Our story

About Charles Owen

For a Safer World

With many companies finding it increasingly difficult to manufacture in Great Britain, Charles Owen has bucked the trend and continued to produce their helmets from start to finish in its Wrexham, Wales factory.

The company is thriving and continues to grow globally, as the already internationally recognised brand exports nearly 70% of its British made products worldwide.

Safety Standards

All riding helmet manufacturers have to produce helmets to meet one of three international safety standards or marks – the PAS015:2011, the VG1 01.040 2014-12 and ASTM F1163-15. Some may even produce helmets to meet all of them as we do at Charles Owen.

We feel strongly that a helmet which meets multiple standards has been proven to provide the most comprehensive protection and cover a wider range of the potential accident scenarios a rider might experience.

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Three Generations of Making Helmets for a Safer World

World famous for raising the bar in safety, Charles Owen is a leading British manufacturer of riding helmets. When Charles Owen himself founded the company in 1911, his mission was to make products for a safer world.

Now under the direction of Charles Owen’s grandson, Roy Burek, the mission has remained the same, but has extended its reach to all parts of the globe and into a variety of equestrian disciplines.

The Factory

All Charles Owen products are manufactured at their award winning, state-of-the-art UK factory. The 80,000 square foot premises is situated on Croesfoel Industrial Park in Wrexham, Wales. The local Civic Trust identified the factory as a major contributor to the local community, which is a rare event, as it was the only commercial building to be chosen in over a decade.

Inside the huge space, workers are organised into small teams that create the products from start to finish. Quality is paramount, as any small error could cause a life threatening defect. Getting it right the first time, every time is the mantra of the production team.

Keeping it in the Family

It doesn’t take much imagination to see why Charles Owen became close to the other brands; they share so much in their commitment to deliver brilliance and performance. Realizing the passion that is infused into each and every product is not easy. “It became so obvious that there was a need to create a distribution structure that mirrored the passion encapsulated in this group of equestrian products. We needed to educate that second best is not an option and that the products needed to be widely available and supported by the best possible customer service,” states Roy Burek.

In today’s world of cuts and efficiencies, it is truly inspirational to think that islands of brilliance still exist. By experiencing these products, you too will engage in a partnership that will encourage you to new heights of excellence from three of the finest European manufacturers today.

 

Videos

Equestrian safety products can only protect riders if they work in real life situations. All Charles Owen helmets are tested and worn by top riders to ensure the products suit the job of riding horses.

To see how our products work in everyday riding as well as competition, please click below to visit our video site.

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