Is it possible to look good and be safe at the same time while showing? Well honestly until yesterday my answer would had to been: -No!
But thankfully times are changing, it started a couple of years ago when helmets started to get a make over. Today you can find helmets in all kind of styles and if you still can’t find what you’re looking for many brands also offers personalizing.
We still know that a helmet is a good start but what about the rest of our body? Being an equestrian for more than 20 years I have had my shares of fall and broken bones. And let me tell you, that’s the not fun part of horseriding. So I have come to the stage in my life where I try to avoid to get hurt and prior my safety and health before anything else.
So when I saw Geir Gulliksen (Norwegian Grand Prix rider) and Charlotte Casiraghi (Princess Caroline of Monacos daughter and grandchild to Grace Kelly) riding with their Helite airbag west a couple of years ago it catch my eye and my interest. Still the fact that it wasn’t a beautiful show jacket made me hesitate as, let’s be honest, when I enter the show ring I want to look good as much as I wish to preform good. 😉
Now finally Helite air west are getting more and more popular and with that you can now buy diffident show jacket to zip it into. So I invested in myself and got one together with a classic navy show jacket from Oscar et Gabrielle.
Two weekends ago I went showjumping in Italy, and of course took the chance to inaugurated my new Helite air west and show jacket. A 7 place the first day and a 5 place the second day made me very happy indeed. Most important, I felt safe and pretty at the same time!
Falling off and broken bones is definitely not the fun part of riding. The bulk of a body protector isn’t that appealing under a show jacket but these look great!
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