Welcome to Kate's Equestrian Supplies
Kate’s Equestrian Supplies was opened in October 2011 by Kate Lawrance. We pride ourselves on supplying good quality and affordable riding equipment throughout the United Kingdom. We have a showroom in Hinckley, Leicestershire which is open by appointment for riding hat and body protector fittings as well as the opportunity to purchase goods in person. As a BETA Retail Member, Kate has done the relevant training to fit and supply safety wear.
We are stockists of Shires Equestrian, Champion, Toggi, Helite, Airowear, USG, Crafty Ponies, Flex-On, Roeckl, Mark Todd, Gatehouse, Hy Equestrian, Charles Owen, Dare To Wear and Storm-Bloc. We stock a wide and expanding range of rider clothing and safety wear for adults and children including riding hats, body protectors, air vests, footwear, base layers and legwear.
We aim to dispatch items either on the day of purchase or the following working day. We like to look after our customers and are always on hand if there is a problem or if information on our products, or just general advice, is needed. Please feel welcome to contact us.
With over fifty years trading experience, Shires Equestrian is a household name and globally known in the world of horse riding. A family owned business since 1968, Shires specialise in apparel and equipment especially suited to the discerning equestrian of all levels. From small beginnings the company has grown to become one of the most popular brands in the equestrian world.
We have a great selection of jodhpurs, breeches and riding tights in many sizes and colours for men, women and children, suitable for everyday use and for smart competition wear. These include the Saddlehugger, Wessex and Aubrion ranges. We also stock the very popular Aubrion and Team Shires base layers which are available in a variety of colours and designs and can be matched with co-ordinating riding hat covers and socks if you like the matchy matchy look.
We also stock Shires Equestrian’s Moretta brand of footwear. This range includes long riding boots, yard boots and jodhpur boots which can be worn with half chaps or leather gaiters. They are available in leather and faux leather which makes them suitable for all budgets. Moretta riding boots offer exceptional support and comfort to riders of all levels and enable them to look effortlessly stylish in the show ring or when training.
Shires Equestrian also manufacture the range of Karben riding hats. The Karben Junior Skull Cap is the perfect entry level riding hat. It comes in a full range of sizes from 53cm to 62cm and can be worn for all riding and pony club activities. It can be accessorised with a smart black or navy riding hat cover, or you can go a bit wild with funky colours and patterns! There is also a range of Karben Dial-Adjustable Riding Hats. These give a bespoke fit using the micro-adjustment dial system. Styles include the Karben Imelda, Karben Sienna, Karben Stella, and the most glamorous of them all the Karben Valentina which is crowned with eye catching crystals framed with high shine accents. All Karben Riding Hats are manufactured to the current safety standards.
To keep your equipment tidy we stock Shires Aubrion and Shires Team luggage which includes Hat Bags, Grooming Kit Bags, Single Bridle Bags, Saddle Carrying Bags, Long Boot Bags, Jodhpur Boot Bags and the very popular Riding Boot/Hat/Whip bags which store all of your essential riding equipment in one bag.
All top riders know the importance of safety and with many of the best riders in the world putting their trust in Champion, you know you can too. Ruby and Katie Walsh, Pippa Funnell MBE, Piggy March, Kitty King and Sophie Wells MBE, to name but a few, all ride in Champion products because they know that Champion products offer supreme levels of protection, while allowing them to focus on the job of riding their horses.
Champion has a tremendous safety heritage and the brand has been a driving force in the design and development of protective riding hats for over 40 years. Over this time, design and production technology has been refined, enhanced and perfected to ensure Champion products are based upon the most up-to-date, scientific safety research.
Champion helped to develop British Standard PAS015 and was the first to manufacture riding hats to that standard over 20 years ago. PAS015 is more stringent than other standards.
Some things haven’t changed though. Champion products have always stood up to the most rigorous testing standards and Champion’s hats have always carried the British Standards Institute (BSI) Kitemark – right from when the brand was first launched over 40 years ago.
The Kitemark stands for continual batch testing and factory inspections and guarantees that every Champion hat will comfortably outperform the four main areas of testing: penetration, shock absorption, harness strength and stability. On average, every single working day of the year, a Champion hat is independently tested by the British Standards Institute to ensure it exceeds the PAS015 standard.
...Giving you complete confidence in the fact that all Champion products are built to perfection, tested to destruction...
Champion have recently launched MIPS riding helmets. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System" and the MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) can be found inside the helmet as an additional layer between the EPS liner and the inner fit system where it exists. The low friction layer, which allows a sliding movement of 10-15mm in all directions acts like a second scalp. The BPS can reduce the rotational motion in certain impacts which may reduce the risk of brain trauma.
We stock a good range of Champion riding hats suitable for adults and children. These include jockey helmets and peaked riding hats. We also stock the Champion Flex-Air and Champion Ti22 Body Protectors which meet the BETA Level 3 2018 Safety Standard, so we have something suitable for all disciplines, whether you ride at the local riding school, take part in Pony Club activities, or compete at top level.
Toggi is a leading British equestrian and country heritage brand, founded in 1990, by a team of like-minded equestrian enthusiasts. The brand answers the modern-day rider’s need for technical design, ultimate comfort and impeccable performance. The range offers clothing and footwear for women, men and children. Beautiful clothes you will want to wear both in and out of the saddle.
Here at Kate’s Equestrian Supplies we stock a great selection of Toggi riding tights, breeches and base layers as well as cosy gilets and jackets. The fantastic quality leather riding boots can be teamed with Toggi socks which come in a wide range of fun and traditional designs.
Helite was founded in 2002 by Gáº»rard Thevenot, a French pioneer and entrepreneur in the light aircraft industry. His thirst for inventions and safety awareness pushed him into developing the airbag system for microlight users. He rapidly understood the need for this enhanced level of protection in other disciplines which led to the rapid expansion of Helite airbag technology into horse riding, motorcycling and other high risk activities.
Helite is passionate about preventing unnecessary serious injuries whenever possible. Their amazing "life-saving" testimonials encourage them to continue furthering their knowledge and expertise and improving the safety standards of this new and exciting technology.
We have a refined selection of horse riding vests to choose from. Each horse riding jacket incorporates an airbag that attaches to your saddle via a lanyard. In the event of an accident or fall, the lanyard will trigger the airbag, making sure you are as protected from injury as possible. The Zip’In 2 Airbag incorporates style and safety and it can be zipped into all compatible outers, such as the Airjump show jacket, making the air vest invisible until it needs to spring into action.
Crafty Ponies is a family run business based in Yorkshire, England. They design and produce the educational soft toy pony along with a whole host of accessories.
Crafty Ponies are made from plush faux fur fabric which make them irresistibly cuddly. Their manes and tails are made from cotton so they can be used to practice plaiting. The ponies are correctly proportioned so that the Crafty Ponies accessories, such as rugs, head collars, bridles and saddles, all fit in a similar way to how real tack fits real ponies.
Each Crafty Pony and accessory comes with an illustrated instruction booklet to teach children all about the item and how to use it. For instance, the booklet that comes with the Crafty Ponies Leatherette Bridle teaches the different parts of the bridle, how to take it apart and put it together again, and how to put it on and take it off the pony. These skills, learnt while playing, are easily transferrable to real life ponies and their tack and rugs.
Crafty Ponies soft toy ponies are currently available in eleven different colours, all of which are actual colours of horses. Palomino, Grey and Piebald to name a few. The range of rugs for Crafty Ponies is huge! There are turnout rugs, fleece rugs and snuggle rug sets to keep your Crafty Pony cosy. If your Crafty Pony is off to a show he could wear the Show Rug Travel Set, or if it’s an afternoon of hacking there is the Hi-Vis Set. Headcollars, leadropes and leg wraps are all available in colours to match the fleece rugs.
Riders and yard staff are a big part of the Crafty Ponies family. Pippa, Harry, Jamie and Alex all ride their Crafty Ponies. They have removable sweaters and chaps so that they can be dressed in other outfits including the show outfit, body protector and hat cover and waistcoat sets. Izzy Instructress, Verity Vet, Danny Dentist, Gary Groom and Frank Farrier make up the rest of the team.
The latest addition to the Crafty Ponies family is the Vinyl "Colour In" Pony which teaches children all about the pony’s skeleton, blood circulation system, nervous system, digestive system and muscles. The fully illustrated booklet teaches you how to draw these systems on the pony and then you can simply wipe it off and start again! It’s a great learning aid, helping children to understand the internal workings of a pony in a fun way.
World famous for raising the bar in safety, Charles Owen is a leading British manufacturer of riding helmets dating back over 110 years. When Charles Owen himself founded the company in 1911, his mission was to make products "for a safer world". The company has remained within the same family for four generations, today under the direction of founder Charles Owens’ great grandson.
Each Charles Owen helmet is handmade by highly skilled technicians using the highest quality materials at the award winning, state of the art factory in Wrexham, North Wales. There is a helmet for every horse rider, no matter the discipline or shape of your head. Ride with confidence knowing each Charles Owen riding hat is handmade in the UK and meets multiple safety standards.
Founded in 1985, Airowear is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of equestrian body protectors. Superior design and technology mean Airowear body protectors meet the latest safety standards whilst being comfortable for the horse rider. Airowear body protectors mould to the form of each rider, therefore more effectively protecting the vital organs and ribs in the event of a fall. Every Airowear body protector is certified for every safety standard, a notable first for the industry.
Charles Owen acquired Airowear in 2012.
Popular products from Airowear include the Outlyne body protector, which offers a gender specific size range to get the best fit and The Shadow, which is a back protector designed for riders not wearing a full body protector, but preferring to wear a lighter alternative which can be subtly worn under a show jacket.
Flex-On offers some of the very best stirrups on the market. They have been designed by experts whose work has been back up by scientific study. They really know what a rider requires in a stirrup to maximise the horse riding experience.
Flex-On stirrups effectively absorb vibration, reducing fatigue in the rider’s joints and wear and tear in the muscles. The off-centre slot in the stirrup frame and the inclined footbed make for a much better position in the saddle for the rider who then feels more stable and confident.
Flex-On Green Composite Stirrups are light in weight compared to traditional metal stirrups. They have a wide footbed with a grip plate which helps give the rider good stability and balance. They are beneficial in every discipline.
We also stock the Safe-On, safety stirrup version of Flex-On stirrups. In the event of a fall, the outside arm of the frame will snap away preventing the rider from being dragged. The Safe-On stirrup is quickly and easily returned to its original state, ready to use again. Safe-On safety stirrups are available in adult and junior sizes in a great variety of colours.
Roeckl has remained a family company for six generations. It was founded in Germany in 1839 by Jokob Roeckl. The designers at Roeckl firmly believe in functionality, fit and comfort. They understand that no other sport creates such a bond between two individuals – horse and rider. To nurture this incredible connection their riding gloves ensure precise and tactile handling of the reins, a safe grip and excellent comfort. Often imitated, but never equalled Roeckl riding gloves fit like a second skin.
Hy Equestrian is a long standing, trusted brand that has been producing leading products for both horse and rider since 1980. The brand keeps going from strength to strength, combining outstanding quality with excellent value.
Hy Equestrian offers a huge range of products including rider clothing and footwear, as well as brightly coloured boot bags and hat bags. One of the favourites is the Thelwell Collection, with children’s grooming kits and cute packs of socks available with fun Thelwell pony scenes.
USG – United Sport Products Germany
USG was founded in Birstein, Germany in 1998. They offer a wide range of functional and fashionable equestrian clothing and horse products. Top equestrian athletes entrust their safety to the USG body protectors, for example the Flexi Motion and the USG EquiAirbag models, which are just two of the top quality products from the extensive safety range. The USG Eco-Flexi Panel body protector and the Flexi-Panel body protectors come in children’s sizes and are very popular due to their comfort, flexibility and affordable price.