I have a Tipperary as well, this is the first I've heard of it not meeting safety standards.
It is old news. The Rep at Rolex of 07' * I think?* announced that Tipperary's were not certified through ASTM nor meets the minimal standards of protection.
They do not protect the rib cage at all, and do not protect you from puncture wounds. They cannot nor will protect you during a rotationa fall, which is the most common tumble in Eventing.
So if you were cantering to a jump, and your horse stops and you keep going - you smash into the fence, the vest wont protect you at all.
The Rep discussed this at Rolex a few years back. I think it was either 06 or 07'.
Tipperary's don't even meet the minimal BETA Level 3.
I've seen quite a few wearing the Intec Flex Rider for Stadium Jumping Lessons.
Your Vest MUST have the stamps of approval on them for the vest to be approved and certified. They must have MEETS BETA LEVEL 3 or higher standards, and APPOVED BY ASTM.
I wont put a vest on me without those stamps of approvals.
Here's what I say - if you wear an ASTM approved helmet, which means that the helmet has been tested to ensure the riders protection of their head *then why not the same with vests???*
I firmly think that rules need to change in Eventing where this is applicable. If we MUST wear an ASTM approved helmet, we MUST also have to wear a vest that is approved through them as well.
A vest that has the stamps of approval means that the vest has gone through testing to proove it's quallity of protection for the wearer. Tipp does not.....so that means it did not pass the testing.