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VIPA Vests Pty. Ltd.
Custom Designed in Australia by Greg Childs, Professional Jockey with 31 years riding experience
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GREG CHILDS was born to be a Jockey with his dad being an Owner / Trainer of racehorses in New Zealand. 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 major wins. 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.
Greg Childs
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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