SEI Certification Standard Change to Come!

We at Dover Saddlery work closely with professional equestrian organization and equipment manufacturers so that we can keep customers up to date on the most pertinent information.
Because we consider ourselves an important source for riders on helmet awareness, we participate in events and provide updates about helmets as we learn about them. We work with the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), a private, nonprofit organization that tests and certifies safety and protective products. To gain SEI certification, manufacturers of helmets and body protectors must meet or exceed a level of quality and performance for the most current comprehensive standards existing for the product.

We would like to inform you about an upcoming helmet certification standard change that is scheduled to be implemented for the beginning of 2016.

  • Helmets currently on the market with ASTM F1163-04a/SEI Certified status and being used retain their existing SEI certification as they passed the standard at the time they were manufactured, and will remain so for the life of the helmet.

  • For its certification program, SEI reviews and adopts all ASTM safety standards. ASTM Typically updates its standards every 5-6 years, and sometimes more frequently, based on new scientific information and technology. ASTM modified its safety standards for helmets in 2016; SEI has adopted this edition of the standard.

  • Helmets manufacturers will submit their current helmet styles for testing to SEI and either pass or exceed the new requirements for the updated standard.

  • We will keep you informed about this change to the SEI certification standard on an ongoing basis. Please watch this page as well as our Facebook page for updates.

    *All information regarding the helmet certification changes were taken directly from the SEI website.

    Samshield America and Dover Saddlery would like to clarify some information recently posted on social media and other websites. Samshield helmets have successfully passed the new ASTM F1163-15/SEI Certification in 2015 in the United States and Canada. They are listed on the SEI/ATSM web site at For additional information, please check out that website.