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  • Helmets in stadium

    What sort of helmet was WFP wearing in stadium ? I don't think I noticed it when he was jumping, but after, in the lap of honour and all that - it didn't like all that much of a helmet. Does anyone know ?

  • #2
    When they leave the arena, they switch from their approved duds to hunt caps, usually.

    Makes sense to go back into the stadium with a screaming fan club and people moving around and mass chaos without anything protective attached to your head, doesn't it?

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    • #3
      He was wearing a protective helmet to compete. Right when NBC swarmed him I noticed someone (Yogi?) hand him a hunt cap, and he switched into that.

      I remember thinking it was too bad from a role model perspective and also unnecessary. Can't we just get used to the look of safety? Especially after a horse just fell on his teammate's head.

      It's a sport, not a fashion show. But I'm a smurf.

      (I do love WFP and Cool Mountain!)

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      • #4
        He wore his x-country helmet, complete with black cover and rubber band. I guess it's kind of hard to raise your helmet to salute the crowd when it is securely fastened with a chin strap.

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        • #5
          People often switch into their hunt caps for awards. Makes for a prettier picture.

          I didn't know this when I groomed for the trainer at my horses first CCI*... which he ended up winning. So *gasp* trainer had to wear his GR8 for pictures... mind you when I went out to hold up the cooler in the owners picture... I was wearing grooms attire and looked like I had 3 days worth of dirt on me! hahahaha... Don't think my trainer framed that one.

          At my first CCI*, my trainer then and I were the only ones in approved helmets for awards. I think it looks fine: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...6&id=290901088 My horse was pretty excited during the victory gallop too... he thought he was back on steeplechase so a brain bucket wasn't the worst idea!

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          • #6
            I get the impression that some European riders take the concept of gentlemen tipping their hats a bit more seriously than we do over here. I think that drives the change to caps somewhat.

            Just a thought.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jazzy Lady View Post
              People often switch into their hunt caps for awards. Makes for a prettier picture.
              Makes for a prettier picture...for their sponsors to use in future advertising--and you know we must bow and scrape to all sponsorship money...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by subk View Post
                Makes for a prettier picture...for their sponsors to use in future advertising--and you know we must bow and scrape to all sponsorship money...
                Try not to think of it and "bowing and scraping" as much as gratitude for underwriting a hugely expensive sport. Our sponsors need encouragement that we appreciate their sponsorship which keeps our destination events afloat. Too bad sponsors are always dissed in this forum. How would everyone here feel if Rolex dropped the event and no one was interested in picking up the title sponsorship???
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                • #9
                  So what about a huntcap makes the picture prettier for sponsers? Does it make it easier to photograph? Your head look less fat? Do approved helmets hide the lettering on some sort of sign?
                  http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                  • #10
                    I think it's considered proper for gentlemen to remove their caps as respect to those that are giving them awards.

                    I see no problem in showing proper ediquette and respect in this aspect. I think it's rather nice to keep some type decorum when accepting awards, and acknowledging fans, sponsors, officials and judges.

                    If it is to make a nice PR picture for a thank you for sponsors, then go for it too. This sport needs all the sponsorship it can get!
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                    • #11
                      Just so we're clear here, I did not make up the photos for sponsors excuse. That is the reason I have personally been given by several UL riders or their connections.

                      Grand Prix jumper Ann Kursinski has been wearing a safety helmet for awards for years. Here she is at an Aachen award ceremony in one:
                      http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...26tbs%3Disch:1

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bigbaytb View Post
                        I think it's considered proper for gentlemen to remove their caps as respect to those that are giving them awards.

                        I see no problem in showing proper ediquette and respect in this aspect. I think it's rather nice to keep some type decorum when accepting awards, and acknowledging fans, sponsors, officials and judges.

                        If it is to make a nice PR picture for a thank you for sponsors, then go for it too. This sport needs all the sponsorship it can get!
                        I don't think people are saying the problem is wearing a hunt cap to accept an award, I think they are saying the problem is wearing it during a victory gallop.

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                        • #13
                          I don't buy the "because that's the way we did it for 100 years" excuse. The world moves on and things change. We didn't used to event in safety vests, we jumped things we would consider dangerous now, and I think some horses drowned jumping into a flooded river during the olympics way back in the day.

                          If you look at hunters their sport has changed, in the style of horse and what is expected and in dress. They use saddle pads and D ring snaffles and after all the fuss about the helmet rule finding out which helmet Beezie Madden has and then buying it is the new fashion statement.


                          IMHO I think that riders show disdain for the helmet rules by using a huntcap whenever possible and I certainly hope they jump at home in helmets. It's important to be good role models.
                          http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                          • #14
                            "I won't be able to wave my hat at the adoring fans" is about as dumb as "it will mess up my hair".
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                            • #15
                              But I totally just had it flat ironed.
                              http://weanieeventer.blogspot.com/

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by Jazzy Lady View Post
                                People often switch into their hunt caps for awards. Makes for a prettier picture.

                                I didn't know this when I groomed for the trainer at my horses first CCI*... which he ended up winning. So *gasp* trainer had to wear his GR8 for pictures... mind you when I went out to hold up the cooler in the owners picture... I was wearing grooms attire and looked like I had 3 days worth of dirt on me! hahahaha... Don't think my trainer framed that one.

                                At my first CCI*, my trainer then and I were the only ones in approved helmets for awards. I think it looks fine: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pi...6&id=290901088 My horse was pretty excited during the victory gallop too... he thought he was back on steeplechase so a brain bucket wasn't the worst idea!
                                Ms. K - even with all the dirt in Canada and the US, YOU would look adorable...and I bet some neat guy named Mike thinks the same!!! And I am SOOO happy to know YOU will protect that smart, cute head with an approved helmet. My DH ordered me one just like Courtney's yesterday...I LOVE IT!!!!!
                                ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan

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                                  #17
                                  proper ediquette

                                  Seriously ?

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by KateWooten View Post
                                    Seriously ?
                                    Well, if we're having "sponsers," why not treat them with "ediquette"?????

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                                    • #19
                                      Proper etiquette might also be construed as showing sufficient respect for oneself and one's sport to take all possible actions to avoid becoming a Statistic. I, for one, would happily accept a cheeful smile, a wave, and a helmet planted firmly on the head of those doing their victory gallops.
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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                                        "I won't be able to wave my hat at the adoring fans" is about as dumb as "it will mess up my hair".
                                        Well, I'm good then. I never win, so no victory gallop doff of the huntcap, and I'm almost bald so no hair to mess up! I KNEW there was a reason I always wear my helmet!

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