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Jin Stirrups and Helmets- forging the way in Equestrian design and technology.

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Jin Stirrups and Helmets- forging the way in Equestrian design and technology.

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If you were to compare the Equestrian brand Jin Stirrup to a car, it would definitely be a Ferrari. Just as the car is synonymous with performance, design, innovation and quality so is Jin Stirrups.

In an age where helmets and stirrups have become a fashion and status symbol, it is often at the expense of their true purpose- to protect and support rider performance. Jin Stirrup who now produce helmets as well as a range of stirrups, have ticked all the boxes and offer the ultimate in rider protection and support.

The man behind it all is Italian Filippo Pozza and their headquarters are in Venice, Italy. Unlike so many products on the market, everything in manufactured in one country- Italy. Whilst this is less cost effective for the brand than outsourcing, it insures the highest level of quality control that is a core value for Jin Stirrups.

The engineers behind Jin Stirrup are part of the Wild Group, whose background is in precision mechanics. An industry that requires maximum accuracy throughout all levels of production, right from the selection of materials down to the final quality check. Their experience includes making components for the aeronautical industry as well as motorbike components and performance and safety equipment for competitive karting and biking.

In 2004, Jin Stirrups launched the first “closed design” stirrup, using just one piece of aluminium to avoid any weak spots created by joints of fixings. Since then other brands have followed suit. Jin select only the best aluminium and are also innovative in the way they cut the metal to offer the maximum level of strength and resistance to trauma.

The stirrup has a removable footplate which offers one of the best grips on the market. The  plate releases in the event of a problem for rider safety and a special coating which safeguards against weathering and wear and tear.

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In 2017, Jin Stirrups brought out the Dynamik stirrup. An ergonomic design which helps accommodate the balance of the rider and a secure the lower leg. It works to distribute the weight of both left and right legs evenly.

Jin Stirrups have now developed an elegant range of safety helmets which come in two styles and a number of colours. Not only do they offer the FEI certification approval ASTM- PAS015 2011 and KITEMARK 2015 but the ventilation system makes them extremely comfortable even in hot and humid conditions. There is also a removable and washable inner pad.

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We have several of our advocates using Jin products and have had overwhelmingly positive feedback. Here are just a few:

“This helmet was definitely a contributing factor to my Bronze Medal win at the 13th China National Games in 2017!

The Jin Stirrup helmet combines elegance and safety in a greatly innovative and fashionable way. Not only is it sleek in design, it is also extremely comfortable to wear. The inner lining can be removed and washed with ease. The ventilations allow for comfortable use even in the hottest climates.”

Clarissa Lyra

“I’ve  been riding in Jin Stirrups which Horse Scout introduced me to and I love them. They are light and the grip is amazing. Even when it’s raining and muddy, they stick tight to your foot.”

Emily King, 4* event rider and British Team member

“I will never ride cross country in a different stirrup iron again”

CEO Horse Scout Lucienne Elms

 

written by Ellie Kelly

Emily King’s training trip to Marcus Ehning

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Emily King – My trip to Marcus Ehning

At just 21 Emily King has already made a strong impression on the Equestrian world. She entered her first BE event at the age of 12 and from the age of 15 was a regular member of British Junior and Young Rider Teams. Emily won individual silver at the Junior Europeans in 2012, the same year her mother won eventing team silver at the London Olympics and made her CCI4* debut in 2015, finishing fourth with Brookleigh, at the tender age of 19.

Horse Scout are lucky enough to have Emily on board as an advocate. Ellie Kelly caught up with the gutsy blonde, shortly after her return from time spent with German show jumping champion Marcus Ehning, who helped Germany win team gold at the Sydney Olympics and the World Equestrian Games in 2010. He has made it to the top of the FEI Longines World rankings and has partnered great horses such as For Pleasure, Plot Blue and Comme Il Faut.

“I’ve always admired Marcus as a rider and after I left school at 16 to focus on eventing, I have been away training at different yards every winter” explains Emily who has previously been to Pippa and William Funnell, German showjumper Marco Kutscher and Finnish eventer Piia Pantsu. She has spent two winters with Ben Maher and honed her flatwork skills with dressage riders Ferdi Eilberg and Kyra Kurkland.

Emily spent six weeks with Marcus, coming home just before Christmas. “I basically work as a groom and rider. I found my own accommodation and instead of payment, I received training” she explains. “It really was fantastic because I learn so much about their routine and management as well as the riding side.”

Emily took one horse with her, Quinlan Z, a six year old stallion who was purchased as a five year old last spring with the intention to event him but also use him as a breeding stallion.

“Marcus is such a great horseman. In the entire time I was there, I never once saw him get cross with a horse. He is always quiet and patient and it’s interesting as he is a very slight build and yet rides a real variety of horses, from big, powerful stallions to small, really blood types. When you ride his horses, they all go in the same way, because of the way they are produced by Marcus” Emily says.

“His training philosophy has a lot of emphasis on rhythm and he was encouraging me to keep the horse in a forward open rhythm, between fences and through turns. So the idea is that you take one less stride to every fence” she explains.

“What I also found interesting was that he likes to give the horse a lot of space in front of the fence, rather than ramming them into the bottom of the fence as you expect some show jumpers to do. This is to allow the horse the time and room to make a shape and teach good technique” says Emily. “It was amazing what a difference it made when I started to ride with this in mind. He is strict on rider position so I hope I have improved in this respect too.”

When it comes to management and the running of the yard, Emily says their attention to detail was on another level. “The grooms knew each horse inside out and whenever a horse came back from a show, it would be jogged up and undergo a flexion test. Every Monday, the vet would come and all 22 of Marcus’s top horses would be jogged up, flexed and seen on the lunge” she says. “His horses would be ridden for about 45 minutes or more as well as going on the walker and they always went out in the field each day.”

The 2018 event season is nearly upon us and Emily is excited to put all her winter training to practice. “This year is looking good so far. I have some lovely horses to ride and some exciting young ones. Then there is Dargun, who did his first CCI 3* last year and will be aimed at some ERM classes and maybe a CCI4* in the autumn. He has so much ability but is still young so I plan to take it slowly” she says.

Emily has been working with Horse Scout since Spring 2017 and has already reaped the benefits of all it has to offer. “We’ve used Horse Scout for selling horses and I have also been to see horses to buy. There is always a huge selection and you can target exactly what you are looking for. And I love following their social media.”

“I’ve also been riding in Jin Stirrups which Horse Scout introduced me to and I love” she says. “They are light and the grip is amazing. Even when it’s raining and muddy, they stick tight to your foot.”

Emily’s top tip

“Leave no stone unturned. Plan for every eventuality and be ready for anything that might be thrown at you at a show. That really gives me confidence.”

 

Written by Ellie Kelly
Photo credits Hannah Freeland Photography

Funnell Vision,

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Press by Ellie Kelly Media, Horse Scout Team

The London International Horse Show at Olympia has been happy hunting ground for our ambassador William Funnell, for a number of decades. This year William brings two “Billy” horses Billy McCain and Billy Angelo to the line-up. Both horses have been bred by the world famous Billy Stud, a joint venture between William and Donal Barnwell.

Billy McCain is a flashy grey nine year old gelding owned by Denise Stamp and has been causing a stir on the international circuit. He is by Cevin Z, a former Grand Prix jumper who William competed. The dam sire is an Irish Sport horse by Cruising out of a Sky Boy Mare. This season he has stepped up to CSI 5* competitions, including competing in the FEI World Cup in Oslo in October.

Billy Angelo is an old timer on the showjumping. The 14 year old chestnut gelding is by Tangelo Van De Zuuthoeve out of a Kroongraaf mare has been competing in the Global Champions Tour as well as having 10 FEI wins under his belt.

Horse Scout has supported both William and the Billy Stud in a number of ways in 2017. We have been promoting the Billy Stud bloodlines via our Global Equestrian Platform including providing media coverage of the Billy Stud auction.

Our employment services provided the Funnell team with a key work rider Jay Hijazi who has been with them over 12 months. Jay told us: “Working at the Billy Stud has been an amazing experience. Just incredible”.

Through our product placement, we also secured JinStirrup Dynamik irons for William Funnell. A cutting edge stirrup with a new product line appearing in 2018.