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    02-23-2009, 07:06 PM
Must be differnt over here.
Over here anything pony club you MUST have an approved helmet on, even if its just walking around on the lead rein you must have one.
Anything over jumps in any competition you must have a helmet approved by the show organisers.
Dressage you must wear an approved helmet with propper straps untill.. level 5 and even then you must wear a helmet for all warming up untill the final warm up then you can swap to a top hat or bowler.
And for A&P's on the flat you must wear an approved helmet untill the age of.. I think 18 but it may be 16.
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    02-23-2009, 07:45 PM
Green Broke
Oh, maybe it was just my eyes playing tricks on me, thanks for clearing that up Anable(sorry if spelled wrong!)
    02-24-2009, 09:23 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by upnover    
Those are considered "items of apparel only" and have no safety value. If I remember correctly USEF requires all juniors (anyone under 18) to wear an approved safety helmet and most shows under organizations that are affiliated with USEF will require all riders to wear them regardless of age. I'm assuming your county fair is not affiliated and doesn't follow those guidelines.

Haha, so I just reread my post.... I meant to write that juniors are anyone under 18.... not under 18)!! Hopefully you got what I meant as there are not a lot of babies under 1 that are competing these days.

I think back in the day a lot of grand prix show jumpers were wearing the strapless helmets but these days you don't see that anymore. Thankfully.
    02-24-2009, 11:40 AM
I would also like to point out that it is traditional for male riders to actually take the hat off when saluting and having no straps does make it a lot easier in those cases.
I see that allot in GP Jumping. I remember when I was growing up, I would always watch CNN's Spruce Meadows Competitions, and I would often see the men take their hat off and salute.

Ian Millar would enter the ring with his chin strap unattached, salute, put his helmet back on and then snap the chin strap in place.


I was always under the impression, for the fascillities liabillity reasons....that you should wear a certified helmet when doing dressage?

I of course, am only at low levels - so I could wear a hat instead of a helmet?
    02-24-2009, 11:45 AM
Green Broke
I'm pretty sure that anyone in eventing can wear a hat insted of a helmet in dressage, but don't take my word for it, haven't read the Omnibus yet!
    02-24-2009, 11:48 AM
I am talking about USDF. Not USEF.
    02-24-2009, 11:51 AM
Green Broke
For USDF yes, my mom wore a top hat and shadbelly for her level 1 tests
    02-24-2009, 12:26 PM
Huh, cool. I always thought that was more required from mid to upper levels.

I'll stick to my short dressage coat and helmet. Lol.
    02-24-2009, 01:39 PM
Green Broke
Yup, my mom was really serious about dressage. She always won or, very rarly, came in second on her 18.2HH freasian draught cross, Appolloux
    02-24-2009, 06:18 PM
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
For USDF yes, my mom wore a top hat and shadbelly for her level 1 tests
Top hats are accepted (although some people will frown on their use at this level) but she would have been eliminated for riding in a shadbelly at level one. The rules CLEARY state that the tails are ONLY allowed at FEI....several levels ABOVE level one.

IF what you say was done it couldn't possibly been at any rated/recognized show that used a proper judge or rules. And if that was the case and they used the official tests then that show could have been fined.

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