Eventer Sarah Hearn explains why she chooses Gatehouse riding helmets and tells us about her Gatehouse collection - the RXC1, Chelsea and Conquest - and how she uses each style of helmet for a different purpose.
Whether we like to admit it or not, horseriding is a dangerous business. You only have one head, so when it comes to riding helmets you need to know you are wearing the best and safest available. Gatehouse has been making riding helmets for over 30 years. They are the world's leading helmet manufacturer when it comes to safety, comfort and style and Gatehouse is distributed in Australia by Grosvenor Park Products. Whether you ride just for pleasure, or compete in showing, dressage, jumping, gymkhana, working equitation, endurance, team penning, barrel racing (you name it) Gatehouse’s range of top quality, affordable helmets will have one that suits you and fits perfectly.
Gatehouse helmets often exceed the required safety standards and all come with their own easy-store, protective helmet bag (with a convenient hook for you to attach to a gate!), and which can also hold your gloves. The helmets are lightweight, super comfortable and all styles feature ventilation (great for the Australian heat) and a removable, washable inner liner so the inside of your helmet remains clean and sweet smelling.
So what is better than one Gatehouse helmet? Three! I am lucky enough to have a Gatehouse for every occasion.
My love affair with the Gatehouse brand started when I was in the UK looking for a new cross-country helmet after a spate of very nasty eventing accidents. Gatehouse was the brand everyone recommended to me.
The world-leading RXC-1 Jockey Skull ($365) is the best in the business and worn by most professional eventers on the European circuit (in the UK fixed peaks are not permitted for cross country for safety reasons). The helmet feels safe, fits so snugly you barely know you’re wearing it and you can dress it up in your cross-country colours, or down for training, using helmet covers or silks (also available from Grosvenor Park Products). There is even a special vented silk made for the RXC1, which has vents in the same place as the vents on the helmet to allow airflow and cooling.
My second Gatehouse purchase was the sleek, streamline and oh-so-smart Chelsea Airflow Pro Suedette with crystals ($295), which I use for dressage and showjumping at competitions. I love the way this helmet looks – it less bulky are far more flattering than most and yet there is no compromise on safety. It is light and airy to wear and is available in black and navy suedette (with or without crystals) and also matt ($255). I was lucky enough to have my helmet fitted by the team at Grosvenor Park Products, who really know what they are doing - it is so important that your helmet fits properly.
My third helmet is the Gatehouse Conquest MKII Suedette ($375) which I use for every day. I love this helmet for comfort and style. It feels a little more substantial than the Chelsea but is still light to wear and looks great. It has a flexible peak, which is reassuring for jump training. It comes in black or navy and in various finishes, including suedette, matt ($360), and crystal ($395).
So get yourself a Gatehouse, and then next time you’re riding, when people ask about your VERY smart helmet (as they always do to me) you too will be able to say proudly “it’s a Gatehouse”. And let's face it, if it's good enough for Mary King, Oliver Townend and Sam Griffiths, it is good enough for me!