Equestrian Medical Safety Association

Drusilla Malavase

A longtime volunteer for the US Pony Clubs, she was a Vice President there as well as chair of 6 different national level committees, including Instruction Council, Horse Management, Instructors Clinics, Curriculum-Standards, Games, and Safety. She was a contributing editor of their three original Manuals of Horsemanship. She also was organizer for several national and international games competitions. Because she was an Instructor Trainer in First Aid and CPR for the American Red Cross and an EMS examiner when her state changed to that system she acted as safety officer for regional and national competitions.


Dru was a licensed Technical Delegate for the then American Horse Shows Association in Dressage and Combined Training, a member of their Show Standards Committee, and is a current member of the USEF Safety Committee. She has been either Co-Organizer or Dressage Coordinator for Stuart Horse Trials since its founding 25 years ago.


She has trained and conditioned horses for Dressage, Eventing, Foxhunting, Gymkhana, Driving, Polo, Show Jumping, Tetrathalon, Competitive Trail and Endurance. She has taught, coached, or judged or officiated in all of these sports over the years. As Safety Chairman and Regional Vice President of the New York State Horse Council she has worked on helmet legislation for her state, as well as developing safety guidelines for organizers of their competitive events. She is a member of the state’s Horse Education Committee based at Cornell University, and judges and teaches for 4H programs throughout the state.


She has authored many articles for EMSA on a variety of safety and equipment issues, and her “Horses in Disaster” booklet has been widely distributed in other states. She has consulted on over 400 legal cases dealing with horse/human related injuries. After 30 years of working for New York’s STOP-DWI initiative at county, regional and state levels, she plans retirement in early 2014 at age 77, which should leave more time for horse and terrier-related activities.