Courtney King-Dye speaks out for helmet safety

This video is a must watch for everyone. Especially people who believe that a TBI won’t happen to them because they are 1) a good rider, 2) their horse is safe or 3) they are only riding on the flat. It took tremendous courage for her to turn her own accident into a message for […]

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Making helmets that are fashionable to wear

Maybe the new rules about helmets are having some impact . . . at least among the leading fashion designers. If you thought that helmets were not fashion accessories, you haven’t seen this one! Okay, so it’s just a GPA with a Chanel logo, but still, that’s got to make it more fashionable, right? I […]

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Put a hat on that helmet

For those equestrians who don’t like the look of an approved helmet but still want to stay safe, here’s a nifty solution: hide a helmet covers that fit over a traditional helmet and give them the look of a hat. Developed by Lavina Raville, a lifelong equestrian and CT Technician, the covers are available in […]

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Upper level dressage riders swap top hats for helmets at Palm Beach Derby

Professional dressage rider Heather Blitz is campaigning for upper level riders to swap their top hats for helmets at the Palm Beach Derby. Her campaign started in response to the tragic accident on March 3rd that left dressage competitor Courtney King-Dye in a coma after a horse she was training fell on her and fractured […]

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When was the last time you bought a new helmet?

Helmets are perishable. They look pretty rugged but after a few years they start to deteriorate. You wear them (hopefully) every time you ride and they get hot and sweaty. You might leave one in the trunk of your car where it’s baked by the sun, or maybe you’ve dropped your helmet on the barn […]

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Always wear your helmet when you jump!

This made me chuckle. Not just because I used to make my Breyer horses jump, but because I love the PSA. You should always “where” (sic) your helmet, even in Breyer land! Rotational falls can happen there, too. The question is, would a frangible pin have helped?!

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European Women Riders and “Hunter Hair”

One of the most interesting things about watching the Olympic show jumping was comparing the styles of the riders from different countries. Some rode in a half seat, some in a full seat. Saddles were different, bits were different, and most important (at least to the posters on various forums) was the way European women […]

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