Huge shout out to Equestrian Australia who have passed a ruling banning top hats, bowlers & hunting caps in the dressage arena.
The Equestrian Australia (EA) Board at its last meeting, approved all dressage rule changes proposed by the Australian Dressage committee (ADC) for introduction in 2017.
The chair of the ADC, Mary Seefried, stated that “The rule changes for 2017 contain three major changes for the dressage sport in Australia which will provide a sound footing for the sport and take it into the modern era.”
From 1.1.17 it will be mandatory for all riders at official competitions at all levels, including FEI level, to wear a safety helmet. The helmets will need to meet the EA approved standards. Bowlers, top hats and hunt caps will no longer be permitted. In these days of safety concerns there just did not seem to be any logic not to go this way. Australia will be following the example of NZ which made the same ruling effective 1 July 2016.