AR87B requires that every rider when mounted on a horse must wear a properly fastened APPROVED safety vest that conforms to the standard prescribed by Racing Australia. Further to this requirement the rule specifies that every safety vest shall be in a satisfactory condition and must have the manufacturers label attached stating it complies to the relevant standard. (AR87B (1))
Racing Australia requires safety vests be an Approved vest in addition to meeting either the European Standard EN 13158 or the ARB Standard 1.1998.
In deciding whether to grant Approved status to a safety vest, Racing Australia will also apply a public interest test.
As a result of satisfying both requirements, the Airowear Swift vest was added to the Approved list and can be worn by riders from 1 February, 2016.
“(2) Notwithstanding compliance with subrule (1), no safety vest may be worn in a race, official trial or jumpout unless it is an Approved safety vest. Such Approved Level 1 safety vests are: Hows Racesafe, Ozvest, Racelite Pro, Vipa, Vipa I, USG Flexi Race and Airowear Swift.”
Date of Effect: 1 February, 2016
Any rider required by the rule to wear a safety vest may be penalised if he wears or has in his possession any safety vest that does not conform with a standard which has been prescribed by the Board or which has been modified in any way.
As manufacturers advise that skull caps are no longer serviceable after five (5) years has expired since the date of manufacture. All riders (including stablehand and trainers) are reminded under AR87AA that such helmets must immediately be replaced. Furthermore if the skullcap sustains a severe impact or if the rider suffers from concussion following a fall, the skull cap must immediately be replaced.
AR 87AA. (1) Every rider shall be responsible for the care and condition of his helmet.
(2) A helmet is not regarded as serviceable and must be immediately replaced by the rider when –
(a) a period of 5 years has expired since its date of manufacture, or
(b) it sustains a severe impact, or
(c) the wearer suffers from concussion following a fall.