02-25-2009, 12:28 PM
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First off, Rodeo and NBHA are separate things. Rodeo is sanctioned by the WPRA (women's professional rodeo association) and/or the PRCA (professional rodeo cowboys association). NBHA is just barrel racing and a separate entity all together from rodeo. Therefore, you cannot "qualify" for NBHA through rodeo. You really do not even need to qualify for NBHA, generally speaking you go and run. I just wanted to clarify this.
As far as game shows are concerned, most shows require you to use a western saddle, at least from where I am from. The headstall that is used is up to you, it does not matter if it is english or western. Like others have said, some shows do require a helmet, but not all. Generally speaking, there are no rules that state that you cannot wear a helmet, so the choice really is yours. Good for you though for thinking about your personal safety, so many times that becomes the furthest thoughts from people's minds. Anyways, whatever you do good luck and have fun!