APF Pro has been an important element in the management of all of Matt and Cecily’s upper level horses for years. Thanks to APF Pro we have been able to ship our horses coast to coast and know that they have the best chance at remaining healthy during transport and will arrive at the competitions ready to perform their best. We are thankful to APF for their support!
Blossom Creek Foundation
Based in beautiful Napa Valley, Blossom Creek Foundation has been an incredible and essential source of support for Matt and Cecily for several years. BCF was formed to give an opportunity to individuals of all ages to learn basic horsemanship, how to care for and nurture horses, and how to excel in equestrian amateur sports. One of their most rewarding activities is to provide world-class training opportunities and funding to emerging riders who are dedicated to competing and achieving success at national and international competitions.
Matt and Cecily have been feeding Cavalor since 2013 and have noticed a marked improvement in their horses’ muscle tone, digestion and overall appearance. Our favorite thing about Cavalor feed is the easily digestible whole grains, and the fact that the feed is processed in plants dedicated strictly to horse feeds so we don’t have to worry about any cross contamination from cattle feeds and drugs used in those types feeds. It’s also always comforting as a competitor to know that the feed and supplements you’re using are made with the highest attention to quality and are FEI legal.
Fleeceworks is the manufacturer of the world’s finest Australian Merino Equestrian Products. Their priority is the enhanced performance and comfort of our equine partners and nothing will guarantee this like their hand-selected Australian Merino Sheepskin. No lycra (spandex), polyurea, teflon, or copolymers in their product. They take great pride in delivering pads that not only are crisp fashion styles but high-end environmentally responsible performance products as well. No matter what your style of riding, they offer products that will fit your needs.
Matt first started using Gumbits in 2014 when one of his top horses started suffering from a dry mouth, leading to cracks on his lips and some teeth grinding. We happened upon Gumbits in a tack store at a horseshow and decided to give them a try. Matt’s horse performed his best dressage test of his career so far, and his teeth grinding wasn’t to be heard again. From that point on we were believers and don’t ride without Gumbits. It can help relieve dry mouth or teeth grinding, but also helps to promote healthy salivation and a good ride in horses that don’t have any particular problems. And the horses always love hearing the bag rattling with Gumbits before their ride!
Kastel Denmark strives to bring you the best in UV protection active-wear that you can wear all day. Kastel Denmark by Charlotte Jorst is inspired by the strength of fortress “kastels” in her native country, Denmark. Channeling contemporary Danish Design, she was also able to capture important functional elements including protection from the sun while staying cool and active, along with durability and quality. Simplicity paired with fashionable flare reflects her Danish heritage and love for timeless design.
Manna Pro products give your horse the proven, effective, insect protection they deserve. Whether you want quick insect knockdown and kill, long lasting repellency or natural protection that is safe around children and pets, Manna Pro has the protection you want backed by proven performance.
Jill at Malvern Saddlery is the genius behind turning Matt, Cecily, and their horses out well. Jill has a discerning eye and impeccable taste, and can be counted on to stock products that meet only the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. Malvern Saddlery has all that you need, from stylish show coats, well-fitting breeches in technical fabrics, customizable helmets and well-measured custom boots to blankets and boots for your horse. When we were based on the West Coast we could just shoot Jill and email and tell her what we needed, and it would be on our doorstep within days, along with helpful suggestions of brands or equipment to try. Now that we live nearby we love heading to the shop to see what incredible finds Jill has waiting for us while we stop in to pick up the usual staple items. Malvern Saddlery will provide you with the personal touch and product knowledge of a boutique with the access to stock and sizes of an online store.
Sterling Essentials is focused on developing and providing products that elevate the day-to-day equestrian experience. Their products are inspired by horses and developed with their well-being in mind. Sterling-Essentials is effective, but are also gentle on our horses and actually liked by our horses. They offer scented natural leather cleaners and conditioners that provide gentle, effective care for your leather. Their products contain a special blend of natural food-grade products, as well as therapeutic grade essential oils. This ensures that your leather is nourished and protected while still being gentle on you and on your horse. Sterling-Essentials conditioner provides a natural barrier to protect against water damage, mold, and mildew, keeping your leather in mint condition year round. Additionally, their cleaner is specially formulated to match the pH of leather. Both the leather cleaner and the leather conditioner are offered in several different fragrances.
Premier Equine is internationally recognized as one of the leading brands in the world of leg protection and blanketing. Our horses benefit daily from the state-of-the-art air cooling technology and tendon protection provided by Premier Equine’s boots. Their turnout and stable rugs are durable and do an excellent job of regulating horses’ body temperatures while remaining breathable. Premier Equine’s innovative products and customer service are top notch, and we are proud to be partnered with this innovative company.
Jill at Malvern Saddlery turned us on to Samshield Helmets and gloves, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have found a helmet that fits so well, stays cool on the hottest days, and looks incredibly stylish. Samshield has many innovative and stylish designs to choose from to make your helmet compliment your style. One of the best features of the helmets has to be the easily removable and washable padded lining. The gloves also come in many different tasteful colors to match your look or your mood while still giving you maximum comfort and feel on the reins.
Tota Comfort System
The Tota Comfort Noseband™ combines anatomical expertise with elite tack design to revolutionize the fit, function, and performance of bridles across the disciplines, from dressage to show jumping. The Tota Comfort Noseband™ reduces poll pressure by eliminating the forward angle of traditional nosebands along the cheekbone, freeing the TMJ joint and facial nerves.
Malvern Saddlery is one of very few dealers of Tucci boots in the US, carrying both the off-the-rack tall boots and half chaps/paddock boots and made-to-order custom boots. Tucci has so many options when it comes to the custom boots, and my favorite part about my beautiful dress boots is the soft ankle and calf with the stiff outer leg. I honestly cannot walk from the stabling area to the arena without getting compliments on my boots, they are the nicest pair of boots I’ve ever owned. They also have so many options for paddock boots and half chaps so you can maintain a unique style while schooling at home as well.
Matt and Cecily have been using Voltaire Saddles and accessories since 2012. Having ridden in other brands of French saddles, we had adopted the opinion that the saddles themselves were basically similar between brands and that it was the person fitting your horse that made the real difference. After riding in a Voltaire for the first time we discovered that the saddles are a cut above the rest in many ways. First and foremost, the shape of the panels sit well on the horse’s back, as opposed to many other saddles that may rock around due to the banana shape that the panels have. Voltaire also has the best fitters working with them, making sure the panels are customized to the horse so that the balance of each saddle is perfect. They also understand that event horses in particular change shape often, and work with you to make necessary changes to the saddle as the horse changes. The quality of the leather and craftsmanship of the saddles is second to none, making the break-in time practically non-existent while still being a durable saddle. Lastly, the saddles put the rider in a wonderful balance, and the fitters work with each rider to make sure that the saddle enhances their position and meets even the pickiest preferences.
Circle Oak Equine
While based on the West Coast Matt and Cecily were lucky enough to partner with Circle Oak Equine for the rehabilitation and fitness needs of their horses. The staff at Circle Oak is knowledgeable, experienced and friendly, making sure that the needs of both the horse and human are not only met but exceeded. We used many of the state of the art amenities that Circle Oak has to offer, including the hydrohorse underwater treadmill, which helped keep our horses in top shape for competitions. We are incredibly thankful to Ron and Sarah Malone, Dr. Carrie Schlachter, Kari Farley, and the entire Circle Oak staff for their expert handling of our horses and their generosity while we lived and training in Northern California.