that evolved from a family that has been in the riding industry for four decades. in the
early fifties, Angelo Plastino began making riding caps, which were sold by major
department stores and a handful of specialty retail shops. He also designed riding
caps for members of the royal family, statesmen and other prominent equestrians.
Early in the seventies Angelo's son, Frank, joined the business. As time passed and
the sport of riding evolved, Frank became convinced that issues such as safety
would be driving the industry. In 1986 he founded International Riding Helmets, Inc. to
meet the changing needs with new initiatives in product engineering. The company
has been at the forefront of rider safety because it is steered by Frank Plastino. Frank
is an original member of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM)
committee on equestrian headgear and a contributor to the development of industry
Grounded in experience and knowledge gained from within the oldest family in the
industry, today International is recognized as a premier designer and manufacturer of
helmets for all riding disciplines.
Pictured below IRH Owner, Frank Plastino, talking with Hunter Rider, Liza Boyd, at WEG. Frank keeps his helmet designs fresh by staying in touch with riders needs.