My name is Jenny Gregg, the founder of Crafted Equestrian and I am a competitive horsewoman of over 10 years. I am a recent graduate from Ulster University with a First Class Honors degree in Product Design. From a young age I have always loved making and fixing things and have always looked for subjects that allowed me to do this, while at school doing Art and Technology Design then combing these for university.
It was while studying at university I was able to combine my love of horses and their welfare with design. Undertaking a creative entrepreneurship module, we were given the opportunity to start a theoretical business from a product we would design. The product I choose to design, I previously created for my own pony and this module gave me the opportunity to explore its commercial potential.
This is where my business journey began and Crafted Equestrian started. The first product Crafted Equestrian will launch will be our pressure relieving girth. Our patented solution has been designed to prevent a common injury called girth galls from occurring behind the horse’s front legs. Our girth can be customised to suit any horse or pony individually, relieving pressure in the most sensitive areas but yet allows for the girth to be fully tightened and helps improve horse comfort, performance and welfare.
Over the past 2 years while finishing my degree I have been developing Crafted Equestrian’s pressure relieving girth. This involved gaining fantastic support and funding from Ulster University to file my UK patent, branding help and the opportunity to compete at an International pitch off in America and which resulted in wining funding. I also have been part of the Ulster Bank Accelerator programme which has taught me many skills around pitching, running a successful business and amazing mentorship. During this time, I also took part in Invent 2018 winning the Agri-science and Student categories and most recently received the Grant Thornton Award at the Student Entrepreneurship Awards ran by Enterprise Ireland.
I have also continued to compete at a national and international level and most recently was on the Northern Ireland European Mounted Games team this summer. This put our product to the test and produced great results.