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 Shine Sprays
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: Western Dressage Location: Elkhorn, WI Charity: Angel Heart Farm Joann has been teaching and training in a variety of disciplines since 1979. She is based in Southeastern Wisconsin, but travels nationally to judge and teach clinics. She welcomes all levels of riders and breeds of horses to her training regime, specializing in all forms of Dressage, and specifically Western Dressage. Western Dressage is a perfect blend of Classical Dressage and Western Traditions. The emphasis is on creating a quiet, willing partnership that correctly shows the Classical principles. At the 2016 and 2017 WDAA World Championship show, she was the overall Division Champion in Levels 2 and 3. In 2017, she won the Reserve High Score of the World show with 76% in level 3 test 4. At the 2019 WDAA World Championship Show, she was the overall division Champion in levels 3 and 4, winning 6 out of 8 division classes, reserve in 2 classes, Reserve in Costume Freestyle, and Champion in Open Freestyle. She won the High score of the entire show with 86% in Level 3 test 1. Joann has earned USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, and Bronze, Silver and Gold Freestyle bars, many USDF Regional Championships and National year end HOY and All-Breed awards with a variety of breeds of horses. She is also a USEF Welsh “R” Judge and a USEF Western Dressage “r” Judge.
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Area of Expertise: Western Pleasure, Ranch Riding, Halter, Hunter Pleasure Location: Fulton, MO Charity: Special Olympics Missouri Jennie’s journey with horses began when she managed to slip away from her parents at a silent auction fundraiser and bid on a riding lesson when she was just 10 years old. She remembers standing at the table scaring people off so she would win. Thankfully, the end result was her first lesson with a wonderful hunter/jumper instructor. She built a solid foundation that was just as much about horsemanship on the ground as equitation in the saddle. Jennie’s family moved to Oregon when she was just starting high school, and there she started riding western and joined 4H. Jennie started to get the teaching and training bug and ended up at William Woods University, a private University renowned for its Equestrian-Science program and its 300+ horses, to earn her first degree. She owned and operated Spring Creek Stables, a private training and lesson barn outside of Boise, Idaho for almost ten years before the opportunity to come back to WWU presented itself. With over 35 years of competitions under her belt, she is still just as excited to show every time she enters the arena. Jennie is currently the Professor and Director of the School of Equestrian Studies at William Woods University. She has been a faculty member at WWU since 2005, and teaches courses such as: Western Industry Topics course, Applied Western Riding, Equine Evaluation, and both freshman and senior Equestrian Seminar courses. She is the Co-Coach of the WWU Intercollegiate Judging Team, and is a WWU Honors Committee member. Jennie has coached and trained multiple amateurs, youth and horses to world, national and congress championships in multiple breeds and disciplines. She has earned over 25 national or world championships, along with reserve championships and congress titles in open competition. These have been with multiple breed organizations and disciplines (western pleasure, ranch riding, halter, hunter under saddle, hunter pleasure to name a few) She had the great pleasure of campaigning WWU owned Jazzy San Pep in 2018-19 at the major pinto shows, earning multiple championships in the ranch division and a Horse of Year award for 2019. Another horse, HF Minuette picked up two more PtHA World Championships in 2019 to bring her total to 12 World Champion titles. Jennie promotes showing multiple breeds and disciplines-- using the variety to challenge and improve both the horses and herself. She has a personal goal to add a new division or event to her belt every year. She says you are never too old to learn something new!
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Area of Expertise: Saddleseat, Show Hack, Hunter Pleasure Location: San Marcos, CA Charity: Saving Horses Inc. Jonathan Ramsey has grown up riding Arabian horses and has apprenticed under several other well-regarded trainers. He is known for his patience with amateur and youth riders and gives amazing lessons. One of his great strengths is his ability in starting young horses with ease and in a relaxed manner that allows these horses to be very successful in the show ring. Jon joined the Stachowski Training Team in May of 2010, and is currently on site full–time at their facility in southern California. He and his riders have had tremendous success at the Regional and National levels. He has put together a remarkable team of junior riders who win an impressive number of championships at Youth Nationals and Scottsdale, in a range of disciplines. His amateurs have equal success, showing their horses to wins in English pleasure, Country English Pleasure, Hunter Pleasure, Show Hack, Costume and Driving. Jon has deservedly been nominated for multiple APAHA & Reader's Choice ‘Rising Star’ awards. Last year he won the specialty horseman of the year, along with 38 National Garlands, including 7 National Championships in Hunter Pleasure and 11 National Championships in English.
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Shine sprays are perfect to give your horse that dazzling sheen right before entering a class, but can also be used as moisturizers, detanglers, and dirt repellent!
Each of our experts have selected their favorite charity to represent. A percentage of the proceeds of these liniments 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.
Established in 2001, Angel Heart Farm is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that uses equine assisted therapy for children facing chronic or life threatening illness and their families in conjunction with their medical treatments. The only program of its kind in Middle Tennessee, Angel Heart Farm serves children who are facing a host of illnesses including all forms of cancer, brain tumors, heart, liver issues, blood disorders, cystic fibrosis and several other life threatening illnesses. Families from all over the Southeast including Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, and Ohio have come to AHF for the unique therapy we provide. Angel Heart Farm is unique to the fact we work with the entire family, not just the child facing an illness. On a case by case basis, AHF works directly with children's nurses, physicians, child life specialists and social workers to ensure each child receives an experience at the farm that is most beneficial to them and their entire family. Our belief is if one person in the family is ill, the entire family unit changes. Many times the siblings need the extra attention and support. Our goal is to bring families together in a strong, healthy and safe environment filled with compassion and love in a time when they need it the most. Studies have proven that pet therapy can improve one's mental and physical health, shorten recovery time, and decrease incidents of depression in adults as well as children. Our goals are simple: Help kids be kids away from all the medical necessities and bring joy into their lives through horses and nature; allow families to reconnect in a peaceful and caring environment at no cost. To date, over 350 children and their families have experienced the peace and bond of equine assisted therapy through hands-on experiences which include brushing, feeding and riding as well as competing in local and regional horse shows