With half an eye on the future, and potentially wanting to do some cross country riding again one day, I got a new jockey skull earlier this year. Safety regulations currently state that riders are not allowed to wear helmets with fixed peaks when riding cross country (seems sensible to me), meaning my existing helmet wouldn’t be deemed roadworthy for that activity.
Although I don’t typically ride around looking at myself (I hate arena mirrors!), I’m quite vain when it comes to helmets, and fully believe that safety can also be stylish! So I’ve been hunting high and low for the perfect cover for my skull cap. When I was a child, I always wanted a traditional “proper” velvet hunting-style cap, so I wore my skull helmet with a black velvet cover on it and pretended I was a show jumping hero. I kind of wanted a silk as a child too, but could never settle on a colour which I liked and matched myself and my trusty steed, so I stuck with the velvet.
I’m still in the position where I don’t have a horse of my own. Prince’s halter is red, and he’s got a Western saddle which has a green pad with it (pretty mismatched, I know!). We’ve pretty much settled on blue as the charity’s colours, and the bridle I bought a few years ago has blue crystals and a bit of blue leather piping (it’s mostly black leather), which made me think that blue could be the way forwards. But I of course wanted a particular blue…
I trawled the trade stands at Hickstead, but could only find what I termed as “boring” blue silks (the very darkest navy, with the alternative being a Team GB one, though I haven’t earned the right in my eyes to even wear a replica one of those!), or ones which were a mixture of colours. I’ve got a think about wearing too many colours: unless it’s a patterned fabric, you won’t see me wearing more than three colours at once and, in fact, I’ll normally wear a mix of two colours with perhaps different shades of each. I don’t want to look like a children’s TV presenter!
I rejected everything I saw, and could feel my sister getting bored by my browsing, “In this day and age,” she moaned, “there must be somewhere you can get glittery ones. That’s right up your street.” My eyes lit up and my heart leapt at the thought. My sister quickly regretted opening her mouth.
Sure enough, when we returned home, the internet quickly delivered. But, again, I was dissatisfied. Everything I found wasn’t quite right. Until I found CustomXC, fiddled with their design tool and came out with my ultimate hat silk ordered. It arrived whilst I was away, and upon my return I wriggled it onto my skull cap. It’s just what I wanted, and I’m already dreaming of ordering a base layer and a soft shell jacket to complete the look, and give me all of the glittery matchy-matchy equipment I could dream of for my next trip thundering through a field of fences. Whether I’m aboard Prince or another horse, I know I’ll be pleased with my look.
I haven’t forgotten my promise to blog about my exploits on my recent equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) training course, it’s just not ready yet! The EAGALA training was fantastic, but finished less than a week ago and was pretty intense. I’m still processing the experience, and will bring you a full update on it ASAP. Stay tuned…