Oakley Horseboxes recognised for outstanding contributions to industry at Royal attended City of London Ceremony
Oakley Horseboxes has been recognised by The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers for their outstanding contributions to technological advancements in transport, that includes elegance, quality and commercial significance. After rigorous evaluation Oakley was selected from within the coach built horseboxes sector to receive the 2013 Award to Industry.
The Master Coachmaker, The Hon Michael Callaghan was particularly impressed by the high quality of Oakley's work, craftsmanship and determination to offer bespoke vehicles to meet customers' exacting requirements.
The award was presented to founder and owner of Oakley Horseboxes Brian Oakley as a Guest of Honour at the annual Award to Industry Dinner which was held at Vintners' Hall in the City of London on the 23rd January 2014.
In attendance were the Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall, The Duchess of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent.
Previous winners of the Award to Industry have included; Jaguar Cars, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, The Morgan Motor Company, Land Rover, BMW Group, TAG Aviation, The Lotus Group and British Leyland.
With a family run history of over 67 years the Hertfordshire based and internationally operating Oakley Horseboxes proudly craft bespoke horseboxes to the leading names in Showing, Show Jumping, Eventing Dressage, Racing, Polo and Driving as well as providing service to the country's Police Forces, Horse Transportation companies and charity organisations.
Today's boxes are far removed from the mahagony built horseboxes built by Oakley 67 years ago. As the result of Oakley's continuos pursuit of innovation in design, technology and user experience the boxes today allow for builds of up to 39ft and feature luxury hotel class accommodation within. Notably, Oakley are recognised for their more pioneering achievements including the incorporation of the chassis cab into the body work allowing easy access between the two areas, whilst retaining the vehicles tilt cab with a fully waterproof seal and the hydraulically operated pull out side extensions to living accommodations, shower rooms and horse areas. As such Oakley are considered to be the foremost horsebox builder in the world.
The Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers was formed in 1677 after receiving its Royal Charter from King Charles II on 31st May to become the 72nd Livery Company of the City of London.
Through their charitable trust they support training and education in the modern automotive and aerospace industries, while continuing to support activities associated with traditional coach and harness making.
Oakley Staff Raise Money and Awareness for The British Heart Foundation
On Sunday 15th June staff for Oakley Horseboxes completed an 54 mile bike ride from London to Brighton in aid of The British Heart Foundation. Their ride made over £500 in good, sunny weather conditions.
The New Mr & Mrs Gillie Get Married In Style
Congratulations to Mr Alan Gillie & Miss Katie Wilson, who were recently married in Kelso, Scotland. The happy couple were pictured outside their mode of transport, one of the companies exclusive Oakley Supremacy Scania horseboxes.
German Oakley Goes Into Retirement
For over 40 years now we have driven our horsebox with Oakley authentic wood construction. At the end of 2013, it will unfortunately go into retirement.
We had many wonderful trips with him, and in the past ten years, at each tournament we were at , we caused a lot of attention.
The younger generation were amused by our driving chassis cab. Only very old tournament rabbits were in awe, because they still knew the nobel version of a horsebox. But the main thing was, our horses were transported safely, felt comfortable and came to the goal!
We are no longer able to restore our Oakley transporter, and he has now, of course, some blemishes. We would find it a pity that we had to retire him without appreciation. Therefore, we have sent you the photos. We might even take a last journey to England.
Anyway, we want to thank you for the well thought out design. We are happy to recommend your products, although we may find it a little damaging to sales that your horse transporters are so durable ...
Warmest greetings from Uschi Augustin, Ebermannstadt in Bavaria, Germany.
2013 Longines Royal International, Hickstead.
Charles Oakley presenting winners Emily Ward and Prospect Eddie with the Oakley Horsebox Young Riders prize.
Oakley Horseboxes Celebrate Brian Oakley's 80th birthday
Brian Oakley celebrating his 80th birthday in March 2013. Oakley horseboxes was born 66 years ago, when Brian built his 1st horsebox at the age of 14.
On Tuesday 6th March 2012, two of our young coachbuilders Adam Waller & Mathew Bowden were involved in a tragic road accident which unfortunately led to their loss of life. Our thoughts are with their family and friends at this very sad time. The loss has been felt throughout the Whole Oakley Company.
OAKLEY HORSEBOXES MOURN THE DEATH OF BARRY OAKLEY
Barry Oakley died on Sunday 24th January 2010, aged 70, after bravely fighting illness over the past six years.
Barry joined his brother Brian, who founded Oakleys, after he had served an apprenticeship with British Aerospace (Formerly the "De Havilland Aircraft Company") as an airframe and aircraft engineer.
Over a period of 50 years, supported by a highly skilled and dedicated staff, he helped build Oakley Horseboxes in to today's multi-million pound turnover company renowned throughout the whole equestrian world. Some of the standard features you see in many manufacturers horseboxes today are the result of Barry, Brian and the teams pioneering innovation.
A friendly affable man, Barry had a strong but kind personality and was held in great esteem by the Oakley staff. His close relationship with customers greatly helped to ensure that the Oakley policy to build boxes to individual customer requirements was always carefully adhered to.
He married twice and is survived by his wife Sue, children Sandra, Stephen, Francis, Andrew and 5 Grandchildren.