The Walsh Company: 100 Years in Harness

This year, the Walsh Company, one of the elite harness manufacturing companies in the world, will join such American industry icons as Exxon Mobil, Johnson & Johnson, and Coca-Cola in celebrating at least 100 years of being in business.

According to Yale University professor Richard Foster, the average life expectancy of companies today is about 15 years, which makes Walsh's recent achievement all the more impressive, but not surprising to those who use their products.

"It's a true testament to the quality of their workmanship," said trainer Tony Alagna, a longtime customer of Walsh and conditioner of champions such as Captaintreacherous and My MVP. "Nobody stays around for that long without putting out a great product."

Excellence and innovation have defined the company since the very beginning, back in 1914.