Back Protectors must be BETA Level 3 2009.Please check your back protectors and upgrade if necessary.

Be careful when purchasing new or secondhand and ensure they comply with new regulations since 2018.


As you are aware, it is mandatory for all Members to wear a protective helmet bearing the CE mark and manufactured to one of the minimum standards listed below;

the CE symbol on its own is not sufficient to ensure consistent standard of manufacture.

Since January 1st 2016 only the following standards are allowed in the Irish Pony Club:

British - PAS 015: 1998 or 2011* only if it has the BSI (British Standards Institute) Kitemark

American - Snell E2001* with the official Snell label and number 


 Hats bearing the EN 1384 standard ONLY are not permitted , but if a hat has EN1384 and PAS 015 then it is permitted.


* The PAS 015:1998 or 2011 and the Snell E2001 meet higher impact criteria and therefore give more protection.

No recording device is permitted e.g. hat cameras as they may have a negative effect on the performance of the hat in the event of a fall.

Electronic devices are not allowed in competition.  They are allowed in the warm-up arena.

All riding hats will need to be tagged for competition. Those with the (old) purple (cross country) and yellow (other disciplines) tags will have to be re-checked. The new tags for are green (cross country - skull cap) and white for (show jumping).  Hat tagging will take place at the Hunter Trial Championships and all other national competitions.  Where competent people have been identified at Area and Branch level, they may be issued with tags and allowed to check and tag hats at branch level.

Please note Irish Pony Club guidelines on Concussion:

In the case of a head injury or other injury likely to cause concussion the following applies:

Concussion - mandatory 21 day suspension from all Irish Pony Club activities which involve riding.

Suspected concussion - the competitor must be re-examined by the medical staff or a paramedic after 30 minutes. If concussion is confirmed or still suspected, mandatory 21 day suspension applies. If the competitor is not examined for any reason, mandatory 21 day suspension will apply.

A Concussion Advice Form should be supplied to the parent or guardian of the competitor by the official in charge of the event.

If a competitor is taken to hospital from an event or advised to attend hospital for assessment or treatment, minimum 21 days mandatory suspension will apply in respect of concussion or other head injury.

The day of the injury counts as the first day of the suspension period.

A competitor who is suspended due to concussion may not compete or ride any horse, in any capacity at any Irish Pony Club competition or activity until he/she provides written confirmation from a Registered Medical Practitioner that he/she is fit to resume riding.

Driving Licence: Please ensure that you have a full or provisional driving licence for categories to drive a vehicle with a horsebox or to drive a horse lorry and ideally you should know the weight of vehicle, box and horse/horses.