Safety for Horses and Riders in Eventing

  • 69 pages

  • Published: 4 May 2008

  • Author(s): O\'Brien, Denzil, Cripps, Raymond, Dr

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This project is the culmination of five years’ data collection from a national surveillance program to monitor injuries to riders and horses in the cross-country phase of the sport of eventing.

Eventing is conducted around Australia (except in the NT) at all levels, from very young riders competing at their local Pony Club, to the highest level, equivalent to competition at the Olympic Games or the World Championships (known as 4-star level).

The report is directed at the policy-makers in equestrian sport. Until this project began, the EFA collected no information on the sport of eventing. There was no central database of competitions, starters, results, falls or injuries. Our findings should provide a useful source of information when policy-makers look at future rule changes, as they will provide comprehensive data about risks of horse and rider falls, as well as correlations between jump types and the risk of falls.