Taking protective horse boots into the 21st century!
We at Horze are delighted to announce that we are now offering a new brand on the Horze web shop! 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 Bettina Hoy, Eiken Sato, Lars Nieberg and UK event riders Francis Whittington and Laura Collette, the company already sells its collection throughout Europe, the USA and Australia and recently launched in Canada together with Greenhawk.
The Kentucky Horsewear offices are based in Belgium, under young entrepreneur, Kentucky Horsewear owner and MD, Thomas Tuytens. 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 specialised 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. Concordia Textiles group now has an 80€ million turnover.
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 wear 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 specialise in exceptional horse leg protection and to become in time, hopefully a benchmark to which other brands aspire to.”