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Headway Oxfordshire to promote equestrian safety at horse trials

Wed 19 Jul 2017

Headway Oxfordshire has been named Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials' charity of the year

Headway Oxfordshire has teamed up with Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials to raise awareness of equestrian safety and ABI.

The charity has supported several people who sustained brain injuries due to horse riding, but this is the first time they have done wider work relating to equestrianism.

From September 13-17 the charity will be hosting a range of exhibitions, talks and activities to raise awareness of equestrian safety.

Headway Oxfordshire’s CEO, Jamie Miller, said: “We firmly believe that life should be experienced to the full.

"Activities and sports involving risk are a fundamental part of what makes life exciting and worthwhile.

"We also believe that the minimising of potential risks through the use of appropriate equipment and training, is preventative and encourages greater engagement and deeper participation.

"We want children and adults across the county to enjoy their horse riding safely.

“We have supported a number of people whose brain injuries were due to riding accidents and we currently have one such service user attending our Activity and Rehabilitation Centre.

"There is an obvious synergy between horse riding and head safety and we are very happy to have the opportunity to work closely with the equestrian community through this partnership.

"We hope the community will come together to help us to help others.

"We are thrilled to be working with a number of highly inspirational riders who have themselves suffered an ABI who have later returned to the sport.”

Eventer Sophie McCormack sustained a brain injury during a fall at Rockingham horse trials and will be speaking about the dangers of ABI in horse riding.

The charity will also be running panel discussions and exhibitions on equestrian safety as well as hosting drop-in hat fitting sessions for riders.

Children will also be able to take part in a range of activities; from designing safety posters to decorating a riding hat.

The partnership comes just days after the British Horseracing Authority announced their partnership with Headway - the brain injury association, to raise awareness of the dangers of concussion among jockeys.

Headway Oxfordshire will be promoting the concussion awareness campaign by running educational talks on helmet safety with the help of equestrian product producers, Charles Owen.

Headway Oxfordshire supports around 450 people every year and also provides services for family and carers.

The charity runs an activity and rehabilitation centre in Oxford and a wide range of support services in the community.