Ah-Helmet Moment, Second Troxel Contest!

Tell us about your ah-helmet moment!
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Last month, we had a fantastic response with seven finalists and dozens of votes. Here’s your second chance to win a Troxel helmet.

To toss your hat into the ring for a chance at a Troxel Rebel Turquoise Rose, send in a paragraph or two describing your ah-helmet moment (think ah-ha moment!) along with a picture. When and why did you make the conscious decision to wear a helmet every ride (or for most rides)?

For the first round, we’ll accept entries June 4-11. Enter by contacting us with description of your ah-helmet moment, OR

Next month's Troxel helmet giveaway

Next month’s Troxel helmet giveaway

send us a message on our Facebook page. The entries will be posted on NickerNews by June 12. A week’s voting will run through midnight June 19. The entrant with the most votes will receive a brown Troxel Rebel Turquoise Rose helmet.

More about the Troxel Rebel Turquoise Rose.

Click here to enter.

Ah-Helmet Contestants

Don’t miss the opportunity to vote for your favorite Ah-Helmet Moment, sponsored by Troxel!

These seven contestants tell their stories, when making the decision to wear a helmet was like a bright light shining over their brains. Check out the entries and click through to vote by giving it Thumbs Up or Star rating (depending on whether or not you leave a comment). Winner will receive a free Sierra Troxel Helmet.

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Ah-Helmet, Amber

Ah-Helmet, Jennifer

Ah-Helmet, Chris

Ah-Helmet, Janan

Ah-Helmet, Nicki

Ah-Helmet, Chelsea

Read more about the monthly contest here.

Read Dr. Steve Peters’ article on Helmet Use here.

Ah-Helmet, Chelsea

Chelsea Reich

My ah-helmet moment was before I even started riding. When I was six I was in a terrible car accident and got a bad brain ah helmetinjury. It took years of therapy but finally I was able to walk, talk, and do normal stuff again. I found my love for horses then and ever since have always had horses.

I always, always wear my helmet when I am riding because I know how fragile the brain is. I have had my share of horse accidents too but one was really bad. The horse flipped over on me and broke my hip, pelvis, tail bone and some other bones would’ve probably been worse had I not been wearing my helmet. I don’t care that people think they look dorky I would rather be safe then sorry.

Horses are my life.

Ah-Helmet, Janan

Janan Johnson Cowles

As a young girl in Texas I rode my horse wearing a cowboy hat. I am now 55 I live in Maine and have horses again for the past 6 years. I have grandchildren and I require they wear a helmet also I wear a helmet after promising my mother that I would always wear one when riding the horse.

ah helmetI made a decision it was time to get a newer safer saddle if I were going to continue riding only trails with my horse. The store owner brought out the saddle I had chosen to try it on my horse 2 weeks ago I rode my horse in the round pen with the saddle for just a few minutes without a helmet for the first time in all these years. I knew I wanted this saddle but I chose to wait a day or two before ordering it.

The next day I was going to take one more ride in my old saddle to be sure of my decision. I almost went out without my helmet because it was going to be just a short ride inside the pasture but I turned around and put my helmet on. 30 minutes later I was on the ground and could not move I call for help from my cellphone and waited as I lied there with a cracked helmet and 3 broken ribs. I now thankfully need a new helmet and will not consider riding without one even for a few minutes.

This is my Ah- Helmet moment, safe and happy trails to everyone, Janan

Ah-Helmet, Nicki

Nicki Green

AhHa—ABSOLUTELY! A year and a half ago I was riding and the horse took a fall-actually flipped! Needless to say I shot off like a bullet! Straight into the tailgate of a pickup! Broke my wrist but no head injury! And YES! I was wearing my TROXEL!

I am a believer!

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Ah-Helmet, Jennifer

Jennifer Bombardier

I was working a 2 year old fresh out of 60 days training, so I wore a helmet. That 2 year old decided he was done working and ah helmetbolted to the barn. The classic one-rein stop did nothing. When he reached the wood fence he did a 90-degree right shooting me over 2 sections of fence and I landed on my head on the ice. Cracked the helmet and I suffered a concussion but would have fractured my skull if it wasn’t for the helmet.

It just made sense after that because you never know when something unexpected will happen and you will need protection.

Ah-Helmet, Curtis

Curtis Clark

My Ah Helmet moment was when I finally got the new-model Troxel Sierra to replace my old one, and found out that even the largest size wouldn’t fit my rather average male head. I learned that men don’t ride horses much, and the ones who do usually don’t wear helmets, or else Troxel would accommodate them.

I’m still a helmet evangelist, but if you’re a guy, both by design and by size your options are limited.

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Ah-Helmet, Chris

Chris Sprague

Less than six hours ago, my wife gets a call that my daughter has fallen off her horse and we need to come. I didn’t know what to expect. My wife and I race off in the truck about a mile up the road. My mind raced wildly and I prayed as we took each turn wondering what would be around the bend. My heart sank. There was my eighteen year old daughter wearing a helmet, lying in the tar roadway on her back. My twelve year old daughter huddled over her, holding her head still.

As I race to her, people at the scene are telling me she is ok. As I kneel by her and help hold her head still, others inform me ah helmetthat the horse stumbled in the soft shoulder losing her balance and my daughter tried to jump off avoiding getting crushed by the horse. She got her boot caught in the stirrup and hit the back of her head on the tar. She was unconscious about thirty seconds, and could not remember what happened.

She was taken by ambulance to the hospital she was given a through exam and found to have a mild concussion. When we left the hospital and got in the truck to come home, I was looking at the helmet and found where the foam was cracked and the outside had a large dent in it. Below the dent was the name TROXEL. The helmet did what it was suppose to do, protect my daughter. She is home tonight, with a headache and sore, but she is ok.Thanks to God for looking out for my daughter. Thanks to my youngest daughter for looking out for her older sister. And I am thankful that my daughter, who has been riding since she was five, knows to always wear ah-helmet.

Ah-Helmet, Nicki

Nicki Green

AhHa—ABSOLUTELY! A year and a half ago I was riding and the horse took a fall-actually flipped! Needless to say I shot off like a bullet! Straight into the tailgate of a pickup! Broke my wrist but no head injury! And YES! I was wearing my TROXEL!

I am a believer!

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Ah-Helmet, Janan

Janan Johnson Cowles

As a young girl in Texas I rode my horse wearing a cowboy hat. I am now 55 I live in Maine and have horses again for the past 6 years. I have grandchildren and I require they wear a helmet also I wear a helmet after promising my mother that I would always wear one when riding the horse.

ah helmetI made a decision it was time to get a newer safer saddle if I were going to continue riding only trails with my horse. The store owner brought out the saddle I had chosen to try it on my horse 2 weeks ago I rode my horse in the round pen with the saddle for just a few minutes without a helmet for the first time in all these years. I knew I wanted this saddle but I chose to wait a day or two before ordering it.

The next day I was going to take one more ride in my old saddle to be sure of my decision. I almost went out without my helmet because it was going to be just a short ride inside the pasture but I turned around and put my helmet on. 30 minutes later I was on the ground and could not move I call for help from my cellphone and waited as I lied there with a cracked helmet and 3 broken ribs. I now thankfully need a new helmet and will not consider riding without one even for a few minutes.

This is my Ah- Helmet moment, safe and happy trails to everyone, Janan

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