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 Spot Removers / Spray Shampoos
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: Para Dressage Location: Wellington, Florida Charity: Wheatland Farm Equestrian Center USA Paralympic Rider, Roxanne Trunnell, used to be a high level able bodied dressage rider until 2009 when the H1N1 virus struck her down. She suddenly had trouble walking and talking one afternoon, and was admitted into the hospital. There they put her into an induced coma and airlifted her to sacred heart hospital in Spokane, WA on October 31, 2009. The doctor's could never quite pinpoint what had happened but the closest they could come was that she got H1N1, which turned into encephalitis. Then (as if that wasn't' enough) her brain swelled and a tiny blood clot dislodged itself from her leg and went to her brain where it rearranged her "computer and navigation system". She then got the diagnosis of Cerebellum Ataxia & classified as a Grade I Para Equestrian. Roxie is currently ranked as number 1 in the world. She’s successfully competed at two World Equestrian Games as a USA Team Rider (2014 WEG in Normandy, France; 2018 WEG in Tryon, North Carolina). She received the Bronze medal during the freestyle portion of the 2018 WEG. Roxie also competed at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a USA Individual rider, and is the 2019 National Champion. She currently trains at Woodard Dressage in Wellington, FL with Andrea Woodard on Karin Flint's Dolton, a 7 year old Hannovieran gelding.
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Area of Expertise: Icelandic Horses Location: North Fort Myers, FL Charity: South West Florida Horse Rescue Alex began her career with Icelandic horses in 1997 in her birth country of Germany. Before she moved with her family to the United States she competed with many different horses at various levels and achieved wins and placings at high level competitions in Germany and France. She competed and placed at the highest levels in Five Gait and Four Gait, including participation in the German Championships. Having attained the IPZV Trainer B level in 2012, Alex moved on to accomplish her dream of becoming an International FEIF Judge. One of her greatest accomplishments was her success in the FEIF International Judges test in 2015, which she needed to pass in order to become a US National Judge. She achieved the highest score of all the candidates including highly experienced judges taking the test on the international judge level. It was an even greater accomplishment to pass the same test again in 2016 in Iceland for the international license. She was one of 3 people out of 30 who passed the test. Becoming an International FEIF Judge in such a short period of time has never happened before. In 2017, Alex was nominated for the FEIF award of “Trainer/Instructor of the Year.” Despite strong competition from other countries, she won the award. Alex currently judges competitions and teaches clinics in the United States, Canada and Europe. She currently trains at several Icelandic farms, including Lettleiki Icelandics and Florida Ice Horse Farm. To contact either of these farms, or to reach her, go to https://lettleikiicelandics.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/Florida-Icehorsefarm-1516578055248939/
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Area of Expertise: Pleasure and Combined Driving Location: Southern Pines, North Carolina Charity: Ronald McDonald House charity Wiebe and Amy Dragstra have owned and operated Dragstra Stables at Blue Valley Farm, Southern Pines, North Carolina, since 1995. Wiebe’s driving experience began many years ago on his family’s Friesian breeding farm in the Netherlands. In the 1979 – 1980 Wiebe completed an internship in England at Hurstwood Hackney Stud Farm, working with Frank and Cynthia Hayden’s Hackneys. At Hurstwood, Wiebe competed in Pleasure Driving and Combined Driving competitions (through international levels). Wiebe then spent ten years working at the Royal Stables in the Netherlands. While there Wiebe went to Dillenburg, Germany several times to perfect his Achenbach driving skills. In 1990 Wiebe moved to the United States where he campaigned a Haflinger four-in-hand for Tudor Oaks Farm in Illinois. In his time in the states, he has accomplished many accolades, some of the top including: 2018 WEG Qualified, 2017 ADS Intermediate Four In Hand Champions, and Mutliple American Intermediate Pair Champions. The Dragstra’s focus on training young horses and ponies to ride and drive. They also specialize in preparing Friesian horses for the annual inspection, the KFPS Keuring, preparing and fitting up horses to show at peak condition. Dragstra Stables is a full service boarding and training facility, welcoming layups and horses needing rehabilitation. They also have horses for sale including Friesians, Arabo Friesians, Dutch Warmbloods and Dutch Harness Horses. The Dragstra family believes horses teach us empathy, compassion, and respect. Horses encourage us to be fit, active and healthy. To check out Dragstra stables and contact Wiebe or Amy, go to https://www.dragstrastables.net/
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Spot Removers / Spray Shampoos are the perfect solution to keeping your horse clean during the winter months without having to get them wet for a full bath. They also work great for quick touch-ups right before entering a competition!
Each of our experts have selected their favorite charity to represent. A percentage of the proceeds of these spray shampoos 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.
Irish tenor Mark Forrest and his wife, Muriel, began the Faith & Family Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization in 1999. Providing excellent quality and much-needed services in a warm, loving, family-centered environment is what Mark and Muriel Forrest work to do every day at their Wheatland Farm in Purcellville, Virginia. Wheatland Farm is a USEF / USPEA Para-dressage Center of Excellence -- just the fourth such center to have been so named nationwide. Wheatland is also a fully inclusive traditional English riding program; provides adaptive and traditional aquatics, a wheelchair lending program and fun outdoor activities. All programs are designed to include siblings and typically developing children in an all-inclusive environment, and are provided by The Faith & Family Foundation at Wheatland Farm throughout the year.