To promote equestrian riding helmet safety and have a little fun this week prior to the annual International Helmet Awareness Day September 16-17, Saddle Seeks Horse (that’s Knight and me, but mostly me) are hosting a Helmet Haiku Contest. You should totally join!
Why You Should Enter the Helmet Haiku Contest
- You don’t have to truly be a poet to write a riding helmet haiku–all you have to do is count syllables (5, 7, 5). Remember, haiku are not even supposed to rhyme.
By entering the contest (which according to law is technically considered a “sweepstakes” but that sounds very Ed McMahon and TV commercial hyped) you will be showing your enthusiasm for riding helmet safety.
You might win a $50 gift card for your favorite online equestrian store (from these options: 1. Mary’s Tack and Feed, 2. SmartPak, 3. Dover). If you win, I’ll ask you which one you want.
Your haiku (or ode, limerick, sonnet, etc.) will potentially be shared via the Saddle Seeks Horse blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Example of a Riding Helmet Haiku (Not saying it’s a good example, but it’s an example.)
Velvet riding cap
You guard my melon so well
Thanks for your service
How to Enter and The Rules
Please email your amazing helmet haiku (or limerick, etc.) to me with the subject line “helmet haiku.” My addy is Susan@SaddleSeeksHorse.com by Sunday, September 17 (midnight CA time).
Be sure to include your first and last name and (if applicable) blog name.
Remember, you don’t have to write a haiku! You can write another form of poetry–free verse works, an acrostic, etc.
Valid for U.S. residents only (sorry friends outside of the U.S.).
One entry per person (but if you want to send over three haiku in your one email, go for it–you still only get one entry, but I will potentially be able to share all your poems).
Winner will be chosen via a randomizer.
The number of eligible entries received determines odds of winning.
Winner agrees to let me publish his/her name.
Feel free to attach a picture of your helmet or your horse, etc. (By attaching a picture you grant me permission to potentially Tweet, share on Instagram, etc. along with your poem.)
Another Example of a Riding Helmet Poem–This Time an Acrostic
Riding is mostly safe but can be dangerous
I fell off and broke my nose in 1996
Decades ago as a kid I fell wearing a hunt cap–not super protective
It’s not a matter of if, but when
Not fun–hitting the ground; less fun getting a concussion
Get a new helmet after you fall off
Horse husbands should wear helmets too
Even people who’ve ridden their whole lives–experts should
Let me tell you about
My fall from a halt in the early 2000s
Everyone says you should get back on after a fall, but not necessarily
Trust me, I did and the ground looked like waves of the ocean
So glad my brain was okay, even though I had a mild concussion
Thank you for reading this mildly wacky post and the wonder of the riding helmet and I sincerely hope you join in the Helmet Haiku Contest! (pretty please)
If you need a little inspiration, here’s a “classic” blog post I wrote about helmet safety.
Also, did you see my product review of the cowboy hat helmet? Talk about innovative!
Remember, email me (Susan@SaddleSeeksHorse.com) your helmet haiku by Sunday, September 17th at midnight California time to potentially win the $50 gift card.
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