Rider Safety to be Focus of British Horse Society Conference

The safety of riders, particularly expectant mothers and those who ride alone or work in isolated circumstances, will be the focus of the British Horse Society's Biennial Safety Conference.

Taking place September 15 at the Coventry Motor Museum, attendees to the conference will learn about accident statistics, rural safety, and animal rescue, including the new Emergency Services Protocol.

The conference will be chaired by Stuart Lovatt, road safety action plan coordinator for the safety standards and research department of the highways agency.

Other speakers include:

  • Dr. Ted Adams, registrar in obstetrics and gynecology,
  • Sgt. Lesley Taylor, Nottinghamshire Police, mounted section,
  • Keith Brothwell, Nottinghamshire Police, personal safety trainer,
  • Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services, addressing the Emergency Services Protocol and other issues.

“Safety plays an important part in everyday life and it is even more important that riders take responsibility for their safety when others may be affected by their actions,” said Sheila Hardy, BHS safety senior executive.

"The Safety Conference addresses several aspects of equestrian safety from self-defense for the lone rider to the reporting process for an equestrian-related road accident,” Hardy said, “It promises to be an interesting and varied day that we would urge all riders to support."

To reserve a seat, or for further information, contact the BHS Safety Department at 01926 707745 or see www.bhs.org.uk.

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