Dear Riding Club Official,

No new hat standard

Some of you will be aware that there has been talk of a new hat standard that was due to be introduced next year – a new BS/EN1384 2017. We have been talking about this at our recent Area Visits and Club Training days. Late last week we were made aware that this standard will now not be introduced anytime in the near future, and as such, WILL NOT be added to our list of accepted standards for BRC activities.

Further details…

Despite the European nations voting almost unanimously for the approval of the new EN1384  2017, the EU Commission last week informed us that they are opposed to the harmonisation of the standard.  Despite the standard being published across Europe, until it has been “harmonised” it cannot be used for the purposes of CE marking.

This decision has come out of the blue, having been given every indication that it would be harmonised. It remains as a published standard but without harmonisation it cannot be used by manufacturers for the purpose of CE marking.  A meeting is being called in January in Brussels to discuss their objections and reason for refusal.  We will know more after this meeting and it may well be that the hat standard is revised further to allow for harmonisation.

We had intended to include the standard in our rules for 2018 in the expectation that hats will enter the market in the next year.  However, most manufacturers will now be waiting to manufacture to the new standard until after it has been harmonised. As far as we know, only one company has started manufacturing to the EN1384 2017 but it’s uncertain whether any have entered the UK market, and if so, they will not be Kitemarked anyway. BSI who are responsible for the Kitemark are holding off making any decision about Kitemarking this standard until the situation is clarified. It is thus highly unlikely, if not virtually impossible for hats to be Kitemarked to the EN1384 until this situation is resolved.

Hat Tagging

Hopefully you will have already seen the recent press release regarding hat tagging for 2018 onwards. BRC, BE and PC will be tagging with the same AQUA coloured tags for 2018. This means that each of the three member bodies will accept each other’s tag – thus reducing the need for separate tags for each organisation. New aqua tags will be sent to all BRC Official Stewards by the end of the year. The full press release follows:

British Eventing, British Riding Clubs and The Pony Club are delighted to announce that they have joined together to unify the hat standards across all three Member Bodies; resulting in a single hat tag being accepted across British Eventing, The Pony Club and British Riding Club events in 2018.

The new ‘aqua’ coloured hat tag will carry the logo of the body that checks the hat so that the source of the tagging can be tracked and will mean that riders no longer have to wear multiple tags on their hats.

The 2018 hat rules includes a small change to the AS/NZS 3838 standard for The Pony Club and British Eventing, both of which will now only be accepting from 2006 onwards.

All three bodies will use an aide memoire that will list the standards and quality assurance marks and will be used by officials.

British Eventing’s Chief Executive David Holmes said; “Safety in eventing, and all equestrian activity, is of the highest priority for us and an area that British Eventing has invested in extensively over many years. This universal hat tag system is a great step forward in improving rider safety across multiple Member Bodies, which is not only beneficial for risk management in the sport, but means a more clear and efficient process for riders, officials and volunteers.”

Head of British Riding Clubs Laura Sanger added; “We are delighted to be working with BE and the PC to promote the highest safety standards to all of our members. We are also pleased that this will reduce the burden on officials and volunteers across all three disciplines, as the need for multiple tags will no longer be necessary.”

Mary Tuckett the Pony Club Chairman confirmed that; “We are delighted to have come together with British Eventing and British Riding Clubs to introduce the universal hat tag system for 2018.  Keeping our Members safe is always of great importance to us and the new ‘aqua’ tag will aid officials and volunteers with a clear and streamlined process that will help promote hat safety among riders.”

Body Protectors

Remember from 1 January, only BETA 2009 purple labels will be accepted. There is one exception tot his – Exo Body Cages are only compliant with BETA 2000 purple label, but they will continue to be allowed. See the attached guide for further information.

We have attached the 2018 hat and body protector guides for you – please feel free to disseminate these amongst your Clubs and add to your websites etc as required. New hat tags will be sent out to all Official Stewards before the end of the year, ready to start re-tagging at qualifiers form 1st January.

If you have any queries at all, please do come back to me.

Kind regards,

Laura Sanger
Head of British Riding Clubs & Participation
The British Horse Society

Abbey Park, Stareton, Kenilworth
Warwickshire CV8 2XZ


Welcome to the March 2017 BRC eNews, we are building up to our first Championship of the year, the BRC KBIS Novice Winter Championships and look forward to meeting many of the qualified riders next weekend at Keysoe, good luck to everyone taking part. This months eNews contains a number of updates and information about activities and events available exclusively to BRC members. Please take five minutes to complete our Membership Survey to be in with a chance to win £100 of Joules Vouchers. Further details can be found about this year's BRC World Class Grassroots Training sessions, information regarding the new BRC BE Novice League and ticket offers to international equestrian events.

BRC Membership Survey 2017

BRC wants to hear from you! Our 2017 survey is now live, aiming to uncover information about BRC members. The survey is simple to fill out and will only take a few minutes. All BRC members taking part will be entered into a prize draw to win £100 worth of Joules Vouchers. So what are you waiting for!

Hurry - this survey will only be live until 31 March. 

To complete the BRC Survey click here.


BRC Fence Judge Volunteers Required

Fancy a day in the countryside? Fence Judges required for both the BRC Horslyx Festival of the Horse Championships, 20 & 21 May 2017 at Aston-le-Walls, Northants and the BRC NAF Five Star National Horse Trials Championships, 4-6 August 2017 at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Nr Banbury, Oxon.

You will be incredibly well looked after! We provide you with breakfast and lunch, plus refreshments throughout the day.

There is a full briefing so you will know what's in store and you do not need to have done it before. Why not bring a friend along and enjoy a great day out. It's a good way to show support to the equestrian community.

If anyone would be interested in volunteering for a day then please let us know. Tel Jennie Pallett on: 02476 840518 or email: for further information.

The Albion K2 Jump, designed and handmade in England, demanded worldwide.

The Albion K2 Jump saddle is one of the best jumping saddles on the market. This saddle has been designed to feature a super soft, slightly deeper seat and a closer positive leg position for added rider stability. With a wider panel bearing surface and Adjusta-Tree technology, which allows for precision fitting, the K2 jump is the ultimate in comfort for horse and rider.



The BRC British Eventing Novice League 2017 is now underway

British Riding Cubs (BRC) and British Eventing (BE) have teamed up to offer an exciting opportunity to those BRC members competing at Novice level with BE.

This league will be published on the BRC website each week with points awarded to all BRC members who complete a Novice or Open Novice section at a BE event between 1st March and 31st October 2017. BRC and BE will be awarding prizes to tenth place.

“We are delighted to be working so closely with BE on this exciting opportunity for our members” Laura Sanger, Head of BRC. 

BE Sport Operations Manager Chris Farr added; “This new initiative is designed for BRC members to give them the chance to compete in a league at Novice level. 

For more information please Tel: 02476 840518 see the BRC website.



The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show Early Bird Ticket Offer 2017

Why not secure yourself an amazing discount if you are planning a fantastic trip to The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show this summer? For all tickets Wednesday to Sunday, June 14 to 18 you can save yourself a great 25%, through the special Early Bird offer.

Simply click here and enter the code EARLYBIRD25 at the checkout – book today - the offer runs until April 30.

The five days combine top-level dressage and show jumping competitions with great shopping, a host of thrilling water sports on the lake and fun family entertainment.


BRC World Class Cross-Country and Show Jumping Training

These BRC grassroots cross-country and show jumping training sessions have already started across the UK, with many new dates added. They now include sessions for both grassroots and the more experienced rider who will be able to participate, in a range of height categories from 70cm to 90cm. World class instructors such as Yogi Breisner FBHS, William Blane FBHS, Jo Winfield FBHS and Sharon Hunt, will be providing highly informative and motivational instruction at each session. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and riders will be grouped on ability. For further information and to download a booking form, please visit the Training page on the BRC website.

BRC Grassroots Points League 2017   

The Grassroots Points League is a new opportunity for all BRC members, starting on 1 January, running through to 31 December 2017.

All Dressage (Walk & Trot and Prelim Level) and Show Jumping (60cms & 70cms) competitors can gain points at BRC Club organised competitions. Area Qualifiers and National Level competitions will not count.

Points can be gained when competing at BRC Club organised competitions only. Riders need to submit their completed scorecards to BRC head office by 7th of each month, so that the online points league can be updated. Scorecards and further information can be found on the BRC Points Leagues website page.






BHS Ride Out Month 2017

Plan a pleasure ride or social event in May for Ride Out UK Month and receive 10* BHS branded hi-viz zip up tabards worth £150 and rosettes for your participants.

Fundraise during your event and donate what you can to the BHS Paths for Communities Fund, money used to restore and extend multi-user routes across the UK. Prizes are given for the most amount of money raised by a group!

Full Terms & Conditions can be found on the BHS website, and remember – you too can benefit from the fund! 

(*subject to availability)






The Open College of Equine Studies (TOCES)

TOCES distance learning courses provide training in equine subjects to students of any age worldwide. Courses include Basic Stable Management for the complete newcomer, Horse Master Series for the more experienced, equine veterinary nursing and a range of BHS and Higher Education programmes.  Some programmes include practical study weeks. 

To find out more about TOCES Equine Studies courses please visit their website.



BRC Ticket Offer - The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

Wednesday 3 – Sunday 7 May 2017

Badminton Horse Trials 2017 are again pleased to offer a special 15% discount on advance tickets for coach and minibus parties from BRC Riding Clubs. There are no special rates for cars. These special rates are available (in advance only) and no refund can be made in the case of any unused tickets. coaches & minibuses will be directed to the special coach park. The parking charge for all vehicles (in advance) is £10 per day.

To obtain your discount, please telephone the Box Office: 01454 218375 or alternatively download the Booking Form here and return by post. Booking Closes: Monday 24 April - credit/debit cards only. No applications accepted after this date. Event information can be found on the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials website.


British Showjumping Offer to Affiliated British Riding Clubs

If you are a member of an Affiliated British Riding Club then you can join British Showjumping yourself and a Grade C Horse for a discounted fee starting from £109* for the first year with a second year discount as well.

Click here to view the discounts available and click here to download the membership forms, once completed please forward to:  or alternatively send to: British Showjumping, Copse Drive, Meriden, West Midlands CV5 9RG



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