About Us

My Story

My name is Nicki Botten and I live in the beautiful Adelaide Hills in South Australia with my loving & supportive husband and beautiful daughter on our scenic 90 Acre Hobby Farm. Here we have significantly down sized on this property of which we now run a small number of beef cattle and of course our extended family of beloved Quarter Horses.

Previous to our Adelaide Hills Property, my husband and I ran his family Cattle property at Waitpinga on the Fleurieu Peninsula (SA), which consisted of 200 x M/Grey & Angus Breeder Cows and 450 plus head of steers and heifer on the fat block. Needless to say it kept us quite busy. With our love of cattle and love our horses, we combined to become “CowHorse Holdings” (previously 5 Star Pads Australia) of which was established in 2013.

When it comes to what gear I use on my horses, I have always been passionate about the quality of the product, along with the utmost importance being the comfort the product provides my horses, as well as the protection and support it provides my horses to enable them to perform at their best in the gear I tack them up in. It was upon one day on one of my many chats with a long time friend, that the idea was put into my head that I need to start making the 5 Star Products more available within Australia and to others who are looking for a REAL pad that provides superior support, comfort and fit, where other production line pads have failed myself and others in the past.

Once CowHorse Holdings was established, I took it upon myself to promote my love of these products and started importing them into Australia, firstly starting out with the 5 Star 100% Wool Pads & 100% Mohair Cinches and then branching out into the Martin Saddles. The success of the Pads was amazing and the number of saddle orders is astounding that I have brought into Australia. Many customers who have purchased 5 Star Pads and Cinches & Martin Saddles have been so impressed with the comfort they provide their horses, the quality of the products and have returned and recommended my services and these products to others in the industry.

I have been always been a big believer in, “you get what you pay for” and I know that I have personally used the Martin Saddlery Saddles for over 15 years and 5 Star Pads for the past 9 years. Both products are World Class products that are used by many champion horsemen and horsewomen across the world. Both Martin Saddles and 5 Star Pads are HAND MADE in the USA, custom made to order, made from only the finest quality materials, the best designed products and made by the most professional craftsmen, proving year after year to stand the test of time because of the quality and care take to make them.

I look forward to chatting with you soon and thank you for taking the time to read My Story.

Martin Saddles and 5 Star Pads are the choice of Champions and are made for work and built to last!!!

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