Riders4Helments to Host 2011 Helmet Safety Symposium

The helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets will be hosting the 2011 Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium on July 23, at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The symposium is sponsored by Tipperary, Troxel Helmets, Charles Owen, Samshield, Ovation, Equestrian Professional, and the Equestrian Aid Foundation.

The symposium was organized to bring together representatives from various corners of the equestrian world to discuss the importance of wearing helmets and rider safety, and to improve helmet designs, rules, and more. The event will provide a series of lectures and panel discussions throughout the day. There will also be panel discussions featuring equestrians, representatives from the helmet safety testing authorities, helmet manufacturers, equestrian organizations, and neurosurgeons. The hosts of the meeting will be Craig Ferrell, MD, physician to the United States equestrian team and Chair of the Fédération Equestre Internationale Medical Council, and, Lyndsey White, cofounder Riders4Helmets.

"We are very excited to be hosting the second Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium and to see it continue to expand," said White. "Since U.S. Olympian Courtney King Dye's accident in 2010, awareness of the importance of helmets has grown significantly and we are delighted to be bringing together individuals, corporations and organizations all in one place, to continue important discussions of equestrian safety related to helmets."

Symposium topics will include the following:

  • Expect The Unexpected;
  • A Parents Perspective On Helmets;
  • Traumatic Brain Injury in Equestrian Sport;
  • Helmet Use In Equestrian Sports - We Are All Role Models;
  • A Strapping Success: Understanding and Promoting Helmet Use with Performance Psychology;
  • Current Helmet Rules - A Discussion; and
  • Cowboy Hat To Cowboy Helmet: The Transition.

Speakers will include:

  • Equestrian sports psychology consultant Tonya Johnston;
  • Neurosurgeon Lola Chambless, MD;
  • Barrel racer and Extreme Mustang Makeover competitor Mary Miller Jordan;
  • United States Equestrian Federation CEO John Long; and
  • A video presentation by King Dye.

The full symposium agenda is available online. A fashion show sponsored by Equisafety and Equestrian Collections will be held during the lunch break of the symposium. Models will wear items from the U.K.-based Equisafety high-viz apparel range, in addition to items from the Riders4Helmets logo wear collection, available through equestrian retailer Equestrian Collections.

Attendance to the symposium is open to any member of the public, but individuals who plan to attend are requested to either pre-register in advance, or, will need to register upon arrival at the symposium. To pre-register, please visit www.riders4helmets.com/2nd-riders4helmets-helmet-safety-symposium.

For information on sponsoring the Helmet Safety Symposium or for more information on the Riders4Helmets campaign, visit www.riders4helmets.com or contact admin@riders4helmets.com. You can also follow the campaign at facebook.com/riders4helmets and twitter.com/riders4helmets. Riders4Helmets logo wear is available for purchase at equestriancollections.com with all proceeds supporting the campaign.

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