Equestrian riding hats & equestrian riding helmets are critical elements of your riding wardrobe. At Cross Country Style we know how important safety is, so we have a wide selection of equestrian riding hats & equestrian riding helmets available, in many different styles suitable for every discipline, from everyday riding to competition riding. Certified helmets are required headgear for many competitive riding events, particularly where horse and rider must jump or work at high speed. Proper hat fitting is essential to ensure the effectiveness of this safety equipment.
Equestrian riding hats & equestrian riding helmets consist of a hard shell with shock absorbing material, which will provide vital protection of the riders head should they fall off the horse. As well as wearing riding hats for riding, they are generally worn when handling the horse from the ground and lunging the horse as added protection. Equestrian riding hats & equestrian riding helmets should be replaced with a new one if it has suffered an impact of any kind, and we advise you always buy horse riding hats brand new.
When you purchase a new riding hat or jockey skull cap it should conform to either BS EN 1384 or BS PAS 015 1998 standard.
These numbers indicate that the hat design has been impact tested to British standards; the number will be printed on the inside of the hat, usually with a ‘kite mark’ icon.
Hats that confirm to BS EN 1384 offer suitable protection for leisure riding and are the minimum requirement for Horse Ranger activities.
The BS PAS 015 1998 standard is awarded to designs that offer a higher level of protection due to the lower profile over the forehead and the base of the skull. These hats offer the best protection for leisure riders and for those who wish to participate in activities such as fast rides and jumping.
Also check out our equestrian Body Protectors to maximise your safety whilst horse riding.