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July 24, 2019 Wednesday 10:59:03 AM IST

Jenny Greg Combines Love for Horse Riding, Passion for Design into New Business

Entrepreneurship Development

Jenny Gregg of Ulster University has combined her love for horse riding and passion for product design into developing a new business opportunity.
She has developed a customisable girth with a unique pressure relief system which can potentially improve horse performance, avoid rider disappointment due to missed competitions, negate costly vet bills and most importantly improve horse welfare and comfort.
Jenny explains, “I’ve had my horse Elvis for 10 years and after a few years of competing across Europe I realised that all of the girths I had bought were causing him undue discomfort, and that friction and sweating were causing nasty painful blisters called Girth Galls. When I developed the prototype, I was then able to compete at national and European level while creating comfort for Elvis using my pressure relief system. When I spoke to the Research and Impact team at Ulster University, they gave me funding and supported me with my patent application and the rebranding of the company.” 
She presented her idea to investors in Philadelphia while on a trip and that helped in getting funding. On return from her tip she has continued to go from strength from strength with her concept going on to win the Agri-Science and Student Category at Invent 2018 and the Grant Thornton Emerging Business award in June 2019. Using the funding received through these competitions, Jenny has been able to protect her product putting the winnings towards Patent applications. 
With ambitions to make her business and ‘dream job’ a full-time career, now she has graduated Jenny has applied for funding with Invest NI and hopes to officially launch her business and first product in 2020.