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  • Approved Helmets for ADULTS in the show ring?

    I know there have been a lot of helmet posts of late, and I hate to be redundant, but I am wondering... some of you know I am re-entering the horse world (well, the RIDING one [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]) after a slight hiatus. I know Juniors are required to wear approved helmets, but being VERY old school (yes, I even still have a navy hunt coat [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]), I just can't STAND the look of me with one of those huge Charles Owens at the tack store. Ugh!

    However, I do think approved is a good idea. I am planning to get one for home, but wonder if I should plan to wear it at shows or keep my For Apparel Only (we'll call it my Loved FAO) helmet - it's purple!!- for shows.

    What are adults wearing? I still see mostly the FAO's, but as the juniors graduate into Adults, will they keep their expensive GPA's?

    I did try the unapproved Charles Owen which looks a lot like the custom unapproved's (right-side up bow, kinda tall). It looked okay, but is kind of expensive, so I'm wondering if it's worth the money.

    Basically, I'm FINALLY used to seeing the big guys on the juniors, is it time for me to take the plunge at shows? Or can I keep my nice, low profile FAO?

    [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img]

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    So tell me again how the 40 Hour Standard was created? I think my boss was busy...
    Which came first, the truck or the trailer?
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    #2
    I know there have been a lot of helmet posts of late, and I hate to be redundant, but I am wondering... some of you know I am re-entering the horse world (well, the RIDING one [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]) after a slight hiatus. I know Juniors are required to wear approved helmets, but being VERY old school (yes, I even still have a navy hunt coat [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_eek.gif[/img]), I just can't STAND the look of me with one of those huge Charles Owens at the tack store. Ugh!

    However, I do think approved is a good idea. I am planning to get one for home, but wonder if I should plan to wear it at shows or keep my For Apparel Only (we'll call it my Loved FAO) helmet - it's purple!!- for shows.

    What are adults wearing? I still see mostly the FAO's, but as the juniors graduate into Adults, will they keep their expensive GPA's?

    I did try the unapproved Charles Owen which looks a lot like the custom unapproved's (right-side up bow, kinda tall). It looked okay, but is kind of expensive, so I'm wondering if it's worth the money.

    Basically, I'm FINALLY used to seeing the big guys on the juniors, is it time for me to take the plunge at shows? Or can I keep my nice, low profile FAO?

    [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_confused.gif[/img]

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    So tell me again how the 40 Hour Standard was created? I think my boss was busy...
    Which came first, the truck or the trailer?

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    • #3
      I finally bought a GPA for at home, but I'm planning on using my Regal Crowne for shows...I can't help myself! I know it's kind of silly, because accidents can happen at any time!

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        #4
        Exactly, I just don't know if I can bring myself to wear approved at a show - for someone who's been in equitation forever, it just doesn't look right.
        [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

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        So tell me again how the 40 Hour Standard was created? I think my boss was busy...
        Which came first, the truck or the trailer?

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        • #5
          <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by EqChick:
          I am planning to get one for home, but wonder if I should plan to wear it at shows or keep my For Apparel Only (we'll call it my Loved FAO) helmet - it's purple!!- for shows.

          ...Charles Owen which looks a lot like the custom unapproved's (right-side up bow, kinda tall). It looked okay, but is kind of expensive, so I'm wondering if it's worth the money.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

          Yes. Wear the approved to show - set a good example, save your family and friends the potential agony of seeing you damaged, and save everyone else the rising insurance fees.

          Is it worth the $? I don't know - is your brain worth saving? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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          • #6
            To paraphrase:
            "If you think your appearance is worth more than your brain- it probably is."
            Janet

            chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).

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            • #7
              I school and show in an approved, I am an adult (by USAEq standards [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] )

              "Its not the years, its the mileage." -Indiana Jones
              **Before you can be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.**

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              • #8
                I'm of the school 'every ride, every time'.

                My brain, while not the brightest in the world, is definitely worth protecting and yes, I am an adult.

                Let's face it, if we really cared about looks would we let humans see us in our lovely riding pants???

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                  <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Janet:
                  To paraphrase:
                  "If you think your appearance is worth more than your brain- it probably is."<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                  LOL - that is the BEST!!! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] You are SO right - that's got to be one of the more convincing arguments I've heard of late.


                  So you guys are saying that you DO see approved's in Adult classes at A's?

                  If so, I'm thinking that an obviously approved one would look better than one of the huge velvet things. Like I'm not trying to look old school, I've obviously made a decision to go safe. (Like that Janet? [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]) Seriously, which ones do you guys like the most?

                  I saw the other threads on GPA's - seems like they're expensive from the posts - anyone have a ballpark? Also, I did like the unapproved CO - it's still big and cushy - is that close or does it just look approved, but miss all the important stuff? Any other specific brand recommendations? Seriously - what do you see most in the ring?

                  (In other words, I don't mind spending money on a good helmet, I just don't want to waste it [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_mad.gif[/img].)

                  Thanks!

                  *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

                  So tell me again how the 40 Hour Standard was created? I think my boss was busy...
                  Which came first, the truck or the trailer?

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                    #10
                    Okay, I don't mean to keep my thread at the top of the page with all my little comments - LOL. But, HOLY COW! I just saw the GPA in Beval and it's $300! I can see a lot of you think it's worth it, but are there cheaper alternatives? I'm paying my own way these days!

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                    So tell me again how the 40 Hour Standard was created? I think my boss was busy...
                    Which came first, the truck or the trailer?

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                    • #11
                      I show in an approved, and wear it at A horse shows, in Florida and State Medal Finals. I try never to look in a mirror and every time I do I start rethinking my commitment to my ugly approved. I started wearing an approved for schooling after I broke a bone in a freak cantering accident. Accidents CAN happen at any time. I started showing in an approved in January in Florida. I have noticed a significant change in the number of adults that are wearing approved. The number is increasing on a regular basis.

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                      • #12
                        Try the International ATH - it's similar to the GPA, but in the $100 range.
                        "These are my principles. If you do not like them, I have others." --Groucho Marx

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                        • #13
                          If you prefer a more traditional look, try the Internationale Royale -- about $120 -- Harness is similar to Charles Owens --
                          "I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM

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                          • #14
                            I found one of the Troxels fit me well and was comfortable, so that is what I bought for hunting.

                            "I'd be more tactful, if I were wrong."

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                            • #15
                              I think I am more likely to fall of at a horseshow so I will be wearing my approved both at home and at shows. I have the CO Hampton and I love it.

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                              • #16
                                <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by EqChick:
                                So you guys are saying that you DO see approved's in Adult classes at A's?

                                If so, I'm thinking that an obviously approved one would look better than one of the huge velvet things.
                                Seriously - what do you see most in the ring?

                                <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
                                I'm going to get flamed for this, but you want an honest representation.
                                You see SOME. Frankly, in the A/O they look a little out of place. In the A/A they are a little more common, but certainly not the norm. If you're going to go with an approved, please get the GPA unless you have serious fit problems with it. The velvet approved practically scream "I don't belong here" at the bigger shows (at least in FL and the north, I've noticed they're more acceptable in the south). A lot of people that show jumpers as well as hunters switch hats between classes. I'm perfectly happy with my unapproved charles owen, and that and the patey are what you see most, worn with a leather two loop harness.

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                                • #17
                                  C.Boylen,

                                  While what you say is true, I find it to be sad.

                                  "Its not the years, its the mileage." -Indiana Jones
                                  **Before you can be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid.**

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                                  • #18
                                    ...since the judge doesn't give a $@$% about what your helmet looks like, and wear the approved helmet that fits your head the best, since at the end of the day the whole point is safety.

                                    Dunno what A shows y'all are going to but in California approved helmets come in the velvet version as well, AND people wear them without others worrying about what they look like or pointing fingers.

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                                    • #19
                                      <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR> The velvet approved practically scream "I don't belong here" at the bigger shows ... <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

                                      That's such a bunch of crap. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif[/img]

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                                      • #20
                                        I like your version better. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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