From 1 April 2020 we are introducing a new policy regarding safety equipment such as hats and body protectors at the Ride High Equestrian Centre.
Who will be affected?
- All riders L3 and above must have their own riding hat that has been professionally fitted and complies with current regulations.
- L3 and above riders will no longer be able to borrow hats from the riding stables.
- All riders below L3 are advised to purchase their own hat, but will still be able to borrow a hat if required – however we will be introducing a £2 hire charge which is payable on booking your lesson.
- All privately owned hats will be checked and tagged by Reception so that our instructors are aware they have been checked for compliance. Please do not remove the tag!
Why are we changing our policy?
We have decided to amend our current policy on the advice of our insurers, but also because properly fitted personal safety equipment provides our riders with a better level of protection, should the worst happen and also a greater level of comfort.
Purchasing a hat:
Anyone who’s considering buying a new riding hat should visit a BETA-trained retailer like RB Equestrian for a free, personalised hat fitting, plus all the advice and information you need to choose the most suitable hat to match your needs and budget.
It’s never a good idea to purchase or borrow a second-hand one with an unknown history.
Riders in hats that do not meet current safety standards will not be allowed to ride.
We recommend RB Equestrian which stocks a broad range of hats at a variety of price points, starting from around £47.
As ongoing supporters of Ride High, RB have provided discount vouchers for our regular clients: There is one 10% discount voucher per person. These are only applicable to safety equipment such as hats or back protectors and can’t be used with any other promotions or vouchers and are only for clients who ride with us on a regular (at least monthly) basis. Please ask at Reception for your discount voucher.
RB Equestrian’s fitters are trained and if you have purchased a hat from them, they are also happy to recheck your hat’s fit and adjust it if necessary, as padding can become compressed, free of charge.
Not all hats sold in the UK comply with the safety standards. When purchasing your new hat, check to see that the correct safety standards are present. We will accept hats that conform to standards: VG1 or PAS 015.
Like riding hats, body protectors should comply with current standards and be correctly fitted by a trained fitter. RB Equestrian have a good range of body protectors and will be able to advise on suitability and fit.
You will still be allowed to ride without a body protector, but we strongly advise you to purchase one if you are jumping. Body protectors are not available to hire or borrow from the centre.