The conception of ZILCO Harness came about from the idea of replacing leather with synthetic strapping. This was in Australia in the early 1960s. Zilco International has long since diversified into a widely based equestrian company yet it has always remained true to its ideology and continues to innovate in the area of synthetic saddlery.
The original plastic coated webbings have developed into more complex and sophisticated materials including mouldings and synthetic leathers. Zilco takes considerable pride in being a pioneer of modern technology for the benefit of the horse and rider. Design skills and workmanship are applied with care and commitment to the very highest of standards.
The first ZILCO Driving Harness dates from the mid 1970s and was produced in our Sydney factory. Thus we were one of the first, if not the first company to make this type of harness. Racing harness had already been made since 1963, so expertise was already well established when production of regular driving harness began. As well as in Australia, the first harness was sold in the UK at that time. This makes Zilco driving harness a key brand for over 30 years in both countries. Since then ZILCO has continued to become the choice of serious competitors worldwide. It is now a highly respected brand at the highest levels of competition in Europe and North America.
Highlights of the development have included the transfer of the factory to New Zealand in 1982, the development of bespoke manufacturing facilities in Asia around 2002 and the teaming up with the experienced harness designer Fiona Tedman in the UK. We have also benefited greatly from advice from such highly respected and successful drivers as George Bowman in the UK, with whom we are still associated. Currently we receive much advice and encouragement from the young Australian horseman Boyd Excel, who is headquartered in the UK and is a hugely successful European horse team competitor and coach.
Information on individual driving harness products is available in the catalogue listings below. More comprehensive information is available on our dedicated driving harness website www.zilcoharness.com where you will also find an illustrated catalogue for download, as well as contact information for our Specialist Driving Harness Dealers world-wide.