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ICE card campaign for safe riding

Our local air ambulance services are urging horse riders everywhere to be safe on their horses after a spike in equestrian-related incidents this spring.

The air ambulances saw a rise in incidents related to the sport of over 60% during April, compared to last month, and is launching a campaign to encourage safe riding practices and minimise injuries related to horse riding. They will be giving away In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards to horse riders throughout spring to help promote safety while riding this eventing season.

ICE cards help paramedics and health workers in emergency situations by containing any medical information that might be important, as well as contact details to alert family that something has happened to a loved one.

The services attended 152 equestrian-related incidents last year, and they remain the most common sports-related missions they attend.

The charity’s ICE cards come attached to a leaflet that contains safety tips for riders everywhere, to try and prevent horse enthusiasts from getting hurt as they enjoy the warmer months and eventing season.

King West, the principal sponsor of Rockingham International Horse Trials, back the air ambulance ICE Cards, and said:

“Eventing season is gearing up, but it’s not just when you are eventing that you need to think about your safety. Even when hacking you mustn’t forget your body protector and riding hat! ICE cards are very important, should you need medical support ICE cards give important information about your health and identity.”

Philippa Gibbs, critical care paramedic and base manager for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA), as well as a keen equestrian rider, said: “As the spring weather warms up and people get into the eventing season, it is really important to remember to put on your safety gear before going out. ICE cards can really help alert medical staff to important information about your health, and also identify you that much faster. This can be important if an accident has happened in a remote location and there is limited information about your identity available.”

WNAA is the official charity partner of Rockingham Horse Trials and fundraisers at the event will have the ICE cards and their accompanying safety tips to give out to riding enthusiasts. Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance is the official charity partner of Chatsworth Horse Trials, and fundraisers there will also be giving out the ICE cards.

To get your ICE card, click here to go through to our web page and fill out the form to have one sent to you.

The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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