Part Helmet, Part Cowboy Hat, All Cool, Stay Shady, Stay Safe. Every Ride, Every Time
Custom Made For You - Shady Rider Helmets.
Included in this collection are photos of possible helmets that can be custom made for you. Occasionally, we will have a few in stock ready for you to purchase with immediate shipment - look for the green "In Stock" shown below the helmet.
Handmade by Gretchen Peckham, former seamstress and chap maker for a large western show clothing manufacturer in Southern California, Gretchen's attention to detail is beyond exceptional.
Shady rider was started in 2018 after Gretchen had a fall and realized that her helmet quite possibly saved her life. An accomplished horsewoman, Gretchen has been riding since the early 60's when she got her first horse. She showed horses on the Open, Arabian, Quarter Horse, and Paint Horse circuits through the late 80's. Around 2012 Gretchen started riding again and with a friend, entered a couple of endurance rides with AERC. Now avid trail riders, Gretchen and her husband Jack are active members of the Backcountry Horsemen of California (BCHC) Redshank Riders Unit (RSR) and are advocates for the preservation and maintenance of horseback riding and hiking trails in Southern California.