New Rules for Safety Vests & Helmets Posted On:Apr 16, 2010 | Posted By:Glen
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING REQUIRED SAFETY EQUIPMENT
Beginning in 2010, as part of Churchill Downs Incorporated, Arlington Park mandates that safety vests which meet ASTM International standards (formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials) be worn by all persons mounted on a horse or stable pony (to include all jockeys, exercise riders, outriders, pony riders, trainers and assistant trainers). In addition, the required Safety Vests will also be worn by the starting gate crew members during schooling and the afternoon races. The vests are designed to provide maximum protection of the entire torso from the collarbone to the hipbone.
Safety helmets must be worn by all persons mounted on a horse or stable pony (to include all jockeys, exercise riders, outriders, pony riders, trainers and assistant trainers) on the racetrack and must meet ASTM International standards. Safety helmets are tested to ensure they provide maximum protection from head injuries.
All licenses must wear an ASTM approved Safety Vest, designed to provide shock absorption protection, and a properly secured ASTM approved Safety Helmet at all times when mounted on a horse and/or stable pony when racing, parading, or warming up a horse prior to racing; or jogging or exercising a horse at any time. **The licensee is responsible for providing sufficient evidence that his/her ASTM approved Safety Helmet and ASTM approved Safety Vest meet all applicable safety standards.
If you need to purchase Safety Helmets and/or Safety Vests you may contact OROS BROTHERS located on the backstretch of Hawthorne Race Course & Arlington Park or at one of the following tack shops in the Arlington Heights area:
BARRINGTON SADDLERY 760 West Northwest Hwy. Barrington, Illinois 60010 (847) 381-6015www.barringtonsaddlery.comAt Arlington Park, the Safety Vests and Safety Helmets must be properly fastened at all times when mounted on a horse and/or stable pony. Open M-W, F, Sat from 9:30am to 5:00pm Thursdays - 9:30am to 8:00pm Sundays – 12:00pm to 5:00pm
SADDLERS ROW 20066 North Rand Rd. Palatine, Illinois 60074 (847) 776-6700 www.saddlersrow.com Open M-W, F, Sat from 10:00am to 6:00pm Thursdays – 10:00am to 8:00pm Sundays – 11:00am to 5:00pm
**All Safety Helmets and Safety Vests must be approved by the Arlington Park Outriders no later than Thursday, May 20, 2010!