Connecticut Congressman introduces the Helmet Safety Bill to the House.
by Cynthia Foley
An ASTM-SEI certified helmet is a safety necessity.On April 17, Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes announced legislation that would prohibit the sale of “apparel only” riding helmets.
The Christen O’Donnell Equestrian Helmet Act is named for a 12-year-old Darien, Conn., girl who was killed when she was thrown from her horse while wearing an unapproved helmet.
“Unfortunately, many horse riders unknowingly purchase ineffective head gear for themselves or their children thinking it is a real helmet. I am pleased to introduce this bill to help prevent tragedies like Christen’s from ever happening again,” Himes stated.
The bill will use the ASTM/SEI standards we are all familiar with, as these ASTM/SEI certified helmets are required by the U.S. Equestrian Federation for riders in dressage, combined training and hunter/jumper disciplines. Many states also have laws requiring these helmets for all riders under the age of 18.