I am thinking about getting a new helmet because mine is getting old, like 5 years and I don't want to die if I fall off in it. What do you guys suggest that isnt too pricey but nice enough for small shows? I do hunter/jumper and am thinking about starting to event again!!
My favorite brand of helmet? The cheapest, lightest and most comfortable as I replace my schooling helmet every 5 years or so. I believe it is an International, is cool, vented, light (sometimes I forget I have it on) and cheap, about $35.
I love my IRH ATH. Wasn't too expensive, but it's a great quality helmet and I've used it in both hunters and eventing. I'm saving up for a Charles Owen Pro II skull cap for cross country; I've tried my friend's CO and it's very comfortable.
Try a lot of different brands on to see what fits your head shape best.
IRH make excellent cheap helmets. If you look at their designs, it's obvious they are copying GPA and Charles Owen but at a fraction of the cost. You can find cheap Charles Owen helmets which are very popular in the H/J world but if money is a huge issue then by all means go IRH. Avoid the super cheap Troxel and Tipperary helmets, they are not common at shows around here at least.
Thanks for your input everyone! I have a tipperary right now that I use for trail riding so my velvet one doesnt get scratched up (our trails are very wooded and a couple places get too wet to pass for some of the year so lots of venturing into the trees!!) and a charles owen hamtpon (one of the cheapest COs I think you can get). Perhaps I will look into an IRH :)
I loveloveloveee my charles owen jr8 its so super comfy I wish I could always wear it, low profile and keeps me suprisingly cool although there are no vents. Its medium pricey, but well worth it! Good luck, and the only thing im not a huge fan of in the IRH is that if you have a round head, they pinch :/
I have a Tipperary Sportage (in Carbon Grey) which I use for both schooling and showing. I do local dressage shows and I think it's fine for this, but I'm not one who really fusses much over appearance...
I tried on several more expensive helmets last time I was due for replacement and they all made my head look like Toadstool from Mario so I just went with the trusty old Tipperary
ETA: Here's a photo of me wearing it in my show clothes-