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A Challenge to USDF, FEI and Others

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  • A Challenge to USDF, FEI and Others

    After reading so much information lately on Traumatic Brain Injury I thought, why don't I challenge the dressage community to stop making tradition more important than the safety of its riders?
    My challenge is in two parts.
    First, I challenge the USDF and FEI to take immediate steps to require every competitor wear an approved helmet while on any horse at all times during any event.
    Secondly, I further challenge every UL rider to never get on any horse without one and every UL trainer to require one every time - starting TODAY. It is imperative as you are role models for so many riders at every age and level.
    This challenge is more important than any rule you have enacted, any horse you have bred, ridden or sold, or any award you may have won.

    You will save the life of another human being.

    So, if you agree, please respond to this post and issue your challenge too. I'm just one little minnow in the ocean, but if enough others take up this challenge, maybe the folks listed above will take notice.
    Numbers can talk volumes and I believe in the power of the COTH BB! I've seen it in action!
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  • #2
    Amen..I come from the H/J world and it's a given for the most part. Once everyone is showing in them you won't even notice it.
    Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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    • #3
      I'm with you, I think it's a great idea!
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      • #4
        Dressage with a helmet on is like caviar with ketchup.

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        • #5
          I'll school with it on, no matter the level of the horse, but when I enter that ring, I'll have my top hat on.
          http://dressageesquire.blogspot.com
          "The ability to write a check for attire should not be confused with expertise. Proficiency doesn't arrive shrink-wrapped from UPS and placed on your doorstep."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by 5WhiteSocks View Post
            Dressage with a helmet on is like caviar with ketchup.

            This makes no sense at all. Wearing a helmet is equal to ketchup? Are you saying that the image of the sport in your mind is that dressage is elitist and that riding with head protection is low class? Are you saying that perpetuating an elitist image is more important than rider health? Please explain why you think this. I do not understand at all.

            Way to post, Quest.

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            • #7
              While I personally ride with a helmet, I think it still should be a choice.
              Kelly
              It is rare to see a rider who is truly passionate about the horse and his training, taking a profound interest in dressage with self-abnegation, and making this extraordinarily subtle work one of the dominant motivations of his life.\"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by tempichange View Post
                While I personally ride with a helmet, I think it still should be a choice.
                It's not in the jumper world and it should not be in the dressage world either.
                Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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                • #9
                  I personally think that they should make it a rule to wear an approved helmet while mounted. If everyone wears one it won't matter, because you won't stand out. It still is your choice, you don't have to show if you don't want to wear a helmet. I have fallen off way more on the flat than jumping.
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                  • #10
                    Yes because horses don't fall on their riders in the ring or buck them off. Lets hope the FEI has more common sense and makes it a rule like they did with the jumpers.
                    Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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                    • #11
                      Oh, must we?

                      USEF, USDF and FEI rules already state that a competitor is not penalized for wearing a helmet at any level. Can't we just please leave it at that?

                      Whenever a rider gets injured, there's always this hysterical demand for more rules on helmet wear. As sad as Courtney King-Dye's situation is, a rule like this wouldn't have helped her, since she wasn't at a show.
                      In loving memory of Laura Jahnke.
                      A life lived by example, done too soon.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Arathita View Post
                        Way to post, Quest.
                        Eh... I'm just not afraid to be honest. That... is my honest answer. I've ridden for many years, and if I feel that I've got a super nutter horse in the ring I'll leave it on, but no... I'm not going to say that I'm going to pledge to wear a helmet in the ring.

                        I agree with ESG... we'll wait until Courtney's unfortunate and horrid accident is a bit further away, then we can see where the masses are with statements about helmet. I see a few nicely placed shots of riders riding in helmets int he ring in Wellington now, I'll be curious to see what the rings will look like in one years time.
                        http://dressageesquire.blogspot.com
                        "The ability to write a check for attire should not be confused with expertise. Proficiency doesn't arrive shrink-wrapped from UPS and placed on your doorstep."

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                        • #13
                          We can only hope the FEI steps up and doesn't give the riders a choice like they do with the jumpers. Hopefully the big international riders will lead the way because we know the horse world tends to do whatever the big guns are doing. copy cats...
                          Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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                            #14
                            As I posted earlier on another thread:
                            Most people think wearing a helmet is a personal choice. It is not!
                            First off, IMHO, not wearing a helmet is the most selfish decision you can possibly make.
                            Secondly, when you decide not to wear one, you are making a decision for everyone else in your life. Period.
                            So the next time you get on a horse without a helmet, remember you are making a decision on your safety, and possibly your life for your children, husband, boyfriend, wife, parents, grandparents, cousins, friends, etc.

                            What would they want you to do?
                            Stop and think about that before putting your foot in the stirrup!
                            Some days the best thing about my job is that the chair spins.

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                            • #15
                              I see helmet regulations as akin to seat belt laws and similar. While I understand the good intentions behind them, it really rubs me the wrong way when people are legally (either by law in the classic sense of the word or the rules of the organization) required to do things that have no (direct) effect on others. Yes, you can argue emotional pain, bad PR, yadda yadda. But, when it comes down to it, if a person chooses not to wear a helmet (or a seatbelt), THEY are the one who risks injury. If people are so worked up about how important it is to wear a helmet, then keep on wearing one! You aren't going to get your noggin smooshed because someone else decided not to wear their helmet that day

                              On a different note, is it legal for individual competitions to make mandatory helmet rules? I believe other sports function in this way (like snowboarding?). That could be an interesting way to approach this.
                              "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by mg View Post
                                I see helmet regulations as akin to seat belt laws and similar. While I understand the good intentions behind them, it really rubs me the wrong way when people are legally (either by law in the classic sense of the word or the rules of the organization) required to do things that have no (direct) effect on others. Yes, you can argue emotional pain, bad PR, yadda yadda. But, when it comes down to it, if a person chooses not to wear a helmet (or a seatbelt), THEY are the one who risks injury. If people are so worked up about how important it is to wear a helmet, then keep on wearing one! You aren't going to get your noggin smooshed because someone else decided not to wear their helmet that day

                                On a different note, is it legal for individual competitions to make mandatory helmet rules? I believe other sports function in this way (like snowboarding?). That could be an interesting way to approach this.
                                Not true we pay high insurance rates because of the injuries from car accidents. Yes it is legal because some hunter shows require adults to wear a helmet whenever they are on a horse. I pitty the next pro this happens to because if they are not wearing a helmet some how I doubt they will get the support. Courtney's accident should not be in vain lose the stupid top hat and wear a helmet. I personally think a hunter rider in their shadbelly and helmet is more attractive then the top hat.
                                Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive. Dalai Lama

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                                • #17
                                  Definitely it should be a choice, I agree with MG.
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                                  • #18
                                    Tradition? Watch some bullriding (PBR level) from a decade ago. Watch it now. Helmets were non-existent. Helmets WITH FACE MASKS are commonplace now. Yes, they are still choice, not mandated.

                                    I believe vests are mandated (can't recall seeing anyone ride without one in ages).

                                    And as of this season, specific SPURS are mandated - ones that won't get caught and held in the cinch.

                                    Talk about TRADITION! Can you imagine what it took for these cowboys to be convinced to doff their western hats and don a HELMET? Only a few dozen of their best friends and fellow competitors to meet devastating injuries. Many are dead. At least one is in a wheelchair.

                                    I'm all for tradition. I kicked about helmets over hunt caps. My hunt cap never fell off - it fit correctly. But I have a dear friend who was in Courtney's condition several years ago...and I've adored Courtney since the first time I saw her ride about 15 years ago. Helmets AREN'T always effective - I know that from personal experience. But why not take what you can get so you have the best chance of enjoying the sport you love for as much of your life as possible?

                                    Carol
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                                    Equine Photography in the Northeast

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by mg View Post

                                      On a different note, is it legal for individual competitions to make mandatory helmet rules? I believe other sports function in this way (like snowboarding?). That could be an interesting way to approach this.
                                      Some places have insurance that mandates helmets. Many places (including my home barn, which hosts a lot of clinics and schooling shows) make everyone sign something saying they will wear a helmet whenever they are mounted.

                                      Some places (e.g. UNH) are kind of lax about enforcing it and I am assuming that if someone not wearing a helmet was injured, the show could say it was not their fault, because the person knew the rules and willfully chose not to follow them. At my barn, not wearing a helmet is grounds for being eliminated from all one's classes and forfeiting entry fees.

                                      I have also seen places that allow entrants to sign something saying they will not hold the grounds liable in any way if they are injured while not wearing a helmet. But this is for adult riders only; kids have no choice.
                                      You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                                      1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by quietann View Post

                                        I have also seen places that allow entrants to sign something saying they will not hold the grounds liable in any way if they are injured while not wearing a helmet.
                                        legally, this wouldn't hold up. You can't say "in any way".

                                        Originally posted by quietann View Post
                                        But this is for adult riders only; kids have no choice.
                                        by law minors can be required to wear headgear.
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