Julie Goodnight & Troxel Partner to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injury

SALIDA, Colorado, February 2, 2023Julie Goodnight’s very personal experience with traumatic brain injury drives her to bring awareness to prevention and safety, and she has again joined forces with Troxel Helmets to reduce head injury for riders.

“My 23-year-old son had a nearly fatal motorcycle accident, not wearing a helmet,” says Goodnight. “After weeks in the hospital and a marathon surgery to reconstruct his face, his long road to recovery began. More than 10 years later, we still deal with his brain injury every single day. Most, if not all of this, would have been prevented by a proper helmet.”

With Troxel, Goodnight endeavors to continue her mission to normalize the use of helmets in equestrian sports and model safe riding habits.

“I had the honor of working with Troxel’s founder, Dr. Richard Timms, an ER doctor who saw so many unnecessary head injuries, and shifted his focus to accident prevention,” says Goodnight. “I was with Dr. Timms at the first helmet safety summit about 20 years ago when Mips® technology was first introduced, and it was very intriguing to me.”

Cutting edge Mips® technology is an exciting new integration in Troxel’s Terrain helmet, changing the landscape of rider safety.

“We know from scientific research that the brain is particularly sensitive to rotation,” according to Troxel. “In the event of an impact, the helmet technology provided by a Mips® safety system is intended to help reduce the impact of rotational energy on the head by enabling a relative movement between the head and helmet.”

With this new partnership, riders can now use the code GNIGHT15 to receive a discount on all of Troxel’s helmets at

“I have two bike helmets, two ski helmets, and three riding helmets, which illustrates my priorities, but only my Troxel equestrian helmets have Mips® technology so far,” says Goodnight. “It’s awesome to be on the cutting edge of safety technology, and I hope this idea spreads fast!”

Learn more about Mips® technology and Troxel’s new Terrain helmet at


About Julie Goodnight

Goodnight is the popular host and producer of Horse Master, a successful how-to TV series on handling, riding, and training horses since 2008. Goodnight travels extensively sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship with riders of all disciplines. Goodnight is experienced with many kinds of riding—she grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida and is now at home in the West. She and her husband, Rich Moorhead, live in the mountains near Salida, Colorado, where they enjoy riding the trails and training cow-horses.

Explore Goodnight’s training library of articles, videos and more at





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Call for Speakers for the Certified Horsemanship Association’s 2023 International Conference to be held October 26 – 28 in Fort Collins, Colorado

(January 2023) – The Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) International Conference is scheduled for October 26th – 28th in Fort Collins, Colorado in conjunction with Colorado State University Equine Sciences Foothills Campus. This event is open to the public and participants get to ride in sessions on great school horses!

CHA is now accepting speaker applications for classroom style lectures, hands-on horse demos that take place in a round pen or small arena and riding sessions where participants ride on school horses provided by the conference site. Colorado State University’s Equine Sciences Program is providing quality jumping, horsemanship, trail, hunter, and western pleasure horses! Potential speakers are asked to submit the following information: the title and a brief overview of your presentation, type of session (classroom, round pen, arena), and a speaker bio. Deadline for submission is Friday, March 10, 2023. Please send speaker submissions and direct questions to Jacqueline Tiley,

Here is a list of all the speakers and their bios from last year so you can see the type of topics that our attendees are interested in, which include riding instructors, barn managers and owners, and general horse enthusiasts –  2022 Conference Speakers

For more information on the conference visit – 2023 International Conference

Hope you can join us this fall in Colorado!

CHA Equine Professionals Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies riding instructors and barn managers, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, has an educational horsemanship streaming video channel, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified equine professional or accredited equine facility near you, visit 


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