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.
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