Do you know of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to equestrian safety in the last year? Or a rider who has been an exceptional role model for helmet wearing?

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Craig Ferrell MD equestrian safety awards — formerly known as the Riders4Helmets awards — which recognises individuals who have made a real difference in this field. Riders4Helmets is a US-based group, but the awards are global.

The public can nominate individuals in the following categories: somebody who has campaigned for any aspect of equestrian safety; a professional and an amateur rider who have been exceptional role models for helmet wearing; and an individual who has been an outstanding role model for equestrian safety.

Lyndsey White of Riders4Helmets told H&H: “I am hoping that some equestrians in the UK might want to nominate Charlotte Dujardin for wearing a helmet at London 2012.

The awards are named in honour of Craig Ferrell, former US equestrian team physician and chair of the FEI medical council, who died in a polo accident in May last year. Dr Ferrell was a recipient of a 2011 award for his tireless campaigning for rider safety.

The FEI has invited Riders4helmets to join forces with it to look at global safety initiatives in 2013.

To submit your nomination, email admin@riders4helmets.com with the name of the individual, their nationality and the reason for their nomination.

Nominations close on 26 January and the winners will be announced at the fourth Riders4helmets safety Symposium on 2 February.