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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 11. Gaming
Agency 10. Virginia Racing Commission
Chapter 140. Flat Racing
3/28/2020

11VAC10-140-15. Safety Vests.

A. A safety vest shall be worn when:

1. Racing, parading, or warming up a horse prior to racing;

2. Jogging, training, or exercising a horse at any time; or

3. Handling horses in the starting gate.

B. A safety vest shall:

1. Cover the torso, front and back, from the collar bone to the hip bone;

2. Be of uniform material and thickness over the whole of the vest except for localized:

a. Variation due to pattern, for example, quilting;

b. Thinner areas to aid fit, for example, under the arms, at fastenings and at edges; and

c. Thicker areas in regard to particularly sensitive areas of the body, for example, the spine; and

3. Equal or exceed a minimum shock absorbance rating of five according to the specifications established by the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA), which are as follows:

a. Use a critical height apparatus to measure the maximum deceleration on impact of a striker consisting of a spherical idententer weighing 5.9 (+/-0.05) kilograms with a diameter of 215 (+/-2) millimeters;

b. Condition the vest and the striker for a minimum of three hours at 23° (+/-2°) Centigrade;

c. With the vest lying on a smooth, flat massive concrete base with the inside of the vest facing the striker and positioned so that the striker will impact on an area of typical thickness, not reinforced by additional material, raise and release the striker starting at a height of 0.2 meter and increasing the height by increments of 0.2 meter to a height that will result in a deceleration of over 300 gravity units (1G=9.81 ms-1) as measured by recording the signal from an accelerometer through the impact from the time before the striker impacts the vest until the accelerometer returns to the same level as before the impact;

d. Record the gravity units measured at each height increment on a line graph that has the gravity units in ascending order as the vertical axis and the release height in meters in ascending meters as the horizontal access.

e. Plot the height in meters at which the deceleration reached 300 gravity units; and

f. Multiply the height obtained in subdivision 3 e of this subsection by 10 to calculate the shock absorbance rating.

Statutory Authority

§ 59.1-369 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Volume 23, Issue 18, eff. May 31, 2007.

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