Editor’s note: Are there any western riders out there who wear helmets? If yes, please send us your helmet wearing stories and photos (firstname.lastname@example.org)…the more we share stories of helmets in western disciplines, the more acceptable it may be. If anyone from the AQHA reads this, can we please discuss provide education of helmets, concussions, Traumatic Brain Injuries etc with your membership? We would genuinely like to partner with the AQHA to educate people on safety.
“Hi. My name is Alyssa and I have a strong passion for the AQHA world. However, sometimes I feel I am the ONLY person there that considers helmets important. I will admit, the first few times I showed AQHA I got sucked into the “you have to have a hunt cap or a western hat to compete” so I took off my approved helmet only for my classes.
However, last fall I sold everything that isn’t approved and decided I was no longer going to get sucked into the vortex. But, it is VERY lonely in the AQHA world – especially showing in the western classes where you so NO helmets. You rarely will even see approved helmets on young kids. It is a sad thing but I am determined to make a difference.
I ride in a Charles Owen Rider helmet for my show one – It is low profile and looks most like the regular hunt caps we see on our circuit. Next year I hope to be showing in western riding classes as well with my helmet.
I recently also gave up my non-pro card and have decided to teach a few lessons and help local 4-H kids. Although I can not show non-pro anymore, I adore helping the youth in my area and have to compete with the big boys now when I return to AQHA – IN MY HELMET.
Not sure what I am asking for – just sharing my story I guess. I hope to make a different in the AQHA world, but even if I don’t I know I am being true to my character and beliefs by keeping my approved helmet on.”
De Pere, WI