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Martin Collins has always been renowned as the innovator within the industry having more than 40 years of experience in synthetic surface manufacture and installation. He set the standard and specification for the base construction under which his range of synthetic riding surfaces are installed. His surfaces provide high performance with lower maintenance for all equestrian disciplines.
As a working pupil with Alison and Alan Oliver, Martin Collins gained permission to ride in adult show jumping classes at age 15 in the UK. He later worked in yard maintenance for ‘legend’ UK showjumping trainer, Dick Stilwell, later training his own grade A jumpers, together with those owned by clients. Soon, in order to subsidize his riding, he was involved in underpinning and technical building work for leading UK companies.
After more than 7 years of early experimentation, Martin developed the Pacemaker riding surface; yet never one to rest on his laurels, he continued to research how recycled products could be used to improve synthetic-based riding surfaces. Eventually, he formulated the cost effective, sophisticated and successful surfaces of today.
Martin always believed that horses will perform better on a synthetic surface that replicated the attributes of good turf. While Martin has now retired from the business, his namesake brand is respected worldwide and the international team are fully commited to manufacturing the best synthetic surfaces in the world, which allow the horse to work to the best of its ability with the least risk of injury.