A skull cap is approved by the BHA if:
- It meets the following standards: (for a full list please click here)
- PAS 015: 2011
- SNELL E2001
- VG1 01.040 2014-12
- UTAC/CRITT 04/2015
- The skull cap must not have a chin cup, cradle or draw lace.
- The chin strap must pass under the jaw and be attached to the harness by a quick release buckle.
- The skull cap must not have metal hooks.
Fitting of skull cap
- The skull cap must be of the correct size for the Rider and must be correctly fitted and fastened.
- The face harness must be correctly adjusted and the chin strap fastened at all times when the Rider is mounted on a horse.
The body protector standards outlined below must be adhered to:
- A body protector to be used in a race must conform to BSEN 13158: 2009.
- A body protector must not be modified in any way. Taking a modified body protector into the racecourse is an offence under the Rules of Racing.
Only whips approved for use in British Racing by the BHA are allowed to be carried.
As regards a whip carried in a Flat race
the maximum length (including flap) is 70 centimetres, and there must be no binding within 17 centimetres of the end of the flap.
As regards a whip carried in a steeple chase or hurdle race
the maximum length (including flap) is 68 centimetres, and there must be no binding within 23 centimetres of the end of the flap.
- The minimum diameter for a whip is 1 centimetre.
- The overall weight must not exceed 160 grams.
- The contact area of the shaft must be smooth, with no protrusion or raised surface, and covered by shock absorbing material throughout its circumference such that it gives a compression factor of at least 6 millimetres.
- The only additional feature that may be attached to a whip is a flap.
- If a flap is attached, it must comply with the following requirements:
- the maximum length of the flap from the end of the shaft is 10 centimetres;
- the maximum width of the flap is 4 centimetres, with a minimum width of 2 centimetres;
- the flap from the end of the shaft must not contain any reinforcements or additions;
- the flap must have similar shock absorbing characteristics to that of the contact area