Noelle Floyd Style Review: We're a Top 3!

Noelle Floyd Style compared scented leather care products to come up with a list of the best of the best, and Sterling Essentials made the list!

Check it out: The Three Best Scented Leather Cleaners to Try Right Now

The brand was founded to fill a gap in the market for a leather clean that wouldn’t irritate even the most sensitive skin. And the cleaner does a great job of wiping away dirt.
— Noelle Floyd Style, Esther Hahn, September 8, 2016
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Posted on September 20, 2017 .

Three Cheers for National Champions Matt Brown and BCF Belicoso!

Matt Brown and BCF Belicoso, PC: Eventing Nation

Matt Brown and BCF Belicoso, PC: Eventing Nation

There has to be something to be said for following your dreams. Not that long ago, Matt Brown rededicated himself to following his dreams to become an Olympian and a top international rider. Fast forward a few years and Matt is well on his way to making those dreams come true! Matt Brown just won the 2017 USEA Adequan Advanced Gold Cup aboard BCF Belicoso! This prestigious win is just one more exciting accomplishment for Matt Brown, who also placed 6th at Rolex Kentucky this year.

We are so proud of Matt, Belicoso, and the East West team, and are pleased to support them as they follow their dreams. We can relate - dreams, hard work, and a great team definitely make wonderful things happen! Keep an eye on Matt - he is going places!

Matt and BCF Belicoso are National Champions!

Matt Brown and BCF Belicoso Clinch USEA Adequan Advanced Gold Cup Final Victory

Posted on September 11, 2017 .

Hi Kentucky! We're Here!

We are pleased to announce that our products are now available at The Tack Shop of Lexington in Lexington, Kentucky! You will be able to find our leather care line through The Tack Shop of Lexington's online site, as well as on location at their beautiful store. As the fates would have it, we actually met the shop owner this past winter...and as they say, the rest is history. It is very exciting to now be a tiny part of the fabric of the Lexington community, which can be argued to be one of, if not the horse capital of the world!

Check out their site!

Posted on September 5, 2017 .

We're Ready for the ODS Championship Show!

We are really excited to be a part of this year's Oregon Dressage Society Annual Championship Show. It has been a busy few weeks getting ready, but we are now all primed and ready to be a sponsor in the show's Vendor Village. The show is September 8-10, and it is hard to believe that is almost already here! Held at the beautiful DevonWood Equestrian Centre in Sherwood, OR, this show is shaping up to be a fantastic event: gorgeous venue, lovely displays of horsemanship, fantastic on-site shopping - what's not to love! Come on by and visit our booth just to say "hi" and take a peek at all of the goodies we will have available. See you there!

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Posted on August 24, 2017 .

Glowing Review from Northwest Horse Source

Northwest Horse Source, one of the prominent horse publications and equestrian voices in the Pacific Northwest, just completed a review of our products...with glowing words!

"Sterling Essentials makes a fantastic natural leather cleaner and conditioner. I found it to be very effective as a cleaner and the conditioner really transformed the bridle I treated. Nice fragrance too!" - Northwest Horse Source Publishers Review

June 2017 Northwest Horse Source

 

Posted on June 18, 2017 .

Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF Finish 6th at Rolex!

Matt Brown and Super Socks BCF rocked it at Rolex Kentucky this year, coming in at a stellar 6th place finish! We had wonderful time keeping track of their progress, watching their rides on USEF Network, and getting more and more excited as each of the three days passed. What an awesome and talented team. We are so lucky to be one of their sponsors! One of the neatest things I enjoyed watching was how Matt was so in-tune with Super Socks. I loved seeing Matt give Super Socks a stroke on the neck or little pat from time to time over the cross country course, a little atta' boy for a job well done and some extra encouragement to keep on truckin'. Many congratulations again to this fantastic pair!

Photo courtesy of Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

Posted on May 7, 2017 .

Proud Sponsor of Brawley Farms Inc.

We are so pleased to announce that we are now a very proud sponsor of Brawley Farms Inc. out of Double Oak, Texas. Dana and Bob are talented horsemen, award winning competitors, and just incredibly warm and enjoyable people! 

Bob has over 30 years of experience on the hunter jumper circuit, and his dynamic career has been extremely successful. He started showing and training in Oregon under the guidance of his mother, Judy Brawley. Together they ran a show barn that included a string of hunters, jumpers, juniors and amateurs.

In 2003, Bob moved to Southern California to establish his own training stable, and in 2011 he relocated his hunter jumper stable to Texas. Bob is known for his classic style, quality horsemanship, and unwavering attention to detail. He easily and effortlessly conveys these virtues to his students and horses giving them the ability to have confident, fun, and successful show careers.

Bob and his students have earned numerous year end awards with USEF, PCHA, and THJA as well as championships throughout North America including Capital Challenge, Spruce Meadows, Thermal Desert Circuit, Arizona Winter Circuit, Del Mar National, Pin Oak Charity, and many Blenheim horse shows.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • 2012 USEF National Horse of the Year, 3'6" Performance Working Hunters
  • 30+ Grand Prix Career Wins
  • 9 Top-5 finishes in USHJA International Hunter Derbies
  • Coached numerous riders to wins in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search, ASPCA Maclay, USEF Medal, Ariat National Adult Medal, THIS National Children’s Medal, CPHA Medal, PCHA Medal, Foxfield Medal, and many others
Posted on May 7, 2017 .

Get in Tip Top Shape for the Show Season with Spring Cleaning

Yes, finally it is spring! I think many of us thought it would never come this year. Of course, spring's arrival also means that show season is just around the corner (or even actually in full swing for many). In order to prepare for the year ahead, now is a great time to do some extra intense tack spring cleaning in order to make sure all of your equipment is in wonderful condition and to also get into shining, supple condition.

This year I feel like my spring cleaning won't be too big a deal because I do a quick condition check of my tack before my rides each week, as well as usually do at least a quick cleaning after each ride. However, I've got a clinic coming up with Melanie Smith Taylor in May, so I'm looking at the cleanliness and suppleness of my tack with an even more critical eye.

Here are some of the tips I recommend you give a try so that your tack is happy and in wonderful condition for any upcoming clinics or shows (as well is in excellent shape for your everyday rides for the coming months):

1. Thoroughly inspect all of your equipment. Checking for condition of stitching, cracking or weak leather, worn or frayed elastic, operation and wear of buckles and brass. If items are beyond repair, then replacing portions of equipment may be in order to ensure your safety and the safety of your horse.

2. Take all of your tack apart and give it an intense cleaning. Get into all of those nooks and crannies you usually can't reach when everything is buckled and strapped together. A soft bristle toothbrush can be a help tool at this stage.

3. Got lots of dirt in the holes of your bridle or stirrup leather? Gently use a toothpick to poke out the grime, followed by a wipe with a cleaner.

4. Lightly condition all leather once everything is clean as a whistle. Start with the lightest coat of conditioner first. If the conditioner soaks in instantly, your leather might be pretty thirsty and you might then do a second very light conditioner application. Ideally, your leather should absorb your conditioner over the course of a few minutes. After this point, any excess conditioner should be wiped off.

5. Gently flex your leather as you are conditioning it. This helps supple your leather by flexing the leather's fibers, but it also encourages the leather pores to open in order to better absorb your conditioner.

Yay, you're done! This gets you to a nice baseline for your equipment for the season. Now (groan!) the biggest challenge is to try to keep up with a regular cleaning (after each ride ideally) and conditioning (every two-three weeks more or less depending on where you live) so that your tack stays in great shape all year. Plus, this means a bonus that your Spring Cleaning next year might not be quite so much work!

Posted on April 23, 2017 .