March 2020 - Classic Equine Equipment
Written by CRM
Monday, 02 March 2020 20:59
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Leading the stalls, stabling and equine accessories market with innovation, beauty and installations that stand the test of time.

While Classic Equine Equipment has continually expanded its catalog, updated its manufacturing process and expanded its staff, one thing hasn’t changed: its mission to provide quality stall systems, barn components and accessories to meet the needs of discriminating horse owners. Since its inception in 1991, the company has made and maintained many horse owning friends who comprise much of its current customer base.


Customers come back after many years because they want to expand their stable or have moved to a new place. They come back to Classic because their original product worked so well and has stood the test of time -- which is no small feat in the rough and tumble world of horsekeeping.


This beautifully designed Classic Equine Equipment barn is owned by Katie Fontanazza of West Hartford, CT.

Throughout its 29-year history and despite its dominant share of the stall, stabling and equine accessories market, Classic Equine has never made the mistake of resting on its laurels. “Even though we are the #1 manufacturer in our segment of the market, we can’t become complacent,” notes Director of Sales Greg Nielsen. “We are always trying to innovate and think outside the box in regard to product improvement and customer service.”

Often those innovations are not flashy things that will dazzle the average horse owner. Instead, they address functionality and durability. They may not be obvious to the untrained eye, yet they deliver necessary key benefits.

One example is a change in the stall manufacturing process as a result of some new precision CNC (computer numeric control) equipment in the fabrication department at Classic Equine. “This piece of equipment allows us to cut precision holes into our tubing without compromising our galvanized finish, thus improving our already industry leading long-term performance.” This applies to the steel tubes that extend vertically from the stall wall for Classic’s elegant, airflow-inducing top portions of its beautiful, trademark stall fronts.

The 1” vertical bars on 3” centers are now CNC cut, recessed, then welded into place. Added durability, longevity, and a clean appearance are some of the benefits of this style of manufacturing. All of Classic’s stalls and stabling components are made of fully pre-galvanized materials as a standard, so they resist the elements beautifully. Recessing the stall front tubing, in addition to the welding, adds to that, Greg explains.

Along with tweaks to existing products, Classic Equine’s team is focused on expanding its already extensive and dream-worthy line of equipment when they see an unfilled need. New this year is the Lariat line of at-the-ready stall fronts. They fit openings 12-feet wide and under, are already powder-coated and typically arrive to customers within one week of order.

Previously, all of Classic Equine’s line was made to order. That gives customers maximum flexibility in barn lay-out, color and style, but typically takes four to six weeks to arrive.

The new Lariat stall fronts offer Classic’s lifetime warranty on hardware and are perfect for customers in need of a quick fix of high quality for their stable. The American is another new stall line, this one catering to the most affordable end of the spectrum.

Something for Everybody

Classic Equine covers every point on the equine stabling spectrum. Their structures are cozy home to everything from big draft breeds to Miniature horses, and even a few zoo animals.

The company is famous for its elegant stall designs found in stables throughout the country. Locally, Stanford Equestrian Center’s Red Barn and Folger Estates Stables in Woodside are among the best known and most beautiful examples of Classic installations. These are typical Classic Equine in that they are equal parts workhorse stabling and lovely equine environments.

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Nationally, the Budweiser Clydesdales, Olympic eventers Karen and David O’Connor in Florida and Purina Mills Equestrian facilities in Missouri are tops-in-their-fields examples of happy Classic Equine clients.

Barn interiors are the company’s bread and butter and the range of choices offered is almost overwhelming. Hinged and sliding stalls doors and stall walls and a variety of barn doors and windows are among the components that can be mixed and matched to fit various barn structures and customized configurations. Stalls come fully-welded, or in kits, and every choice features hardware designed and manufactured to function safely and smoothly over the long haul of a well-built stable’s life.

The company’s staff of nearly 50 offers plenty of guidance in picking the best options based on use, budget, personal preferences and regional realities. For example, horse owners in fire-prone California are advised to have two exits in every stall, increasing the odds of escape in an emergency. Classic’s team might also recommend its on-demand waterers, which reduce mess and waste, an important factor in the region as fear of drought raises its ugly head again.

Another issue that is common for California barn owners is the reality that many counties’ permitting process can be very complicated, time consuming and expensive, Greg notes. Classic’s expertise with permitting in general is a big help for those who embark on major additions or building from scratch. Its wide range of components creates multiple options for those who choose a remodel and upgrades that are substantial improvements but don’t require a permit because they don’t alter the roofline or footprint.  

Classic Equine’s advantages are universal throughout the country. Sliding stall doors, for example, are great space savers and ideal for busy facilities with lots of horses coming in and out. The European look of hinged stall doors is an elegant choice in barns with ample space. Yokes and square designs, with or without wood fills, enable myriad options for the layout and look of the barn’s interior.

Lighting, fans and tack room equipment scratch the surface of Classic’s line of horse-keeping accessories. From the big items like complete stall units to the small stuff like finials to top a stall post or cross-tie pole, the catalog is a one-stop shop for everything a horse owner could dream of. There’s an attractive hitching post, a handy hay caddy, a wall organizer for rakes and pitchforks, and infinite items to store and display tack.

“We will go to great lengths to make sure our passion for quality and love for horses shows in the details of the products we produce,” concludes Greg. “Smoother edges that prevent scratches or scrapes; narrower spacing between grills to ensure smaller hooves will not get caught; galvanized hand-welded steel frames that can endure all the punishment and abuse your horse can throw at them and keep on shining.”

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