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  • Green Ribbon Campaign?

    A friend is reporting that a number of riders in Wellington are sporting TBI Awareness Green Ribbons.

    Anyone know if this is an organized campaign aimed at riders, or just something spontaneous? It would be good if it could be a longer term awareness program rather than just a shortterm, knee jerk reaction...
    Last edited by Ibex; Mar. 9, 2010, 03:14 PM. Reason: Premature Posting!
    "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."

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    TBI?
    Originally posted by BigMama1
    Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
    GNU Terry Prachett

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    • #3
      Traumatic Brain Injury

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      • #4
        You know what a better campaign is? Where your helmet, instead of a green ribbon! Wearing a green ribbon will do sh-t for TBIs.

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        • #5
          oh, wear a green helmet!

          I agree, though - wear a helmet, not a ribbon. A ribbon won't help you if you fall from your horse.

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          • #6
            While the green ribbon won't help you if you fall, it's a good conversation starter for when you're not on the horse.

            It's interesting that someone recently chose green, since there has been a Silver Ribbon campaign for years. http://www.silverribbon.org/

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              #7
              Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
              While the green ribbon won't help you if you fall, it's a good conversation starter for when you're not on the horse.

              It's interesting that someone recently chose green, since there has been a Silver Ribbon campaign for years. http://www.silverribbon.org/
              'perzactly. Somehow I was thinking that the message would combine the ribbon with actually wearing helmets at all times, including in the ring

              Don't know why the colour choice; I did notice that the green ribbon has been associated with TBI before, whereas silver seems to maybe be more focused on disease aspects??
              "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."

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              • #8
                I am lost in this ribbon for something world...

                Around here they annexed red ribbons for drug freeness...

                pink for breast cancer, baby blue for prostate, yellow, red white and blue....

                I lost track of them all...
                Originally posted by BigMama1
                Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
                GNU Terry Prachett

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                • #9
                  Many of the ribbons--prostate, breast cancer, etc--are focused on both raising awareness and PREVENTION of those diseases by screenings, frequent check-ups, etc. This green ribbon campaign is pointless unless it accompanied by a "prevention" element--i.e. a helmet wearing campaign. No rider who goes into the ring without a helmet has any right to wear a green ribbon, IMO. It would be like a committed smoker wearing a ribbon for lung cancer awareness.
                  2007 Welsh Cob C X TB GG Eragon
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                  • #10
                    How about a skunk helmet with a green stripe instead, eh?
                    If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by SisterToSoreFoot View Post
                      It would be like a committed smoker wearing a ribbon for lung cancer awareness.
                      While simultaneously puffing a cigarette.
                      If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                      • #12
                        Agreed. The ribbon means nothing unless you DO something about it. Otherwise it's just a fashion statement.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
                          Agreed. The ribbon means nothing unless you DO something about it. Otherwise it's just a fashion statement.
                          Wearing the ribbon with a top hat says to me, "I care, but not enough to be inconvenienced in any way."

                          Better to leave it off and let people wonder.
                          If you are allergic to a thing, it is best not to put that thing in your mouth, particularly if the thing is cats. - Lemony Snicket

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                          • #14
                            I personally find the green ribbon and top hat combo to miss the point so completely that it is borderline flippant/offensive.

                            Obviously your "This Is How Much I Care" Photo-Op will be more flattering if you have on a pretty ribbon under an elegant top hat, but that is a BRAIN INJURY AWARENESS ribbon you are wearing under that top hat. COME. ON.

                            If people still want to go helmetless, obviously that is their decision, but then please do not go riding around like some TBI awareness poster child with your ribbon to show everyone how deeply you care. Yeah, your TBI awareness runs deep, huh?

                            It's freakin' RIDICULOUS.
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                            Jinxyhttp://tiny.cc/PIC798&http://tiny.cc/jinx364
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                              #15
                              Has anyone SEEN riders in green ribbons and top hats??? I'm not in Wellington so I haven't seen the ribbons myself.

                              I agree, it defeats the purpose. I'd assumed people were wearing them WITH HELMETS.
                              "Adulthood? You're playing with ponies. That is, like, every 9 year old girl's dream. Adulthood?? You're rocking the HELL out of grade 6, girl."

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                              • #16
                                I don't know, how about wearing a green ribbon pinned, glued, taped, sewn, or otherwise attached to your helmet. Sitting on your head. Properly secured in place with the harness.

                                I'll never reach the upper levels, I'm just not talented enough but I really wish I could, just so I could wear my helmet.
                                "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple” – Barry Switzer

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                                • #17
                                  Why not kill two birds with one stone and wear a green ribbon with a white baseball hat?

                                  meup, I always agree with everything you say.
                                  2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                                  A helmet saved my life.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Ibex View Post
                                    Has anyone SEEN riders in green ribbons and top hats??? I'm not in Wellington so I haven't seen the ribbons myself.

                                    I agree, it defeats the purpose. I'd assumed people were wearing them WITH HELMETS.
                                    Yep.


                                    There's more pics with more people if you look up Palm Beach Derby results. I think there's a pair of young riders riding along, green ribbons all aflutter under their top hats...

                                    wtf.

                                    eta
                                    This is the pic I was thinking of.
                                    Last edited by meupatdoes; Mar. 10, 2010, 08:29 PM.
                                    The Noodlehttp://tiny.cc/NGKmT&http://tiny.cc/gioSA
                                    Jinxyhttp://tiny.cc/PIC798&http://tiny.cc/jinx364
                                    Boy Wonderhttp://tiny.cc/G9290
                                    The Hana is nuts! NUTS!!http://tinyurl.com/SOCRAZY

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                                    • #19
                                      I'm agreeing that wearing the ribbon with the top hat is in poor taste. It says "I care more about how I look than I do about my brain".

                                      And I'm saying all of this as someone whose life was saved by a helmet, but who STILL has issues from a TBI after 4 years. Try having a headache for 4 years straight. It ain't fun. I'm so thankful it's not worse, and that I had started wearing a helmet only months prior to my fall.

                                      So yeah, I am a bit offended and amazed by those who will pin on any ribbon without a second thought as to what it actually means.

                                      But at least the whole issue is getting a bit more attention. And I for one do plan to make it to FEI at some point, and I will totally be rocking the shad and helmet when I do. My FEI prospect is only 2 though, so it will be a while

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Hampton Bay View Post
                                        But at least the whole issue is getting a bit more attention. And I for one do plan to make it to FEI at some point, and I will totally be rocking the shad and helmet when I do. My FEI prospect is only 2 though, so it will be a while
                                        Let me know when you do. I'll be right there, cheering you on. Quietly of course.
                                        "Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple” – Barry Switzer

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