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Helmet Tagging

From 1 August 2023 you will need to ensure that your helmet for wearing at ESNZ Events and Activities is compliant with our Yellow Tagging regulations and helmet standards.



A rule was introduced into the ESNZ General Regulations back in 2017 that required all riders competing in ESNZ disciplines to wear approved safety helmets.

ESNZ and New Zealand Pony Clubs Association signed a joint memorandum of understanding to support the single tagging policy for New Zealand equestrian events and activities held by either of the two organisations.  This resulted in the production of a joint ESNZ/NZPCA branded helmet tag to be attached to a helmet approved to be worn at all events and activities of either organisation.

1 August 2023

When we removed a standard (as has happened with EN 1384 2017 and VG1 without a kitemark), we needed to change the tagging procedure to make it a lot easier for our officials to monitor that riders are safely kitted out with approved gear when competing at Events.  So, a yellow helmet tagging procedure was introduced, to take effect from 1 August 2023.  As technology and manufacturing standards continue to improve, new standards are added on to our existing list of approved helmet standards.  As they are being added (and not removed), this doesn’t require a change of helmet tag or system. Therefore, there are no plans to update the helmet tagging procedure in the foreseeable future.   

The ESNZ rule now states that all riders must wear an approved safety helmet in competition – the accepted safety standards can be found at all times on the ESNZ website. Helmet checking and tagging will continue at events, and some special helmet tagging sessions, indefinitely.

Helmet tagging, by ESNZ Officials and Staff, and at ESNZ Events, is currently done at no cost.  ESNZ bear the cost of helmet tags.

Information on the yellow tag procedure and standards can be found below.


Is your helmet tagged?

The move to approved safety standards is in recognition of the importance of safety in equestrian sport and is being taken seriously by ESNZ.

If you have a new or existing helmet that needs tagging, you can download our list of approved helmet taggers below and contact one in your area.  Alternatively, there are usually officials able to tag at our events.

Frequently asked Questions

What will happen if I don't have my helmet tagged?

Where can I find the standard/s on my helmet?

Why is my EN 1384 standard no longer OK for competition?

My helmet has the EN 1384 standard (only) plus the kite mark - is this compliant?

Why are there different standards?

My helmet has ASTM-F1163 11 - is this compliant?

Why is VG1 on its own no longer compliant from 1 August 2023?

My helmet is one of the safest on the market.

Who is responsible for tagging helmets?

Why was the change so quick - my helmet lasts 5 years?

Which is the safest helmet?

Some tips to keep you safe