PRESS RELEASE – New Fall Safety Training to Reduce Rider Injury Risk at 2016 Scone Horse Trials

In an effort to reduce fall injuries in horse sports, including the risk of catastrophic injury, a fall safety initiative is being offered to riders aged 8 and over at the 2016 Scone Horse Trials in the Hunter Valley from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September.

Supported by the Scone Horse Trials Committee, NSW Pony Clubs and NSW Polo Association, the inclusion of this training program is one of the recommendations put forward by the Scone Horse Trials Committee, following a fatal riding accident earlier this year.

Developed by former Olympic gymnast, Lindsay Nylund, the Horse Rider Fall Safety Training program teaches riders of all ages and disciplines the skills to reduce the risk of injury when dismounting, falling or being thrown from a horse.

During this year’s Scone Horse Trials, all interested riders are welcome to participate in a training session, including those from the surrounding Hunter Valley, where they will learn an emergency response action and some basic tumbling skills.

Fees start from just $25 per person and training sessions will be grouped by age for junior, youth and adult riders who wish to participate. For those riders unable to attend this year’s Scone Horse

Trials, group bookings can also be arranged Australia-wide, with reduced rates for large groups.


“The risks of fall and crush injuries are higher amongst young or less experienced riders,” says program founder Lindsay Nylund. “Often, as these riders advance in speed or participate in higher risk riding activities, we see a spike in injury rates.”


A qualified gymnastics coach, who led the Western Australian junior men’s team to top national ranking, and with five national titles of his own, Lindsay is highly skilled in video analysis and

teaching movement sequences in simple, actionable steps.


“I started analysing videos of how riders responded when falling from their horses and questioned why they aren’t being trained. Human reaction times are, on average, 0.2 of a second and, with

training, an emergency response action can be carried out in half a second. From a height of 1.5-2m, fall time is about three-quarters of a second. It’s quick, but it’s trainable.”


A world-leading structured fall safety program, Horse Rider Fall Safety Training has already been carried out in various locations in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia with more than 400 riders, and the feedback has been exceptionally positive.


A parallel program in the United States is now also in development. Horse Rider Fall Safety Training has captured the attention of elite former international eventing rider and steeplechase jockey Danny Warrington who has been involved in many falls during his career.


In partnership with his wife Kelli, a former gymnast and qualified gymnastics coach, Danny will be launching a parallel training program to horse riders in the United States after their upcoming visit

to Australia to learn about the program firsthand, and share their knowledge and experience.


For Media Enquiries:

Contact Lindsay Nylund

1300 365 095

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