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Dressage To Introduce Mandatory Safety Hat Rules

Dressage To Introduce Mandatory Safety Hat Rules

Safety helmets are to be mandatory for all British Dressage (BD) riders except for advanced and above.

Earlier this year riders were asked to give their opinion on possible BD rule changes — which included safety helmets, allowing horses to be downgraded when they have reached the upper points limits for each level and a cap on the number of tests ridden in one day (news 28, April).

The move follows publicity surrounding a US dressage rider Courtney King-Dye's serious head injury in March 2010 and the launch of a top hat with harness.

The new rules will come into force on 1 December and follow similar ones enforced by the United States Equestrian Federation and draft rules for 2012 for international competition which will be discussed at the FEI general assembly in November.


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