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 that will benefit generations of riders to come.
In his presentation at the 2018 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention, Burek discussed the different safety technology currently used in helmets as well as advancements in technology that are taking place. He began with a review of existing technology and the different part of the helmet, including how each part contributes to the safety of the rider. He discussed the importance of correct fit, described the testing process, and examined a number of different studies on the different factors that affect how the body responds to a brain injury. He reviewed how different angles of impact and different surfaces contribute to the effectiveness of the helmet in a fall and closed the session with an examination of new advancements in helmet technology before taking questions from the audience.
Cynthia Burek – Roy’s sister and a Professor at the University of Chester – is working to establish a trust to fund research on head injury and to continue her brother’s legacy and their grandfather’s mission of Charles Owen being ‘For a Safer World.’ Click here to make a donation. A celebration of Roy Burek's life will take place later this week at St. Giles' Parish Church in Wrexham, Wales.
The USEA Annual Meeting & Convention takes place each December and brings together a large group of dedicated USEA members and supporters to discuss, learn, and enjoy being surrounded by other eventing enthusiasts. The USEA organizes multiple seminars in addition to committee meetings, open forums, and tons of fun! The 2019 USEA Annual Meeting & Convention is taking place at the Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts, December 12-15, 2019. Click here to learn more about the USEA Annual Meeting & Convention.
Any riding exercise is about the art of the possible. This is especially true with jumping exercises, when a step too far will compromise safety. Exercises and a method should be developed progressively that build confidence and competence for both horse and rider, and in particular also allows room for error.
In the show jumping phase, where a ribbon can be won or lost based on a fraction of a second, it is important to understand the rules that determine how time is kept. After reviewing the rules concerning time and other show jumping penalties, one should also examine the rules that outline the faults incurred for each of the different types of penalties.
Sue Ockendon, organizer of the MARS Bromont CCI Three-Day Event and the FEI Eventing Nations Cup announced today that the event has decided to consider dates further along the calendar. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for Bromont to confirm that it would be possible for competitors to travel on August 15-18.
There were 14 USEA recognized events that took place in June, the first month back from the suspension of the eventing calendar due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While no one finished with a score in the teens, Erin Walker and Zydeco Nights came very close. By finishing on a score of 20.0, Walker and Zydeco Nights won the Novice Rider division at the Chattahoochee Hills H.T. on Sunday, June 28.