About Bit of Britain

A Letter from the CEO

As the founder and former owner of Equestrian Collections, I have been involved in the equestrian industry and community for over 30 years - and continue to be so on a daily basis. One of my daughters runs a lesson and boarding facility in Virginia and has devoted her life to teaching riding and training horses. Her daughter is following in her footsteps.

I share this personal background so that our customers can understand why we now have personal protection equipment, sanitizers and disinfectant products available on our website. It is because many of my friends, family, community of veterinarians, groomers, farriers and other equestrian professionals are out there every day caring for our horses and ponies. Many without adequate protection and supplies to keep their facilities safe and their businesses open in very difficult circumstances. They simply can’t find or have access to the safety products they need.

We have dealt with supply chains for decades and have the ability to offer these items to our equestrian community via our website. It is our desire to help, along with strong commitment to our industry to fill this void for our community. Our website offers grades of masks not normally reserved for medical communities (such as the N95 masks), but still provide a good level of protection for people that have frequent contact with others like our veterinarians and for people like my daughter who has asthma, has a high risk family member at home - and are considered essential. Hand sanitizer is a must in the barn and at ring-side - where handwashing at a sink can be problematic. Being British by birth, Dettol is a well trusted brand choice for home, office and barn - great for getting brushes, buckets and bits clean, as well as for wound cleaning.

Our equestrian community - services, tack stores, on-line retailers, manufacturers and horse owners are all struggling to get the safety supplies they need to keep their businesses open, service their customers, keep their employees safe and to be there at the end of this pandemic. If you have horses and ponies, they continue to need daily care - our intent is to provide a safer environment for all those involved with keeping our beloved animals safe & healthy.

Chris Duggan
CEO

Our History

In 1985, Bit of Britain was formed by a veterinarian and was based out of a small tack shop in the back of a private stable, selling primarily to the racetrack trade. In 1991, John Nunn, who had trained racehorses for over 15 years, purchased the company and sold tack and other racing goods on the racetrack out of a truck.

With a vision of Bit of Britain being more than a racing tack shop, John found a location outside North East, Maryland which was better suited for growth into other disciplines. In a short amount of time it was clear that this growing tack shop was well situated in the heart of eventing country, with Fair Hill International just up the road, as well as other fine events and facilities nearby.

At the time, there were very few retailers catering to the needs of Eventers, and John found the people to be honest, fun-loving and hard working. Kind of like him! Focusing his energy and attention on this niche market, John also developed a wholesale company to manufacture long-lasting leather goods that were suited to the needs of his new markets. Nunn Finer products continue to be a core and popular offering of Bit of Britain today.

Today

John passed the torch in 2019 to BrandNexity Commerce Group to bring together eCommerce and relevant content for Bit of Britain’s customer of today. Knowledge of equestrian sports and products continues to be a defining factor and John will continue to be sharing his valued insights. Shoppers will enjoy side-by-side product comparisons including features, pricing, and even shipping options, Pair It To Wear It collections, and other shopping ease features along with useful, educational and magazine style editorial content designed to engage, empower and inform. Whether you’re preparing for your first event or are a seasoned competitor you will find inspiration, great products, expert advice, and more curated just for you.

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