Effective December 1, 2005, The US Equestrian Federation, of which CHSA is affiliated, has announced new rules regarding helmets. All riders must wear helmets that meet or exceed ASTM/SEI standards, regardless of age or status. As an affiliated association of the USEF, we follow their rules and our approved horse shows must also follow suit.
The Official Word from USEF:
We would like to provide you with some information regarding the USEF requirements of GR318.2 and 318.3 effective for competitions with a start date of December 1, 2005 and later.
The rule will read as follows:
"2. It is compulsory for riders in all Hunter, Jumper and Hunt Seat Equitation classes, and Paso Fino classes, both open and breed restricted including Hunter Hack, where jumping is required and when jumping anywhere on the competition grounds to wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. It must be properly fitted with harness secured. A Show Committee must bar riders without protective headgear from entering the ring for classes in which protective headgear is required and may bar any entry or person from entering the ring if not suitably presented to appear before an audience. 3. Except as may otherwise be mandated by local law, all juniors riding in Hunter, Jumper and Hunter Seat Equitation sections, and all sub-juniors riding in the Paso Fino division, while riding anywhere on the competition grounds, must wear properly fitting protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)/SEI (Safety Equipment Institute) standards for equestrian use and carries the SEI tag. Harness must be secured and properly fitted. Any rider violating this rule at any time must immediately be prohibited from further riding until such headgear is properly in place."
To check out the current manufacturers and models of headgear available which meet the ASTM/SEI standard, please go to the SEI web site at the following link www.seinet.org/CPL/astm1163_04a.htm. Please note that CHSA or USEF does not endorse any particular model or brand of headgear.