Himes Introduces Christen O’Donnell Equestrian Helmet Labeling Act

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 […]

The Christen O’Donnell Equestrian Helmet Safety Act – Update

Kemi O’Donnell lost her 12 yr old daughter Christen in a riding accident 12 years ago. Unbeknown to Kemi, Christen was wearing a “piece of apparel” (otherwise known as a hunt cap) rather than an approved helmet. Had Christen been wearing proper head protection she would likely still be here today. As a direct result […]

A Parents Perspective On Helmets – Kemi O’Donnell (2nd Helmet Safety Symposium)

Starting out the symposium was Kemi O’Donnell sharing her heart-wrenching story of losing her 12-year-old daughter Christen in a riding accident in 1998 (The Tragic Loss of Christen O’Donnell). Christen was wearing a velvet hard hat with a chinstrap, as required at all times by her trainer – but it wasn’t a certified safety helmet. […]

Kemi O’Donnell, mother of deceased Christen O’Donnell – first public video interview on Christen’s death.

Kemi O’Donnell lost her daughter Christen 12 years ago, when Christen suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in a riding accident. Kemi spoke for the first time publicly about Christen’s death at the helmet safety symposium and overwhelmed, Kemi opened the meeting in a flood of tears saying “this is just so hard”. Kemi’s speech […]

If Only We Knew – by Hayley O’Donnell

The following article was written by Hayley O’Donnell, sister of Christen O’Donnell who died following a head injury sustained while riding in 1998. Here is a picture of my sister Christen wearing what looks to be a helmet that would protect her head. However, this is NOT a safety approved helmet, but rather a piece […]

Can you tell the difference? Approved safety helmet v’s non-safety helmet – by Hayley O’Donnell

The following was written by Hayley O’Donnell, sister of Christen O’Donnell who tragically passed away in 1998 at the tender age of 12 years after sustaining a head injury following a fall from a horse while wearing a “piece of apparel” that was believed at the time to have been a helmet. Can you tell […]