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FEI approved mandatory headgear in 2021

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  • FEI approved mandatory headgear in 2021

    https://www.chronofhorse.com/article...sports-in-2021

    Finally.

    I know some will mourn the tradition of the top hat, but the science is clear on helmets being safer. I am glad they are making the change.
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    Saw this this morning. Excellent! Personally, I think top hats look silly and outdated.
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    • #3
      About time! yay!!
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      • #4
        So glad, better impression for the kids to see thats for sure!
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        • #5
          Do FEI rules permit hair to be put up under the helmet?

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          • #6
            Long overdue!

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            • #7
              i can't get it to load. Whether I follow the link here, or navigate the CoTH web page, all I get is blank content.

              8^(
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                #8
                Originally posted by Janet View Post
                i can't get it to load. Whether I follow the link here, or navigate the CoTH web page, all I get is blank content.

                8^(
                Weird, I can't get the COTH article to load either. This is from Eurodressage:

                Dressage riders must wear protective headgear at all times, in the show ring and out, at FEI events as of January 1, 2021.

                Delegates from national federations voted favorably today for the general rule change affecting all ridden disciplines, during the annual General Assembly of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), held this year in Moscow, Russia.

                The revised rule strips individual disciplines of their current governing power to choose their own head protection rules for competition purposes. It makes it mandatory for all riders to wear approved protective gear on their heads any time they are mounted on FEI show grounds, including in the dressage arena.

                “Tradition is important in our sport, but it’s difficult to not follow the medical community’s advice,” said Frank Kemperman, Chair of the FEI Dressage Committee. “There’s no really strong argument against the use of protective headgear in dressage, except that it’s a tradition.”

                Approved unanimously, the new rule still allows individual disciplines to decide whether riders may remove their headgear during awards ceremonies and the playing of the national anthem.

                The decision came amidst criticism from certain federations representing countries with a strong dressage culture. In particular, the fact that driving and especially vaulting were not concerned by the rule was “strange,” according to Dutch delegate Maarten van der Heijden, High Performance Director and Secretary General of the Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS).

                “This applies to ridden disciplines only, and to the marathon phase of driving,” said Kemperman. “As for vaulting, based on studies, and especially considering that these are often children on these horses, we know that with protective headgear, the balance might be thrown off because of the weight, and so their use could be counterproductive. So like in gymnastics, (the vaulters) are trained to fall.”

                Originally proposed as a rule effective as of January 1, 2020, the Netherlands requested a one-year delay “to really create a good preparation for this rule,” according to van der Heijden.

                The newly approved decision was heralded by the New Zealand federation, which already has the rule in place for its national events. “This is a good way forward,” said Vicki Glynn, secretary general of Equestrian Sports New Zealand. The 13-month delay is justified, she added, because it would give suppliers time to prepare for the demand. “In our experience, our commercial friends in equestrian trade were concerned about the time frame to prepare their stocks,” she said. “So the delay to help them prepare would be helpful.”

                Top hats designed to work as protective head gear could be a reasonable solution to satisfy both safety requirements and the desire to maintain tradition in dressage, Van der Heijden said. However, their availability appears to be currently extremely limited.

                “As far as I know there’s only a single manufacturer, and demand will be high,” he told Eurodressage.com. “If we have until 2021 this will open the door for more production and thereby give the athletes the option of having top hats that meet this new requirement.”
                "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham

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                • #9
                  Some complaints on Facebook mourning the lack of "elegance" (yeah, Charlotte looked so bad, NOT), etc., and a carrying on about well-trained and submissive horses. Apparently, if your horse is well trained, it will never trip, have an aneurysm or spook, no matter what. Sigh.

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                    Originally posted by Belowthesalt View Post
                    Some complaints on Facebook mourning the lack of "elegance" (yeah, Charlotte looked so bad, NOT), etc., and a carrying on about well-trained and submissive horses. Apparently, if your horse is well trained, it will never trip, have an aneurysm or spook, no matter what. Sigh.
                    "bUt trAdiTIon"

                    Yeah the arguments in favor of top hats are insane. We've still got the butler costumes. Let it go.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by the sandiest shoes View Post

                      "bUt trAdiTIon"

                      Yeah the arguments in favor of top hats are insane. We've still got the butler costumes. Let it go.
                      And I've never felt particularly elegant in white pants anyway, between white pants being my literal worst nightmare, plus the addition of (dye off saddles, horse slobber, mud, dust from where you've sat, or literally anything else as nature identifies white fabric as an abomination and immediately seeks to remedy the situation with filth).

                      But hey what do I know.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Edre View Post

                        And I've never felt particularly elegant in white pants anyway, between white pants being my literal worst nightmare, plus the addition of (dye off saddles, horse slobber, mud, dust from where you've sat, or literally anything else as nature identifies white fabric as an abomination and immediately seeks to remedy the situation with filth).
                        For as long as I can remember, no one has been required to wear white pants.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Belowthesalt View Post
                          Some complaints on Facebook mourning the lack of "elegance" (yeah, Charlotte looked so bad, NOT), etc., and a carrying on about well-trained and submissive horses. Apparently, if your horse is well trained, it will never trip, have an aneurysm or spook, no matter what. Sigh.
                          Yep, tell that to Courtney King-Dye.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by SillyHorse View Post
                            For as long as I can remember, no one has been required to wear white pants.
                            No. But the USDF guide indicates "white or light-colored" so in my case, the above concerns remain relevant.

                            As an aside, I get the logic for beginning enforcement in 2021, but I do hope that next year we see everyone preemptively making the switch rather than a "last hurrah" for the top hat. I think it would be an excellent example for our top riders to make.

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                            • #15
                              A year delay so the other manufacturers can come up with the tophat equivalent of that terrible cartoonishly large cowboy hat helmet combo that came out years ago for the western crowd (and flopped miserably)?

                              Excuses. I expect VERY few people are going to want to wear an oversized tophat-helmet, and will instead choose a regular helmet...which are already available everywhere. Right now. But, I guess some people just really need a year to stomp feet and shake fists before accepting change.

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                              • #16
                                Good riddance.

                                When I was a kid, I dreamed of the day I'd get to wear a top hat instead of the mushroom-shaped, 2" thick velveteen monstrosity of the early 90s... But to be honest, it wasn't because top hats look cool, it was because the people that wore them were the good riders, the ones that had "made it" and the top hat symbolized that.

                                In reality, it may be "traditional" but nowadays I think it just makes riders look like Mr. Peanut, or like they're impersonating Abraham Lincoln or maybe acting in some 1800s period drama.

                                Modern helmets -- even the ordinary ones without rhinestones and custom trim -- not only protect your head but look less ridiculous. Also, the thought of a "top hat shaped helmet" make me LOL, because as Heinz 57 said, the "cowboy hat helmet" was not only impractical, but also ugly as sin, and I'm pretty sure I never saw one in the wild.

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                                  Originally posted by Heinz 57 View Post
                                  A year delay so the other manufacturers can come up with the tophat equivalent of that terrible cartoonishly large cowboy hat helmet combo that came out years ago for the western crowd (and flopped miserably)?

                                  Excuses. I expect VERY few people are going to want to wear an oversized tophat-helmet, and will instead choose a regular helmet...which are already available everywhere. Right now. But, I guess some people just really need a year to stomp feet and shake fists before accepting change.
                                  That one was hideous, but I know a lot of people who are riding in DIY western hard hats - basically cutting of the brim of a western hat and affixing it to their helmet - looks pretty reasonable and provides a lot more sun protection than a plain helmet as well. They are also available on Etsy. Google Hell Hat.

                                  "So relax! Let's have some fun out here! This game's fun, OK? Fun goddamnit." Crash Davis; Bull Durham

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                                  • #18
                                    So happy to read about this. I guess this means riders can't take their helmet off at the end of their ride and salute the crowd with it anymore? That always makes me sick.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Cally0826 View Post
                                      So happy to read about this. I guess this means riders can't take their helmet off at the end of their ride and salute the crowd with it anymore? That always makes me sick.
                                      They likely will, most male jumper riders do at prize giving and victory gallop, and yes, it does make me sick every time.

                                      I hope the helmet rule ends up covering prize giving as well.
                                      Let me apologize in advance.

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                                      • #20
                                        Honestly, top hat helmets aren't as hideous as I would have imagined. Although personally I think a safety bowler would look better. Does the FEI currently still give you the option of a bowler for dressage?

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