I always like to wear my helmet, even when showing, because you never know when your horse is going to decide to spook. I've always shown in a cowboy hat when I show my trainers horses, but now that my own pony is getting better at western pleasure, I'd like to show him instead. I'm not all the way comfortable with riding him helmet less, because he does have some Spazz problems in high stress situations.
Do people that wear helmets in opposed to cowboy hats place lower in western pleasure classes? Do judges care what you wear on your head?