King Dye Opens 3rd Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium
Live Stream Attracts Global Audience
KY (January 31st, 2012)—The 2008 US Olympian Courtney King Dye opened the 3rd
Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium held Saturday January 14th, 2012 at the
Hilton Palm Beach Airport Hotel, West Palm Beach, Fla. The Olympian who suffered
a traumatic brain injury (TBI) in March 2010 provided an update on her current
medical condition and daily issues of living with a TBI.
people emphasize with the daily struggle, but it’s hard to real that the
struggle is all day every day. Speaking is hard. Walking is hard. I had to learn
to eat with my left hand, and that’s not pretty,” said King-Dye.
Olympian and TBI sufferer Darren Chiacchia who recently pledged his support to
the campaign, joined King-Dye on stage to stress how hard it is for people to
understand the effects of a TBI as every one is different. "I am pleased
to lend my support to the Riders4Helmets campaign in educating equestrians on
the benefits of helmets," said Chiacchia. "I am certain that I
would not be here today had I not been wearing a certified and properly fitting
helmet when I had my accident."
symposium was hosted by Dr. Craig Ferrell, USET Team Physician and FEI
Medical Committee Chair and, Lyndsey White and Chad Mendell of Riders4Helmets,
who were joined by a host of experts from various corners of the equestrian
world. While disciplines ranging from show jumping to barrel racing and even
mounted shooting were represented, every attendee had one common goal: to keep
equestrians as safe as possible while participating in equestrian related
activities. In addition to the symposium attendees, over 200 people around the
globe tuned in to watch the speakers presentations via live streaming video.
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are delighted that the symposiums continue to bring together so many experts
under one roof, and we will continue to hold them so long as they are deemed to
have value and educate equestrians on why wearing a helmet is a smart thing to
do," said Lyndsey White, Riders4Helmets. "We have some exciting
things planned for the campaign in 2012 including the 3rd annual International
Helmet Awareness Day, a 4th Safety Symposium and a continuance of the "Equestrian
Helmet Hero Awards."
on demand will shortly be available for each of the speaker presentations from
the symposium, including King-Dye's video. Please sign up for the Riders4Helmets
campaign newsletter at www.riders4helmets.com
to be notified when the videos are released. To view summaries of the symposium,
please see 3rd Riders4Helmets Safety Symposium Makes an Impact "Part
1" and "Part
2" by Erin Gilmore. Additional feature articles from the symposium will
be added to the riders4helmets website in the coming two months.
symposium was generously sponsored by Samshield, Tipperary, Charles
Owen, Ovation, One
K Helmets, GPA, Equine
Risk Management Group LLC, Equestrian
Collections and Point
information on the Riders4Helmets campaign, visit www.riders4helmets.com.
You can also follow the campaign at www.facebook.com/riders4helmets
Riders4Helmets was founded in early 2010 after Olympic dressage rider Courtney
King Dye was seriously injured in a riding accident. King Dye, who remained in a
coma for a month following her accident, was not wearing a helmet at the time of
the accident and continues to undergo rehabilitation. The goal of the
Riders4Helmets Campaign is to educate equestrians on the benefits of wearing a
properly fitted and secured, certified helmet.
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