No fixed peak helmet for British Eventing


British Eventing (BE) has confirmed that the new rule banning helmets with fixed peaks being worn during cross country will be upheld. The new rule was brought in as part of the 2015 BE members handbook in January

Only Jockey Skulls are now able to be worn during the cross country phase of any BE event. The description of the required helmet has been given as;

  • No peak, peak type extensions or noticeable protuberances above the eyes (or to the front) and has an even, elliptical or rounded shape
  • A smooth or slightly abrasive surface
  • A removable cover containing the peak, should one be required (such as a hat silk)

Helmets with fixed peaks can still be worn for the showjumping and dressage phases

“The safety of its members is of paramount importance to British Eventing, and this rule has been introduced to enable BE members to compete in the best personal protective equipment available” said Chris Farr, BE Sport Operations Manager.

Helmets have been an area of focus recently in the UK with the European Equestrian Helmet Standard being withdrawn, resulting in British Eventing permitting (BS)EN1384 hats in 2015 but not thereafter.

In October 2014 British Eventing also prohibited the use of helmet cameras pending the completion of an independent expert report on the safety of their use