Hey guys, I’m debating to switching to western. I rode dressage for 20 years and after a few years off I’m thinking of doing western. I like shows, it’s not something that I plan on doing right away but i might in the future. I don’t see any videos or photos where riders are wearing helmets at shows. I won’t get on a horse without a helmet so would it be weird if I showed in a helmet?
I have shown western dressage in a helmet, and western pleasure/equitation on the open show circuit in a helmet. It does not seem to affect my placings.
I am also a general performance judge, and when shadowing at breed shows, rider’s outfit is just not a think judges worry about, other that a way to tell riders apart!
That said, I have only used/seen, plain black helmets, not western themed or blingy helmets. Wear a helmet with condidence, like it is the sports equipment it should be considered.
I have worn a helmet since I was about 5 years old (I am 35 this year). I even wear my helmet when I show AQHA ranch horse. Doesn’t affect a thing. They scored me and my horse fairly (I think).
I will say I was the only person at AQHA (in western) wearing a helmet. At the local shows, there’s a few adults that wear helmets, but it’s not the majority.
Wear your helmet and wear it proud.
Western rider here. Wear the helmet. You will not regret it.
If it were not for a helmet, I would not be writing this. Mine was cracked through in 3 places and I was life flighted to the nearest trauma center last September.
You will only regret it if you don’t wear it.
I show all around. Open shows and I wear a helmet every ride, no matter what. It’s your head, so don’t let social media, trends or tradition sway your decision. You will not be docked in the western ring for wearing a properly fitted helmet.