Safety Topics to be Discussed by Leading Equestrians and Representatives from Equestrian Organizations.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Lexington, KY (January 31st, 2012)—The popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets will be hosting the 4th Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium on Saturday February 2nd, 2013 at the Alltech Arena, Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY from 8.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium is being sponsored by Tipperary, Charles Owen, Troxel, GPA, One K, Ovation, High Visibility USA (Equisafety) and Point Two. Contributing companies include Valley Vet, Adequan and Triple Crown. For those who cannot attend the symposium in person, videoed sessions will be available on www.riders4helmets.com
The Craig Ferrell M.D Equestrian Safety Awards named the late USET Physician and Chair of the FEI Medical Council Craig Ferrell, will be presented at the Safety Symposium. Mrs. Lorraine Ferrell will be in attendance to observe the recognition of individuals who have been nominated by equestrians, as being exceptional role models for helmet wearing, or equestrian safety.
8.30-8.40am – Welcome & Introduction by Lyndsey. Dedication to Dr Craig Ferrell
8.40-8.50am – Riders4Helmets Three Years On – Courtney King Dye (video)
8.50-9.00am – Point Two Safety Presentation (video)
9.00-10.00am - Current Helmet & Safety Rules: Clarification Across The Disciplines – Leigh Anne Claywell (USEF), Jeff Johnston (Jockeys Guild), Thor Norregaard, M.D.
10.00-10.15am – In Memoriam: Cheryl Strong-Camilleri – Britni Lovelace
10.30-11.20am – Safety on the Trail – Caroline Scrima (ACTHA), Scot Hansen (HorseThink™ Keeping You Safe), Sandy Siegrist
11.20-12.30pm Helmets in the Western World – Tammy Sronce (Multiple CMSA World & National Champion Cowgirl), Lyndsey Jordan (Champion Reiner), Megan Sparks (Champion Barrel Racer), Kathy Slack (RidingHorses.com), Mary Miller Jordan (Reserve Champion Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover)
1.30-1.45pm Craig Ferrell M.D Equestrian Safety Awards – Presented by Allison Springer
1.45-2.30pm We Are All Role Models: Setting An Example – Allison Springer, Kristen Posner
2.30-3.00pm Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions: The Latest Research, Long Term Effects and Revolutionary Technologies – Dr Nooregaard
3.15-4.00pm Breakout Sessions
- Educating Our Youth: How do we educate young riders on safety (including western disciplines). What education ideas can be tailored to youth (including western disciplines) GROUP LEADER: ALLISON SPRINGER
- Safety Incentives – Thinking Outside The Box To Get Helmets Introduced Into Non-Helmet Wearing Disciplines (Helmet Incentives, Free helmets etc) GROUP LEADER: KATHY SPARKS
- Helmets in the breed disciplines: How do we get the various breed organizations to start to have discussions regarding their members’ safety? And provide education to the breed organizations GROUP LEADER: LEIGH ANN CLAYWELL
4.00-4.15pm Breakout Sessions Summary Presentation – Allison Springer, Kathy Sparks, Leigh Ann Caldwell
4.15-4.45pm Summary of the days key discussion points and calls to action – Jeff Johnston
4.45-5.00pm Conclusion, International Helmet Awareness Day 2013 & International Equestrian Safety Conference – Lyndsey White
Speaker profiles can be found at www.riders4helmets.com/
The Kentucky Horse Council Round Up will also be taking place at the Alltech Arena on the same day as the safety symposium. The Round Up will feature a number of demonstrations, activities and events, culminating in a concert on Saturday evening with country music legend John Michael Montgomery. For further details on this event please visit www.kentuckyroundup.com.
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.