Each month, we select 5 horse care products and put them to the test in a side-by-side competition. We select 3 Expert Equestrians, among various disciplines, to rate and review each of the products based on specific criteria. We then post the judges' cards and the winning line up below, to help you find the perfect products for you and your horse! A percentage of the proceeds of the products reviewed will be given to the charities that our experts have chosen to represent. For this month, our experts rated Shedding Tools
We have posted each of our experts scores and critiques, so you can get all the details about these products and how they stack up to the competition.
Area of Expertise: American Baskir Curly Horses Location: Reno, Nevada Accolades: President of the American Bashkir Curly Registry, Owner of Ironwoods Events Center and High Desert Equine Joan Olson, owner of High Desert Equine and Ironwood Events Center, has been a Curly horse owner, breeder and lover for over 20 years. Getting her start with a few little untrained Curly horses in Wisconsin in 2000, she is now located just outside Reno, Nevada and owns one of the largest herds in the Western U.S. Her breeding program stands three full registered American Bashkir Curly Stallions, including a double registered Curly Missouri Foxtrotter, of which there are currently only six in the world. She also boasts ownership of two horses who have been inducted into the American Bashkir Curly Hall of Fame. She produces full Curlies as well as Curly Foxtrotters and outcross Curlies of the sport horse type. While High Desert Equine is primarily her breeding program, Ironwood Events Center is a full-service facility with three full time trainers on staff. The equestrian team can be seen competing frequently at Hunter/Jumper and Dressage Shows with many wins to their credit. In addition to horse shows, the Center also hosts other events including dog agility trials, ropings, livestock shows, poultry shows, clinics, community meetings, baby showers, weddings, and birthday parties among others. The Center is also a Red Cross facility, and is the valley fire evacuation point. During wildfire season, Ironwood Events Center has hosted over 300 evacuated animals and people. Joan has been the President of the American Bashkir Curly Registry for many years, helping these rare and awesome horses at all levels.The American Bashkir Curly Registry was established in Ely Nevada in 1971 with only 21 horses. The Registry has since moved to Florence Kentucky and now has registered over 4000 horses to date. It has also established a DNA database to help owners of Curlies with unknown parentage to find their ancestors. Joan invites anyone who would like to come meet the Curly Horses to come visit!! Check us out at www.ironwoodeventcenter.com and www.hdequine.com or on our facebook page! Want to know more about Curlies? Check out our Corro Stories article: American Bashkir Curly Horses: What You Need To Know About This Beautiful Breed
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Area of Expertise: Polo Location: Indio, CA Accolades: 20 goal America’s Cup, Silver Cup, and North American Cup Outdoor handicap: 4 Arena handicap: 7 Jared Sheldon is a 3rd generation polo player after his father and grandfather, born in Poway, CA. He started playing polo with adults at the age of 7 and has not looked back since. His accomplishments have come at every level from Interscholastic and Intercollegiate National Tournaments to representing the USA in the Federation of International Polo’s World Cup. He has won the 20 goal America’s Cup, Silver Cup, and North American Cup at clubs in Palm Beach, FL and Santa Barbara, CA but calls the polo fields in Indio, Ca home. For over a decade Sheldon has competed and won at each level offered between the Eldorado and Empire polo clubs there. Besides playing in Florida and California, Sheldon also competes in New York, Texas, Colorado and Wyoming. He has successfully represented the USA in international tournaments in India, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Australia, and Florida. Horses from his string of between 15 to 20 polo ponies have received numerous Best Playing Pony awards, and those are his most treasured accolades. Off the field, Sheldon teaches polo clinics and lessons at polo clubs and schools across the country, including the University of Virginia, and Garrison Forest. In 2019 he coached the Under-18 USA Jr team to victory against the English in the Westchester Cup. Jared met his wife Dani playing collegiate polo and they are the proud parents of their own two Jr. polo players (Charles and Catalina). Jared is very passionate and active in teaching and coaching junior polo programs throughout his travels. You can contact Jared through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on instagram @hattrickpolo Want to learn more about Jared and polo? Check out our Corro Stories article: What It Takes to Be a Professional Polo Player with Jared Sheldon
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Area of Expertise: Cowboy Mounted Shooting Location: Larkspur, Colorado Accolades: 2019#1 Cowgirl in Cowboy Mounted Shooting, 2019 Eastern US Champion Cowgirl, 2019 Reserve Champion Cowgirl, 2019 High Point Champion Cowgirl Pistol and Rifle. De Chapman discovered mounted shooting during a time when she was traveling with her toddler daughter, Biven, to barrel races 5 times a week with her futurity horses as well as her WPRA horse. At the same time, her husband, Paul, was competing in shooting competitions like Trap Shooting, Bench Rest Shooting and SASS ground shooting. As a family, they hated having to head different directions every weekend. So, over the next few years they met local shooters and went to practices, to start acclimating their horses to mounted shooting.They fell in love with the people in the sport and the camaraderie that seemed especially unique to the sport. Because Cowboy Mounted Shooting has only been around since the 1990s, most of the competitors come from varying equine disciplines. They realized, and loved, that it truly is a FAMILY SPORT. Senior competitors make up roughly 1/3 of the members, and it is not unusual to see 3 generations traveling and competing together with classes for children, open and senior competitors. Because of this, they all get to compete together at Cowboy Mounted Shooting events and get to travel as a family to all of their competitions. The Chapmans even have their own personal family competition, competing for the coveted prize -- the tv remote at the Chapman house. Every member of their family is now a level 6 shooter, which happens to be the highest level of shooting, and a rare accomplishment in the sport. In 2019, De was ranked #1 Cowgirl in Cowboy Mounted Shooting, winning titles such as the 2019 Eastern US Champion Cowgirl, 2019 Reserve Champion Cowgirl and the 2019 High Point Champion Cowgirl Pistol and Rifle. At home and on the road, De offers lessons, clinics, and coaching for kids and adults getting into mounted shooting, as well as those that want to hone their skills. She is working on some cowboy mounted shooting futurity prospects of her own as well. Want to learn more about De Chapman or Cowboy Mounted Shooting? Check out Corro Stories Article: Cowboy Mounted Shooting with De Chapman
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During shedding season, you can control the timing of mess and shorten its duration by going over the horse with your favorite shedding tool during vigorous daily grooming sessions. Those daily sessions will collect the worst of the hair in one area and can shorten the shedding season by a week or more!
Each of our experts have selected their favorite charity to represent. A percentage of the proceeds of these shedding tools will go to each charity, and you can also donate directly to them at checkout!! Click on each charity logo to learn more about them.
Most recently, Joan was instrumental in helping to establish a 501c3 organization, The Curly Horse Advocate, whose mission is to help with rescue/adoption, research and education on these amazing horses. You can find more information on their facebook page or website.