A new rule introduced into the ESNZ General Regulations will see all riders competing in ESNZ disciplines having to wear approved safety helmets from 1st August 2017.
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.
ESNZ and New Zealand Pony Clubs Association have 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.
As such, a joint ESNZ/NZPCA branded helmet tag has been produced. Once tagged, with the red tag, a helmet will be allowed to be worn at all events and activities of either organisation up until 31 July 2023. From 1 August 2023 will see the requirements for a new yellow tag to be worn in competition and activities. Information on the yellow tag procedure and standards can be found here
RAS also have a ruling that states an approved, tagged, helmet must be worn in any of their competition.