Safety symposium for horse riders this month

July 13, 2011

Riders4Helmets is hosting its second Safety Symposium later this month at the Kentucky Horse Park.

The Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium is taking place on July 23 at the Horse Park's theater room in Lexington, from 8.30am to 5pm. The symposium is being sponsored by Tipperary, Troxel Helmets, Charles Owen, Samshield, Ovation and Equestrian Professional.

The symposium has been organized to bring together representatives from various corners of the equestrian world to discuss the importance of wearing helmets, rider safety and to improve helmet designs, rules and more.

The event will provide a series of lectures and panel discussions throughout the day. Many in attendance will also sit on the panels, including equestrians, representatives from the helmet safety testing authorities, helmet manufacturers, equestrian organizations, and neurosurgeons.

The chairs of the meeting will be Dr Craig Ferrell, physician to the United States Equestrian Team and FEI Medical Council Chair, and Lyndsey White, co-founder of Riders4Helmets.

"We are very excited to be hosting the second Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium and to see it continue to expand," White said.

"Since US Olympian Courtney King-Dye's accident in 2010, awareness of the importance of helmets has grown significantly and we are delighted to be bringing together individuals, corporations and organizations all in one place, to continue important discussions of equestrian safety related to helmets."

Riders4Helmets was founded in early 2010 after King-Dye was seriously injured in a riding accident. The dressage rider remained in a coma for a month following her accident, and was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. She continues to undergo rehabilitation. The goal of the Riders4Helmets Campaign is to educate equestrians on the benefits of wearing a properly fitted and secured, certified helmet.

Speakers at the symposium include Equestrian Sports Psychology Consultant Tonya Johnston, Neurosurgeon Lola Chambless MD, Barrel Racing and Extreme Mustang Makeover Competitor Mary Miller Jordan, USEF CEO John Long, and there will be a special video presentation by Courtney King-Dye.

After the presentations is a working panel discussion "Making Appropriate Helmet Use Expected and Accepted in Equestrian sports".

A fashion show sponsored by Equisafety and Equestrian Collections will be held during the lunch break. Models will wear items from the UK based Equisafety high-viz apparel range, in addition to the Riders4Helmets logo wear collection available through equestrian retailer Equestrian Collections.

Attendance to the symposium is open to any member of the public, but individuals who plan to attend are requested to either pre-register in advance, or, will need to register upon arrival at the symposium.