Holmestead Saddlery Reopens 19th Sept

Holmestead saddlery superstore near Kill in Co. Kildare was devastated by flooding in Oct 2011, now nearly three years later the store is to reopen with a 10 day party . There will be drinks and refreshments every day and lots of special offers and promotions in store . Stars of the horse world will be dropping in to wish us well  and Sunday 28th Kim Hayden will be gigging with a special guest the singer songwriter Paddy Casey singing their new hit ” Out of control ” .

Eventing Legend and friend of Holmestead Mary King will be dropping in and will be signing copies of her new book “My Way ” as well as chatting about her life .

Lee Middleton the inventor of the point to air  safety vest will be coming to give a sneak preview of a new protective vest designed specifically for race jockeys and  explaining how it will work , several top jockeys will be dropping in to see the new vest and chat about the revolutionary developments for safety .

Equine America  a supplements company famous for Cortaflex will be coming to launch several new products on the Irish market and give samples , as well as helping and advising  horse owners .

The store has had a makeover and now boasts  more retail space than ever , with a bright and interesting new interior . Holmestead is an Irish equestrian institution started in 1976 by Bill Holmes as a schoolboy in Tyrella , Co.Down where the company still has Northern Ireland’s largest retail store . The Kill Superstore opened on 1st September 1994  ( the day of the ceasefire in the North a good omen perhaps ! )  a converted hay barn and grain store just off the N7 at Blackchurch . It was revolutionary in that  , it was not on the high street rather it was a destination  , unheard of for saddlery in 1994 . ” There were a lot of unbelievers who thought I was mad , a hay barn down a country road somewhere near Kill . A store that would be the biggest and best retailer in Ireland , that people would travel possibly 100’s of miles to ! ” says Bill Holmes .

The store was an immediate success , offering a previously unseen range of products in a spacious environment at prices that were substantially lower than the opposition . Late night opening and a properly trained friendly and knowledgeable staff . Over the years Holmestead has served the Stars of the horse world , outfitted Kelsey Grammer  , props for many movies ,Charlie Haughey , Royal Princes and many interesting characters from Ireland and abroad . Grand National winning trainers Harvey and Sue Smith are regular customers and swear by Holmestead’ s own range of horse rugs .  International Showjumper John Whitaker says ” Holmestead is simply the best ”  Jessica Kurten says ” Holmestead is my No. 1 ” The list of famous shoppers goes on .

Mags Heffernan the manager has been with the company for 18years a BHSII qualified instructor . “Customer service is all important ,also to  have quality products that we have tested
Ourselves so that we can stand over them is vital . You need to have total faith  , that what your offering the customer is right for them and their horse ” says Mags .

A nice feature of the new store is the quality coffee painstaking sourced by Mags an avid coffee drinker . It’s quality coffee whatever you fancy from cappuccino to expressos free with our compliments . People travel to Holmestead and we want to make it a great experience for them every time so call in and taste the coffee , it’s free at Holmestead !!