Horse Society presents first ever BHS Safety Good Guy Awards
British Horse Society is pleased to announce the presentation of
its first ever BHS Safety Good Guy Awards, which took place at the
BHS Safety Symposium, held in Kenilworth, Warwickshire (4 October).
awards were presented to Roy Burek of Charles Owen, based at Johnstown
near Wrexham, and Helen Kerry, a BHS volunteer from Hesket Newmarket,
near Wigton in Cumbria, by BHS chairman Mrs Pat Campbell. BHS head
of safety, Sheila Hardy, said, "The BHS wanted to officially
recognise the outstanding personal achievements of Roy and Helen
in their voluntary work to improve rider safety and so created the
first ever BHS Safety Good Guy Awards. We were delighted to make
the presentations after our very successful symposium, attended
by some 40 delegates who heard excellent talks by a variety of speakers,
all leading professionals in their field of safety."
Burek has been a friend of the BHS for a number of years and has
been the instigator of numerous initiatives including the BHS accident
database, set up to investigate, record and classify equestrian
related accidents on the road. He was also an active member of the
former BHS Safety Advisory Committee, rarely missing a meeting and
always giving wise advice. His financial support through Charles
Owen has helped to sponsor the BHS 'Horse Sense for Riders' video
and support the publishing of the BHS Riding & Roadcraft Manual.
Kerry became a road safety campaigner in 1983 when her husband worked
for Surrey County Council and continued following her move to Cumbria
three years later. She has served as a BHS Riding & Road Safety
examiner for over 10 years and has posed as a model, with her horse
'Gentle Breeze', several times on BHS road safety literature. Early
this year Helen suffered a major heart attack and had to take prolonged
leave to recuperate. Her idea of recuperation involved undertaking
the arduous task of updating and rewriting, where necessary, the
11th edition of the BHS Riding & Roadcraft Manual.