An opportunity to play it safe on International Helmet Awareness Day (s)

Need a new helmet? Don’t put off buying one any longer. Many tack shops are offering deals for International Helmet Awareness Day, which actually has expanded to two days, Saturday Sept. 16 and Sunday Sept. 17. Locally in New Jersey, the Dover Saddlery chain (Branchburg) is offering 30 percent off helmets, and Beval Saddlery in Gladstone is doing 20 percent off and a free polo both days. Check with your local store to see what they’re doing for this important opportunity.

The “day,” now a weekend, is the result of a campaign by Riders4Helmets, founded in 2010 as a result of American Olympic dressage rider Courtney King-Dye’s near-fatal accident when she was schooling a young horse who fell. Courtney was not wearing a helmet, leaving her with severe head injuries.

More than just an occasion for a discount on a helmet, the day also is a time for education about head injuries and the importance of wearing the right headgear when riding. Learn more at this link

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