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06/18/09

AFFILIATE OF PRO EQUINE GROUP ACQUIRES RHE HATCO INC.

 RHE Hatco Inc., manufacturer and marketer of Resistol, Stetson, Charlie 1 Horse, Wrangler and Dobbs hats as well as Resistol Apparel, announced the acquisition of the Garland, Texas-based company by an affiliate of Pro Equine Group. The transaction closed on June 3.

 RHE Hatco Inc., formerly a subsidiary of Arena Brands Inc., is a leading designer and producer of authentic Western and dress lifestyle headwear for men and women. The Resistol-branded company was established in 1927. The Stetson history dates back to 1865.

The buyer, an affiliate of Pro Equine Group, provides a range of products to the rodeo, team roping, calf roping, cutting, Reining horse, barrel racing, and ranching worlds. Their holdings include Cactus Ropes, Heel-O-Matic Training Systems, Fast Back Ropes, Pro Equine Products, and Cactus Saddlery.

Cactus Ropes and Fast Back Ropes are manufacturers and marketers of high-quality ropes used by cowboys and cowgirls in both rodeo competition and practice arenas. These ropes are endorsed by the top Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association contestants traveling today’s circuits.

 Heel-O-Matic Training Systems is a manufacturer and marketer of mechanical and stationary practice units for teaching and training ropers, as well as performance horses. These mechanical robot cattle and training systems prepare today’s ropers for the competition arena. Pro Equine Products manufactures and markets state of the art protective leg wear and related products for the protection and safety of today’s equine investment.

\Cactus Saddlery of Greenville, Texas is a Western saddle maker producing quality saddles used in the team roping, calf roping, cutting, reining, barrel racing, trail riding, and ranching worlds. They also manufacture and market saddle pads, headgear and saddle blankets under the Cactus Saddlery, Resistol, and Relentless brands. Additionally, they manufacture and market Cactus-branded equine leather leg protection. Cactus Saddlery also markets and distributes an exclusive line of hand-engraved spurs and bits. This collection of fine sterling silver trimmed products is designed by Kerry Kelly and is 100 percent USA made.

(800) 288-6579; resistolhat.com; stetsonhat; charlie1horse.com