When Doreen Govan opened Sportack in a simple port-a-cabin, everything was green, brown or beige. Body Protectors were unheard of and hat fittings just did not exist. Saddles too, were a hit or a miss and horses with a comfy fitting saddle were the lucky ones.
Feed was also very basic. She kept in stock pony cubes, bran, oats and hay and that just about covered what the average pony had to eat (a hot bran mash was a must after a hard day’s work!).
Today, some 40 years later, Sportack keep enormous stocks of everything – loads of different colours and fittings of every item. Rugs are another item which have greatly changed – no longer a blanket lined, canvas rug or jute rug. Sportack stock an extensive selection of Tog value linings, different deniers for the outer covering and colours galore.
Hard Hats must now be up to the British Standard BS EN 1384 or PAS 015, whether they are velvet hats, skull caps or light-weight helmets. A good fit is essential and any hat can be checked at the shop free of charge. Body Protectors; a fairly recent ‘must have’ piece of equipment. Sportack stock a large range of body protectors, all BETA Level 3 and will be properly fitted to ensure maximum protection.
Saddles are the most expensive piece of equipment you will buy and again the fit is of paramount importance. Sportack stock a range of saddles to meet most requirements and Budget.
For over 20 years Doreen has been very lucky to have mainly trained in saddle fitting with Frank Baines. He has given excellent training and now visits Sportack twice a year to deliver workshops and meet as many of his “saddle owners” as possible.
Another well known saddle fitter, Ken Lyndon-Dykes, has taught Doreen a great deal about side saddles as well as general fitting. Doreen can also offer advice on fitting “difficult” shaped horses and ponies after spending time with the Balance Saddle Co.
Sportack will gladly check any of your equipment that you are unsure about. Do not hesitate to call in. Checking does not cost anything!
For over 20 years Doreen has been very lucky to have mainly trained in saddle fitting with Frank Baines.
He has given excellent training and now visits Sportack twice a year to deliver workshops and meet as many of his “saddle owners” as possible.