Darren Chiacchia, 2003 Pan Am Gold and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist, has overcome countless obstacles during his 25+ year riding career. In the Spring of 2008, Darren met his greatest challenge to date. During an International Competition he suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) when his horse fell on him. Darren survived this near fatal accident in no small part because he was wearing his certified helmet.
“The conscious choice to wear a helmet very often can be the difference between life or death, or serious injury,” said Chiacchia. “My TBI has involved me with a whole new world, the world of traumatic brain injury. There is a great need for awareness and education when it comes to preventing, minimizing, and surviving a TBI.”
The Riders4Helmets campaign is meeting these very needs. “Riders4Helmets has my complete support,” said Chiacchia. “What sets this organization apart is that they are proactive in making all equestrian sports safer. Prevention is, after all, the ultimate goal!”
Chiacchia is completing work on his self-titled autobiography. His story is one of direction, motivation and courage….his personal philosophy. Long before his TBI, Darren’s commitment to safety was evident in his service to a variety of equestrian organizations including the safety-based Instructors Certification Program (ICP where he is a Level IV instructor as well as a faculty member www.teamchiacchia.com.
To view the safety symposium program, please visit www.riders4helmets.com/2013/01/riders4helmets-to-host-4th-safety-symposium/