Roy-Burek-1-smallIt was with great sadness to hear of the passing of Roy Burek.


A kind generous soul who always had time for everyone. Roy's passion was safety and he dedicated his life to his family's company Charles Owen Ltd and the production and development of the rider's hat in order to save lives.


He touched the lives of so many riders in various Equine disciplines but my involvement with Roy started back in 1999 at Sansaw Park when Charles Owen sponsored the FEI Pony sections. When we moved to Brand Hall 10 years later Roy and the Charles Owen sponsorship came with us.


These events have been used for the selection for our European Eventing Pony Teams. Looking back at my records I believe that Roy along with Charles Owen's support gave the Great Britain Pony Event Team a purpose to date they have won 6 Team Gold, 7 Team Silver, and 3 Team Bronze medals. We also had 4 individual Gold, 8 individual Silver and 2 Individual Bronze medals. Ponies became house hold names and future stars were born.


Roy's passion and dedication was instrumental in this success. He will be sorely missed and our love goes out to all of his family at this very sad time.


Janet Plant and the Team
Brand Hall International Horse Trials

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