LandSafe Equestrian LandSafe Rider Fall Safety System is a training program designed to teach you the best ways to PREVENT a fall— and the BEST way to LAND should you fall! The life you save-- will be your own!
About Your Trainers, Keli and Danny Warrington… Keli Warrington was a very accomplished gymnast, who was nationally ranked for over 10 years, and recently received the U100 certification in gymnastics. Before shifting her focus to eventing, Keli graduated from West Chester University with a degree in business management. She has served as a rider and groom for top riders such as Jane Sleeper and Stuart Black, and she has ridden through the CCI* level. Keli has spent the last 10 years as owner/operator and business manager of Warrington Eventing. Keli’s passion for gymnastics and love for equestrian sports has made this an amazing opportunity to combine both skills and create a program that supersedes expectation. In her own riding career, she has on many occasions seen the benefits of body awareness through the use of basic gymnastics skills. Her ability to “stick the landing” has been admired by many a fellow rider!
Danny Warrington is a former leading steeplechase jockey turned international advanced three-day eventer. He has spent most of his life learning from the best. In his racing years, he spent time with hall of fame trainers Johnathan Sheppard and Mikey Smithwick as well as Janet Elliot. When it came to eventing the same approach was taken, riding only with the best including Bruce Davidson, Karen O'Connor, Jimmy Wofford and Phillip Dutton. This gave him the comprehensive education becoming not a 'jockey' or an 'eventer' but a horseman. A deep passion for safety and personal responsibility has lead him to this point. Growing up with a fox hunting and racing back ground as well as an ex-marine father, he learned the hard way. Danny’s goal is to bring riders as much knowledge in self-preservation as possible in a safe and controlled environment. He has spent years watching, studying and developing an understanding of riders’ reactions, both instinctual and learned, this gives him the ability to teach what is missing between reaction and response.
How Do I Know If I Need To Take A LandSafe Course?
Every horse owner will greatly benefit from our LandSafe Rider Fall Safety System If you ride horses, either for pleasure, instruction or as part of your business— you already know that it is only a matter a time before an unseen event occurs and you take a spill from your horse. Anyone who has ever flown can tell you the stewardess teaches all passengers to know where the exits are, where the life jackets are, and not only where the oxygen mask will drop from, you even know to put yours on first then help others!!!
The Time To Prepare Is BEFORE An Accident!
Some people don’t want to talk about falling or even think about it, yet every time you sit down on an airplane they tell you what to do ‘IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY’. Now the odds of being in an airplane crash are 11 million to 1 — and according to the FEI 1 in 250 starters has a fall. Now, fair enough, that’s for eventing but in truth we hear more stories of falls at the amateur level and pleasure level, according to an article, in Practical Horseman Magazine, only 23% percent of mounted accidents happen while jumping and the walk is the gait where riders suffer the most injuries.
While Every Rider Falls At Some Point, Not Every Rider Understands What It Takes To Land Safe!
Before any gymnast steps onto the beam or tumbles on the floor they receive training in fall techniques so that they understand the proper placement of their body to prevent injuries. LandSafe leverages these same techniques and principles to teach riders specific fall and body placement techniques. This training helps riders to limit the chance of injury or death in a fall scenario.gc
Until now, a vital component has been absent that could make a difference in the outcome of a fall. That is rider education, regarding fall safety. LandSafe is a comprehensive training program that teaches riders not only a better way to navigate a fall, but also by using these skills in many cases may reduce chances of injury, but also may prevent a fall all together.
Is It True That I Can Learn These Skills, Comfortably and Safely In Just 2 Days?
Yes! Our 2 Day Clinics provides you with an opportunity to see for yourself the difference rider education can make to a fall scenario. The segment will feature the following activities:
Two hours of gymnastics skill building will start your day. Here you will learn the correct ways to shape, roll, position arms and wrists, balance, body awareness and the control needed to become competent in a dive roll. The next two hours will be spent transferring these skills to the simulator.
We will revisit the basic gymnastics skills learned on day 1, plus new exercises and look for ways for you to develop stronger skills while working at home. The time spent is dependent on progress of skills, hoping to be 1 to 1.5 hours. The second part of the day two session will be devoted to skills on the simulator, here we will also visit a variety of different types of fall scenarios- rear, off the horses shoulder and an emergency dismount. This program is designed to teach the basic skills to improve your body awareness and self-preservation.
* We vary the speed and height to suit each individual’s needs.
* Our goal is to build confidence and muscle memory.
Will I Be Using A Simulator To Learn These Techniques? Yes!
Our simulator is the product of our dream; A machine that can help riders understand “that moment” when gravity is no longer on your side and you must now deal with the ground. Our AMAZING simulator was produced by the industry leading expert in hydraulic and nematic life size robotic animals and features the following elements:
* 24 foot track to enable riders to approach a fall at variable speeds
* Multiple fall and speed options, including simulating rotational falls
* Fully padded air-equipped mats to ensure rider safety
* Highly manipulative system to easily duplicate falls and enable repeat attempts using similar fall scenarios
* Video recording of each fall, providing ability to capture progression as riders become more adept & experienced
Note: The customized simulator is the cornerstone of the program. This simulator recreates real-life fall scenarios at speeds to allow athletes to practice fall response techniques in a safe and repeatable environment.
What If I Want To Take More Advanced Courses. Are There Different Levels?
YES! There are different levels to the program to encourage participants to practice and stay current on their muscle memory. The first level is the introductory/fundamental level. This is what you described below(4 hours on day 1 and another 4 on day 2). The next level is the training level. Here participants will be able to practice a quicker reaction time practicing on thinner gym mats and then increased motion of the simulator. The advanced level is where we will have participants do a full dress rehearsal. This means that you will wear your helmet, body vest/air vest, have a polo mallet or have whatever applies to your discipline.
Special Note: You do not have to move through the levels…some participants are happy to repeat the fundamental/introductory course to improve their muscle memory.
But I Wear A Helmet, Isn’t That Enough?
Though wearing a helmet is not only mandatory in all English equestrian sports it is a great idea to always wear a helmet no matter the discipline. The way we teach riders to protect their head and neck only adds to the vital protection a helmet provides. The saddest thing is that a helmet sometimes just isn’t enough. (every English rider that was injured during a competition at a USEF/USEA competition had on a helmet) We need to react and help decelerate the impact, chin to chest position as well as rolling to disperse the energy.
Well, I Have An AirVest, Isn’t That All I Need?
Much like a helmet, the body vest and air vest are a great addition to equestrian safety. The new technology has made the sport much safer and falls much softer! Yet again these are things that help and every thing we do to help ourselves be safe is a check in the win column. At LandSafe we teach body awareness and shaping, reaction time and exit strategy adding another check in the safety column.
Do I Have To Be Good At Gymnastics To Take This Course?
No. While athleticism is a plus in any sport, you don’t have to be a ninja or a judo master to learn to roll! We make learning fun, safe and even comfortable! In LandSafe’s first year we have been surprised at people’s ability to become effective rollers and build self-awareness— most of whom had never practiced rolling before. No matter what your athletic level, you will leave a better athlete as well as having a solid foundation on how to fall from your horse, or, better yet, learn control methods that can help prevent a fall— and this information can make all the difference in your riding future!
What Kind Of Riding Discipline Does Best With This Course?
ALL DISCIPLINES! Whether you are riding a hunter/ jumper, eventing horse, barrel racer, trail horse or western pleasure— learning to reduce your rider risk is critical to all riders! The LandSafe System has trained all kinds of riders from 4-star eventers and hunter/jumper riders to western pleasure and trail riders, ranging in age from 7-70 years of age. Every rider has fun, but every rider learns what it takes to reduce their rider risk as much as possible. While everyone leaves at a level that suits their capability, everyone also leaves this clinic with a greater understanding of their ability and responsibility to react in a fall!
So How Can I Host A LandSafe Clinic In My Area Or For My Students?
Hosting A LandSafe Clinic is relatively easy. Mostly all you need is a covered arena, 50-amp power hook up and 20 participants. We make it easy at LandSafeEquestrian.com
Once you decide you would like to be a host we send you an informational email with all the details and costs of the program. The average cost is only $350 dollars per rider for two-day clinic. The clinic runs 4 hours both days with two groups of ten, totals about 8 hours of training per person.
What Do Participants Say About Their LandSafe Course Experience?
It has been a little over 6 months since I participated in the Landsafe class, which was fantastic. I wanted to let you know I applied what I learned at the Galway clinic. My horse caught his leg in an oxer (he is OK) but had a hard crash. When I felt myself falling off his right shoulder I pushed off, turned and tumbled away from him as instructed in your class. Although he was somewhat injured, I came out OK. He is doing great and has learned to pick up his feet. Thanks for your class. It helped me to get out of a scary situation. Everyone should take this class. Dianne
As it was happening, all I could think of was Danny from the LandSafe Clinic saying "When horses are coming over the top of you, make yourself as small as possible". That advice probably saved my life! Laura Szeremi-- upper level amateur
I got bucked off today and have to say you guys (Landsafe) have flashed into my head a few times since my course in July. Fortunately this is the first time I went all the way to the ground. Fortunately, I remember that you said "THERE IS ENOUGH TIME" (to make a safe landing!) Amy Goodnow- amateur eventer
Don’t You, Your Students, Your Equestrian Friends, Your Trail Riding Clubs, Deserve To LandSafe?
We think they do! If you are an instructor, you need to schedule us to come to help you and your students. If you are a pleasure rider, gather your friends together at the barn and have us come out. The life you save— could be your own. You’ll have so much fun, but, the skills you learn, will last a lifetime. We hope you never fall— but we are here to help save you— if you do. Call us today— and let LandSafe help reduce your rider risks for all your riding “tomorrows”…
Contact: Keli or Danny Warrington
P.O. Box 389
North East, Maryland 21901 Phone: 484-459-4974 Email: Website: Click Here To Connect
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