Why Did Kyle Carter Wear This Pink Helmet Cover at Carolina?

"This is how I feel about losing a bet to Buck!" — Kyle Carter. Photo by Jenni Autry.

Losing a bet can come with tough consequences in the horse world. Kyle Carter now knows this all too well, as a recent bet with Buck Davidson during an episode of The Sort of OK Show About Horses resulted in Kyle sporting a bright pink helmet cover on cross country this past weekend at Carolina International.

“One of the things we do (on the show) is pick a team of horses for each event to make a team of four horses,” Kyle explained. “We were originally going to switch horses as the bet, but we were having trouble fulfilling the requirements, so we decided that the loser would have to wear some sort of helmet cover on cross country.”

Ridiculous is the only way to describe the helmet cover of choice this weekend. Designed by hand, the helmet cover is bright pink with a large flower and diamond completing the accents. Kyle makes a good point though — “That helmet cover is lucky! It just jumped around a three-star course!”

Luckily for Kyle, he won the next bet, as his “team” won at Red Hills, meaning Buck will be the next one to sport a helmet cover of Kyle’s choice. We won’t see its debut at The Fork next weekend though, as Buck typically rides in his grandmother’s colors that weekend in honor of her birthday.

We definitely can’t wait to see what Kyle has up his sleeve for Buck to wear, though. “We’re definitely going to bedazzle some stuff — he’s going to look like a rhinestone cowboy out there,” Kyle said.

Kyle and Buck have ultimately decided to turn the bet into a good cause. “The idea is that we’ll sign the helmet cover and auction it off to benefit a charity,” Kyle said. “We still need to work out the details, but it’s a good way to raise awareness for both the sport as well as charity organizations. We’re trying to put a bit of a fun angle on it to bring more people into the sport.”

We certainly appreciate Kyle and Buck’s efforts to bring even more fun to the table this season, and we think this is a great way to bring attention to good causes. “It’s a team effort,” Kyle said. “We just want to find ways to grow the sport and this seemed like a fun way to do it.”

Buck and Kyle will continue their team challenge for the foreseeable future and have also agreed to tie this in with EN’s upcoming Rolex Fantasy League presented by Dubarry — stay tuned for more details on that.

As for that pink helmet cover, we think you rocked it, Kyle.