“If you’re going to ride, you’re going to fall.” “It’s not a matter of if, it’s when and how bad it’s going to be.” These are phrases horseback riders of all disciplines have heard and...» Read More!
There is a huge movement within our sport to seek out ways to improve horse and rider safety, and nobody is putting more time, effort and brainpower into it than David O’Connor. As chair of...» Read More!
The FEI Sports Forum 2017, taking place yesterday and today in Lausanne, SUI, is being live streamed in full on the FEI YouTube Channel. Of particular interest is this morning’s Eventing Risk Management Session, beginning...» Read More!
The FEI will put forward additional recommendations to bolster safety in eventing following last weekend’s Eventing Risk Management Summit held at Tattersalls in Ireland....» Read More!
As eventers, we’re known to be among the toughest of equestrians. We get knocked down, and get back up and back on. We fall off, and climb back up and keep going. We frequently ignore...» Read More!
Equestrian Canada has developed official, sport-specific guidelines on equestrian athlete concussion protocols....» Read More!
The risk of concussion in horse riding can be considerable and comparable with high-impact sports such as football and auto racing. But eventers are a hardy bunch! Falling is par for the course — Princess...» Read More!
How can we minimize risk factors in evening? What risk management initiatives need to implemented, on a global basis, to improve horse and rider safety?...» Read More!
Earlier this week while running some errands in our quaint North Carolina town, I didn’t expect to see three horses being ridden down the main road. We happened to be traveling the same direction as...» Read More!
Following the recent EN post by Dr. Joanna Newton, “A Way Forward: How Eventing Can Use Established Strategies to Improve Safety,” I thought I might provide an update from the perspective of the National Safety...» Read More!
I do not like helmets. I like riding without a helmet. I grew up not wearing a helmet. I used to find it insulting as an adult that I had to wear a helmet even...» Read More!
If you’re anything like me, you’re always paranoid about safety. I perhaps take it to the next level and am probably my barn manager’s nightmare, but I also pride myself on anticipating problems and trying...» Read More!
Great news is coming from the USEA this morning as they have announced the $25,000 fundraising goal for cross country safety research proposed by Ms. Jacqueline Mars has been met. Ms. Mars generously pledged $25,000...» Read More!
When was the last time you hit the ground? Did you land on your head? How did your noggin fair? How long have you had that helmet? Is your helmet up to safety standards? These...» Read More!
We have sadly arrived at a point in time where many of us read the latest event recap with as much trepidation as curiosity. With so many horse and rider deaths happening in the sport,...» Read More!
Following the ongoing debate about safety in eventing is not unlike being stuck on a carousel. Whenever a horse or human dies on cross country, the same cyclical series of events inevitably unfold. Social media...» Read More!
The USEA released the following statement on safety in eventing following the death of Conahy’s Courage at Red Hills Horse Trials on Saturday. Kyle Carter penned a touching tribute to Courage at this link. We are...» Read More!
The International Eventing Riders Association (ERA International) is urging all FEI riders around the world to verbally oppose Article 548.1 in the 2015 FEI Eventing Rulebook...» Read More!
The USEA’s Cross Country Design and Fence Construction Safety Task Force formed in June following Ben Winter and Jordan McDonald’s deaths released its initial findings and opinions on safety in the sport in the Board...» Read More!
Have you ever walked into a room and felt like everyone was staring right at you? It’s at point that I wonder if I put together that awesome of an outfit…or if I’ve gone a bit...» Read More!
Welcome to EN’s Eventing Safety Facts & Figures series. In light of our recent discussion on asking the tough questions about the sport, we’re delving into the FEI’s safety data from the past decade to track...» Read More!
Jenni got it right in her recent post about event safety: It is time to start asking the tough questions about our sport. And to start finding answers. I know I’m not the only eventer out there...» Read More!
It’s been a grisly five months for eventing, starting with an unprecedented Badminton and culminating with Blenheim last month, which resulted in three more gruesome horse falls and numerous calls much too close for comfort. Andreas Dibowski,...» Read More!