Equestrian Companies That Give Back

Above: Emma Rieber sports her “Emma Pinwheel” Bows benefitting Neve Michael Children’s Village from Red Roan Equestrian at Princeton Show Jumping. Photo by Izzy Feinstein.

By TPH Intern Izzy Feinstein

It is no secret everyone loves receiving gifts around the holidays, but what if you could also give back to charity while gift shopping? This holiday season while you are picking out the perfect gifts for the equestrians in your life, please consider purchasing from a company that gives back to charity. This way, you will be giving two gifts this holiday season- one to those in need and one to those you love.

Red Roan Equestrian Couture

Red Roan Equestrian Couture, an equestrian accessories company, was founded by Annie Birmingham in 2012 when she was only 12 years old. Although Annie never showed in bows, many of her friends frequently complained about the lack of unique, high quality show bows at a lower price point. Annie started RRE, specializing in creating handmade, affordable,  personalized bows that stand out in the show ring. Red Roan Equestrian is proud to support equestrians in their efforts to raise money for charity by creating custom bows for their cause and donating half of the proceeds from their total sales to charity. Over the course of one month, RRE was able to raise over $150 through the sale of the “Emma Pinwheel.” Proceeds were donated to Emma Rieber’s bat mitzvah project honoring The Neve Michael Children’s Village, a home for over 300 at risk children many of whom have endured difficult upbringings and been victims of physical abuse. With the help of the money raised by RRE, Emma was able to take the children horseback riding along the Mediterranean Sea.

Essex Classics


Essex Classics has teamed up with Danny and Ron’s Rescue to create a custom collection benefitting the animal rescue. This collection features a dog pattern on the shirt’s collar and sleeves, and the Danny and Ron’s logo embroidered on the shirt’s lower right side. A portion of every shirt purchased is donated to the rescue that helps rescue dogs from various unfit situations, deliver pet food and supplies to elderly people in need, and help pay pet medical bills for elderly people living in poverty.

Allison Harrison celebrates winning second place in the $2,500 NAL M&S High Child Jumper Classic at HITS Saugerties in her Essex Classics show shirt.
Photo by Izzy Feinstein.

C4 Belts

C4 stands for Choose Your Color, Choose Your Cause. The company’s mission is to promote individuality through quality belts that give back to several different charities. With each purchase, customers can choose one charity to donate $1.00 of their purchase to. The votes are tallied on a quarterly basis, and then donations are made based on the votes. At the end of the year, all votes are tallied and donations are made based on the distribution of votes. One of this year’s brands is the Retired Racehorse Project, a nonprofit organization that helps repurpose and rehome Thoroughbreds off the track.

C4 Belts are the perfect accessory for any outfit. Photo courtesy of C4 Equestrian.

The East Coast Equestrian

The East Coast Equestrian is a blog turned apparel company. The goal of the ECE brand is to bring riders quality, stylish, and  functional equestrian-inspired apparel and goods as a way to give back to those in need. ECE chooses a different charity to donate 10% of their monthly sales to. From t-shirts to their signature “Derby Bag”, there is something for everyone from The East Coast Equestrian.

Taylor, founder of The East Coast Equestrian, enjoys a ride on her horse, Donny, in her ECE t-shirt. Photo courtesy of The East Coast Equestrian.