While nations like Germany already have made protective headgear obligatory for young riders and riders of young horses New Zealand now takes it one step further. The equestrian federation has banned top hats altogether. Since July, 14 it has become obligatory to wear protective headgear. The federation argues that horses can behave unpredictably and that everything must be done in order to make the sport more safe. And safety is of utmost importance.
Riders who will not adhere to the new rules will be issued with an official warning. If the rider fails to comply a second time the ground jury will treat this as a protest – then the rider might be disqualified from the competition.