Required Equipment

Tack and equipment will be checked. The following should be carried on the POR phase.


POR Compulsory Equipment (for all riders) Riders will not be permitted to start the POR without carrying ALL the items on this list:

  • Approved hard hat. (Hat approval changed 2017 please check current required standard)
  • Headcollar and leadrope or combination bridle
  • Medical armband with emergency phone numbers for the event
  • Horse ID with rider details and emergency phone numbers for the event
  • First aid kit for horse and rider Human kit to be carried on the rider.
  • Torch (suitable for riding after dark. A head torch or similar to read the map and a light to make you and your horse visible to car drivers/walkers are recommended.)
  • High vis clothing (minimum of fluorescent strips on the rider’s torso)
  • Whistle (for use in emergencies) to be carried on the rider .
  • Level 3 & 4 riders: correctly sized hoof boot or similar and (for shod horses) a set of emergency farrier’s tools suitable for the removal of a shoe. Level 1 & 2 competitors are advised to carry these but it is not required.


POR Additional Equipment (for all riders) Failure to have these items incurs a 2 point penalty for each item up to a maximum of 10 penalty points:

  • Compass
  • Hoof pick
  • Pens (for map marking – ideally two colours, permanent ink with thin nibs, red and fluorescent orange are popular for route marking and black or blue for notes)
  • Waterproofs
  • Mobile phone – If a rider chooses to carry a mobile phone must it must be carried on the rider.


Every competitor whether competing as an individual or as part of a pair should carry all of the equipment listed except the farrier tools (one between the pair is sufficient).


Helpful equipment for the POR phase

Map case, Drink/snack for rider, Coins for emergency phone call, Digital watch (or stopwatch).


*Hard hat and medical armband are required for ALL phases of the event. Tack used must remain the same for all three phases. For 2018 hard hats must comply with one of the standards listed below.
 PAS 015 (1998 or 2011)provided it has a BSI Kitemark OR an Inspec IC Mark
VG1 01.040 (2014-12) provided it has a BSI Kitemark OR an Inspec IC Mark
ASTM F1163 (2004a or 04a onwards), providing it has an SEI mark
SNELL E2001 OR E2016, providing it has a SNELL label and number
AS/NZS 3838 (2006 onwards), providing it has an SAI Global mark
Any hat used must conform to one or more of these standards


PTV Equipment

For 2018 Riders must wear a BETA level 3 standard body protector Purple label, body protectors must have a label dated 2009 or later for the PTV phase. From April 1st 2018 an approved body protector must be worn for the PTV at all levels unless the course includes no ridden fixed jumps. The definition of a fixed jump includes jumps such as hedges, path crossings, steps up, steps down and tree trunks which cannot be knocked down. Body protectors are recommended on the PTV phase even when no fixed jumps are used.