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Sizing Chart

Measuring for a Riding Hat or Jockey Skull

Measure the circumference of your head just above the ears. Measure in centimetres. For conversion to the riding hat or jockey skull sizes please see the chart below:

Riding Hats

Jockey Skulls

Circumference(cms)

000

6

49cm

000 1/2

6 1/8

50cm

00

6 1/4

51cm

00 1/2

6 3/8

52cm

0

6 1/2

53cm

0 1/2

6 5/8

54cm

1

6 3/4

55cm

1 1/2

6 7/8

56cm

2

7

57cm

2 1/2

7 1/8

58cm

3

7 1/4

59cm

3 1/2

7 3/8

60cm

4

7 1/2

61cm

4 1/2

7 5/8

62cm

5

7 3/4

63cm


A correct fit is important if the riding hat is to offer maximum protection – and that includes adjusting the harness correctly and keeping it fastened whilst riding. We recommend that you buy your hat from a retailer that has attained dedicated Gatehouse hat training and certification or the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) Hat Fitting Certificate. It is important that the hat fits securely but not so tight as to cause discomfort during wear. Extra padding can be used sparingly to get the optimum fit but this is best carried out by a professional hat fitter.

Having bought your hat, ensure you look after it well. Avoid exposure to solvents or cleaning agents, adhesives, paints, fly sprays, chemicals such as Deet etc. - spraying your horse with these chemicals while wearing your hat, may result in damage to the external coating.

Store in the original or protective packaging in a clean, dry cool area out of direct sunlight and avoiding extreme temperatures.

As hat manufacturers, we are constantly trying to improve the level of protection available, whilst producing a hat that is comfortable to wear. The introduction of polystyrene (EPS) liners has played a big part in that development process, since it is lightweight and also provides excellent levels of shock absorption.

Riding hats that have been subjected to a severe blow or fall should always be replaced, even if the outer shell shows little or no sign of damage. This is largely because the inner protective lining is designed to absorb and disperse the energy on impact and, while the outer shell may spring back and retain its shape, the EPS liner can become compressed, reducing the shock absorption properties and so rendering the hat less effective in subsequent falls.

While no helmet can be guaranteed to save your life, it can go a long way to reducing the impact of a damaging fall or blow to the head.



Permitted Standards

Permitted Standards at a Glance

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on this page has been gathered from various sources and should only be used as a guide. This is not a guarantee that you will be allowed to compete under the rules of the governing bodies mentioned with a hat that meets the standards listed.
This information is correct as of 7th February 2018. For further confirmation, please check the relevant governing body's website or rulebook.

Pony Club


  • PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 (with BSI Kitemark)
  • VG1 (with BSI Kitemark)
  • Snell E2001 or E2016 (No other mark is needed with Snell)
  • ASTM F1163: 2004a onwards (with SEI mark)
  • AS/NZS 3838 2003 or 2006

British Eventing

  • PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 (with BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC mark)
  • VG1 (with BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC mark)
  • Snell E2001 or E2016 (No other mark is needed with Snell)
  • ASTM F1163: 2004a onwards (with SEI mark)
  • AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards (with SAI Global mark)

British Dressage

  • All PAS 015
  • VG1
  • EN1384 -2017
  • Snell E2001 and E2016
  • ASTM F1163 04a onwards
  • AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards

British Showjumping

  • PAS 015: 1998 or 2011
  • VG1 (with BSI Kitemark)
  • Snell E2001 or E2016
  • ASTM F1163 04a onwards
  • AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards

EnduranceGB

  • PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 (with BSI Kitemark)
  • VG1 (with BSI Kitemark)
  • Snell E2001
  • ASTM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards (with SEI mark)
  • AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards (with SAI Global mark)

BRC

  • PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 (with BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC mark)
  • VG1 (with BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC mark)
  • Snell E2001 and E2016
  • ASTM F1163: 2004a or 04a onwards (with SEI mark)
  • AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards (with SAI Global mark)

RDA Group

  • PAS 015: 1998 or 2011 (with BSI Kitemark)
  • VG1
  • Snell E2001
  • ASTM F1163: 2004a (with SEI mark)

BHA

  • PAS 015: 2011
  • VG1
  • Snell E2001
  • UTAC/CRITT 04/2015

Showing Council

  • All PAS 015
  • VG1
  • Snell E2001
  • ASTM F1163 04a onwards
  • AS/NZS 3838 2003 onwards

BHS Approved Centres

  • PAS 015: 1998 or 2011
  • VG1
  • Snell E2001 and E2016
  • ASTM F1163 2004 or 04a onwards
  • AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards