We Want Your Involvement!
Join the safety conversation. The Equestrian Medical Safety Association is not only seeking new members, but is also seeking help to provide a safety network throughout the country in every horse discipline. We want to spread and further develop the safety message, obtain donations and advance the EMSA message. EMSA seeks scientific and medical professionals who are willing to assist in research reviews and the information promoting safety with horses. We need active horse people who routinely use horse safety and accident prevention to spread your knowledge and information. Further we seek to engage EMS first responders and medical personnel who routinely service horse activities for insight and direction on safety planning and prevention.
Contribution of ideas, articles, videos, targeted local safety events, contests etc. are all welcome. Your imagination defines what is possible to promote the safety with horses message. EMSA is dedicated to the safety of persons in all equestrian activities. We are a 501c(3) tax exempt organization. Our mission is achieved through education, research and resource.
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Eldon grew up in Longmont, Colorado and attended the University of Northern Colorado. He spent his college summers in Yellowstone National Park as a Fire Guard, Smoke Jumper, Mule Packer and Back Country Horse Patrol Ranger. Eldon retired from the National Park Service in 1989 as Associate Regional Director if the Southwest Region after a 34 year career. He served in ten National Park areas. When he retired he found time to take up his love of horses and packing as he had when starting his Park Ranger career.
Eldon volunteers with the US Forest Service for trail maintenance and as a packer. He was instrumental in forming the Santa Fe Chapter of Backcountry Horseman of America. He continues to promote the “traditional and historic” use of stock on public lands. He has served on the Happy Trails Horse Coalition, Santa Fe County Open Lands and Trails Planning Board, Northern New Mexico Horseman’s Association, and the New Mexico Recreation Trails Program Advisory Board.
In 2000, as President of the Horseman’s Association, they took in 120 horses that were evacuated from the Las Alamos New Mexico fire. This event prompted Eldon to work with other County, State and equine groups to develop the Santa Fe County Equine Evacuation And Rescue Plan. He promotes early planning for handling horses in emergencies through clinics and as a consultant.
In 2008 the American Horse Council recognized Eldon with the Van Ness Award as Horseman of the Year. The award recognizes the recipient for their support and promotion of the horse and horse related activities through education and informational programs to benefit all equine interests and promote the welfare of the horse community.
United States Equestrian Team Para Challenge. The USET announced a memorial fundraising challenge to support American High Performance Para Equestrian Athletes in international competition. Jonathon Wentz, a rider born with cerebral palsy represented the US on the 2012 London Olympics.
While all international equestrian athletes face challenges and obstacles to safe competition, Para Athletes have additional challenges to their physical health and well-being. Travel and accessibility can be limited, care and management often requires additional skilled help. Nutrition, hydration and medication requirements are complicated by travel and access. The Jonathan Wentz Memorial Challenge for High Performance Para Dressage will require extraordinary commitment and the support of those in the equestrian community who love the sport and desire to see our athletes, both equine and human, compete and win at the highest levels of international competition.
RIDERS4HELMETS announces its international helmet awareness day in Lexington, KY on July 12, 2014. In addition to retailers and manufactures presence with products and fitting information there will be educational webinars. The topics covered in the steaming broadcasts include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)/Concussion, Psychology, Neurophysioligy, Survivor stories, Manufacturer and testing procedures as well as Leading Equestians. This seminar is an excellent source if helmet information for those who can participate in person or through the podcasts.