5 of the best ventilated riding hats

Dublin Silver Pro riding hat

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A microfibre outer shell with a front vent for airflow give this hat a great look. 

A four-point hared with padded chin strap for comfort and a quick-release buckle for easy.

For additional comfort and ease of care this hat has a removable and machine washable liner. 

Available in navy or black

RRP from £62.99*

Uvex Suxxeed Luxury  


A mix of classic and modern design features will make you stand out in the crowd.

This luxury edition has leather detailing, subtly matching Swarovski crystals and Alcantara for a chic luxurious look.

This hat carries the BSI kitemark VG1 standard and you can pick from black, blue or brown.

RRP £399.95*

Champion Air-Tech Deluxe riding hat

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The sleek outer shell give this hat a truly modern look. It’s highly ventilated with triple mesh venting for superior airflow and the removable, washable head lining is made from high-tech moisture wicking material for your comfort. A four point fully adjustable synthetic leather harness holds the hat securely in place. It’s also fully adjustable with a dial adjust system for a close contact fit.

The Air-Tech Deluxe has PAS 015, ASTM F1163-15 and SEI marked & VG1. BSI Kitemarked to PAS015 2011

It's available in black metallic, navy metallic, oyster metallic, black silk

RRP from £125*

For stockists www.championhats.co.uk

Gatehouse Conquest MkII riding helmet

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This stylish and lightweight riding helmet is suitable for both everyday wear and competition. The Conquest MkII is well ventilated and has a removable, washable lining for complete comfort and hygiene.

It's Kitemarked and approved to PAS015 and comes in a choice of finishes including black, navy (matt, metallic, suedette/glitter or suedette trimmed with Swarovski Crystal finish).

RRP £188.99*

Charles Owen eLumenAyr 


A fully ventilated sparkly helmet, this hat has 10 ventilation slots and a removable headband to keep you cool and comfortable. This hat is secured by a six-point GRpx harness. An easy snap helmet buckle features a magnet to draw the clasp together, allowing you to secure their harness with one hand.

kitemarked PAS015 and VG1. CE marked to VG1, certified by SEI to ASTM F1163-15.

Avaialble in navy or black in microsuede or leather look.

RRP from £209.30*

*Prices correct at time of publishing

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Airowear AyrPS

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You can never have too much protection while you're riding. This clever combo from Airowear works as a double-layer of protection. 

The AyrPS combines a a detachable, inflatable AirShell gilet with the lightweight BETA 2009 Level 3 AirMesh2 body protector.

Both layers have a breathable mesh covering to maximise airflow. 

The two layers are designed to fit comfortably and move with you as you ride.

RRP £505.60

For stockists visit www.airowear.co.uk

4 of the best body protectors

As voted for by the Your Horse magazine readers, here's their pick of the best body protectors and why they rate them.

Airowear Outlyne

1. Airowear Outlyne

Reviewed by: Cheryl Towers-Hawley

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

This body protector is designed for women and is so comfortable to wear and not at all bulky. the design is shaped in all the right places for my body shape and the good range of sizes it's avail in means you ge the best possible fit. I'm short in the back and have struggled with body protectors catching on the back of my saddle, but this one is just perfect. There's also plenty of adjustment so you can get a comfortable fit every time. 

It's so lightweight, I don't know I'm wearing it and I it helps me sit up nice and straight when I'm riding too. 

Price £88.62 to £104.06*

Racesafe Provent 3.0

2. Racesafe PROVENT 3.0

Reviewed by Krista Chapman

Used for 1 year

Worn for jumping and cross-country

I'd tried several other body protectors before picking this one. I find this one from Racesafe fits my body well without it feeling too bulky or restrictive.

It's light, comfortable, flexible and allows me to move freely. 

I honestly forget that I'm wearing ti. I love it so much that I recommend it to a friend who's bought one and loves it too. 

Price £205*

Racesafe RS2010

3. Racesafe RS2010

Used by Lucy Collins

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

This body protector fits really well and the zip-up style makes it easy to put on. I find it lightweight and the individual hinged sections allow the body protector to flex and move with you, so you don't feel restricted. 

It wasn't the cheapest, but it's worth every penny.

Also, a really big plus point for me is that, being only 5ft tall, the different sizes and back lengths available mean I could actually find a body protector that fits me well and allows me to move freely in the saddle.

Price £190*


4. Rodney Powell Superflex Contour

Rodney Powell Superflex

Reviewed by Terri-Ann Parry

Used for 1 year

Worn every time I ride

It was the fit and shape of this body protector that influenced my purchase. It's so comfortable to wear, I don't know I'm wearing it. Other body protectors I've had have been quite bulky and restrictive. This one is the complete opposite, it follows the contours of my body so it doesn't restrict my movement on or off my horse.

It's easy to sue and has plenty of adjustment at the sides and shoulders so you can fit it perfectly 

The waterproof outer is a good addition.

Price £205*

*Prices correct at time of publishing



Hi-vis for your horse

You may not always feel hi-vis is necessary, especially now the days are longer and the weather is better, but making the effort can mean the difference between life or death.

Wearing hi-vis gives vehicle drivers three seconds of extra reaction time. Although there's currently no law to ensure you and your horse wear hi-vis we'd always recommend you do, not just because drivers will see  you sooner, but you'll be seen when you ride off-road too. 

Here's a selection of hi-vis wear for your horse to wear that suitable for all year round. 

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HyVIZ bridle set

This three-piece set fits neatly onto your bridle. Fluorescent with bright silver retro-reflective tape for additional safety and clear visibility.

Price £7*


HyVIZ leg bands

HyVIZ Leg Bands

These bands fit neatly around your horse's legs or over boots. Fluorescent with silver retro-reflective tape for safety. These durable leg bands have a mesh lining to prevent your horse getting hot, and fasten with two strong velcro straps. 

Price £8*

Golly Galoshes

Golly Galoshes

Golly Galoshes, not only keep your horse’s legs and boots clean and dry but their reflective and fluorescent versions, also offer great visibility when out hacking.

Because Golly Galoshes are breathable, waterproof they can be worn comfortably over your horse's boots or on their own.

From £26.99 per pair*

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Parsons Rump

A simple and effective design that’s perfect for summer riding. It incorporated fluorescent webbing and Reflexite tape to ensure you’re clearly visible. Quick and easy to attach to your saddle and much lighter than an exercise sheet.

Price from £16.50*

Mark Todd reflective sheet

Mark Todd Reflective Exercise Sheet

A waterproof and breathable sheet with soft fleece lining, this high-viz exercise sheet combines a wrap-around design providing both warmth and protection from the elements.


V-Bandz mesh sheet

V-Bandz mesh quarter sheet

A breathable sheet that’s made from a lightweight mesh that won’t make your horse sweat. It attaches to your saddle to hold it securely in place.





V-Bandz legbands

V-Bandz Deluxe legbands

Fluorescent and reflective protection. These legbands can be worn on their own or over boots. The top surface of the legbands are wipe clean for convenience, although they can of course be machine washed. The tapes are sewn onto a quilted material which means they are very comfortable for the horse to wear.

Price £12.99*

Harry Hall high vis brushing boots

Harry Hall Hi Viz brushing boots

These Hi Viz Brushing Boots are the perfect protection for your horse when riding out. The bright fluorescent and reflective neoprene boots will ensure your horse is always seen for maximum safety. The strong hook and loop provides a reliable and durable fastening.



Harry Hall Hi Viz fly veil


Harry Hall Hi Viz Fly Veil

The ultimate safety product for your horse. Crafted from mesh fabric, it prevents the horse from becoming agitated but provides the right amount of fit to avoid slippage. The fluorescent fabric ensures that your horse will always be seen.

Price £13*

Equisafety leg boots

Equisafety reflective Hi Vis leg boots

These boots can be fitted over brushing boots. They are made from a strong and durable, yet soft, black waterproof fabric with two 2” fluorescent and reflective bands stitched on top of each boot.

Price £11.99*

Equisafety neck band

Equisafety Reflective horse neck band

If your horse has a high head carriage whilst out hacking we would advise you to wear a neck band. The horses head may hide your jacket or waistcoat from cars coming from the front. Fully adjustable by touch & close fastenings underneath the chest. Wipe clean

Price £17.99*

Woof Wear reflective boots

Woof Wear Club Reflective brushing boot

A classic brushing boots with the addition of high visibility straps to ensure your horse is clearly visible in low light.

Price £31*

Rambo Reflective Night Rider boots

Rambo Reflective Night Rider boots

Brushing boots made from a highly reflective material. Quick closure system a single fastening.

Price £24.95*


*prices correct at time of publishing



Charlotte Dujardin Arret Waistcoat

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Part of Equisafety's Charlotte Collection the stunning elevated Arret waistcoat takes high-vis to the next level and is sure to stop people and horses in their tracks.

The Arret waistcoat is made from lightweight and breathable, waterproof fabric and has a two-way front zip, two hidden side pockets and two open back vents - not to mention it has a stunning and ergonomic design.

Sizes Guide:

  • X-Small / 6-8
  • Small / 8-10
  • Medium / 10-12
  • Large  / 14-16
  • X-Large / 16-18 
  • XX-Large / 18-20

To find out more visit the Equisafety website.

Must-have safety wear for the season ahead

With the event season only a matter of weeks away, safety wear specialists Champion has put together their top 5 lorry must haves and eventing essentials for the season ahead. Whether you’re planning your first un-affiliated event or preparing for British Eventing success, your safety should always be at the top of your list. All the Champion hats and body protectors meet the current safety standards and are rigorously tested to ensure they are produced to the highest standard.

Champion Ti22 body protector

For cross country, the Ti22 Body Protector will help you feel safe in the saddle. It's also flexible and comfortable thanks to the revolutionary SegTek construction. A heavy duty YKK zips, military grade outer mesh and ultra-lightweight foam all make this body protector easy and comfortable to wear.

Price from £145 (adults), £95 (childs)*



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Add your own silk in your cross-country colours to the Ventair Deluxe and also take your pick of colours - black, navy, pink, silver to match the rest of your outfit. This hat is lightweight with a modern low profile design. It also incorporates a ventilated airflow system to keep you cool - just what you need when your galloping cross-country.

Price from £92 to £110.50 *


Champion Puissance


You'll look the part In the show jumping arena wearing the Evolution Puissance riding hat. With its modern styling and effective airflow system you'll remain comfortable when you're under pressure. The synthetic suede finish with synthetic leather strips, a 4-point padded synthetic suede harness give this hat a truly classy look.

Price from £140 *

Champion hat bag


The Champion Hat Bag will keep your precious hat safe and secure. Ventilation holes provide breathability whilst contrast diamond quilted lining offers cushioning. This bag also has several pockets, plastic cosmetic mirror and identity slot.

Price £20 *

Plumpton base layer



This stylish Plumpton baselayer makes the perfect long sleeved cross country top. It’s made from a breathable fabric that allows heat and perspiration to escape, helping you stay at a consistent and comfortable temperature.

Price £25 *




To find your nearest stockist visit www.championhats.co.uk

*prices correct at time of publishing

Champion Evolution Puissance now available in navy

Champion Puissance hat

The Evolution Puissance riding hat is already the hat of choice for many riders across all disciplines. Up to now this hat was only available in black, but due to popular demand, this season Champion has launched a brand-new navy option.

With its low profile lightweight fibre glass shell, this hat is a modern choice for everyday riding and competition use. As well as stylish good looks, this hat also offers a highly ventilated airflow system to ensure maximum comfort and with the synthetic suede finish, high tech spacer and synthetic leather strips it really is a great looking hat that's sure to a popular choice for the season ahead.

Price from £140 *

To find your nearest stockist visit www.championhats.co.uk

* price correct at time of publishing

HitAir Vest

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Lightweight and comfortable, HitAir vests are perfect for a wide range of disciplines, from hacking and schooling to more extreme equestrian sports.

They can be easily adjusted for use over jackets and fleeces in winter and t-shirts in the summer months, and the patented design of HitAir vests allows the lower back protection to be neatly folded away, so that it doesn’t interfere with your saddle. The vests inflate outwards (rather than inwards) so there’s no possibility of being winded by the inflation process and they can be worn on their own or over a body protector.

HitAir vests come with a saddle strap, which is attached firmly to the stirrup bars of your saddle. The air vest itself has its own lanyard, which can then be attached to the strap, by a lanyard once you’re in the saddle. In the event of a fall, the inflation of the vest is activated when the rider becomes detached from the horse and the lanyard is pulled from the key ball mechanism. This pierces the CO2 canister, which then causes the vest to inflate in approximately 0.25 seconds.

For more information and to see the full product range visit www.hitairuk.co.uk

Airowear Flexion body protector

Airowear Flexion body protector

The tailored fit of the Flexion gives a sleek and slim profile while also ensuring you can move freely. The easy to use self-adjustment makes sure you get the best possible and the quilted out gives a classic country look. The protective foam moulds to your body shape and is flexible too, so you forget you're wearing it and concentrate on your riding. 

The Flexion is available in black or navy and is certified to BETA 2009 Level 3.

Price from £153.60 *

* Price correct at time of publishing

Charlotte Dujardin Mercury Jacket from Equisafety

The Mercury jacket in normal light

The Mercury jacket in normal light

This exciting new range of hi-vis clothing includes waistcoats and jackets. All the designs are right on trend, so they're really is no excuse not to wear it to ensure you and your horse are safe and clearer visible when hacking out. 

The Mercury jack is a close-figgie sale and it's cut to flatter your body shape. the material is lightweight and, thanks to the four-way stretch fabric you'll be able to move without restriction. This outer is also waterproof and breathable. 

When artificial light hits the fabric it shines silver

When artificial light hits the fabric it shines silver

the soft grey fabric is highly visible in normal daylight, but in sunlight, or when headlights hit it, the material comes to life and changes to an illuminating silver colour - sure to get the attention of all road users. 

The Mercury is available in orange or pink. 

Price £110 *

* Price correct at time of publishing

Find out more at www.equisafety.com

Racesafe Provent body protector

The Racesafe Provent

The Racesafe Provent

The manufacturer says: This body protector is ultra lightweight and thanks to the 70 independently hinged sections it gives you great flexibility and comfort. The breathable net outer and perforated inner material help to keep your cool when you’re working hard. It also features an elasticated adjustment system for improved movement and comfort.

Price Adult sizes from £198


Tested by Your Horse editor, Imogen Johnson

“If you’re like me and simply hate wearing a body protector then this is the one for you – you quickly forget you’ve got it on!

“As the manufacturer says it is ultra lightweight and even in the warmest of weather I found I stayed cool when wearing it which really impressed me. I’ve also worn this under a lightweight-riding jacket and it was hard to tell I had it on. It doesn’t look bulky or unflattering.

Even when worn under a jacket, the racesafe Provent isn't bulky or unflattering

Even when worn under a jacket, the racesafe Provent isn't bulky or unflattering

"This is the first body protector I’ve had that zips up, which is great. The zip front makes it easy to do up and it’s also easily adjustable if you need to make any tweaks to the fit.

"All the features Racesafe have added for flexibility really do the job as it’s easy to move in and super comfy. There’s really no excuse not to wear it. I can’t fault it!”



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Features: The LAS XT VIP Helmet is a beautiful, lightweight Italian helmet and is perfect for riders who like a little bit of bling. It features high quality Swarovski crystals with a stylish leather panel at the centre front of the helmet. If bling isn’t your thing, the helmet is also available with a grey real python leather insert. The helmet also has hi-tech ventilation panels at the front and side and conforms to the BS EN 1384 standard.

Size Options: 63⁄4 – 65⁄8
Colour Options: Black

Kan Teq Kan Body Protector


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Features: The Kan Teq Kan body protector has been designed exclusively for the female rider so it fits perfectly and comfortably. The sides are constructed to move in harmony with the rider, allowing her to move and breathe. Manufactured from a high-density polyethylene foam that absorbs and distributes impact over the entire surface. Comes with shoulder pads.

Sizes: 1 to 4 (equivalent to dress size 10 to 16) and T1 to T4 (with shorter back: equivalent to dress size 8 to 14).

Colours: Navy or black.