This year sees the 10 year anniversary of Toggi’s association with the British Equestrian Federation and of our support of Equestrian Team GBR. And we couldn’t be more proud of what our equestrian teams have achieved in those years.
In the 10 year partnership, Equestrian Team GBR has won 162 medals at senior level, with countless more at youth level, and we are confident that 2015 will see that number rise!
How it all started
A little over 10 years ago, Will Connell – then World Class Performance Director of the BEF – came to us with his mission to present a stronger British team identity across all horse sports that compete at championships around the world. Will’s vision was to develop a uniform look to make everyone feel involved and part of the team; from owners, vets and team staff as well as riders and grooms. And so in 2006 the first pieces of Toggi Team GBR kit made their way into the wardrobes of Britain’s most talented equestrian athletes and their support teams. For the decade that has followed, Toggi Team GBR clothing has partnered British equestrian team members who have represented our nation so successfully at equestrian events around the globe.
Early on in our partnership with the BEF, the idea emerged to create a supporters collection to complement the team kit, which would allow the Nation to get involved and to show their support for our equestrian teams. The official Toggi Team GBR collection is the result, with its iconic red, white and blue theme and striking GBR branding. Not only does the supporters collection allow you to visually show your support for our British equestrian heroes, but as a percentage of sales goes back to the British Equestrian Federation to help generate additional funds for all equestrian disciplines, by wearing Toggi Team GBR kit you are helping to ensure that our British athletes continue to have access to what they need to remain world beaters in equestrian sports.
Leading Team GBR rider, Harry Meade comments on what this support means to the riders: “It’s a great thrill to ride for your country at a Championship. Wherever you are, the British supporters in their Toggi Team GBR clothing are unmissable and appear to outnumber those of other nations. The sea of red, white and blue is a reminder that you’re not just riding for your team mates but for the nation; with such wonderful support it’s easy to rise to the occasion!”
Without a doubt, Will’s vision has been realised and we are proud to have helped to make it happen.
The Blair Factor
With the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships taking place on home turf in 2015, we are excited that our 10 year anniversary coincides with a home championship. We have a number of stunning, limited edition 10 year anniversary Team GBR pieces that will be available from August 2015, to allow you to show your support in the finest of style. Watch this space for full details.
We hope to see you at Blair Castle in early September – we will be there in force with lots of exciting things planned for the duration!
Team GBR rider Piggy French enjoying the Toggi Team GBR supporters collection