The VT Helmet Lab is launching Equestrian Helmet Research. Over 30 million people in USA ride a horse each year and this contributes to 50,000 injuries annually. Most of them are head injures. So Pony Up and help us and Equestrian industry improve safety! 

Equestrian Helmet Research

Raised toward our $25,000 Goal
68 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on April 25, at 11:55 PM EDT
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Equestrian Helmet Research

This project has ended, but you can still make your gift by visiting or by calling 800-533-1144.

Fill in Fund Number 875399 - Helmet Lab. 


The VT Helmet Lab is known for Helmet Ratings for Varsity Football, Hockey, Cycling, and Soccer. We also test soft headgear for Soccer and Flag Football. Youth Football Helmet Ratings were just released and we are now actively pursuing research and testing in the Equestrian helmet industry. Please help us by spreading the word and contributing to our research agenda!  


With your support we will purchase equestrian helmets and test them in our Helmet Lab. We will use the impact tests to develop a STAR rating for each equestrian helmet and post them on our web page: The testing should take approximately 6 months, and you will be able to use these findings to inform your decision when buying your next equestrian helmet. 


Educationally, VT Helmet Lab Team


Go Hokies!

Choose a giving level



Covers several hours of helmet testing.



Helps with maintenance and upkeep of testing equipment.



Contributes toward the purchase of an equestrian helmet model to test.



Buys 1 equestrian helmet to test.


Blue Ribbon

Complete purchase and testing of 1 helmet model.


Triple Crown

Purchase and/or repair of linear and angular rate testing sensors.

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