Spartan Equestrian Products is a family business run by brother and sister Grant and Allison and Mum Iris.
From an early age both children took riding lessons, at the ages of 7 and 10 got their first ponies and have been hooked on horses ever since !
With a fashion designing mother and a tailoring father making fabulous clothing for them and their ponies to wear it was inevitable that when the children left school their parents manufacturing business would change from children’s wear into equestrian ! ….Spartan Equestrian Products started supplying equestrian retailers in 1983.
Now Allison and Grant split their time between travelling the country visiting their customers and sourcing new products for the season ahead. Iris is kept very busy in her “retirement” overseeing the factory, ordering fabrics and materials and designing new lines.
Although they have had horses with them constantly (once they arrive, they stay! ) both Grant and Allison have been out of the saddle for quite a few years.
This has now changed with Grant having the very handsome ex Manchester Police horse Nemo as his mount, he is having great success in the ridden hunter classes. Sunday afternoon rides out are also popular with both Grant and Nemo and tend to always end at the local pub!
Allison decided that Brummell, her partbread Arab, who arrived with her as a 7 month foal (now 15) and has never been backed, was going to stay that way! Her new horse Adastra arrived with her last year and so after 20 years she is back up and riding again.... Brilliant!!!
With a total of 6 horses, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 6 sheep, hens, cockerals, ducks and a tank full of fish in the family. You can imagine that every days a busy one !!!!!