Following a discussion at a meeting of the Masters of Foxhounds Association (MFHA), the organisation is reissuing advice regarding headwear to members of hunt staff.

“We are going to re-examine our advice and reissue the advice notice first published in 2008, of which the key point is ‘Hunt staff should be given an unfettered choice as to whether they wear a Patey or a modern hat’,” said MFHA director Tim Easby.

“We carried out extensive tests on the Patey hat [in 2008], but I cannot comment on any other forms of hunting cap.”

At the recent inquest into the death of former Cattistock master Fiona Vigar (news, 29 August), the coroner highlighted the fact that she was not wearing “a crash hat or a protective form of hat”.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (26 September, 2013)