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Helmet Tagging

A new rule introduced into the ESNZ General Regulations will see all riders competing in ESNZ events having to wear approved safety helmets from August 2017.

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. Many helmets have been checked and tagged by stewards, gear checkers and officials throughout the 2016-17 season so riders are all ready by 1 August 2017.  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 new red tag, a helmet will be allowed to be worn at all events and activities of either organisation. 

Please note:  RAS will also be following the lead of NZPCA and ESNZ with regards to helmet standards and tagging of helmets. 

You can download the link with info and FAQs here: 

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.

Helmet Tagging Calendar

We’ve created a discipline-wide event schedule to find out where you can get your helmet tagged in your area. The calendar will be updated frequently.

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?

I've read that the VG1 standard is an interim standard, what does that mean?

If my helmet is compliant, but not yet tagged with the red tag, can I still get this done after 31 July 2017?

Are there plans to update the standards and regulations again, anytime soon?

Who is responsible for tagging helmets?

Which is the safest helmet?

Some tips to keep you safe