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    06-04-2012, 12:23 AM
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I am new to this ... I am doing hus and EQ in the QH circuit / buckskin/ open shows.. I went into dover and a lady set me up with a hunt coat, boots, everything.. but I have a question about the helmet. She said that now it is a rule to have a chin strap on the hunt cap.. is this true? I bought one that is pretty big and bulky looking .. doesnt look like the slim close fitting hunt cap I have seen in photos. . Should I return this ? Or is this a real rule now
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    06-04-2012, 01:39 PM
Helmets must have a properly fitting chin strap and be approved/certified according to safety standards. There are a lot of helmets out there that are affordable and not overly bulky, depending on your budget. I love my GPA, however there are other nice brands such as Charles Owen, LamiCell, and so on. Do some research, and my advice is try on different kinds and see what fits you best.
    06-04-2012, 04:29 PM
The hunt caps of the old days that were super slim and lacking a chin strap (and as such about as worthless as a baseball cap) are pretty much no longer around these days. Most competitions require ASTM/SEI certified helmets, which are naturally a little bulky.

I have a Charles Owen helmet that I really like. It's fairly comfortable, and it looks great in the show ring.
    06-05-2012, 01:35 PM
Can you check the rule book on the AQHA website?

The rules for AQHA hunters are different that for USEF hunters, and they also have their own fads and conventions.

I do know that the AQHA DOES NOT require ASTM/SEI helmets, and that a Charles Owen type helmet would probably look out of place.
    06-05-2012, 09:57 PM
For AQHA, hunt caps (no chin strap) will be the norm for HUS and EQ classes.

Approved helmets are only required over fences.
    06-06-2012, 01:32 PM
Green Broke
If you end up needing one with a chin strap, I have the Charles Owen GR8 which I see at a LOT of shows, and it's very nice without totally breaking the bank...and I think it makes my head look at lot better than my old IRH did! Here's some pics of me with it on...

    06-06-2012, 01:33 PM
Green Broke
WOAH sorry didn't realize those photos would come out so LARGE!
    06-06-2012, 05:09 PM
I've got a Troxel Grand Prix Gold that isn't too bulky, and I love it! I can't afford another GPA or CO lol; my hair grew out and it no longer fits!

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