New helmet standard requirements
IF you’re thinking of buying a new helmet, it may pay to wait till the end of the year.
Equestrian Australia has announced helmets with a safety standard EN1384 will not be permitted for competition from
There has been a lot of confusion from riders about what
the new helmet safety standards mean – and whether they
will need to purchase new helmets for the coming season.
Basically, this means that any helmet that is SOLEY
certified with this standard (there should be a clear marking
on your helmet) should not be purchased from 2016.
Equestrian Australia recommends the use of helmets that
conform to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3838; this standard
provides for more stringent independent testing as well as
further periodic retesting.
The statement issued by the EA expressed that helmets
must currently satisfy at least one of the following
-AS/NZS 3838 (current Australian Standard)
-VG1 (interim European Standard)
-EN/1384 (current outgoing European Standard).
Luckily, this means that many of the popular brands of
European helmet will still be fine for use in Australia.
In a statement on EA’s website, they wrote: as per the EA
General Regulations, Equestrian Australia highly
recommends the use of helmets that conform to Australian
Standard AS/NZS 3838, as this standard provides for more
stringent testing and further periodic retesting.