I am so disappointed by some of the names on the list. I suspect many of their helmet sponsors will be dropping them like hot cakes.
It seems like a stupid hill for them to pick to die on. The FEI has a legal and ethical obligation to enforce safety standards. There is zero benefit to wearing a top hat but tangible benefit to wearing a helmet.
And the argument that it’s fine because there has be never been an accident in the CDI competition ring at GP is just stupid. Should we wait for a catastrophic event to occur and then require helmets?
Nibidy is saying they can’t fancy prance at home in their top hats if that floats their boat. But if you want to ride in FEI competition you follow FEI rules. Simple. It’s got nothing to do with personal freedoms or freedom of choice.
There are several parents of young kids in this list. I wonder if they think car seats and seat belts should be optional too?