Brett Mills story is definitely, Local Boy Makes Good. Real good. Mills business, RES Equine Products, won the coveted Bend Venture Conference $250,000 grant prize in 2011. Mills developed and patented a closure mechanism for protective gear used on horses legs during rodeo events like barrel racing and team roping.
Mills has spent plenty of time in the saddle, growing up on a Central Oregon cattle ranch and competing in team roping. The business grew out of his personal experience with Velcro failing before the product it fastened did. So he started thinking about what kind of an apparatus would last as long as the gear itself.
He said his thought process went like this: How can we replace the product that wears out, much like a shoelace or a tire on a car? We don’t replace the whole car just the part that wears out.]]>