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Helmet Safety Topics Discussed

The popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets hosted the second Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium on July 23, 2011 at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY.  The symposium was sponsored by Tipperary, Troxel Helmets, Charles Owen, Samshield, Ovation, Equestrian Professional and the Equestrian Aid Foundation. 

The Helmet Safety Symposium brings 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 provided a series of lectures and panel discussions, with panel discussants including equestrians, representatives from the helmet safety testing authorities, helmet manufacturers, equestrian organizations, and neurosurgeons. The hosts of the meeting were Dr. Craig Ferrell, physician to the United States Equestrian Team and Chair FEI Medical Council, and, Lyndsey White, co-founder Riders4Helmets.

“We are very excited to host the second Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium and to see it expand,” said Lyndsey White, co-founder Riders4Helmets. "Since US Olympian Courtney King Dye’s accident in 2010, awareness of the importance of helmets has grown significantly and we are delighted to bring together individuals, corporations and organizations all in one place, to continue important discussions of equestrian safety related to helmets.”

Symposium topics included: Expect The Unexpected, A Parents Perspective On Helmets; Traumatic Brain Injury in Equestrian Sports; Helmet Use In Equestrian Sports – We Are ALL Role Models; A Strapping Success: Understanding and Promoting Helmet Use with Performance Psychology; Current Helmet Rules Discussion; and Cowboy Hat To Cowboy Helmet: The Transition. Speakers included: Equestrian Sports Psychology Consultant Tonya Johnston, Neurosurgeon Lola Chambless M.D, Barrel Racing and Extreme Mustang Makeover Competitor Mary Miller Jordan, USEF CEO John Long, and, a special video presentation by US Olympian Courtney King Dye.

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

To view the full symposium agenda and speakers, please visit For information on the Riders4Helmets campaign, visit You can also follow the campaign at Riders4Helmets logo wear is available for purchase at www.equestriancollections.comwith all proceeds supporting the campaign.
Riders4Helmets was founded in 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.

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