Racesafe body protectors are designed, manufactured and tested to meet the latest safety requirements. We make them in Britain to the highest manufacturing standards and by choosing Racesafe you can be assured you are choosing the latest in protection, quality and performance.
The following information gives an overview of the various safety levels to which our body protectors are made. The safety level of each of our body protectors varies depending on the discipline they are designed for. It is important that you chose a body protector appropriate for your discipline and activity.
Our body protectors conform to the latest European Standard EN13158:2018 and are CE marked to show their compliance to the
EU Regulation 2016/425.
BETA is an internationally recognised quality assurance scheme. We retest our body protectors annually to BETA 2018 to ensure the consistency of quality of materials used and manufacturing processes. Within the standard there are 3 levels of protection, which are described below.
Level 1 provides the lowest level of protection that is only considered appropriate for licensed jockeys and is designed to meet the weight restrictions that apply to professional jockeys whilst racing.
Recommended for professional jockeys in countries where the racing authority or regulatory body permit Level 1 body protectors. These include USA, AUS, UAE & HK. Available models: ProRace 1.0
Level 2 offers a lower than normal level of protection and is only considered appropriate in low risk situations
Recommended for professional jockeys in countries where the racing authority or regulatory body require Level 2 body protectors. This is now standard in Europe. Available models: ProRace 2.0
Level 3 is the highest level of protection offered and is considered appropriate for general riding, competitions including eventing and working with horses. Level 3 body protectors should prevent minor bruising that would have produced stiffness and pain, reduce soft tissue injuries and prevent a limited number of rib fractures.
Recommended for most types of riding and is required for most forms of competition where a body protector is worn. It is the recommended level of protection, outside the specific uses mentioned under Level 1 or 2. Recommended by the BHA for use of in racing yards.
Available models: ProVent 3.0, ProRace 3.0, RS2010
Shoulder protectors are an optional addition to any Racesafe body protector. They are subject to different tests and are approved to EN13158:2009.
The Rules for body protector standards in racing vary depending on where you are in the world. We always recommend going for the highest level of protection possible.
Level 1: Recommended for professional jockeys in countries where the racing authority or regulatory body permit Level 1 body protectors. These include USA, AUS, UAE & HK. Available models: ProRace 1.0
Level 2: Recommended for professional jockeys in countries where the racing authority or regulatory body require Level 2 body protectors. This is now standard in Europe. Available models: ProRace 2.0
For the cross-country phase, British Eventing require you to wear a Level 3 body protector, certified to either BETA 2009 or BETA 2018 standards. BETA 2000 models, which have not been manufactured for over 10 years, are no longer allowed.
If an Air Jacket is used, it must be worn in addition to and over the top of a permitted body protector for the cross-country phase.
We believe each governing body in Europe share these body protector rules for Eventing but contact them individually for confirmation.
Outside of Europe, we are aware of the following cross-country safety standard requirements:
Australia- EN13158:2009 (Level 3), EN13158:2018 (Level 3), BETA 2009 (Level 3) or BETA 2018 (Level 3)
New Zealand- BETA 2009 (Level 3) or BETA 2018 (Level 3)
Level 3: Both the ProVent 3.0 and the RS2010 are certified to the BETA 2018 Level 3 standard, which offer the latest and highest level of available protection.
We believe the ProVent 3.0 is the perfect option for eventing. It is our most popular model and features unrivalled flexibility and breathability, is super light weight and features easy elastic side adjustment.
The feedback from eventers of all levels has been fantastic and we’d certainly recommend you trying one to experience the superior comfort for yourself.
Whilst it is not mandatory, it is widely advised to wear a body protector for show jumping. British Riding Clubs recommend body protectors for show jumping including the show jumping phase of eventing.
Whilst it is not mandatory, it is widely advised to wear a body protector for general riding, especially in higher risk situations, such as when riding young horses, or riding in new environments, for example.
The Racesafe body protectors are so lightweight and comfortable that many riders choose to wear theirs at all times, as they barely know it is there!