Body Protection Vests for Horse Riding, Harness Driving, Playing Sport, Caring for Animals, Rehabilitating
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Custom Designed in Australia by Greg Childs, Professional Jockey
with 31 years riding experience
GREG CHILDS was born to be a Jockey with his dad being an Owner / Trainer of racehorses in
He learnt to ride at Pony Club and then went on to be New Zealand’s leading Apprentice Jockey
before embarking on a highly successful career in Australia.
Greg rode for 31 years with over 2100 winners including two Jockeys Premierships as well as
winning Australia’s major Group 1 races including 2 Cox Plates on the Champion Racehorse
Sunline, he also won 2 Caulfield Cups, 2 Australian Cups, 4 Derby’s, 9 Oaks and many more
Greg also rode winners in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai and America.
Before Greg retired in 2008, he listened to all the complaints from his fellow riders and his
children about other body protectors being too bulky, too hard and too stiff.
In 2005, using his forty years of horse experience, working and race riding, and a few race falls
along the way, and after extensive research and many prototypes, Greg designed VIPA Body
Protectors for comfort and flexibility. Greg utilised the latest technology to select the right shock
absorbing foam to both absorb and reduce impact, and decided on a Nitrex Closed Cell PVC
foam. The material used to cover the Nitrex foam is a lightweight air mesh chosen for its wear,
strength and ventilation capabilities, and features air holes punched through the shock absorbing
foam to allow air to pass through, creating the ultimate in comfort for body protection.
All VIPA Body Protectors for Horse Riders are tested and have passed the EN13158:2018
Standard by Human Impact Engineering, Sydney Australia.
1998 Scobie Breasley Medal, Winner of over 2000 Races including Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, Hong Kong International Mile,
Hong Kong International Cup, 9 Oakes, 6 Derbies, Doncaster Handicap, Melbourne Jockeys' Premiership titles, Karrakatta Plate,
Australian Cup, Ron Hutchinson Excellence Award (Spring), Roy Higgins Excellence Award (Autumn), Newmarket Handicap,
AJC Derby, Australian Guineas and many more
About Greg Childs - Creator of VIPA Body Protectors & Championship Jockey
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