Empire welcomes the Doolittle family.

Empire welcomes the Doolittle family.

Empire welcomes the Doolittle family.

When John and Caroline Doolittle were looking for a horsebox for their daughter they looked around all of the major horsebox manufacturers. On meeting the team at Empire their search stopped. We were able to meet all of their expectations and desires at a cost that wasn’t prohibitive!

We built for them a totally bespoke 7.5t Empire Extreme on a Used MAN chassis. The upholstery, cupboards, layout and horse area designed to their specifications. The results were fantastic and to showcase this, we have had a photo shoot with the lorry which will feature on our website in the near future in a new section for Empire.

We wish the Doolittle’s every success for the future and thank them for their valued support of our brand.

Empire welcomes another British international event rider.

Empire welcomes another British international event rider.

Empire welcomes another British international event rider.

Empire are excited to have delivered this afternoon, a new build Empire Ultimate on a brand new Mercedes Actros chassis to Coral Keen and her father Steve.

The Ultimate…. The name says it all.

For a totally uncompromised horsebox with every conceivable option a possibility, with bespoke design at its heart, with uncompromising attention to detail, the Ultimate will stop you in your tracks. The detailed solutions are of the highest quality and thought out to the very last detail. This totally bespoke and individual grade from Empire offers measureless freedom in the accommodation leaving behind a fantastic impression.

The Keen’s decided to put a different spin on their Empire Ultimate and the results were spectacular. They traveled to many of the top international horse trials all over the UK and Europe and now they can travel 6 horses in unparalleled comfort and be the envy of every lorry park across Europe!

We have enjoyed working with the Keens, helping them to create their perfect Horsebox and we wish them the best of luck for the future.

Empire welcomes Astier Nicolas.

Empire welcomes Astier Nicolas.

Empire welcome french international event rider Astier Nicolas and owners Paul & Helen Fearn.

Empire are excited to have delivered this afternoon, a new build Empire Classic SE. The Empire Classic range is normally used for clients requiring day living while travelling their horses in comfort and style to local competitions that don’t require them to stay away.

The Fearn’s decided to put a different spin on their Empire Classic SE and the results were spectacular. They travel to many of the top international horse trials all over the UK and Europe with Astier and now they can still travel four horses in comfort the same as in any Empire but their ample living boasts many features including; stunning Italian leather upholstery with contrast stitching, 19 inch flat screen TV and ample heating and hot water for all of them to stay away at any of their competitions.

We have enjoyed working with the Fearn’s by helping them to create their perfect Horsebox and we wish them the best of luck for their future.

Empire expands…

Empire expands…

Empire Coachbuilders are very excited to have started production on the new Empire Mini, a customisable 3.5t 2 horse lorry. The difference being that with Empire you can choose every customisation. We look forward to launching our new 3.5t range at the Hickstead Derby in June.

Empire deliver to 2014 Badminton winner…

Empire deliver to 2014 Badminton winner…

Empire Coachbuilders are extremely excited to have delivered today to 2014 Badminton winner and Australian Squad member Sam Griffiths and the Griffiths Eventing Team. Sam who had spent most of 2014 looking at all the major lorry manufacturers decided to go with Empire due to our ability to deliver a truly customised design. His 26 tonne Empire Platinum SE was delivered in time for the start of their season.

We wish them the best of luck for the 2015 and look forward to working with them in the future.

Empire Welcomes the Dixon family!

Empire Welcomes the Dixon family!

Empire Welcomes the Dixon family!

Empire are thrilled to welcome Beverley Dixon and her daughter Pippa. Pippa is an eventing enthusiast aiming this year to compete in young riders and Beverley enjoys dressage having recently qualified for her regional championships.

The Dixon’s have been very keen to purchase from Empire having seen our build quality on a trade stand at one of our many trade shows we attended last year, Beverley having recently passed her HGV was very quick to call and purchase our 2014 Empire Platinum. We are excited to welcome them to Empire and look forward to working with them.

Empire are pleased to welcome David Doel to the family

Empire are pleased to welcome David Doel to the family

Empire are extremely excited to welcome international event rider David Doel to its ever increasing family! We look forward to working with him and his family.
David Doel is an established event rider who competes his string of 15 horses from his yard in Wiltshire. His ultimate aim is to win gold medals and be part of senior teams representing Great Britain, and he hopes one day to compete at the 4* event in Kentucky.

Winner of The Goldman Cup in 2014, with eleven significant wins, more than 15 further top five placings at all levels, and team Bronze at the European Young Rider Championships, David continues to prove his commitment and dedication to the sport.

His obvious talent has been recognised with his selection for the World Class Programme, which develops exceptional athletes with the potential to move onto the world stage. David represented Great Britain for two years running on Junior Teams, winning team gold and individual bronze in 2011, and for a further two years running in Europe as a Young Rider, culminating in team Silver at Jardy, Paris, in September 2013, and team Bronze at Vale Sabroso, Portugal, in 2014.

Empire Coachbuilders 2015 Show Dates

Empire Coachbuilders 2015 Show Dates

Empire Coachbuilders 2015 show dates…

Empire will be displaying from their range of custom made, bespoke horseboxes at these shows. We are very excited to be displaying at so many prestigious locations this year.

– Addington Manor (Bucks) CDI 20-23 march

– Bicton Arena International (Devon) – 24th-26th April.

– Somerford Park Premier League (Cheshire) – 22-24th may

– Bicton Arena (Devon) JUNE 11th-14th

– Hickstead derby (Sussex) 24th-28th June.
– Hickstead international (Sussex) 28th – 2nd August.
– Bicton Arena International (Devon) – 22-23 August.
– Sheepgate U25 Dressage Championships (Lincs) . 24 – 29 Aug,
– Blenheim Internatinal Horse Trials (Oxfordshire) 17-20th Sept.

The First EMPIRE EXTREME Delivered

The First EMPIRE EXTREME Delivered

The first EMPIRE EXTREME delivered.

Empire is excited to announce a new member to its range. The all new Empire Extreme.

The EXTREME is built for the rider who wants freedom and comfort for themselves while giving an enjoyable ride for their loyal equine partners, in a package that gives them all the benefits of an Empire build but takes into consideration that there is a limit to the maximum load it can take.

Melanie Worgan, who’s daughter Lucy competes at dressage on the international pony circuit, is thrilled to have worked with Empire in developing this new level of the Empire range. They were amazed by the level of quality and standard of service they received from Empire.

We welcome them to Empire and look forward to working with them both in the future.

Empire Coachbuilders to be involved with largest equestrian venue in the South West

Empire Coachbuilders to be involved with largest equestrian venue in the South West

Empire Coachbuilders to be involved with largest equestrian venue in the South West.

Bicton Arena has announced that Empire Coachbuilders, a firm of horsebox manufacturers based in Worcestershire, are the new title sponsors of its two international horse trials next year.

The Devon venue will stage two CIC, or international, competitions in 2015, the first in April and the second in August with another affiliated event taking place in July. The new sponsorship deal means the winner of each CIC two star class will receive a substantial first prize. Arena manager Helen West said: “This is wonderful news for Bicton. We hope the considerable amount of money will encourage people to come to Devon to compete. We are absolutely delighted that such a high profile company is our new title sponsor. We are very much looking forward to working with the team at Empire Coachbuilders.”

Empire Coachbuilders are renowned among the equestrian population with several high profile riders choosing their vehicles including Australian Olympic team members Paul Tapner and Sam Griffiths and British dressage rider Michael Eilberg. Sales director James Trevatt, who used to event as an amateur, said: “Many riders compete at Bicton, including some of the top competitors in the sport and we felt it was the perfect shop window for our lorries.

“I have ridden there myself and it’s a stunning location which really lends itself to sponsorship and we are very excited about our new association.”