Articles: Press Release
Clarification of Body Protecting Vest Requirement in Eventing Rules
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July 18, 2003
This is a reminder that approved rule changes effective December 1,
2003, are posted after the Annual Meeting and throughout the year under
Rules/Changes on the USA Equestrian website at
On July 8, 2003, the USA Equestrian Board of Directors passed a rule
defining light-weight clothing for Cross Country Tests in Eventing. The
requirement to wear body protecting vests has not been changed, only the
location of the text, which was moved in January 2003 to Article 1713.2.
All competitors are still required to wear a body protecting vest during
cross-country whether or not light-weight clothing is worn, and the
requirement of a body protecting vest remains in the 2004 Rule Book.
Below are the rule changes regarding vests:
Art. 1713. Dress (Effective 12/1/03)
6. CROSS-COUNTRY TEST. Light-weight clothing is appropriate for this
Test, a shirt (any color) with sleeves must be worn. Protective Headgear
in accordance with paragraph 1 above. This headgear may be any color. A
body protecting vest with a shirt with sleeves (any color) must be worn.
The Federation suggests that these should pass or surpass the current
American Society for Testing and Materials standard F1937, certified by
the Safety Equipment Institute. Lightweight clothing is appropriate for
this test. Britches may be any color; Gloves (if worn) may be any color;
Boots - black, brown, field or dress. Chaps, half-chaps and/or leggings
are not allowed.
[stricken text is to be deleted 12/1/03 per rule change approved 1/19/03
Note that the new language regarding vests, which follows, will be moved
from Art. 1713.5 to 1713.2.
Art. 1713. Dress
2. PROTECTIVE VESTS. A body protecting vest must be worn in the
cross-country test. Stable, team or club colors are permitted. The
Federation recommends that the vest should pass or surpass the current
ASTM standard F1937 or be certified by the Safety Equipment Institute.
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