved protective helmet design.
Horseback Riding and Head Injuries
Nelson et al, Paediatrics, 1992. Research conducted in the USA.
The American Academy of Paediatrics recommended safety helmets as far back as 1992.
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