New Equestrian Helmet rules from USEF

by Jordan Manfredi

During their annual meeting the Board of Directors of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) approved new helmet rules for riders in both eventing and dressage. These tougher rules hopefully will prevent serious head injuries.

The first rule change requires anyone on a horse to wear a ASTM/SEI-approved helmet at all times while mounted on competition grounds at U.S. nationally rated eventing competitions. The rule change is effective immediately.

The second rule change is effective March 1, 2011, for dressage. It requires anyone mounted on a horse, except those riders age 18 and over, to wear protective headgear while on horses that are competing only in FEI levels and tests at the Prix St. Georges level and above (including FEI Young Rider Tests, the USEF Developing Prix St. Georges Test and the USEF Brentina Cup Test).

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