Hastings - based Forbes and Co have been providing a full range of equestrian gear and clothing to its customers for more than four decades. The 2nd generation saddlery business is well known in Hawke's Bay, helped by a full sized model horse standing on the roof of the companies showroom and workshop in Maraekakaho Road, near the Stortford Lodge roundabout. It's not the first roof it's stood on in Hastings. For more than 20 years it stood surveying traffic and pedestrians on Nelson Street, Heretaunga Street West and Karamu Road until Forbes and Co moved to their new showroom at Stortford Lodge six years ago.
Owner Blair Forbes says the firm's main role is supplying the equestrian sector with saddlery and strapping gear, riding clothing and hats including riding boots from Ariat,( these quality boots are remarkedly well priced!) gift ware, herbal alternatives, vitamin and mineral supplements, providing new saddles and equipment, and undertaking repairs. We are also the outdoor clothing agents in Hawkes Bay for R.M.Williams, Akubra, Selke and Outback. Over the years the company has evolved to specialize more in saddlery and outfitting men and women with everything from hats, oilskins, moleskins, jeans, shirts and polos.