Cross Country Dress Rules for the Rider
When competing under British Eventing rules, there are a number of core dress rules for the rider for the Cross Country phase:
Cross Country Protective Headwear is a ‘Jockey Skull’ of an elliptical or an even round shape with a slightly abrasive or smooth surface, which must not have a peak or peak type extensions. Cross Country Protective Headwear must be worn when mounted, this includes exercising, warming up or competing, and conform to the following standards;
To compete in British Eventing Competitions your riding hat needs to meet one of the following safety standards.
- PAS015 (1998 or 2011) plus BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC Mark
- VG01.040 2014-12 plus BSI Kitemark or Inspec IC Mark
- ASTM F1163: 2004a onwards plus SEI Mark
- SNELL E2001 or E2016
- AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards plus SAI Global Mark
All hats must be ‘hat tagged’ by a British Eventing official for compliance.
A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may be used.
Body Protector is mandatory for Cross Country and must comply with the following requirements:
- A British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) approved and appropriate labelled ‘Level 3 Body protector’ (2009 or 2018 year) and manufactured in 2009 or after.
- An Exo Body Cage must be declared at the Event Secretary prior to the Cross Country phase if worn.
Competitors are recommended to check their body protectors on a regular basis and if damaged they should be replaced.
Inflatable/air jackets must have a body protector underneath if worn on the cross country phase.
A sweater, shirt or cross country baselayer should be worn. Long sleeves are highly recommended for added protection. Shirts can be any colour.
Breeches can be a colour of your choosing. Most riders choose to wear a traditional pale colour, however some riders are now choosing to wear black, navy or even colourful breeches when competing.
Long Riding Boots, or jodhpur boots with self coloured gaiters, must be worn for the cross country phase.
Numbers must be clearly visible for the Cross Country phase.
Spurs are optional at all levels. Spurs must be made of smooth metal, blunt and incapable of wounding a horse. Metal spurs with round plastic, metal or rubber knobs are allowed. Rowel spurs which rotate freely and are round and smooth are permitted but not in the Young Horse Classes. Dummy spurs are permitted with a shank less than 4cm long and point towards the rear and if curved must point downwards.
One Whip may be carried which must not be any longer than 75cm and not weighted
Jewellery if worn can increase the risk of injury. Competitors are strongly advised to remove all jewellery especially before the Showjumping and cross country phases. Long hair should also be appropriately secured.