Amateur Jockeys Association of Great Britain: skull cap rules: Important urgent message


Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A number of Amateur Riders appear unaware of the recently updated standards for Skull Caps that came into effect from 1 October 2014. To avoid any further problems of Riders turning up to racecourses without the correct standard of Skull Cap, please note the change detailed below and ensure future compliance.

Also detailed below is the updated change to Safety Vest standards, which will have a direct effect on all Amateur Riders riding in races after 1 April 2015.

Skull Caps

From 1 October 2014 all riders must have a Skull Caps meeting either of the following standards: EN 1384: 2012 and/or PAS 015: 2011. If a Skull Cap contains two labels, as long as one of the labels is the most up-to-date standard it will be acceptable. Any Skull Cap that is not labelled or only has an earlier dated standard will not be allowed. Any rider without a Skull Cap meeting either of the standards will not be allowed to ride and will be subject to a BHA fine of £140.

Safety Vests

The updating of Safety Vest standards is being conducted in two stages:

· from 1 October 2014 Safety Vests (other than Level 1) must carry the standard EN 13158: 2009

· from 1 April 2015 all Safety Vests (including Level 1) must carry the standard EN 13158: 2009

Please note that you have on-going responsibility as an Amateur Rider to visit the Rules of Racing website ( on a regular basis to ensure that you are up to date with the Rules and any changes since your last ride.