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Charles Owen Partners with Millbrook Horse Trials to Promote Rider Safety

Wednesday 30th July 2014

Charles Owen has partnered with the Millbrook Horse Trials for the past several years offering division winners Charles Owen helmets and body protectors as prizes. However, the company is excited to announce the expansion of the partnership with the sponsorship of a new $5,000 award - the Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award.

This inagural award will be given to Olympic Dressage rider Courtney King Dye on behalf of Riders4Helmets.  After suffering a traumatic brain injury in 2010 after a fall while schooling a horse without a helmet, Courtney spentfour weeks in a coma and three months in an in-patient rehabilitation center re-learning how to walk and talk.  She became the catalyst for, and avid supporter of, Riders4Helmets. 

The 2014 Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award will be presented at the Millbrook Horse Trials Benefit Luncheon, to be held on Sunday August 3rd , during the Show Jumping phase of the Millbrook Horse Trials.  The theme of this year's luncheon is "Rider Safety" Grand Prix Dressage Rider Silva Martin, wife of eventer Boyd Martin - both members of the Charles Owen Team - will present the award to Courtney.

"Charles Owen is delighted for the opportunity to be granting a new annual award, Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award, to a member of the equestrian community," said Charles Owen Managing Director, Roy Burek. "Charles Owen's motto is 'For A Safer World' and the company is committed to fulfilling this statement through education and promotion of safe riding. Charles Owen hopes that this new award will encourage more riders to focus on being the best safety role models they can be for future generations. Congratulations to Courtney King Dye who is the 2014 recipient of the Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award - Courtney is donating her $5,000 cash prize to Riders4Helmets and we commend her for her generosity."

"The Millbrook Horse Trials is committed to being both an important sporting event, and to supporting the equestrian community at large." Says Louise Meryman, Chair of the Board of the Millbrook Horse Trials.  "We are thrilled that Charles Owen has generously agreed to underwrite this annual award to honor role models who are inspirations to all of us who love horses and equestrian sports.  The theme of this year's Benefit Luncheon is "rider safety", and we can't think of a better partner than Charles Owen and honoree than Courtney King Dye."

Tickets for the Benefit Luncheon are available at In addition to the Charles Owen Equestrian Role Model Award presentation, the luncheon offers preferred viewing of the Advanced show jumping, a course walk and expert commentary by Marcia Kulak, 4-bar competition hosted by PRO and an exclusive chance to purchase raffle tickets to win an all-inclusive trip to the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Purchasers of ringside seats and tables will also have the opportunity to join a Cross Country course walk on August 1st with Boyd Martin or Phillip Dutton.

About the Millbrook Horse Trials:

The Millbrook Horse Trials (MHT), a recognized United States Eventing Association (USEA) Event, is an important part of a long equestrian tradition in Dutchess County New York. Recognized among the region's most prestigious annual sporting events, it attracts Olympic-level, world-class competitors from the United States and abroad.  MHT provides all recognized levels of competition from USEA Beginner Novice to Advanced level.

The Millbrook Horse Trials' success in attracting over 4,500 competitors and spectators is a product of its reputation for presenting a well-organized competitive environment, with expertly designed fences and courses, in a beautifully maintained open landscape.

MHT draws enormous numbers of competitors and supports teams from all over the east coast. MHT Advanced competition attracts Olympic-level horses and riders and considerable press attention. Over 500 horses competed in 2013, our largest and most successful year yet. Advanced riders competed for prize dollars and a chance to impress the USEF Olympic Selection Committee.