Helmet Standard

Helmets with the EN1384 standard are NOT be permitted under EA’s General Regulations.

As per the EA General Regulations, Equestrian Australia highly recommends the use of helmets that conform to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3838, as this standard provides for more stringent testing and further periodic retesting.

Temporary European Standard VG1 has been added to the General Regulations effective immediately. 

This ruling applies to Northern Adult Riding Club members.  In the interest of rider safety, random checks will be conducted at rallies to ensure riders are using EA compliant helmets.


At the time of the Australian announcement, Equestrian Australia recommended the use of helmets that conform to Australian Standard AS/NZS 3838. However, helmets are generally certified by the country in which they are manufactured; hence it is unlikely that any helmet made in Europe is likely to be certified by this standard.  Not necessarily because they don’t satisfy the same safety requirements, but simply because it is more viable for the manufacturers to have them certified in their own countries (especially considering the relatively limited Australian market). 

Here are some of the standards you might come across, and what they mean

  • AS/NZS 3838 (including SAI Global Mark): this is an Australian standard and is generally only used by helmets manufactured by Australian companies.

  • SNELL E2001 and ASTM F1163: these are current American standards.

  • PAS 015 and VG1: these are current British and European standards respectively. VG1 is an interim standard.

  • SEI, SAI and Kitemark are not standards, they are quality marks. They represent voluntary safety certifications that are additional to the compulsory standards. These quality marks indicate that the company complies with rigorous system of further regulation and testing.  The Kitemark also requires an unrestricted access to the factories to allow for random testing and auditing.

Each of the individual standards has their own criteria and tests that place more or less emphasis on different helmets and various types of injuries. For example, they will examine how much of the head a helmet covers, how a rider falls and onto what type of surface, how a helmet moves, and how severe an injury riders’ can expect to receive from that fall.

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