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Superior Protection With Premium Jockey Skulls
For any equestrian discipline, whether in-hand or... Read More
Superior Protection With Premium Jockey Skulls
For any equestrian discipline, whether in-hand or ridden, a riding hat is an essential element of safety equipment. A jockey skull cap, traditionally used in horse racing, is a type of riding hat designed for use in all equestrian pursuits, and typically offers the highest levels of safety.
Your jockey skull cap riding hat can be teamed up with a hat silk for dressage, your XC colours for eventing or Pony Club and a fun hat cover for everyday use. More colours have been introduced as standard on Jockey Skulls these days, no more just plain black you now have quite a choice including Navy, Silver, Gold and Pink. Between uses it is important to store your riding hat in a safe place away from heat and damp and you can be sure it will not be damaged or knocked. For your riding hat to offer the very best protection in a fall it must be professionally fitted to ensure that it is the correct size and shape for your head.
Unlike riding hats, skull cap helmets do not have a low rise at the back, which means they can be more comfortable and tend to fit a wider variety of head shapes. A correctly fitted jockey skull cap will not move and should feel snug, almost tight. For safety, your hair must always be tied back, or concealed within a hair net, beneath a jockey skull cap, riding hat, or riding helmet.
Your jockey skull cap riding hat is exceedingly versatile! It can be teamed up with a smart hat silk for dressage, with a colourful hat silk that matches your cross country colours for eventing, or with a fun hat cover for everyday use.
The Jockey Skull Caps in this fantastic collection are measured in different increments to traditional peaked riding hats and riding helmets. For more information about selecting the correctly sized jockey skull cap, please visit our Size Guide or contact our team for advice.
Skull Caps are typically measured in different increments than peaked or riding hats, for more details visit our size guide. At Discount Equestrian we have a selection of the very best jockey skull caps from leading manufacturers such as Charles Owen, Champion and Gatehouse, made to the highest current safety standards. Following changes to the safety standards for riding hats, current safety standards for jockey skulls are PAS 015, VG1 (both must be kitemarked) for UK hats. The Gatehouse HS1 also meets the SNELL E2001 which is actually an American standard but is currently the highest safety standard possible for horse riding hats and is permitted under the new rules. It is also important to note that fixed peak hats are no longer permitted to ride in a Cross Country phase, and this must be ridden in jockey skull with an even round or elliptical shape.
** Our Discount Equestrian team recommends that you wear a correctly fitted riding hat, riding helmet, or jockey skull cap that adheres to all relevant safety standards while leading, riding, lunging, long-reining, driving, or working around horses in any capacity! **
“The British Horse Society (BHS) always recommends you go to a reputable tack shop and have a new hat fitted by somebody who has had appropriate BETA training. It is also important to remember to keep your hat fastened at all times when you are mounted. Never be tempted to buy a second-hand hat. It is impossible to see with the naked eye if it has been damaged.”
For detailed information about jockey skull cap safety regulations, here is a list of documents that explain current guidance and legislation regarding riding hats, riding helmets, and jockey skull caps according to the BHS:
* BHS Events Hat Guide 2021
* BHS Hat Standards 2021
* BHS International Hat Standards 2021
* BHS Equestrian Access Groups Hat Guidelines 2021
As with any safety equipment, jockey skull caps can only offer assured protection when correctly fitted, so we advise that you get the fit of your hat checked by a professional before use. Please contact our friendly Discount Equestrian team if you’d like to book a riding hat, riding helmet, or jockey skull cap fitting appointment. If you do not live in the vicinity of our Discount Equestrian Elwick store, please contact your nearest qualified riding hat fitter – alternatively, feel free to contact us so we can help to direct you to a qualified hat fitter in your local area.
Should you drop your hat, or you are involved in a fall of any kind, it is imperative that you replace your riding hat immediately. Even if your hat does not appear to be damaged, any impact can have a detrimental effect on the structural integrity of your hat and will render it unsuitable for continued use.
We recommend storing your riding hat, riding helmet, or jockey skull cap in a cool, dry environment – preferably in a padded hat bag to protect it from damage during storage and transit. You can find all the hat care products you could possibly need – such as hat deodoriser, hat disinfectant spray, and hat bags – right here, at Discount Equestrian!