German dressage rider Isabell Werth is among a growing group of riders who have changed to wearing helmets in competition.
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 Chair FEI Medical Council, and, Lyndsey White and Chad Mendell of Riders4Helmets.
"We are very excited to be hosting the 3rd Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium and to see it continue to expand," said Lyndsey White, co-founder of Riders4Helmets.
"Awareness of the importance of helmets has grown significantly in the past two years. The symposia are a fantastic opportunity to bring together individuals, corporations and organizations all in one place, to continue important discussions of equestrian safety related to helmets."
Topics include living with a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and insights into TBIs and equestrian sport, encouraging western riders to wear a helmet, latest legislation and safety innovations, and more. The full agenda is below.
Attendance to the symposium is open to any member of the public.
Riders4Helmets was founded in early 2010 after Olympic dressage rider Courtney King-Dye was seriously injured in a riding accident. King-Dye, who remained in a coma for a month following her accident, was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident and 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.
The third Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium is being sponsored by Tipperary, Charles Owen, Samshield, Ovation, One K Helmets, GPA, Equine Risk Management Group LLC, Equestrian Collections and Point Two.
The symposium takes place on January 14, 2012, at the Hilton Airport Hotel, Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, (International Room), from 8.30am to 5pm.
Agenda and Speakers (schedule is subject to change)
8:30am Introduction - Lyndsey White Riders4Helmets
Craig Ferrell, M.D. US Team Physician andFEI Medical Committee Chair
Helmet Hero Awards 2011
Presented by Lendon Gray and Gina Miles
8:45am What It Is Like Living With A TBI 2008 Olympian Courtney King-Dye
9.00am The Christen ODonnell Equestrian Safety Helmet Act Kemi O'Donnell
9.15am Full Recovery Was A Prayer Not The Anticipated Result John Leighty
9.30am New Insights Into Traumatic Brain Injuries in Equestrian Sport Allan Sills, M.D
10.15am The Safety Implications Of Having An Incorrectly Fitting Helmet Roy Burek, Charles Owen
10.30am Open to Change: Facilitating Conversations about Wearing a Helmet with Western Riders Tonya Johnston
11.15am Helmets In 4H Tisa Aley
11.30am Presentation Title TBC Don Bassin, GPA
11.45am Riders4Helmets Safety Incentive Thinking Outside The Box To Get Western Riders To Strap One On! Mary Miller Jordan
1.00pm Gaining Acceptance In The Equestrian Community For Helmet Use Darren Chiacchia, Joe Carlson, Brita Theriot, Sallie Stewart
1.45pm Presentation title TBC Allan Sills
2.15pm Helmets in the Western World Tammy Sronce, Mary Miller Jordan, Marsha Hartford
2.45pm We Are All Role Models Lendon Gray, Gina Miles, PJ Cooksey, Reese Koffler Stanfield, Mary Bahniuk Lauritsen, Lauren Sammis, Peter Rizzo, Ilse Schwarz
3.15pm Local Helmet Legislation Tisa Aley
3.30pm The Latest In Eventing Safety Megan Gardiner
3.45pm Presentation Title TBC Dean Moran, Safety Equipment Institute
4.00pm Fighting Post Concussion Syndrome Julie Norris
4.15 Panel Summary