Riders4Helmets expresses our thanks to www.eventingphoto.com for their permission to use the following photo series. Photos are copyright Eventing Photo.
Editor’s note – please use this photos series as an example of why you should always wear a correctly fitting helmet. If your helmet does not fit you properly it will not provide any protection in the event of a fall. Please see this excellent video on the “The Safety Implications Of An Incorrectly Fitting Helmet.”
“Everybody who knows us knows we love eventing and respect both horses and riders. Even so, every now and then some things happen around the course that are out of the ordinary and here’s one of those events. Eventing Photo photographer Hanna Broms went to the water fence to capture fellow country woman Sara Algotsson-Ostholt in the CIC3* in Arville but first captured French rider Aurélie Gomez fall and then a somewhat surreal mishap involving Philippe Fournier which continued on the next fence where Eventing Photo photographer Arie captured the grand finale.” – Eventing Photo
Philippe Fournier’s helmet looks to be a little low over his eyes as his horse jumps into the water….
Hard to imagine that Philippe can see much as the helmet comes down over his eyes……
Unbelievably the helmet starts to pop off the back of his head…..
And it is off!……Helmet on the run!!!!!!!!
The French man doesn’t seem too concerned as he concentrates on his line for the next fence…..
If you look between the horses legs you can see the helmet floating in the water……
Wait Phillipe…..we think you are missing something!!!!!
No apple bobbing contest for the French man as he is obviously going to go over the next fence….sans helmet!
Really don’t think sans helmet is a good idea……..
We are not thinking this is going to catch on as a trend Phillipe……..
At this point the stewards decide that the helmet must be retrieved. The next rider can’t quite seem to believe that he carried on without it!
“I wish I had brought my wellies!”
“They never put this in the fence judge responsibilities”
“Fence judge to base…..helmet successfully retrieved”
In the meantime….out on course……
“They don’t seem to have noticed so I shall just carry on….”
“Uh oh….spoke too soon……”
The stewards decided that Philippe’s helmet must go back on before he continued…………
If I hurry getting this back on…..I won’t add that many time penalties…..
“This doesn’t look good……………..”
Already feeling his pain…….
Unbelievable!!! The helmet is coming off again!!!!
Helmet on the run! (look between his arms!)
Olympic gymnastics move????
Who knew helmets could bounce so much????
Check out the lining of the helmet…..
We believe this clearly demonstrates the need to ALWAYS wear a properly fitting and secured, certified helmet!