I am a bit removed from the recognized eventing world. Someone told me a semi-local event (but did not tell me the name) REQUIRES air vests/2-points/etc to compete. I understand that "regular" vests are required - and that is not new. But the air vests?
I think the person is mistaken - and I'd like to be educated before/if I clarify.
I am 99% certain that an unrecognized, local event would not require competitors to wear an air vest. Certainly, recognized events do not. In addition to there being a dearth of hard evidence definitively showing their effectiveness, it would be extremely tough to require riders at the entry level of our sport to purchase and wear them. They're costly, and, given the aforementioned lack of crash data, it would seem that this would really curtail entries.
Is the event underwritten by Point 2?
Last edited by lmlacross; Feb. 9, 2013 at 10:59 PM.
What is a "semi local" event? Someone please let me know which event is pondering such stupidity, so I can make sure not to enter (if I'm in a good mood) and/or write them a pointed letter (if I'm cranky).
There is no way!! They can't require or force people to sink $400 to $600 in a vest. That you still have to wear a regular vest with. If they do that, I would be one on the many that wouldn't be competing for awhile.
Well an unsanctioned event, being private, could require clown noses and a rousing rendition of America The Beautiful after you finish your show jumping course, so yes, they could require an air vest. But it would pretty much guarantee no entries.