PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 06, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- As an experienced horseback rider and trainer, Jonathan Soresi
makes safety a top priority for himself and others. Horses are large animals and it is important for riders to take the proper safety precautions when riding. A recent article
in The Livingston County News highlights changes to helmet laws that the New York State legislature has approved. These new laws will help to keep young riders even safer.
In 1999, New York State became one of the first states to implement helmet laws for children age 14 and under. They realized the growing need to keep these children safe when riding and that wearing a helmet was essential. Now they have expanded these laws to include all children up to age 18. Wearing a helmet is a requirement and may reduce the chances of sustaining serious injury. The New England Journal of Medicine reports "wearing helmets reduces head and brain injuries by 85 percent." The article notes that approximately 70,000 people a year are treated in the emergency room for equestrian-related injuries. This does not include those who seek treatment at their physician's office.
Everyone, regardless of age or experience, is at risk for injury. Wearing a helmet is one way to stay proactive and help to reduce the severity of head injuries. The Equestrian Medical Safety Association recommends wearing a properly fitted ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmet and ensuring that it is secured while riding.
Other New York State horse-related laws include which side of the road riders must ride on, how to safely enter and exit the roadway, and the times of day in which they are allowed to ride on the roads. They also specific that rides must have at least one hand on the reins at all times, restricting them from carrying packages or bundles that may prohibit this.
Under the new laws, if children under age 18 are caught not wearing a helmet, their parents are issued a fine. Instead of a maximum fine of $50, it has increased to $250. They may also face a summons. Facilities that provide training and riding equipment must now provide all riders under the age of 18 with a helmet at no additional cost. Previously this only applied to riders age 14 or younger. These new laws were implemented to help further prevent young riders from serious head injuries.
"All riders, regardless of their age or experience, should wear a helmet," says Jonathan Soresi. "It is necessary level of protection and can help to significantly reduce the chances of having a serious head injury. Stay safe is a top priority in riding and wearing a helmet is a simple way to remain proactive." Jonathan Soresi ensures that all of his riders wear helmets when riding and supports the expansion of New York laws to include children up to age 18.
is an experienced horseback rider and trainer. He has owned several A-show stables throughout his career. He currently owns American Stable in Boonton, NJ. He has trained people of all ages to ride horses and become more skilled riders and competitors. Soresi himself has ridden since he was six and worked with George H. Morris, one of the leading horse trainers in the world. Through his hard work, dedication, and talent, he has established himself as a highly skilled rider and trainer, training numerous celebrities. In addition his career in horseback riding, he has also spent time acting. He was in the film Batman, and attended acting school in London.