At Equestrian Collections, we are firm advocates of Riding Helmets. While no piece of safety equipment can keep you safe all the time, we believe that all riders should wear ASTM/SEI certified riding helmets any time they are mounted. As such we are proud sponsors of Riders4Helmets.
Horseback Riding Helmets have come a long way since the velvet "hard hats" of yesteryear. English Show Helmets maintain the traditional look of the velvet hunt cap, but are padded, comfortable, vented for airflow and MUCH safer than the old caps. For the schooling rider, Troxel , Ovation and many other brands have large selections of reasonably priced schooling helmets, many which have adjustable fits so your young rider will not grow out of them in a single season.
According to USEF rules, it is compulsory for riders in all Hunter, Jumper and Hunt Seat Equitation classes, both open and breed restricted, where jumping is required and when jumping anywhere on the competition groups, to wear properly fastened protective headgear which meets or exceeds ASTM/SEI standards for equestrian use.
For Eventing, anyone mounted on a horse must wear a ASTM/SEI approved helmet at all times when on competition grounds at U.S. nationally rated eventing competitions.
As of March 1 2011, for Dressage, anyone mounted on a horse must wear protective headgear, except those rider age 18 and over while on horses competing only in FEI levels and test at the Prix St. Georges level and above.
And the Western rider is no longer left out in regards to riding helmets.
Western Riding Helmets are required in many youth speed and rodeo events, and increasingly even the adults are donning helmets for rodeo events.