50 years of Zilco....
The conception of Zilco harness came about from the idea of replacing leather with synthetic strapping. This was in Australia in the early 1960's. Zilco International has long since diversified into a widely based equestrian company, yet it has always remained true to its ideology and continues to innovate in the area of synthetic saddlery. The original plastic coated webbings have developed into more complex and sophisticated materials including mouldings and synthetic leathers. Zilco takes considerable pride in being a pioneer of modern technology for the benefit of horse and rider.
Design skills and workmanship are applied with care and commitment to the very highest of standards. The first Zilco driving harness dates from the mid 1970's and was produced in our Sydney (Australia) factory. Thus, we were one of the first, if not the first company to make this type of harness. Racing harness had already been made since 1963, so expertise was already well established when production of regular driving harness began. It was at this time that the first Zilco harness was sold in the UK. This makes Zilco driving harness a key brand for over 40 years in both countries. Since then, Zilco has continued to become the choice of serious competitors worldwide and is now a highly respected brand at the highest levels of competition in Australia, Europe and North America. Highlights of the development have included the transfer of the factory to New Zealand in1982, the development of bespoke manufacturing facilities in Asia around 2002and teaming up with the experienced harness designer Fiona Tedman in the UK.
We have also benefited greatly from advice from such highly respected and successful drivers as George Bowman Sr in the UK, with whom we are still associated. We now receive much advice and support from the Australian horseman Boyd Exell,who is headquartered in the UK and is a hugely successful 4-in-hand competitor and coach. In
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