Inventiveness rewarded at trade fair. 

Big European brands scooped a series of wins in the spoga horse innovations awards.

A panel of equestrian experts chose their favourites during the trade fair in Cologne, Germany on 3 – 5 February. 

From an original entry of 60 products, five were judged to be the most innovative. There was also a prize for the best start-up product. 

The winners were:

Amigo Hero 900 Revive Plus by Horseware Ireland

Using yarn left over on the ends of spools, Horseware produces uniquely patterned fabric for these turnout rugs. Each Amigo Hero Revive Plus has an individual, multi-coloured look, but is as strong and reliable as its original namesake. 

Rubino AS-X jump and Brillante AS-X dressage saddles by Prestige Italia Spa

The saddles’ AS-X technology combines two elements. The Adaptive System (AS) permits axial and lateral movement of the saddle's tree. The X-Technology, with its injected membranes, provides rider comfort. Together they enhance the horse’s freedom of movement and rider’s stability. 

uvex exxeed MIPS by uvex sports

With its elegant, sporty look, the new uvex exxeed helmet makes a chic style statement. It’s produced in Germany featuring a newly developed EPS inner shell and MIPS technology. There’s an adjustable, Y-shaped retention system of vegan leather straps. 

The Green-Tec 1200D Detach-A-Neck Medium Turnout Rug by WeatherBeeta UK

Made using recycled plastics, each rug saves over 380 plastic bottles from going into the ocean or landfill. 27% of the rug’s PU waterproof coating is created using recycled camera lenses. The rug range comes in recyclable packaging.

Shacket by Struck Apparel

It looks and performs like a technical show jacket, but pulls over the head like a favourite sports jersey. This new design improves the fit, feel and performance of a traditional show jacket – and treats riders as athletes.

Barnery 2 Megnetic Bridle Holder by Barney

Judged the best start-up product, this German-made design solves the problem of where to put a bridle. With a super-strong magnet to attach to any magnetic surface – such as the side of a horsebox or metal stable grille - it’s robust, safe and smart.