What horse riding equipment to bring for your equestrian holidays at Bel-Air Equestrian Centre

For horse-riding, we advise guests to bring a good, well-fitting riding hat, suitable footwear, a body protector and a waterproof jacket. These are available in various models, makes and materials. Here we show you some examples of what’s suitable and not suitable for riding.


The footwear should be boots with a flat sole and raised heel. Trainers/runners without heel or hiking boots with a rough grip sole are not permitted.

Riding Hat

The riding hat must have one of the following labels: PAS 015:1998 or 2011, ASTM 1163, or Snell E2001, with the official Snell label and number. To see a list over exactly what the approved labels look like, Click here.

For cross-country jumping, the hat must be a skull cap (no peak) with one of the above labels. (From 1st January 2016 a hat with label EN 1384 only, can not be used. It must also have one of the labels mentioned above.)

These hats have a hard peak and are NOT OK FOR CROSS-COUNTRY JUMPING – but if they have one of the labels PAS 015:1998 or 2011, ASTM 1163, or Snell E2001, you can wear them for other riding with us.

Body Protector

We strongly advise guests to wear an approved body protector for all riding activities. For cross-country jumping, riders must wear a body protector of BETA level 3 standard with a purple label. It is essential that it fits well.

Contact us if you have any queries regarding hats or body protectors and other horse riding equipment. Phone Noni on +353872794392 or contact us here.

Want more information?
If you want to know more about our facilities at Bel-Air Hotel and Equestrian Centre you only have to ask...
Translate »