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Safety Requirements for Helmets & Vests

ARCI-008-010(Z)(1): Any person mounted on a horse or stable pony on association grounds must wear a properly secured safety helmet at all times. Additionally, all members of the starting gate crew must adhere to this regulation at all times while performing their duties or handling a horse. For the purpose of this regulation, a member of the starting crew means any person licensed as an assistant starter or any person who handles a horse in the starting gate. The helmet must comply with one of the following minimum safety standards or later revisions:

  • American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM 1163);
  • European Standards (EN-1384 or PAS-015 or VG1); or,
  • Australian/New Zealand Standards (AS/NZ 3838 or ARB HS 2012); or
  • Snell Equestrian Standard 2001.

ARCI-008-010(Z)(2): Any person mounted on a horse or stable pony on the association grounds must wear a properly-secured safety vest at all times. Additionally, all members of the starting gate crew must also adhere to this regulation at all times while performing their duties or handling a horse. For the purpose of this regulation, a member of the starting gate crew means any person licensed as an assistant starter or any person who handles a horse at the starting gate. The safety vest must comply with one of the following minimum standards or later revisions:

  • (a) British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA):2000 Level 1
  • (b) Euro Norm (EN) 13158:2000 Level 1
  • (c) American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) F2681-08
  • (d) Shoe & Allied Trade Research Association (SATRA) Jockey Vest Document M6 Issue 3
  • (e) Australian Racing Board (ARB) Standard 1.1998

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