Yea MIEventer I think I would understand more than you!
How so? Please explain.
Why would you want to wear a vest that is not approved or certified through Beta Testing, SEI and ASTM?? Sure, you don't have to wear an approved vest on the CC coures *Which makes no sense since we have to wear approved helmets* But agian - why would you want to risk your physcial well being while doing this highly dangerous sport?
The new standards are Beta 2000 1, 2, and 3. The tipperary meets none of those standards.
What you really want is a Beta 2000 Level 3 vest, at minimum, you will see a purple Beta 2000 lable on the vest itself if it meets the Level 3 standards -requirements of safety/protection.
Most international level riders are switching to the Rodney Powell as Eventerdrew mentioned - because they meet all the requirements of safety for the riders body during this demanding sport.
Many riders are getting rid of their Tipperary's thanks to the massive lack of any actual protection they provide.
Tipperary's are barely Beta Level 1.
I contacted the Tipperary company a while ago, and they told me that the ONLY certified and approved vest is the Tipperary Air Spirit. Not the Tipperary Eventer.
"ASTM F1937-04 Body Protectors Used in Horse Sports and Horseback Riding
The ASTM standard is the most stringent in North America as far as impact performance and ergonomic coverage of the body. This level of protection is not mandatory in any discipline, but it is recommended by the United States Pony Club that all members wear an ASTM approved vest." http://www.phoenixperformance.com/safety_standards.html
I saw a couple falls with riders who were wearing the Tipperary Eventer. One was a girl who came out of her tack to the right side of her horse. She did this odd roll and ended on her back, right when the horse stepped on her chest. Broke her ribs.
And the 2nd one, this horse and rider team came out of the jumps that were in the forrest, came out down a slight hill to a Trekhanner and didn't come down to a Coffin Canter. The horse took the jump flat and they hit it. She ended up with broken ribs as well.
Anything can happen, especially at low levels.
Anyways, back to the Origional topic.