Friday Morning Feed from Ovation

Ovation is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Riders4Helmets 4th Annual Safety Symposium, to be held this Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Field trip, anyone? Here’s the 411 from Riders4Helmets:


For those who cannot attend the symposium in person, videoed sessions will be available on following the event. Attendance to the symposium is open to any member of the public, but individuals who plan to attend must pre-register in advance in order to avoid the $10 on the day entrance fee. To pre-register, please visit

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 education, and to improve helmet designs and more. The event will provide a series of short lectures and panel discussions throughout the day. Many in attendance will also sit on the panels, including equestrians, helmet manufacturers, equestrian organizations, and neurosurgeons. The chair of the meeting will be Lyndsey White of Riders4Helmets.

“We are very excited to be hosting the 4th Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium and to see it continue to expand not only into other equestrian disciplines but all aspects of equestrian safety,” said Lyndsey White, Riders4Helmets. “The symposia are a fantastic opportunity to bring together many individuals, organizations and associations all in one place, to continue important discussions regarding equestrian safety. We are already planning the 1st International Equestrian Safety Summit for summer 2013 to be held in the UK, which will take the symposia concept to an even wider audience.”

Symposium topics will include the following:

•    Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions: The Latest Research, Long Term Effects and Revolutionary Technologies

•    Helmets in the Western World

•    Educating Our Youth

•    Helmets On The Trail

•    In Memoriam: Cheryl Strong-Camilleri

•    Gaining Acceptance In The Equestrian Community For Helmet Use

•    We Are All Role Models: Setting An Example

•    Safety Incentives: Thinking Outside The Box To Get Helmets Introduced Into Non-Helmet Wearing Disciplines

•    Helmets And The Breed Organizations

•    Current Helmet Rules: Clarification Across The Disciplines

•    Riders4Helmets: Three-Years On

Speakers include:

•    Champion Barrel Racer: Megan Sparks

•    Olympians: Courtney King-Dye (via video), Darren Chiacchia

•    Multiple CMSA World & National Champion Cowgirl: Tammy Sronce

•    HorseThink™ Keeping You Safe: Scot Hansen & Sandy Siegrist

•    Champion Reiner: Lyndsey Jordan

•    ACTHA: Caroline Scrima

•    Britni Lovelace, Brooke Smith & Zane Lovelace

•    Equestrian Mental Skills Coach: Tonya Johnston

•    Neurosurgeon (name to be confirmed)

• Kathy Slack

•    Reserve Champion Supreme Extreme Mustang Makeover: Mary Miller Jordan

•    Equestrian Mental Skills Coach: Tonya Johnston

•    USEF: Leigh Anne Claywell

•    Tipperary: Len Clemente

The full symposium agenda and speaker list (with bios) are available by visiting A number of safety related vendors will be attending the event.

To book a discounted hotel room at the host hotel, please call the Clarion, Lexington, KY at (800) 424-6423 and use discount code “Riders4Helmets”.

Get full details about the event here.

Riders4Helmets was founded in 2010 after Olympic dressage rider Courtney King Dye suffered a traumatic head injury from a riding accident. She was in a coma for a month following the accident and continues to undergo rehabilitation. Here’s a moving video from Courtney that opened a previous Symposium:


For more information on the Riders4Helmets campaign, visit You can also follow the campaign at or

Thank you, Ovation, for your commitment to safety and support of such an amazing cause. You can check out Ovation’s line of helmets here.

Go Ovation, and Go Riding!


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