Longevity, good looks, safety & flexibility remain hallmarks as stable outfitter enjoys its third decade.
Classic Equine Equipment is in its third decade of serving horse owners. Its range of products has grown considerably in that time and aspects of its construction methods have changed, but its modus operandi has not. “We were founded in 1991 on a love for horses and a commitment to their ultimate care and safety,” says president John Daniel. “Our mission remains the same: to provide quality stall systems, barn components, exercisers and accessories to met the needs of discriminating horse owners.”
Sales manager Greg Nielsen has seen Classic evolve first hand over the last 15 years. Having started as a welder in the shop, he credits the company’s great reputation and steady growth to its ability to meet customers’ individual needs. That’s in a wide range of applications and budgets. “We have really made leaps and bounds toward customizing our products to fit the needs of our customers and to do so without compromising integrity.”
Classic’s experience saves customers time, money and frustration. “Having done this for over 25 years now, we know what works and what doesn’t,” Greg says. At the same time, the Missouri-based company prides itself on listening to their customers’ input. “We are seeing a lot more custom barns, often with the involvement of custom home builders who are helping their home owners build barns. We are able to accommodate the requests that come from that. Whatever it is, we always try to figure out a way to make it work.” In that regard, Classic Equine considers itself a “solution provider,” Greg explains.
Classic is perhaps best known for its stall packages. Six complete stall lines offer something for literally any barn builder or remodeler—big, small or in between.
The beautiful European Series, for example, is a familiar sight in many top sporthorse stables. Suitable for barns with clear span or post frame construction, the European line features full-framed design, high quality pre-galvanized steel as the standard, and engineering that is designed for flexibility, safety and functionality. As with all of Classic’s offerings, longevity is a star feature. Pre-treatment and powder coating follow industry best protocol for long lasting function and good looks. Numerous options exist for stall fronts, partitions, wood fill and mounting, which is true of all of Classic’s stall lines.
The Kimberwick and Integrity series are especially popular with West Coast customers, Greg notes. Both are suited for post and beam barn construction and offer numerous choices for stall configuration, placement and door choices.
Along with stalls, Classic Equine offers barn doors, windows, gates, flooring and mats, horse exercisers and an extensive array of barn accessories. The latter category includes savvy systems for storing tack, supplements and feed, wash racks designed for maximum efficiency and fans to keep stables cool and well ventilated.
Classic Equine’s experience and extensive product range enables it to work with projects of all sizes. Small private stables to large public boarding stables, show venues and veterinary facilities are all within its scope and expertise.
The one thing Classic Equine Equipment doesn’t do is actually build the barns themselves, but the company is at its best when working closely with the architects and builders involved. The best outcomes begin with Classic Equine’s team participating from the outset. The Internet enables customers to do advance research and the best-educated customers come to Classic Equine early in their construction process, especially when building from the ground up. Selecting stalls and other barn interior products during the design phase can save considerable time, cash and consternation, John notes.
“A common mistake we see is owners getting well down the path with their barn builders and, sometimes, their architects, before bringing the stall manufacturer into the project,” John notes. “Often, they’ve designed the barn and pulled permits, etc. before we get involved. When we understand a project’s goals and the budgets on the front end, we can help advise the builder and architect in ways that will save costs later. Like what size door openings are needed or where to locate structural elements to fit with stall components.”
Sometimes people mistakenly assume that ordering stalls and other interior equipment is like ordering an item off an a la carte menu. “It’s a little more complicated than that,” John says, but in a good way because Classic Equine can bring experience-based advice and wisdom to the endeavor.
Beauty is Classic Equine’s most obvious claim to fame. The Stanford Equestrian Center and the historic Folgers Stable in the Bay Area are among the local projects known for the truly “classic” good looks Classic Equine helped them attain.
Eye candy aside, it’s safety, functionality and durability that Classic Equine owners most appreciate. The Budweiser Clydesdales Breeding Center in Booneville, MO and David and Karen O’Connor, Lynn Palm, Phillip Dutton and Clinton Anderson are just a few of the renowned horse people who’ve chosen Classic Equine to provide safe and practical interiors and equipment.
“We go to great lengths to make sure our passion for quality and love for horses show in the details of the products we produce,” says John. This approach manifests itself in many details: smoother edges that help prevent scratches or scrapes; narrower spacing between grills to help ensure that small hooves don’t get caught; galvanized hand-welded steel frames designed to endure all the punishment and abuse a horse can throw at them and keep on shining.”
From his position as sales manager, Greg says Classic is seeing a steady uptick in business from California. “California went into and came out of the recession a little bit later than other parts of the country, and we are now seeing a lot of West Coast horse owners feeling confident and ready to either build new or update their stables.”
At the same time, Classic has incorporated shipping efficiencies into its latest design processes, making it economical to ship product long distances.
Those concurrent trends, plus the company’s unique ability to fulfill every barn builder’s dream, make it likely the West Coast equestrian landscape will look a lot more “Classic” in the next three decades.
For more information on Classic Equine Equipment, visit www.classic-equine.com.