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  • Dressage helemet

    What is the most ideal helmet for lower level dressage in eventing. I have a hunter cap and yes it has a strap. Can you use this and not be the only one?

  • #2
    I remember seeing one or two huntcaps in my area at Prelim and below the last several years. Everyone else is in an approved helmet and those vary in brand.


    • #3
      Any approved helmet that fits your head.
      Life doesn't have perfect footing.

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      • #4
        I believe the rules change has you in an ASTM approved helmet w/ chinstrap at all levels that are non-FEI.


        • #5
          I wear my GPA, I have a friend who wears their CO and I have several friends who ride in the x-country helmets! As lng as it is certified and fits you....ride in it
          No Worries!


          • #6
            Yes, the new rule will be that you must wear an approved helmet any time you're on the horse (for USEA events at least - not sure about FEI).

            I wouldn't wear your XC helmet with it's cover on, but a black or navy cover is just fine.


            • #7
              Just wear a comfortable approved hat with chinstrap. You'll see all kinds of hats out there so it really doesn't matter.
              "If you've got a horse, you've got a problem"


              • #8
                How do you know if your helmet is certified at FEI standards?


                • #9
                  FEI has no standards. You want a helmet that meets ASTM/SEI or EU/PAS standards. These will be clearly marked on a label inside the helmet.

                  Most dressage caps etc. are NOT approved.



                  • #10
                    I wear a Charles Owen Showjumper 2000 for dressage and SJ.

                    No more "item of apparel" fake helmets at USEA as of this year. ABOUT DAMN TIME, too.

                    FEI rules still allow the use of fake helmets in dressage.

                    Not sure what rules apply in a show where both USEA and FEI levels are taking place at the same venue!

                    Just find an approved helmet that fits well and that you like. It could not be simpler.
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                    • #11
                      Sorry, I've been too busy having emotional breakdowns...that's a new rule?!? I knew it was discussed, didn't know it went through. Don't mind, but I have some people who may want to go shopping now.


                      • #12
                        Whatever you wear for SJ - Not your XC helmet tough (unless it's plain blue/black)
                        The rebel in the grey shirt


                        • #13
                          yb, it will be a USEA rule, but not an FEI rule.
                          Life doesn't have perfect footing.

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                          • #14
                            I like the look of the GR8 or JR8 for dressage.
                            Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!


                            • #15
                              I have a GR8-I used to ride in a hunt cap, and did once this last year (even though I pretty much always wear a helmet any other time), but really support the mandatory helmet rule also. I would say get a nicer helmet like a charles owen, GRE, or even something cheaper like an IRH or whatever that you like the look of that will be used for both stadium and XC. Having one aside from your schooling helmet keeps the nice one looking nicer longer. Charles Owen helmets fit me really well-I have the J3 for XC too and school in that too. But obviously not every helmet will fit every head so get something that you feel confident and comfortable in, that is the most important thing! The judges can't take off points because you aren't wearing a certain brand of helmet!
                              (But I will say I like the look of the GR8 or similar best, but it's all personal preference ).


                              • #16
                                Originally posted by yellowbritches View Post
                                Sorry, I've been too busy having emotional breakdowns...that's a new rule?!? I knew it was discussed, didn't know it went through. Don't mind, but I have some people who may want to go shopping now.
                                It's a rule proposal at the moment.
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                                • #17
                                  I just show in my skull cap with a black helmet cover. Its about the ONLY thing that fits me comfortably and correctly. And then I only have to remember ONE helmet which is another perk for my poor sucks at packing self!


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Wordplay1832 View Post
                                    Charles Owen helmets fit me really well-I have the J3 for XC too and school in that too. <snip> (But I will say I like the look of the GR8 or similar best, but it's all personal preference ).
                                    If you fit well in the J3 and like the look of the GR8, I would suggest the Wellington Pro! That's what I have and I love it the GR8 just looked terribly stupid on me. I tried it on at the tack shop and I think I frustrated the sales associate when I looked in the mirror and exclaimed, "I look STUPID!" The Wellington Pro fits lovely though!
                                    "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"