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    09-11-2010, 07:14 PM
Green Broke
Today I was at a hunter/jumper show doing jump crew. Everyone had hair tucked neatly into helmets except the 12 and under crowd who wore pigtails with BIG BIG fancy bows and ribbons on the pigtails.
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    09-13-2010, 06:21 PM
Green Broke
I don't like tucking my ponytail up under my helmet if I don't have to because I feel it compromises the fit of the helmet, which is why I pin it at the nape of my neck. It is still neat and tidy, and I think that is more important that a badly fitting helmet.
    09-13-2010, 06:31 PM
Anyone know why they don't want you to have any hair showing? I have long, thick hair and my helmet probably doesn't have room for all my hair in it. I agree that it doesn't seem like your helmet will fit well/right if there's room for your hair in there.
    09-13-2010, 11:47 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by SaratogaTB    
Is the goal in a hunter show to have no hair showing under the helmet?

It is considered "correct" (based on tradition) to have your hair out of the way and not blowing around and messy while you ride. Letting your hair hang out at a show is akin to coming to a job interview with the worlds worst bed head. Technically "hunter hair" halfway covers your ears and then is hidden up in your helmet. (unless you're still in garters, then you would wear pig tails) There are all sorts of methods people use to achieve the look. You need to mess around and figure out what works best for your hair. I put my hair in a low pony tail, covering the tops of my ears. Cover all of it with a hair net. Get a 2nd rubber band and wrap it over the band (that's already under my hairnet) so I have a hairnetted ponytail. Flip the tail under my helmet, putting on my helmet -back first, gently put the whole thing on my head and make sure there are no flyaways or hairnet. It's a science. :)
    09-15-2010, 03:23 PM
Green Broke
upnover--when showing in actual shows rather then schooling shows....would you HAVE to have "hunter hair" as you described above, or as long as it looks neat and tidy with no whispies, would it be fine? I recently showed with the hairnet and really didnt like it...
    09-15-2010, 09:53 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by VelvetsAB    
upnover--when showing in actual shows rather then schooling shows....would you HAVE to have "hunter hair" as you described above, or as long as it looks neat and tidy with no whispies, would it be fine? I recently showed with the hairnet and really didnt like it...

By "actual show" do you mean a rated show? I seriously *hate* hairnets and don't love riding with my hair up but I would never EVER EVER EVER show with my hair hanging out at a rated show. I just suck it up and deal with it. Even at a schooling show I don't think I could do it (I do often skip the hairnet at schooling shows). In fact, my show helmet is specifically sized for my hair to fit under. I'm sure it's happened, but I've never seen a single hunter rider at a rated show with a pony tail. Even most of the jumpers I see have their ponytails under their helmets. It's just been completely ingrained in my psyche that you never let your hair hang out at shows! And call me old fashion, but I think it looks sloppy.
    09-15-2010, 10:03 PM
Green Broke
VelvetsAB- sorry, I don't think I read your post very carefully before responding. What do you mean by neat and tidy but not under your helmet? Like a bun? You MIGHT be able to get away with that but I wouldn't recommend it. It just doesn't look right! I hate "show bows" even more. I know a lot of people refer to them as "scrotum bags" and well... yeah. I don't know what to tell you! If you were one of my students I'd say, just make it work! If you're paying the big bucks to come to a rated show, you gotta look the part. I have kids who cut their hair during the show season so it'll fit under their helmet and a little girl who grows her hair long so she can have pigtails with bows.

I wear white pants after labor day, I don't care if people wear socks with flip flops, go ahead and wear a brown belt with black shoes... if one of my students decided to sport a hot pink mohawk? Beautiful. But when it comes to shows? It's going under your helmet! But like I said, I'm old fashioned when it comes to things like that.
    09-15-2010, 10:31 PM
Green Broke
Yes sorry....actual show meaning rated or Trillium. I french braid 2 pig tails and then pin them up at the nape of my neck with a bazillion bobby pins. You can kinda see it in the pics that I attached that it isnt all over the place. It has never come out as the helmet partially covers them and stays on until the show is done anyways....

ETA: I have never been to a rated show as my school horse isn't passported, but would like to try for one eventually. Schooling shows are more within my budget right now, and are all I have done!
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    09-15-2010, 11:00 PM
Green Broke
Oh! I think that looks just fine! I wouldn't worry about not having "patties" (hair covering the tops of your ears). Your hair is neat and tidy and out of the way. I was thinking you had a ponytail swinging around or something... :)
    09-15-2010, 11:16 PM
Green Broke
Hahaha. My coach would MURDER me if it was a ponytail all over! Thanks upnover :)

OP: so anything up, neat and tidy is fine, no matter how you do it.

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