Equestrian Affair is the stylish brain child of mother and daughter team Lara Neill and Jennifer Beatty. Together they changed the way equestrians in South Africa could shop by providing them with a chic and beautiful shopping space instead of the generic “warehouse-like” spaces previously only on offer. The shop spaces are tastefully decorated providing the shopper with a warm homely feel and the products on offer are all carefully sourced and tested to provide their clients with the best quality at a competitive price. With price being a core principle on which the business was based Lara and Jennifer soon realised that there was a huge need for tack and clothing aimed at equestrians that was great quality but well priced. Together they concentrated on one item at a time and tried and tested various styles and patterns. After agreeing on fit and materials, one by one the products went into production and the EA brand was born.
The EA brand is broken into 2 ranges, EA RiderWear and EA HorseWear. The products are all tried and tested by our team of professional athletes, most of whom have ridden for South Africa at various events around the world, and form the EA Ambassador team.
Horses have been a part of Jennifer’s life forever. From dreaming of her first pony as a child to riding, competing, judging and running a small livery yard.. and then having three girls who have all been pony mad at some stage of their lives.
Lara, her eldest daughter, was passionate about riding and competing from the time she could stand and excelled in children’s, juniors and adults so it was an easy decision to partner in their ever growing enterprise, Equestrian Affair which opened in December 2008.
Lara has ridden ever since she could walk and was fortunate to be born into a “Horsey” family where there was always a horse or pony in near proximity. After competing in all the various English disciplines as a child and junior she set her mind on Show jumping and her goal was to jump at the highest level. She has produced numerous horses up to the open show jumping grades, and has represented Western Province on numerous occasions and her new province of Gauteng. Currently Lara has a very exciting string of horses in the various classes from 80cm up to 1m40 and is a very active rider on the South African competition circuit.