We want to maximize the potential of the horse and rider through a better fit.

— John Burgun

About John Burgun the Founder of Roo-Hide:

I grew up on two different sheep and cattle stations in central New South Wales, Australia, with two younger sisters and a little brother. The stations were mostly pastoral country with some mixed farming managed by my parents Brian and Judith Burgun. All of the ranch work at the station was done on horseback or horse and buggy so I got to handle plenty of “bush” horses. Like most Aussies that are so far from town, you soon learn how to fix your own problems – whether horses, machinery, or tack. We called it “bush technology!”

Leatherwork always fascinated me. I remember times when all I wanted for Christmas was enough leather to build a bridle or repair a piece of tack. I left home at 12 to attend boarding school. My heart was always at the station and the way of life I grew up with. Even today my experiences at the stations are the core of who I am and how I live my life, I loved the “bush.”

I need to thank my parents for instilling in me the importance of family honesty, integrity, a solid work ethic and a belief in God. This is what I came to America with in December 1984.