The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) and British Riding Clubs (BRC) have teamed up to extend the initiative known as the BETA Helmet Bounty Scheme, which will see riders who are concussed while competing at the British Riding Clubs NAF Five Star Horse Trials Championships provided with a retail voucher that can be redeemed towards the cost of replacing their old hat.
“Improving rider safety is an integral part of our work and we are tremendously pleased that the scheme – effectively a hat amnesty – will help to drive home the message that hats should always be replaced when they have been involved in an incident,” said BETA executive director Claire Williams.
The BETA Helmet Bounty Scheme caters for riders diagnosed with concussion by an event’s medical officer during the competition. To be included, riders must first agree to their hat being returned to BETA and BRC passing on details of their injury. The scheme was initially launched last year with British Eventing and then extended to Racing late in 2016. A total over 40 hats have been collected to date and returned to the research team at University College Dublin.
In return, riders will receive a voucher worth £100 that can be put towards the cost of a replacement jockey skull when bought from a participating BETA retailer.
Laura Sanger, Head of British Riding Clubs, added: “We are delighted that this fantastic initiative has been extended to BRC. We work very closely with BETA on all safety matters, and acknowledge how important it is for the industry to join together in supporting on-going safety research.”
The BETA Helmet Bounty Scheme will be available at the Championship taking place in August at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian near Banbury, Oxon for the first time this year.