University of Kentucky to Host Horse Industry Safety Summit in Advance of #LRK3DE

Among the Summit’s presentations, Sarah Andres will speak on the subject of protective vests. Photo by Leslie Wylie.

Safety is at the forefront of all our minds, and we are happy to spread word about the inaugural Horse Industry Safety Summit being held at the University of Kentucky in advance of the 2019 Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event. Our sport will be well represented with a number of eventers presenting and moderating panel discussions.

The event will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at Spindletop Hall (3414 Iron Works Pike in Lexington, Kentucky) from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST. Researchers, equestrians and equine enthusiasts are all invited to attend the Summit, which will employ expert panels, individual speakers and poster presentations to educate attendees.

“Saddle Up Safely and the University of Kentucky are thrilled to gather this stellar lineup of professionals from all facets of equestrian sport to highlight the importance of safety in all aspects of equine interaction,” says Fernanda Camargo, UK associate professor and equine extension specialist. “Working with horses inherently places riders and handlers at risk. We look forward to offering an event entirely focused on what can be done to keep people safe when working around horses.”

Sessions include discussions on helmets and helmet testing, traumatic brain injuries, how to fall from a horse safely, concussion protocol, protective vests and how safety is seen from both the competitor and organizational viewpoints.

The summit organizing committee consists of representatives from UK Ag Equine Programs, UK College of Health Science, Kentucky 4-H Horse Program, United States Pony Clubs, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Retired Racehorse Project, Saddle Up Safely, North American Racing Academy and UK College of Public Health.

The Horse Industry Safety Summit is sponsored by the Kentucky Horse Council, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association and Dinsmore Equine Law/Laura Holoubek.

7:30 a.m.: Check in and continental breakfast (muffins and coffee)
8 a.m.: Welcome by Dr. Nancy Cox, Dean of UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and Keynote Speaker Hall of Fame jockey Chris McCarron
8:30 a.m.: Roy Burek (ASTM) — Helmet Testing Protocols: American, European and Other Standards
9 a.m.: Stephanie Bonin — How Helmets Protect your Head
9:30 a.m.: Daniel Stewart — Nutrition and Fitness
10-10:15 a.m.: Break, coffee, muffins
10:15 a.m.: Dan Han — Traumatic Brain Injuries and Rehabilitation Exercises Post TBI
10:45 a.m.: Carl Mattacola — Concussion Baseline Testing and Return to Ride Protocol
11:15 a.m.: Mindy Coleman — Life-Changing Aspects of a TBI
11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. — Lunch break
1 p.m.: Sarah Andres — Protective Vests
1:30 p.m.: Danny and Keli Warrington (Landsafe) — Learn to Fall
Submitted Oral Presentations:
2 p.m.: Gabrielle Garruppo — Analysis of Jockey Injury Reporting at Maryland Thoroughbred Racetracks
2:15 p.m.: Lisa Harris — A Multidisciplinary Approach to Post Concussion Care for Equestrians
2:30 p.m.: Susan Raymond — Effective Online Equine Behavior and Safety Education for Members of the Equine Industry
2:45-3 p.m.: Break
3-4 p.m.: Safety — An Equestrian Perspective (panel): Pat Day, Richard Picken, Allie Knowles, Eric Dierks
4-5:15 p.m.: Safety — An Organization Perspective (panel): Mindy Coleman or Jeff Johnston (Jockey’s Guild), Sonja Keating (USEF), Carol Kozlowski (USEA), Vince Gabbert (Keeneland), Steve Koch (National Thoroughbred Racing Association), Eric Hamelback (National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association)
5:15-6:30 p.m.: Reception, hors d’oeuvres and drinks

Registration is $50 per person and includes lunch. For more information, click here.