From humble beginnings, the company has evolved into a trusted household brand.
Malcolm Ainge, founder of Shires Equestrian, started the company in 1968 with only a small loan of stock to sell at cattle markets and racecourse auctions.
Now the company has approximately 1,800 stockists worldwide and recently won BETA’s award for Trade Supplier of the Year for the second year in a row.
Shires are now a truly international company. With headquarters based in Herefordshire, an office and distribution warehouse in North America, and a distribution base in Ireland, they are able to better serve their global customers. Despite their growth, Shires remain a family business.
The company is incredibly proud of its Royal Warrant, granted by HM The Queen in 2009 after supplying the Royal Stables for five years. Shires’ dedication to sustainability and ethical best practice helps them meet the standards required to maintain the warrant.
The company supports the World Wildlife Fund as a member of the Leather Buyers Platform. The project aims to increase awareness about the impact of the leather industry on the River Ganges and improve sustainability.
Shires also supports the equestrian sport through their sponsored rider programme.
50 years is only the beginning for Shires Equestrian. The company is dedicated to being trusted by riders for years to come and we would like to wish them all a very happy birthday!
Visit the Shires website here
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