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What I would like to see - Now what I have done (see post #8)

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  • What I would like to see - Now what I have done (see post #8)

    As a spin-off from the helmet discussion thread -

    Wouldn't it be great to have a JUST WEAR IT campaign sponsored by the major helmet manufacturers and endorsed by USEF, USDF, and top riders? And with a huge pile of funds donated by the manufacturers and major patrons of our sport, to be used as a special award for the top FEI rider at our top shows who wears a helmet during their test?

    Yeah, a lot of riders will scoff at this, but when someone scoring 55% at PSG wins an extra $500 or $1000 simply because she is wearing a helmet and all the higher scoring riders were not, those riders will think twice about it the next time they go in the ring.
    Last edited by DownYonder; Mar. 11, 2010, 12:34 PM.

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    yes, anything that would positively influence rider recognition of safety issues is a great idea in my mind!

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    • #3
      I think that is an EXCELLENT idea!

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      • #4
        It's great to reward someone for doing the right thing but shouldn't people just do the right thing? I would some kind of recognition program that does not involve "spotting points." You are right about helmet covered heads being smarter heads.
        You know, everybody thinks we found
        this broken-down horse and fixed him,
        but we didn't. He fixed us. Every one of us.

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        • #5
          How about instead of paying the rider to wear a helmet, for every upper level class the rider wins wearing a helmet some $$ is donated to Traumatic Brain Injury research in the rider's name?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Drive NJ View Post
            How about instead of paying the rider to wear a helmet, for every upper level class the rider wins wearing a helmet some $$ is donated to Traumatic Brain Injury research in the rider's name?

            Love this idea! I will pass it along to my local group.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Drive NJ View Post
              How about instead of paying the rider to wear a helmet, for every upper level class the rider wins wearing a helmet some $$ is donated to Traumatic Brain Injury research in the rider's name?
              much better idea than awarding a lower score a higher placement just because of a helmet.
              i'm very pro helmet, so why not make it a requirement? they make cowboy hats with hidden helmets, why not top hats?
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              chaque pas est fait ensemble

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                #8
                I decided to stop wishing and take action. I have this day sent a communication to coporate headquarters for the following helmet manufacturers, asking for their support in launching and funding a JUST WEAR IT campaign:

                - Aegis
                - Charles Owen
                - GPA
                - IRH
                - Ovation
                - Tipperary
                - Troxel

                Can anyone think of a major helmet company that I have missed?

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                • #9
                  Lami-Cell
                  LAS

                  both make helmets
                  Different Times Equestrian Ventures at Hidden Spring Ranch
                  www.DifferentTimesEquestrianVentures.com

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Timex View Post
                    Lami-Cell
                    LAS

                    both make helmets
                    Thank you!

                    I am also beginning to contact various high profile dressage riders/trainers in the U.S. and Canada to ask if they would be willing to help by serving as figureheads/role models/spokespersons, and/or on the BOD.

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                    • #11
                      Down Yonder,

                      Thanks for doing this! I think it could be a very important step.
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                      • #12
                        I would love to see an upper-level rider sponsored by a helmet company. And I mean not just providing free helmets but giving meaningful financial support. I wonder if any of the companies has ever done a study of the potential new customers for them in dressage -- are there enough unhelmeted people to make it financially worthwhile for them to pursue? That would certainly help persuade them to sponsor!
                        ...somewhere between the talent and the potato....

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                        • #13
                          I read on another helmet thread that this is exactly what GPA did to get their helmets off the ground. They paid top H/J riders to wear them at shows and then they became the "rage". Not because they were safer, or better, but because *insert big name jumper rider here* was seen wearing them. Clever marketing tactic that totally worked. Now every H/J rider just has to have a GPA. I hope you get a response from those companies.
                          Last edited by slp2; Mar. 13, 2010, 07:35 AM.

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                            #14
                            I have already heard from one very well known individual in the dressage world who is offering to help. Thanks, Jane Savoie!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by slp2 View Post
                              I read on another helmet thread that this is exactly what GPA did to get their helmets off the ground. They paid top H/J riders to wear them at shows and then they became the "rage". Not because they were safer, or better, but because *insert big name jumper rider here* was seen wearing them. Clever marketing tactic that totally worked. Now every H/J rider just has to have a GPA. I hope you get a response from those companies.
                              Taking advantage of the power of the sheeple - it works!
                              Donald Trump - proven liar, cheat, traitor and sexual predator! Hillary Clinton won in 2016, but we have all lost.

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                              • #16
                                These http://go.pegasushelmets.com/ are new and may be more receptive to what you are proposing.
                                ... _. ._ .._. .._

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                                • #17
                                  DressageArt could make helmet-covers and t-shirts that say "just wear it"

                                  Oh and looks like Dressage Today has a paid circulation of about 39,500. I'd say if even a small portion of those were to convert their helmet-less existence, it could be quite lucrative for helmet manufacturers
                                  "Reite dein Pferd vorwärts und richte es gerade.” Gustav Steinbrecht

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by DownYonder View Post
                                    I decided to stop wishing and take action. I have this day sent a communication to coporate headquarters for the following helmet manufacturers, asking for their support in launching and funding a JUST WEAR IT campaign:

                                    - Aegis
                                    - Charles Owen
                                    - GPA
                                    - IRH
                                    - Ovation
                                    - Tipperary
                                    - Troxel

                                    Can anyone think of a major helmet company that I have missed?

                                    Pateys (only slightly kidding; there's no reason for them not to start producing BSI/ASTM-approved helmets)

                                    From Ebay UK's options:

                                    Champion
                                    Christy Beaufort
                                    Harry Hall
                                    John Whitaker

                                    Some of the companies that make hockey helmets also make riding helmets, afaicr.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Romany View Post
                                      Pateys (only slightly kidding; there's no reason for them not to start producing BSI/ASTM-approved helmets)

                                      From Ebay UK's options:

                                      Champion
                                      Christy Beaufort
                                      Harry Hall
                                      John Whitaker

                                      Some of the companies that make hockey helmets also make riding helmets, afaicr.
                                      Antares helmets are also gaining popularity. Way out of my price range though.
                                      Libby

                                      There is a fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness". - Dave Barry

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                                      • #20
                                        I can't help thinking that the best place to start is with riding centres and trainers and enforcing wearing of hats when folks start to ride.

                                        Children first would be great.

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