Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day(s) 2017

Wyldewood Tack Shop is proud to be participating in the Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day again this year. Due to the popularity and success of this event in previous years, it has been expanded to two days: Saturday September 16 AND Sunday September 17.

International Helmet Awareness Day was created in 2010 as a way to educate equestrians on the benefits of wearing a properly fitted, secured and certified helmet. Riders are given an opportunity to participate in helmet fitting demonstrations and purchase a helmet at a one-time special discount offered only on International Helmet Day. 

We are also pleased to announce that ALL of the helmet brands we carry will be eligible for the discount this year. Every helmet in the store will be on sale! We carry the following helmet brands: Charles Owen, GPA, IRH, Kask, One K, Ovation, Samshield and Tipperary

Save up to 20% on all riding helmets at Wyldewood Tack Shop on September 16 and 17, 2017.

Browse all of our helmets online here.

While discounts will be available online during this event, we invite you to join us in person for assistance in finding the perfect fit and helmet for your needs.

Ride Smart! Always Wear a Helmet!


10 Things To Remember On International Helmet Awareness Day

The weekend of September 16th and 17th 2017 marks the eight annual Riders4Helmets International Helmet Awareness Day — a campaign event designed to educate people about the importance of wearing a hat, following dressage Olympian Courtney King-Dye’s accident from which she suffered a brain injury.

To mark the occasion, the campaign’s Lyndsey White shares 10 important messages that all riders should remember on a daily basis:

        1. If you have a hard impact blow while wearing your hat, immediately replace it with a new hat. There may be damage to the hat that is not visible to the naked eye.
        2. Hat manufacturers generally recommend replacing your hat every four to five years. Hats take a beating over time from sweat, heat, dust and rain, and the Styrofoam in the hat relinquishes its ability to protect the head over time. “So, replacing your hat sooner than four to five years may in some circumstance be necessary,” says Lyndsey.
        3. A ponytail or different hairstyle can affect the fit of your hat. When you try on hats prior to purchase, wear your hair in the style that you expect to wear it when riding.
        4. If you purchase your hat online, check the date of manufacture. Purchasing a used hat can be very risky and is NOT recommended. The hat may have sustained previous damage that you aren’t able to see.
        5. There is no statistical correlation between skill level and injury likelihood. Professional riders are just as at risk to sustain injury due to a fall as less frequent riders.
        6. Even a fall from a standing horse can be catastrophic. Your injury risk depends on the height from which fall, as well as the speed at which you’re traveling.
        7. Head injuries are cumulative. An original head injury can be made much worse by additional concussions.
        8. Riding is considered more dangerous than downhill skiing and motorcycling.
        9. Approximately 20% of accidents which result in head injury happen while the person is on the ground.
        10. It is best if you invest in your own hat regardless of whether or not you own a horse. “It is a personal purchase. Your hat is designed to fit your head,” says Lyndsey. An incorrectly fitting hat offers very little, to no protection. In addition to wearing a correctly fitting hat, you must have the harness correctly fastened on your hat. If the harness is not fitting snugly, the hat can rotate should you have a fall and it won’t be able to protect your head to its fullest intention.
"10 Things to Remember on International Helmet Awareness Day" was written by Lyndsey White from Riders4Helmets.