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We are aware that our website has been out of date

for some time. We are now busy preparing all the

new products to put up onto the website, so please

bear with us and come back soon to see all of the new hats, including the brand new Conquest MKII.


The Gatehouse Team





BSEN 1384 Standard




The EU Commission has announced that the European equestrian riding helmet standard BS EN 1384 is to be withdrawn from the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ) at its next publication.

This means that hat manufacturers will no longer be able to CE-mark their hats using this standard and will need to recertify to another specification or the new interim standard VG1.

The withdrawal of the standard has no effect on riding hats already on the market. Once a hat has been manufactured to a standard, it will not become "non-standard" after withdrawal and can continue to be sold and worn. If riders have hats certified to EN 1384, they can continue to use them unless stated otherwise by rules of competition. 

The existing EN 1384 standard is currently in the process of revision. The withdrawal is due in part to the European working group responsible for the hat standard failing to reach an agreement on this overdue revision and subsequently causing the commission to take this drastic step.

Please follow this link to learn more about this important change and to see the FAQs on consumer hats.



About Us


Design Headwear Ltd manufactures the Gatehouse Range of Riding Hats. We have been manufacturing riding hats for over 25 years. Please contact us if you would like any further information about any of the products in our ranges.

Gatehouse are now working with the Child Brain Injury Trust, in working towards protecting children from serious head injury.