Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), along with Representatives John Larson (CT-01), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and John Carney (DE-At Large), have introduced the Christen O’Donnell Equestrian Helmet Labeling Act. The bill is designed to let horseback riders know if the headgear they are purchasing meets basic safety requirements.
“Eighteen years ago in Darien, Christen O’Donnell died after being thrown from a horse,” said Himes. “She was 12 at the time. Christen was wearing a riding hat that looked like it offered protection, but didn’t. Since her daughter passed away, Kemi O’Donnell has been working to ensure that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’s child. That’s why I introduced this bill. Clear labeling can save lives.”
Christen’s Act simply requires a clear and obvious warning label on equestrian headgear, including packaging and advertising materials, if it doesn’t meet the American Society for Testing and Materials safety standards.
“Whether it’s you, your kid or loved one riding a horse, you should have the right to know how safe your equipment is,” continued Himes. “This very simple bill helps achieve this goal. Riding is a popular sport here in Connecticut and across the country, and I want everyone to be able to enjoy it with a minimum of risk. Passing this bill is easy and will almost certainly prevent needless injury or worse.”