Athletes 18 years and older, riding horses seven years and older may wear a top hat/bowler instead of protective headgear at the actual Competition and the warming-up directly prior to the Competition (with no break before the Competition), which includes riding between the stable and the warm-up area, riding of the competing Horse in the warm-up area, and riding back to the stable.
So doesn't that mean you could wear a top hat at levels lower than FEI, whereas this year you could not? Or is this rule only for FEI competitions, so only CDIs and such, while the rule of being over 18 and riding at PSG or above is only for national level competitions? Is the rule we've been abiding by this year at USDF/USEF shows only from USEF? What were the FEI's rules this year then?
I hope that makes some sense. Sorry if I confused you too. And thanks!