Safety Standards & Kite Marks
HS1 Jockey Skull is suitable for use under equestrian sports rules and owing
to the Riding Association rule changes effective from Jan 1st 2016,
all hats are being re-tagged for affiliated events. It is imperative that
hat owners check their hat Standards well in advance of arriving at events if
they are to avoid disappointment or worse rejection!
Please do not
allow yourself to be a victim of others mis-information or lack of
LOCATE YOUR HAT
STANDARD INSIDE YOUR HAT NOW!
If you are unable to locate it then you must contact the manufacturer well in
advance of your competition. It is very difficult to resolve issues at the
weekend when you are already at your competition and this can prove costly if
you are rejected or feel compelled to purchase a new hat which will most likely
If you own a Gatehouse HS1 locate the RED SNELL decal, this may be found on all
hats manufactured from 2014.
manufactured prior to 2014.
Your red SNELL
label may be worn, if this is the case you need to contact the Design Headwear
Please make sure that you send the following to:
-An Image of your HS1 hat showing the model & badge clearly
-An image of your worn out SNELL label
-Your postal address.
A new sticker will then be sent out to you. This should be placed on the white
EPS liner underneath the black crown padding, as in image 1 above. This will
prevent it wearing away again in future.
HS1 is approved to the demanding Snell E2001 test criteria and DOES NOT require
the KITEMARK when riding under rules.
Please use the following links for clarification...
The PC said when they shared our facebook posts: The Pony Club accepts
SNELL E2001 standard hats. They don’t need to have a Kitemark as SNELL has a
different additional testing stage to the Kitemark certification. The Kitemark
only has to be on PAS 015 and VG1 hats. For more
information visit our website: http://www.pcuk.org/index.php/dcs_health_safety/
-The Pony Club: http://bit.ly/1nnWmj7 "Snell E2001* with the official Snell
label and number"
BRC said when they shared: Please note, BRC DO allow the
SNELL standard hats and they DO NOT need a Kitemark with them.
-British Eventing Official: http://bit.ly/1VrGg2Z "Snell 2001 (No other mark is needed
We also advise
those responsible for tagging hats for British Eventing, Pony Club British
Riding Club competitions that the helmet is approved to the American Snell
E2001 standard and does not require the Kitemark. The helmet does carry the CE
Mark required for sale in the UK and Europe. A spokesperson for British
Eventing said: "If the helmet has the Snell E2001 mark on the label, it
does not need a Kitemark and is fine to be tagged to use in BE
Why doesn't my
HS1 have a Kitemark?
Kitemark can only be obtained against hats tested to British and European
standards. Earlier versions of the HS1 obtained their Kitemark against the
European EN1384 standard, which was withdrawn in December 2014. Although it is
not possible to obtain the BSI Kitemark against American standards, Snell has a
similar scheme whereby helmets are randomly selected in the market place and
tested for ongoing conformity assurance.
Why do you test
Snell E2001 is
the most demanding helmet standard currently in manufacture for equestrians and
includes a test that simulates a rider falling into a fence rail or having a
secondary hit by a horse's hoof.
The Gatehouse HS1 is worn by many of the world's leading equestrians and,
as well as the familiar black and silver options, the helmet is now also
available in a Special Edition gloss blue or gloss black finish and all colours
come with an AEGIS Microbe Shield® antibacterial lining.