Intec Performance Gear was founded by two seasoned equine industry veterans, Frank Plastino and Izzy Strauss.

The Plastino family has been crafting equestrian caps and helmets for nearly sixty years. In 1986 Frank founded International Riding Helmets, which has been at the forefront of rider safety ever since. Frank is an original member of the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) committee on equestrian headgear and a contributor to the development of industry standard F1163.90a.

Izzy Strauss graduated from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology with a degree in Management Engineering Technology. He spent more than two decades as senior management with several major apparel companies before helping lead Miller Harness through the next decade as a Product Division Executive.

In 1997 Frank and Izzy started Intec Performance Gear with a few, affordable and innovative products to make life better and safer for riders everywhere. Now, after almost 20 successful years, Intec holds numerous equine-related patents and has expanded it’s offering to include hundreds of best-selling equestrian products.

Intec’s top-selling lines include Intec horse supplies, Mudruckers footwear, M. Toulouse English saddles and bridles, Flex Rider technical horse supplies, and Soft-Grip Crops, Bats & Whips.

Frank and Izzy continue to design and develop innovative and affordable equestrian goods so that every rider can have the best of everything.