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QueenCheval 09-01-2013 09:45 AM

Is it good enough for shows?
Hello everyone! I really need a helmet. I've been riding for four weeks now at my new stable, and after your first five weeks they ask you buy yourself a new helmet is you plan on continuing to ride with them. That deadline is approaching, and I'm trying to decide whether to buy a Ovation Schooler or not.

So far, my gut says that I should buy it, because I've seen no negative reviews about it, it's on the cheaper side but holds up to standards. In the future, I want to compete in jumping/cross-country shows at local levels. Nothing too big for now.

Thing is, my instructor says to buy a velvet helmet. But all the ones I've seen don't have vents, and what if I fall? It'll get all dirty, and velvet's harder to clean than plastic.

What do you think? Should I just get an Ovation schooler, or is it not professional enough for shows? What if I buy a velvet cover?
Thanks for your help!

Little Mare 09-01-2013 10:05 AM

You can always buy a cover, which are fine for local levels. I'm not familiar with the Ovation Schooler, but if you like it and it fits correctly, and has the needed safety features, go for it. Covers are pretty inexpensive, and a non-velvet helmet is lower maintenance which is a plus, like you said.
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SlideStop 09-01-2013 10:14 AM

The best way to buy a helmet is to try them on, especially if your going to be buying an expensive one. They all fit slightly differently, plus you'll need a helmet to fit you hair if your showing.
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Zexious 09-01-2013 06:33 PM

I agree--def try it on before buying!

Also, take into consideration what you're goals are. If you're just lessoning/competing in lower level and local shows, you should be good to go. However, the velvet look has been out of style in the H/J rings for a while, and may not be appropriate for higher level shows. Just playing devil's advocate!

poundinghooves 09-02-2013 07:37 PM

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If you fall and land on your head you are supposed to replace the helmet anyway in case there are any hairline cracks you don't see. I would get a velvet cover if you aren't planning on doing any really big shows.

xJumperx 09-07-2013 06:57 PM

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I personally have the Ovation Schooler, and it is a very nice helmet. It has held up for about 5 years now, and the only reason I'm replacing it is because a) I lost the liner that goes inside of it and b) I'm starting to show higher levels, where I should probably have something a little more ... fancy.

It has great ventilation, and is much cooler than many of the helmets at that same price point. It is super, super easy to clean up and looks nice and classy for what is costs. I'd definitely grab one if it fits you well!!
My personal opinion on velvet helmets? I hate them. They typically provide less support, there is almost never ventilation, and in my opinion they are SUPER old school. You will never see a velvet helmet in the Jumper or Hunter ring around here, they are almost all either Charles Owen or GPA.

DancingArabian 09-07-2013 07:51 PM

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As long as the helmet is certified, the price tag doesn't matter. More money doesn't mean it will protect better :)

Absolutely try on helmets before you buy one.
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