Your riding hat is the most important item of your safety wear, and it’s vital that it is fitted correctly.
Your riding hat should be as comfortable as possible while offering maximum protection in the event of a fall. There are several different safety standards on the market, and it is important to check which standard you need for the activities you wish to take part in, as different societies and competitions may have different rules.
Hats come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles to suit all head shapes and requirements. You can opt for a classic colour, or pick a customisable hat and choose from thousands of colours, styles, fabrics, and embellishments to create a hat that’s uniquely yours.
Hats should always be replaced if they have suffered any sort of impact, including if they have been dropped. Although the hat may appear undamaged on the outside, the inside could tell quite a different story. Riding hats should be replaced every 2-5 years, depending on wear, even if you have not fallen off, as the protective liner and inner padding will deteriorate over time and may not offer full protection.
Our fitting team
Based in the South West of the UK, near Totnes in Devon, we offer riding hat fitting from fully trained staff with a huge range of styles both in-stock and available to order. We stock Samshield, Charles Owen, Champion, Gatehouse, Uvex, and more, and offer a full customisation service for Samshield and Charles Own. We will help you to choose from the range of riding hats and will recommend the hats that fit your head best. All heads are shaped differently and thankfully so are riding hats. So it will often mean that some brands of riding hats will fit your head better than others. Our job is to work out which one that is!
We stock all types of riding hats such as skull caps, peaked helmets, vented riding hats,velvet show hats and more. With many hat standards such as BSEN, EN, PAS, Snell, ASTM and many more as well as Kitemarks it is important that you purchase the hat that adheres to the disciplines you wish use it for. This can depend on whether the riding hat is being used for Showjumping, Dressage, Eventing or for leisure and under which governing body (BS, BD, BE, Pony Club, Riding Club etc). We can help with this decision and recommend accordingly.