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  • Showing in a helmet?

    Does it matter what type of helmet you show in (recognized shows)? Are the "plastic" less expensive ones "show approved?" What about the "jumper" style with silver down the front or air vents?

  • #2
    I show in this helmet

    dressage is about what you DO, not what labels you wear.
    chaque pas est fait ensemble


    • #3
      You can do what you want, but it's less distracting to have solid black, so you can always get a helmet cover to make it nice and solid.

      To add to Poltroon--you can get a cheap, velvet looking cover, it doesn't have to be lycra!
      Last edited by Beentheredonethat; Jan. 18, 2011, 11:50 PM. Reason: add


      • #4
        I show in a black Troxel Sierra at the moment, which is not exactly traditional.

        You can use any helmet. Ideally, it would be black, and better yet, black matte. But, I think it's probably more important to have a well fitting jacket and tidy hair than it is to have any particular helmet. Pick one that fits your head and your wallet. I think the judges will be fine with any brand.

        If your helmet is shiny pink plastic, I'd probably suggest a cheap black lycra cover.

        That said, the most traditional look is velvet, and it's never wrong.
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        • #5
          I plan on showing in my Charles Owen GR8. I love it, got it back when I was doing hunters. It's very comfortable and I think it looks fairly classy.

          I also have a pink troxel for schooling but wouldn't dream of showing in it
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          • #6
            I am also in the camp that likes the look of something solid. There's no rule saying you can't use any certified helmet out there, I just think it completes the nice formal picture when you have white breeches and a stock tie on The Charles Owen GR8 helmets are very popular. They are pretty low profile so look nice. Just make sure you try on a few before purchasing to make sure it fits well and is comfortable, that's the most important thing!


            • #7
              I like the GR8 type of helmets, but I have a velvet IRH. It was the one which fit me best, so it's the one I went with.

              For a rated show I agree that something not plastic and airy is best, though if it's 100+ degrees out and coats are waived, that may be the best option... maybe I'll take my schooling helmets to shows, too!
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              • #8
                You can show, even at a rated show, in a plastic helmet. I like the sueded look myself, but when I show in the rain, I pull out my plastic head Rules don't require certain colors, textures, or materials... Go for comfort. You can always but a little helmet cover to make it look more finished.


                • #9
                  While I'm all for funk and bling on most things, on the helmet I think anything other than black is just horrible. I already think bubble protective helmets look terrible, so why draw attention to the fact that you look like a bobble head?

                  I go with simple black velvet/velveteen over the entire helmet. No silver vents, etc. Those just look dorky...IMO.
                  "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                  • #10
                    and tidy hair
                    Yeah...I got a comment on my last card about "hairnet would have been appropriate."

                    I have mostly observed plain black helmets in the Dressage ring, pretty similar to what you see in the Hunters. The Tipperary helmets are popular with the Pony Club/Eventing crowd here, and they often put a plain black velvet cover over those helmets, which have more vents and are shiny and sometimes colourful.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by dghunter View Post
                      I plan on showing in my Charles Owen GR8. I love it, got it back when I was doing hunters. It's very comfortable and I think it looks fairly classy.

                      I also have a pink troxel for schooling but wouldn't dream of showing in it
                      me too. I bought the JR8 specifically for dressage.
                      This year is the 1st year I've worn an approved helmet for dressage. It took some getting used to seeing the helmet strap in pictures. It's def not as lovely.

                      but solid all the same.
                      Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Velvet View Post
                        While I'm all for funk and bling on most things, on the helmet I think anything other than black is just horrible. I already think bubble protective helmets look terrible, so why draw attention to the fact that you look like a bobble head?

                        I go with simple black velvet/velveteen over the entire helmet. No silver vents, etc. Those just look dorky...IMO.
                        Bobble head?????


                        • #13
                          I competed all last year at Intermediare II in my IRH Elite Extreme. All kinds of vents. So much more comfortable than my top hat.


                          • #14
                            Just wear a helmet that fits you correctly and is comfortable. Leave the ugly helmet covers at the store. They don't improve on the helmet's look at all... if anything, they make them look larger and bulkier than they already are....especially the Tippery helmets. Might as well strap a 5 gallon bucket on your head and cover it in lycra or velvet.

                            If you can't afford to buy two helmets, one for show and one for schooling, make sure you buy a black or navy helmet (whatever matches your jacket) so you can wear it for both.


                            • #15
                              I have the IRH ATH SSV that I wear for schooling shows. I would use it for recognized shows if I weren't broke!

                              It's solid black, with a black vent. Very classy-looking, not at all distracting. I like the sueded material because I think it wears better than velvet. I school in the same helmet, so it has to hold up.

                              I think anythign solid black, navy, or dark brown, and not shiney plastic, will look just fine. Just don't draw attention to your head


                              • #16
                                I showed Prix St Georges in a shiny black plastic helmet with vents, and never got a comment. Looks fine in the pictures too.


                                • #17
                                  I showed PSG all last year in a Charles Owen "hampton" helmet. Just ordered it in blue for this year.
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                                  • #18
                                    I'm showing in my white Troxel Spirit helmet with a black velvet cover on it. I would like to buy a separate show helmet sometime (I like the Troxel matte-black one -- Troxels happen to fit my head best), but really, the judges aren't focused on whether or not anyone's wearing a $30 helmet with a cover, or a $200 helmet as long as we're neat, clean and not distracting, and I really don't care beyond that.
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                                    • #19
                                      A nice solid velvet like helmet I think looks best. They have gotten very resonable now and if you want to keep it looking nice buy a cover for it when you use it the rest of the time.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by walktrot View Post
                                        Bobble head?????
                                        You know, like a bobble head doll.
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