Lexington, KY — The popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets will be hosting the 3nd Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium on January 14th, 2012, at the Hilton Airport Hotel, Australian Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL (International Room), from 8.30am to 5pm. The symposium is being sponsored by Tipperary, Charles Owen, Samshield, Ovation, One K Helmets, GPA, Equine Risk Management Group LLC, Equestrian Collections and Point Two. For those who cannot attend the symposium in person, sessions will be available via live feed (details to be announced on the www.riders4helmets.com website shortly).
The Helmet Safety Symposium will bring together representatives from various corners of the equestrian world to discuss the importance of wearing helmets, rider safety and to improve helmet designs, rules and more. The event will provide a series of lectures and panel discussions throughout the day. Many in attendance will also sit on the panels, including equestrians, representatives from the helmet safety testing authorities, helmet manufacturers, equestrian organizations, and neurosurgeons. The chairs of the meeting will be Dr. Craig Ferrell, physician to the United States Equestrian Team and Chair FEI Medical Council, and, Lyndsey White and Chad Mendell of Riders4Helmets.
Lexington, KY – Building on the success of National Helmet Awareness Day 2010, the popular helmet awareness campaign Riders4Helmets.com has announced plans to host International Helmet Awareness Day 2011 on Saturday, June 11. Riders4Helmets has teamed up with leading helmet manufacturers to offer discounts on helmets to equestrians via participating retailers globally on this day. More than 300 retailers in the U.S. and eight retailers internationally offered discounts on helmets from eight different manufacturers during last years’ event. It is anticipated that the 2011 event will attract participation from more than 500 equestrian retailers globally.
Helmet brands that have committed involvement in the promotion to date include Samshield, Troxel, Charles Owen, GPA, Aegis (Devon-Aire), Pegasus, Tipperary, Ovation, IRH and KEP Italia. Additional manufacturers are expected to commit to participating and will be announced in due course.
Individuals or organizations wishing to hold an event to recognize International Helmet Awareness Day may email firstname.lastname@example.org for helmet awareness graphics and other support materials. “You can participate and show your support just by wearing a helmet on June 11, no matter whether you are trail riding, showing or competing,” said Lyndsey White, co-founder of the riders4helmets campaign. “Additionally, Riders4Helmets logo wear is available for purchase at www.equestriancollections.com for equestrians who wish to show their support for the campaign.”
Ocala, FL (May 12, 2011) – Combined Driver Chester Weber has partnered with Charles Owen, Inc. for many years and is a strong believer in the safety and comfort of Charles Owen’s helmets and body protectors. As the eight-time USEF National Four-In-Hand Combined Driving champion, Weber and his team of award-winning horses competed in the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and helped the U.S. team clinch the Silver Medal.
“Charles Owen has been a proud sponsor of Chester Weber and his team for several years now,” said Danielle Santos, Marketing and Public Relations Director for Charles Owen. “Charles Owen produces top quality safety helmets and body protectors with an impressive appearance that riders and drivers want to wear. Chester and his team are perfect examples of how safety can look stylish and traditional.”
Santos added that Charles Owen seeks to sponsor individuals that not only support the brand, but also give back to their sport and community. “Chester is a perfect example of this,” she said, adding that Weber is not only one of the leading drivers in the United States but is also a passionate supporter of driving as well as an active member of many USEF committees and he serves on the USET Foundation Board of Trustees.
Lausanne (SUI), 31 January 2011 – The FEI Eventing Risk Management Action Plan, which was launched in January 2010, is on target, as shown by the steady decrease in the percentage of Cross-Country falls.
National Safety Officers (NSOs) from 22 nations who attended the FEI’s annual NSO seminar in Greenwich, London (GBR) on 29-30 January were shown provisional statistics for 2010 which demonstrate that as numbers of international events and participants increase, the incidence of falls continues to decrease.
Gladstone, NJ (August 19, 2010) – Dressage rider Lauren Sammis, who earned a Gold Medal at the Pan American Games, awarded fellow dressage rider Crystal Gaskell with a brand new Charles Owen helmet during the 2010 Collecting Gaits Farm/USEF Dressage Festival of Champions. Gaskell, of Cazenovia, New York, won the helmet through a Charles Owen Helmet raffle, in support of the Riders4Helmets campaign started by SUCCEED, with all the proceeds from the raffle going to the USET Foundation.
“I always ride in a helmet and I was looking for a new helmet so this works out great,” said Gaskell, adding that she was extremely excited about winning the raffle. “I have a 23-year-old Dutch horse that I ride named Figaro. He did his first grand prix with my daughter when he was 21.”
Sammis, who competed at the Dressage Festival of Champions on Sagacious HF, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding owned by Al Guden of Hyperion Farm, was pleased to award Gaskell with her new helmet. A strong supporter of all riders wearing helmets, Sammis wore a helmet during the Dressage Festival of Champions, as did competitor Sue Blinks.