Roy Burek of Charles Owen passed away on April 27, 2019 following a heart attack in his sleep. Through his work at Charles Owen, Burek made an immeasurable contribution to head injury research and helmet safety technology. He gave a presentation at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention on the different safety technology currently used in helmets as well as advancements in technology that are taking place.
This week’s USEA Podcast episode is all about the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. Founded in 2009 by the Professional Horseman’s Council and Charles Owen, the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award is presented to one junior and one adult amateur at the Training level who displays safe and effective cross-country riding technique.
The Charles Owen Technical Merit (COTM) Award aims to reward juniors and adult amateurs that demonstrate safe and appropriate cross-country riding technique and educate riders and trainers as to what constitutes safe cross-country riding.
Lifelong dreams were in work at Pine Top Advanced Horse Trials, February 22 – 25, the first event of 2018 to host the Charles Owen Technical Merit Award. With over fifty Training level rides, Chantil Ruud and Madison Chisholm both rose to the occasion to earn this award for demonstrating safe and appropriate riding on cross-country.
Texas Rose Horse Park in Tyler, Texas hosted the final leg of the 2017 Charles Owen Technical Merit Series at their Fall Horse Trials, November 11-12, 2017. A total of 55 riders competed at the Training level at Texas Rose, but it was Katherine Hindy and Nick Staples who ultimately walked away with the final Adult Amateur and Junior Charles Owen Technical Merit Awards of the year.