Kentucky Horsewear was established back in August 2010, yet it is rapidly becoming the 'must have' brand, for protective horse boots across all disciplines. With a growing band of top international riders riding, training and competing in the boots, including international names such as Eiken Sato, Lars Nieberg, Harrie Smolders, Shane Breen and Hans Dieter Dreher for Showjumping, Michael Jung, Bettina Hoy, Kenki Sato, etc.. for Eventing and Dressuurstal van Baalen for Dressage the company already sells its collection of horse boots throughout the whole world.
The complete collection of horse boots consists of:
- Showjumping boots
- Dressage boots
- Eventing boots
- Overreach boots
- Therapeutic boots
The name is a licence of the famous German clothing brand Kentucky Reitmoden established in 1961. Both companies are run separately and only share the same brand name/logo and distribution network worldwide. The Kentucky Horsewear offices are based in Belgium, under young entrepreneur, Kentucky Horsewear owner and MD Thomas Tuytens' watchful eye.
An experienced horseman and event rider, Thomas Tuytens studied marketing in Breda in Holland, before moving to China at the age of 23 where he opened the Shanghai office of Concordia Textiles, his Belgium based family business specialized in manufacturing technical fabrics such as Cordura and Kevlar for Military, Medical and work wear applications. In 2007 he also opened the new production plant in Suzhou (China) for Concordia Textiles.
In 2009, frustrated by the lack of technical equine products available on the market, Thomas Tuytens decided to marry his passion for textiles and horses and sought to create technically advanced protective horse boots with a difference. Working with professional riders and industry experts, whilst having direct access to the best textile materials (fabrics) in the world, meant that Thomas had the knowledge and contacts to develop horse boots like nothing else ever seen before. In 2010 he bought the licence of Kentucky Horsewear in Germany and the worldwide exclusivity of three patented technologies: D3O, Solimbra and Recuptex.
With a company ethos firmly on "producing the best: as oppose to simply being 'the biggest', Thomas is adamant that this won't change, regardless of the anticipated company growth.
"My focus has always been to specialize in exceptional horse leg protection and to become in time, hopefully a benchmark to which other brands aspire to.
With a growing collection of protective and therapeutic horse boots and healthy sales growth worldwide, will the Kentucky Horsewear collection look to move into other areas in the future?
Never say never but Kentucky Horsewear really wants to focus and be the reference in horse leg protection worldwide.
Kentucky Horsewear recently launched a revolutionary show-jumping boot the Armadillo Aero tendon boots.
Inspired by Kentucky Horsewear's passion for contemporary art and designed in conjunction with leading international show-jumper Lars Nieberg and his groom Anna Sünkel, the boot marries together the latest in technical materials with the emphasis on protection, comfort and freedom of movement without compromising on style.
Hans-Dieter Dreher about the Kentucky Horsewear boots:
"I am very happy with the products that I use from Kentucky Horsewear as I feel that my horses feel very comfortable and safe with these boots. Thanks to the D3O shock absorption molecules in the boots they protect the horses legs much better than any other boots on the market. Sometimes with my top horse Embassasy I feel that he jumps so high with these boots just because he feels so comfortable and with a lot of freedom of movement. They stay well in place and don't move at all.
According to my groom they are easy to clean and to put on and off and after multiple uses they still look new. Another great product that I use it the Tendon Grip especially now because all the legs of the horses are clipped it's easy to get small cuts & wounds what results in swollen legs. After washing the legs we put these socks on in the stables and it avoids lots of problems."
Eiken Sato about the Kentucky Horsewear boots:
"Thank you for supporting me in 2012, and I hope that you will keep on supporting me in 2013. We are so happy that we can use all the Kentucky Horsewear products.
I was really successful this year, also thanks to the Kentucky Horsewear products my horses stayed sound and I had no injuries with none of my horses. The Tendon Grip is a simple product that became so important in the daily maintenance of my horses and today we couldn't think of not using it anymore."
Shane Breen about the Kentucky Horsewear boots:
"Kentucky Horsewear boots are the best on the market for their fit and comfort for the horses and for the protection that they give. They are also very hard wearing and stand up to the wear and tear of the sport. The magnetic stable boots are very effective before and after competition to help with circulation – they are especially good to revive tired legs. When I put the Kentucky boots on my horses I have the peace of mind that their legs are in safe hands – it is one less thing to worry about and allows me to get on with winning some classes!"
Harrie Smolders about the Kentucky Horsewear boots:
"I really like the boots. They are very safe and comfortable with a super absorbing. To use them is a good way to prevent injuries. It is the best boots I ever had."
Kentucky Horsewear offers all the grooms at Jumping Mechelen a FREE sample of the Tendon Grip to try at the Cavalor / Lieven Hendrickx Horse Supplements Ridersbar.
To know more about Kentucky Horsewear, please visit www.kentucky-horseshop.com.
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