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Always wear your helmet when riding. Wearing a helmet (certified with applicable and recognized standards) when riding may greatly reduce injury and in some cases save a rider’s life. Helmets must be worn whenever sitting on a horse, as falls hazards are not predictable. To make sure your helmet will protect you, please remember that:

1- Helmets only deliver protection when they fit correctly and are properly fastened.

2- After being subjected to a severe blow, a helmet should be replaced even if there is no visible alteration. A helmet can be damaged without external signs of it. This is because the inner shell could be damaged, reducing the protection in some areas. 

Please visit the Riders4Helmets website for detailed information on correct helmet use/purchase, inspiring riders' testimonies, and more.

FEI Athletes and Officials must be aware of and comply with the FEI headgear requirements.



Helmets standards: withdrawal of the European equestrian helmet standard EN 1384 - Updated 1 November 2016

In October 2014 the EU Commission announced the withdrawal of the European equestrian riding helmet standard EN1384. The EN1384 standard was removed because not all the Basic Health and Safety Requirements (“BHSRs") of the applicable European Directive were being correctly addressed by the standard. As a result of the withdrawal, this standard no longer offers a presumption of conformity, so it can no longer be used (or used alone) by equestrian helmet manufacturers to certify the conformity of their product with the European specifications.

The standard is currently in the process of being revised. Until a new harmonized EU standard is available the FEI’s approach is the following (keeping in mind that at national competition level the rules of the applicable governing body apply):

- Helmets that are solely certified against EN1384 or any other European non-harmonized standards (such as VG1), with no other additional certification, do not benefit from a presumption of conformity with the European Directive. While this does not necessarily mean that the helmet is not safe, it does mean that the athlete should contact the manufacturer to make sure that additional testing has taken place to ensure conformity with the European directive.

- Helmets that have another standard on the label in addition to the European one comply with the FEI requirements* provided that at least one of the other standards is a current applicable testing standard.

* The FEI rules require that helmets used at FEI events “are in compliance with the applicable international testing standards” (FEI General Regulations, Appendix A “Definitions”, see “Protective Headgear”). For Eventing the requirements (article 538.1.1, Eventing Rules) are more specific, with a list of accepted standards (European (EN), British (PAS), North American (ASTM), Australian/New Zealand).



Early 2015 the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) carried out a study for British Eventing looking into the effectiveness of air jackets in protecting riders from crush injuries and also to help understand the forces involved which may help identify better ways to safeguard riders. You can read the findings of this research here.


The FEI’s general regulatory requirements on athlete safety and welfare are set out in the FEI General Regulations.

Additional discipline-specific requirements may be found in the relevant Sports rules.

Anti-Doping matters are regulated in the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).

These documents can be found in the “Rules” section in the main menu toolbar of this website. Please use your cursor to select within the dropdown list.



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