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- HKM Sports Equipment – of long standing tradition and youthful esprit Admittedly, many of you will only have heard more of the HKM Sports Equipment brand during the last few years. Yet appearances can be deceptive. We, too, have a tradition which goes back to the 1960s. When my father, Hans Egbers, founded the company Veno-Wäsche in 1967, no-one at the time had any idea of the significance this would one day have. Production initially focussed on nappies. What would today, in our age of disposable nappies, be considered unthinkable, at that time secured a regular income for the company’s 30 employees. In addition to this, my parents also managed a large riding school which is today still managed by my brother as horse management expert. Many ideas are developed with the team here and products are tested and quality standards set. The combination of industrial sewing production and the personal riding sport ambition soon led to the manufacturing of textile items for horses and riders and the first anti-sweat rugs and saddle pads were manufactured. At first, this was only for personal use but, from the late 80s, manufacturing was for direct sales to end customers by mail order. At the end of the 90s we founded our own production site in the Far East. Our idea envisaged a change in strategy: more and more young people and a wider cross section of society were becoming interested in this great hobby. We wanted to enable all these people access to riding sport products at affordable prices – yet without forgoing quality. Since 2004 HKM products are distributed only via specialist retailers. We supply 2,000 specialist stores worldwide. Our external staff travel through the whole of Europe to get more and more customers interested in our products. Our employees in Neuenhaus have received the best training and can offer all specialist dealers comprehensive advice and support. In recent years our warehouse was expanded to a logistics centre which now stores riding sport items on an area of 13,000 m². More than 90% of our orders leave the building on the same day. The success proved us right: our company grew rapidly just as our team which, meanwhile, has 70 employees. A team that does not simply want to become better than all the others everyday, but a team which has also kept its youthful esprit and which thinks young and differently! I hope you get lots of enjoyment out of your hobby and I would be pleased if our products could contribute to this.