Saturday, July 30, 2011

Video From Courtney King-Dye On Wearing a Helmet

Here is a video  by Courtney King-Dye, who was the Olympic level dressage rider who suffered a devastating brain injury 16 months ago when the horse she was riding tripped and fell.  She was not wearing a helmet at the time.  Watch the whole thing - it's very moving.  Two things she said really stuck in my mind:
  • Expect the unexpected.
  • Safety has nothing to do with skill level.  
Any rider can fall, at any time, riding any horse, even when not doing anything risky.  Wear a helmet - every time - it could save your life or save you from a devastating brain injury.  I was wearing a helmet when I had my accident 7 weeks ago - the helmet was badly damaged and I believe saved me from being more severely injured.  Don't make excuses - just do it.

10 comments:

  1. Yes it is a compelling video, and true. We should all wear helmets, every time we ride.

    I should know. I still keep my old helmet as a reminder. But, and I say this with guilt and regret, I dont always wear mine.

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  2. Those are both great lines. I also liked what she said about every rider being a role model. Amazing, heartbreaking video. I wish I knew what to say to convince some of my friends to wear a helmet -- maybe this video will help. (I posted it to Facebook!)

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  3. I have been following Courtney's recovery closely. She has been my favorite rider for her elegant seat, and her deep love and compassion for her horses. I'm so glad you posted this video.

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  4. Courtney's message should be required viewing for all riders. She is an amazing person, inside and out.

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  5. My sister sent me this yesterday. Increadible video. I liked that she emphasized that "he never did anything naughty". You know, I hate to generalize, but out here in "cowboy land" helmet use is very rare, even on kids. No doubt, I sometimes feel self concious about my helmet. I've been teased about my helmet. Those people need to watch this video.

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  6. Just watched the video with my 13-year old niece who started riding lessons this past winter. Thank you for sharing this important message and we wish Courtney best wishes for her continuing recovery.

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  7. I've been following Courtney's recovery via her blog.

    She is amazingly resilient - so generous to share the ups and downs of her recovery - and has a great sense of humor.

    I admired Courtney as a rider. Now I admire her even more as a person. She has taken a tragic accident and made the best of it not only for herself, but for other riders as well.

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  8. I too have had an accident in which I'm convinced my helmet saved my life.

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  9. thank you for posting this. I have had two accidents where I've broken bones and both times my head hit the ground hard. I was wearing a helmet, and I believe things would have been much worse for me if I hadn't been. I intend to show my husband who refuses to wear a helmet a video I found of Courtney before her accident and then the one you shared with us here. All I can do is keep trying to convince him he is not invincible.

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  10. Thank you for posting this. It really hits home why we all need to be riding with helmets. I'm planning to repost it on my blog and share it on facebook. I have friends who ride without helmets. Everyone needs to watch this video!

    ~Mary

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