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USEF Board Approves Eventing Helmet Rule

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  • USEF Board Approves Eventing Helmet Rule

    From Eventing Nation:

    I have just confirmed from Lexington that the USEF Board approved the eventing helmet rule at their Sunday morning board meeting. The helmet rule proposal, DR 120, passed unanimously. The rule change will make ASTM approved and strapped helmets mandatory at all times when mounted at US national events. This will not affect rules in FEI divisions. At events with both FEI and USEF divisions, the FEI riders will not be required to wear helmets but the USEF riders will.

    The USEA, USEF, and the eventers who helped shepherd the rule change through the USEF committees this week deserve a lot of credit for passing this rule. Eventing is the first discipline within the USEF to make helmets mandatory, which is just yet another example of how eventing is a leader in safety initiatives among equestrian sports. Go eventing.
    As John says, it's nice to see that the eventing community does take the initiative to make safety changes in their sport.

    (And not just blog about how another discipline should be more concerned about safety initiatives )
    Last edited by claire; Jan. 23, 2011, 12:37 PM.

  • #2
    Hindsight bad, foresight good.


    • #3
      Very, very pleased.
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      The little brother, now my main man


      • #4
        Three cheers for Eventing leading the way!
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        • #5
          Well done eventers, what a sensible rule.


          • #6
            Yippee!! Very nice to see this done.


            • #7
              Three cheers! That is great!
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              • #8
                This is good

                DR120 is a Dressage Division rule brought forward from the USEF Dressage Committee. It was almost unanimously supported by GM and PM delegates at the USDF convention.


                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by mjhco View Post
                  This is good

                  DR120 is a Dressage Division rule brought forward from the USEF Dressage Committee. It was almost unanimously supported by GM and PM delegates at the USDF convention.
                  This IS good!

                  But, does this mean helmets will be mandatory at ALL USEF events? Or is it just an 'eventing helmet rule' (as stated in the EN blog post)

                  Looking around...Janet...Janet...


                  • #10
                    This is so great. With all the bad eventing safety press this really demonstrates the community's commitment to making the sport safer.

                    Eventing Fashionistas: Go out a get a shiny new Brain Bucket!!
                    "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant


                    • #11
                      Yay us!

                      I had a patient in the hospital this weekend, a pleasure rider, and when he went home I wrote on his discharge papers: no riding for 2 weeks, after that WEAR A HELMET. Hee hee.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by claire View Post
                        This IS good!

                        But, does this mean helmets will be mandatory at ALL USEF events? Or is it just an 'eventing helmet rule' (as stated in the EN blog post)

                        Looking around...Janet...Janet...
                        It is still division-by-division.

                        The Eventing rule passed at the USEF, so helmets are required at Eventing

                        I don't know for sure which version of the Dressage rule change passed at the USEF, but it will make helmets required for Dressage (at least at the non-FEI levels).

                        Ote disciplines would have to propose their own rule changes.

                        chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by mjhco View Post
                          This is good

                          DR120 is a Dressage Division rule brought forward from the USEF Dressage Committee. It was almost unanimously supported by GM and PM delegates at the USDF convention.
                          Yes, but what counts, in the end, is whether the USEF BoD voted for it this weekend.

                          chief feeder and mucker for Music, Spy, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now).


                          • #14
                            Yay! I always knew eventers were the most sensible lot.
                            Proud member of the EDRF


                            • #15
                              Wonderful! I am VERY glad to hear that it passed!


                              • #16
                                If DR120 did indeed get passed as is, that means that any riders competing in DRESSAGE competitions must abide by those rules.

                                Any rider competing in the National tests (Intro through 4th) must school and compete in helmets. FEI riders are exempt. And ALL junior riders (except in FEI events) must wear helmets.

                                So, us FEI competitors are free to mangle our heads.


                                • #17
                                  I spoke as a neurosurgeon and an eventer to the USEF board of directors this weekend about traumatic brain injury and just want to say how impressed I was with how seriously the organization is taking this issue. This rule change reflects a lot of work over a long period of time, and I think it will save lives. It is not every day that we have the chance to do that, so this is an exciting day for horse sports!



                                  • #18
                                    Go Eventing.
                                    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


                                    • #19
                                      Yes. Good.
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                                      • #20
                                        But I can still wear my tophat when walking courses and cleaning stalls?