Slowly, helmets are being used in dressage

Sept. 29, 2010

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  • Dressage competitors at the World Equestrian Games look pretty snappy in the top hats they usually wear. Unfortunately, they do not offer the protection that a helmet provides. According to the New York Times, the tradition of wearing top hats in dressage is changing. Helmets are required in the jumping sports, but not dressage. "The vast majority of dressage riders were not wearing helmets in the practice arena. Many of those riders come from Europe, which has dominated dressage for years and where top dressage riders typically do not wear helmets," reports the New York Times. But, Dr. Craig Ferrell, the United States equestrian team doctor, said, "If you’re on a horse long enough, usually you’re going to come off and I think there’s a chance of hitting your head when that happens ... You’re a lot safer wearing a helmet."

  • Horse and Hound has posted a photo slide show of all the jumps for cross-country competition at the World Equestrian Games. The competition has 28 fences. In these photos, some of the jumps that will have water around them, do not have the containments yet filled. Also, some of the decorative touches weren't complete, but many of the carved items were installed. The Herald-Leader reported on Isaac Bingham who created the carved elements.

  • Business Lexington profiles Alma Parrish, of Alma's Variety Shop, her 50-year-old business located on the corner of Elm Tree and Short streets. The store is full of merchandise, primarily fabric, "I try to buy anything that will sell. Silver, rugs, quilts, jewelry — and I can undersell the big businesses with better quality too," she said. "Grandmother, daughter and granddaughter all got the fabric for their wedding dresses here."

  • For those of you who love nothing more than those highway yard sales, Western Kentucky has its own version this weekend. The Highway 60 Yard sale, held Oct. 1, 2 and 3, extends through Livingston, Crittenden, Union, Henderson, Daviess, Hancock, Breckinridge, and Meade counties.  The Henderson Gleaner reports the area also hosts the GRADD Arts and Crafts Festival at Henderson's Audubon State Park.

  • The University of Kentucky research magazine Odyssey explains the six ways the university's Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) and the Kentucky Geological Survey suggest to get rid of carbon emissions from coal. The short version: 1) concentrate it, 2) Bury it, 3) Briquette it, 4) Liquefy it, 5) Cement it, 6) Convert it.