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ANKY Australia

ANKY Australia imports, distributes and retails an extensive range of high quality European clothing, riding wear and horse products produced by ANKY Technical Casuals.
ANKY Technical Casuals is a high quality Dutch clothing brand.  Designed by triple Olympic champion Anky van Grunsven, ATC offer the perfect balance between comfort and design. Anky van Grunsven is devoted to designing and testing clothing that combines technical materials and optimal comfort, quality and usability.

Stephanie Crittenden

Hi I’m Steph, the face behind ANKY Australia. I’d like to share my story on how my business started….

Horses were a big part of my life growing up, my parents Dirk Dijkstra & Sicca van Schaardenburg ran a riding school & warmblood stud known as the AEA. I have ridden my entire life and have a passion for animals & outdoor life.

In 2016, I was given the opportunity to work and train with Anky van Grunsven in her dressage stables in Holland. Anky has won 3 individual Olympic gold medals and numerous European and World Equestrian titles.

 Whilst working at Anky’s stables I became very familiar with the ANKY ® products and found they were extremely practical to use as part of the horses’ daily routine. I was very impressed with the quality, functionality and fashionable designs of the clothing and accessories. I loved the products immediately and saw great potential for such products in Australia. 

I was approached by ANKY ® Technical Casuals to start distribution in Australia. Although I did not have a retail background, I decided to take on the challenge, not only to start my own business, but to help people enjoy their sport and recreational activities in the best possible way.

The ATC ® products are designed around quality and comfort, using these products helps you to enjoy your sport more intensely. As a professional rider I know how important it is to use good quality products that you can rely on.

14 years later I am still loving every minute I spend working with the ANKY ® products and running our wholesale and retail distribution.  

I am now a mother of two, wife to Dave, who runs his own building company and live on a farm in South West Victoria, with horses and cattle.