When Paige Stopperich walked into the arena to compete in the Hunt Seat Equitation at the 2013 AQHYA World Championship Show, some spectators were looking at her leg, her quiet seat, and connection with her horse. However, others were looking at her choice of headgear. Paige wore an ASTM/SEI approved helmet in a class that has traditionally seen the sleeker lines of velvet hunt caps, yet her performance was evaluated and rewarded without regard to her helmet choice and she left the arena the 2013 AQHYA World Champion in Hunt Seat Equitation.
Mother Nature equipped our horses with highly effective "clothing" to keep them warm and comfortable in even the coldest, snowiest winter weather. The long hairs of their winter coats stand on end to create an insulating layer of warm air around their bodies. When a layer of snow accumulates on their backs, their coats' natural oils and thick hair prevent the moisture from reaching the skin.