TEENAGER WITH ACHONDROPLASIA RIDES IN COMFORT THANKS TO TUFFA BOOTS
Keen young equestrian Ramaani, from Southampton, who has a condition called Achondroplasia has finally been able to ride in comfort thanks to Norfolk based Tuffa Boots.
Tuffa Boots specialises in the design and production of equestrian footwear and in addition to their standard ranges of boots offer a Made-to-Measure service, which has enabled 14-year-old Ramaani to wear a pair of long riding boots that fit her perfectly.Ramaani was born with Achondroplasia, which is a type of rare genetic bone disorder that affects how bones develop and causes short arms and legs. She has always loved her horse-riding but has found it difficult to find riding wear and boots to fit.
Following an initial telephone conversation with Michelle Girling, owner of Tuffa Boots, to ascertain Ramaani’s style and design requirements, Ramaani’s mum Tracey was guided through the boot design and measurement process to ensure a perfect fit.
On receipt of the boots Tracey said: “With Ramaani having Achondroplasia, getting riding gear to fit and be comfortable has not been easy, but Tuffa has understood her shape, measurements and the style she wanted brilliantly. Ramaani couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle and show off her new boots.”
Michelle replied “We are delighted to have been able to help Ramaani. We are proud to be an inclusive company and our Made-To Measure service enables us to make quality, comfortable boots for everyone.
Having a pair of boots that fit properly can make all the difference to a rider’s confidence and capability. We can’t wait to see Ramaani progress with her riding and hopefully we’ll see her winning many rosettes in the future”
TUFFA BOOTS ALL WOMEN TEAM PROUD TO CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2022
International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women
Tuffa Boots is a thriving Norfolk business with a 100% women workforce and is proud to celebrate the IWD mission to forge work cultures where women’s careers thrive and their achievements are celebrated.
Started by Michelle Girling in 1997, Tuffa Boots specialises in the design, production and distribution of horse riding and country boots and accessories including chaps, gloves, gaiters and socks. Michelle personally designs all of the Tuffa ranges using her 40 years of iin-depth knowledge of the horse industry to provide the very best quality of equestrian footwear at the most reasonable prices. Over the past 25 years Tuffa Boots has established a brand reputation for style, durability and quality supported by outstanding customer service.
The all-women team at Tuffa Boots consists of owner and boot designer, Michelle Girling, Lynn Elsey in marketing and customer services, Stella Girling in customer services, Lita Green in accounts, Vika Mccarraher in the warehouse and Sara Boddy in social media.
Owner Michelle says: “Here at Tuffa we place a high priority on maintaining an inclusive workplace, where everyone feels empowered and supported in their careers. We are quite unusual to be an all-women team and are proud to celebrate not only other female entrepreneurs in business, but the achievements of all women worldwide.”
#IWD #InterntionalWomensDay #IWD2022
TUFFA BOOTS SEARCHING FOR EQUESTRIAN CHARITIES TO ACCEPT RIDING ACCESSORY DONATIONS
Norfolk based Tuffa Boots, has recently donated some excess riding accessory stock to the charity Riding for the Disabled, and is currently looking for more equestrian charities who would like to receive some free riding gloves and riding chaps.
Tuffa Boots is a family-owned business specialising in the design, production and distribution of horse riding and country boots and accessories including chaps, gloves, gaiters and socks. The stock available for donation is from ends of lines, over stocks, ex-display and seconds. Rather than sell the items off at a reduced price Tuffa owner Michelle Girling wanted to donate them to equestrian charities to help them to raise vital funds or use at their discretion.
Michelle said: “We know that times have been exceptionally hard for all charities during the pandemic, but particularly for those connected to the horse world. As we are such an equestrian focussed business, we felt that it would be a lovely idea to help some charities close to our hearts. The offer is open to any equestrian charity and we will help as many as we can while stocks last.”
Equestrian charities who are interested in receiving a donation of riding gloves and chaps should apply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo for illustration purposes only.
TUFFA DELIGHTED TO SPONSOR EX NATIONAL HUNT JOCKEY DANNY COOK’S DAUGHTER
Tuffa sponsored National Hunt Jockey, Danny Cook, was sadly forced into retirement after a heavy fall at Market Rasen in October 2020, where he needed 60 stitches, and a subsequent fall at Newcastle.
Our owner, Michelle Girling, was introduced to Danny by Sue and Harvey Smith, owners of Sue Smith Racing, and his biggest success for Tuffa was winning the Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on Midnight Shadow.
Danny’s daughter Isobel is proudly following in her father’s equestrian footsteps and winning ways, although in different disciplines, and the Tuffa Team is proud to announce our continued sponsorship of the Cook family with our newest recruit Isobel.
Danny (left) is Isobel’s tetrathlon pony that she also events. He’s a very forward, enthusiastic boy who can be quite strong, but he’s very game and everyone loves him.
Prince belongs to some of the Cook’s lovely family friends on Exmoor and they have had him from a 3-year-old. He is only 5 but has already won the PC SJ regional Championships this summer – so he’s super talented and incredibly naughty!!!
We wish Isobel and her ponies every success for the year ahead…and definitely keep your eyes peeled for her as a talent to watch for the future!
Pictured: Isobel Cook with Danny Zappa (stable name Zappa) and Cornavad Prince (Prince).
TUFFA BOOTS PROUD TO SUPPLY SAFETY RIDING BOOTS FOR SOUTH WALES MOUNTED POLICE OFFICERS
Tuffa owner and boot designer, Michelle Girling, was delighted to visit the South Wales Mounted Police near Bridgend last week to measure up their team of mounted police officers for their new safety riding boots.
The South Wales force has selected the bespoke Tuffa Pembroke boot, a long leather riding boot with a steel toe cap, as the boot of choice for their hard-working team.
The Pembroke safety boot has an EN ISO 20345 approved steel toe cap and is made from full-grain water-repellent leather with a non-slip rubber sole, providing the officers with excellent foot protection and safety around the yard and whilst riding. As the Pembroke boots are bespoke and made to each officers’ individual measurements, they will also be extremely comfortable for long days in the saddle.
Michelle said: “We had a fabulous day meeting the team and their horses. What a privilege it is to make safety boots for the only mounted police section in Wales and for a team that provides such fantastic police support.
All the horses were perfectly behaved throughout the day, although they did think that our pockets were full of treats!”
SHOWJUMPER JOE STOCKDALE AND TEAM RECOMMEND THEIR FAVOURITE TUFFA BOOTS
Team Stockdale test and recommend their favourite Tuffa Boots including a wide range of riding and yard boots.
Team Stockdale wears a selection of Tuffa jodhpur and yard boots, including; Morgan, Fjord, Polo, Tipperary, Clydesdale, Spartan Safety and Wayland Safety Boots. Joe Stockdale wears our bespoke boot "The Stockdale" for competing.
For many years we proudly sponsored the late, great, Team GB Olympic Showjumper, Tim Stockdale, and now the mantle has been passed down to Joseph Stockdale, showjumper, equine influencer and all-around chip-off-the-old-block!
Joe's been riding since he was 4 years old, but he's not only a gifted equestrian; he also competed and played for Northampton County Cricket from age 11, choosing to focus on riding in 2018.
We are Joe and Team Stockdale's sole, sole provider! Joe wears our bespoke riding boots "The Stockdale" which were developed with Tim and Joe back in 2015.
Working with Joe is very exciting, his equestrian career is climbing and he's very proactive with his brand and the brands of his sponsors.
His social media presence has an ever-growing audience and for us having that injection of youthful enthusiasm is very refreshing.
THE THINGS YOU DO FOR LOVE......
...and boy oh boy were we impressed with the effort that Brucie from Somerset made for his partner, Sarah, this week!
Setting off at 5 am from Somerset, Sarah and Brucie made the 400 mile plus round trip to Tuffa Headquarters and Showroom in Norfolk to get Sarah a pair of Tuffa Broadland made-to-measure boots!
Whilst we often do bespoke boot measurements on Facetime or sent by email, Sarah really wanted to come to the showroom so that our owner Michelle could take her measurements.
After nearly 5 hours on the road, Brucie and Sarah finally checked in to Tuffa Headquarters at 10 am! Sarah’s reply to Brucie’s check-in on Facebook was “You’re wonderful. Don’t forget it”
Tuffa owner Michelle said: “It was lovely to meet Sarah and Brucie, and it was a pleasure to find Sarah her perfect boot! I still can’t believe they made such a long journey to visit our showroom. It definitely must be love”
Photo: Sarah getting measured for her new bespoke Broadland boots
KEEPING GREEN AT TUFFA
Here at Tuffa Boots, we take the issues of the impact of business on the environment very seriously.
Our warehouses and offices are heated using green energy, wood pellets in our Biomass and our power comes from our Solar panels.
This year we have planted more than 300 metres of hedging and this weekend we planted more Native trees at Tuffa HQ.
#sustainablebusiness #climatechange #environment #greenenergy
Photo: Our owner's daughter Stella helps to plant more native trees at Tuffa HQ
TUFFA BOOTS HEAD OFFICE SHOWROOM OPENING HOURS
TUFFA BOOTS SHOP AND SHOWROOM IS OPEN!
We are delighted to announce that the Tuffa Shop is open Monday to Friday between 10am and 2pm.
Barton House, Dereham Road, Ovington, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 6SB
We're looking forward to seeing you!
Summer Tuffa photo competition winner - Kerry Murphy
Fantastic photo sent in by our recent Tuffa Boots photo competition winner, Kerry Murphy, who definitely made the most of her £250 voucher!
Kerry said: "A massive thank you to Tuffa Boots for running their competition and their fantastic prize of £250 voucher for Tuffa Boots.
Also, a massive thank you to Joseph Stockdale - Showjumper for selecting me and Apollo as the winner of this amazing prize!
I am absolutely over the moon and along with my current Tuffa boots I'm now sorted for rain, hail, shine, shows and every day.
Thank you "
Huge thanks to everyone who entered, we all had a great time looking at your photos. Keep those cameras snapping and your eyes peeled on our Facebook page for future competitions and offers.
#TuffaBoots #josephstockdale #equestrian #ridingboots #countryboots #racingboots #ridinggloves #chaps #gaiters
Cheque Presentation to The Injured Jockeys Fund
We enjoyed our visit to the Peter O’Sullevan House in Newmarket last week.
The centre provides outstanding rehabilitation treatment through the The Injured Jockeys Fund, for jockeys that are injured or wanting to improve their fitness.
Pictured is Michelle Girling, owner and founder of Tuffa Boots who was delighted to be able to present a cheque from Tuffa Boots to support this vital cause.
To further our support we have joined together with the Injured Jockeys Fund's Online Shop so that you can now purchase your favourite Tuffa Boot styles at https://shop.ijf.org.uk/
New Delivery Choices for you
We're always striving to improve our delivery service to you and we're often asked for alternative courier options, so we've added APC Overnight in addition to Parcel Force for UK deliveries. Simply choose the service you prefer at checkout. New options available from 1st July.
APC Next Day 1 Kg courier pack £4.99
APC Next Day 5 Kg courier pack £5.50
APC Next Day Parcels up to 20 Kg £6.99/£0.00*
Plus we're excited to announce a Saturday delivery option for as little as £8.99 with APC
*(if basket value over £80 UK mainland only)
Perfect for a few accessories, weight up to 1 Kg
This is suitable for our short-boot boxes, they fit perfectly inside the 5 Kg bags.
For our Long-Boots you will need the Parcel up to 20 Kg option.
Track, reschedule delivery and add delivery instructions.
With PinPoint you can see exactly where your driver is along with the delivery time window.
New Product Launch - Iceni
We are happy to announce our latest boot to the Tuffa family, the Iceni wide-fit jodhpur boot is great for the broader foot, whilst still close fitting and supportive of the ankle area.
These attractive lightweight jodhpur boots, have a built in waterproof, breathable membrane, so super practical around the yard.
New Sponsored Jockey - 10th May, 2021
We are delighted to welcome Alan Johns to Tuffa as our sponsored Professional National Hunt jockey.
We wish him luck today with his 6 rides at Ffos Las Racecourse....and hope he keeps his new kit clean!
*** New Product Launch*** April, 2021
Introducing the new national hunt pro race boot; The O'Neill
New to our Bespoke race boot range is the addition of The O’Neill.
Trialled by Jonjo Junior and the teams at Jackdaws Castle and at Sue Smith racing these boots tick all the boxes for fit and performance.
The high-quality Italian leather feels like a second skin and combined with a Carbon Pro inner pad they provide grip and durability. The handmade soles fit closely to the foot and benefit with a non-slip surface.
The 10mm gauge YKK zip ensures security and durability.
Our size range is designed to provide a hugging fit to the ankle and leg with an option of a Plus 1 size which allows for a larger calf fitting.
Patent leather top.
Top National Hunt boots for top jockeys.
We are extremely proud for them to carry the name of the legend Jonjo O’Neill and we are delighted to announce that as part of our Every Pair Counts Campaign for each pair purchased through our website or from our racing boot stockists, we will make a donation to our chosen charity The Injured Jockeys Fund.
Available in Black/ Black Patent top
Sizes 4 – 12
Made-To-Measure only currently