Restore Moldy Leather the Natural Way

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear at Sterling Essentials is, "How do you kill and prevent mold and mildew on leather tack?" To answer this, we've put together a short video with our best tips on how to give mold the one-two punch using natural ingredients and methods. No harsh chemicals or bleach needed!

As you watch, keep in mind the three major tips:

1. Clean, clean, clean = dry it out!

2. Sunshine

3. Essential Oils

Check it out!

Posted on March 19, 2018 .

A Refresh on Goals with Matt Brown

With the approach of spring and hopefully longer, sunnier, warmer, drier days of riding just around the corner it seems like a great time for all of us to revisit our goals for the year and spark some new motivation!

 Matt Brown USEA Adequan Gold Cup Advanced Win 2017 with BCF Belicoso, PC Kimmy Durr

Matt Brown USEA Adequan Gold Cup Advanced Win 2017 with BCF Belicoso, PC Kimmy Durr

Earlier this year, Matt Brown, an accomplished eventing rider and one of our ambassadors, shared his thoughts and approach to setting his goals for the year. Although an elite rider, we love that Matt's insights in this article are very approachable for the rest of us - the average riders. Matt shows us that many of the goals he sets for himself, an elite rider, are really so similar to what many of us also focus on. I particularly related to the goal to build strength and flexibility, including setting aside time to stretch before riding. A fantastic reminder!

Regardless of your level and goals, Matt's article makes a great read and can certainly help put some pep in your step to keep you marching toward your targets.

We'll even make a suggestion for one itty bitty goal to add to your set, too. Can you challenge yourself to give your tack a light, maintenance cleaning and care routine after each time you ride? This is probably the part where you start laughing! (Wink, wink, nudge, nudge). :)

Anyhow, here is Matt's article. Happy reading and best wishes for hitting all of your goals this year!

Goal Setting For a Successful Season with Matt Brown


Posted on March 14, 2018 .

Ugly Duckling Into A Swan

Isn't it amazing seeing something transform before your very eyes - the ugly duckling into the swan?

This is exactly what happened when one of our retailers, Tackroom Treasures, put our products to the test. Spoiler alert - the saddle walked away looking like new!

"Aromatherapy and instant gratification doing a cleaning task with Sterling Essentials!"  - Tackroom Treasures

See for yourself how our products brought the beauty back into this saddle!

Posted on March 9, 2018 .

Three New Retail Locations at Your Fingertips

March is definitely starting off with a bang with the exciting announcement that three additional wonderful retail stores have added our products to their shelves! Thank you to these stores for recognizing and believing in our revolutionary leather care products. We appreciate working with these fine retailers in your local areas in order to continue to bring you the quality products and service you expect and deserve.

Please stop in and check out our products at these great stores:

Saddle Up! - Middleton, Idaho

Monomoy Horse & Dog - Harwich Port, Massachusetts

Mod Equestrian - Lakewood, Ohio


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Posted on March 5, 2018 .

We Made News in the Equine Info Exchange!

Sterling Essentials recently took part in a closed to the public equestrian media/trade event and received some fantastic publicity from many nationwide media producers, including the Equine Info Exchange. Receiving national coverage about our products is so very exciting, and we were thrilled to participate in this exclusive event!

 Sterling Essentials' CEO Teal Shoop, Photo Credit EIE

Sterling Essentials' CEO Teal Shoop, Photo Credit EIE

Equine Info Exchange has put together a great write-up about Sterling Essentials, as well as the other new equestrian products on the market.

Read on and make your shopping list for your next trip to the tack store!

Posted on February 15, 2018 .

Galloping in to More Stores Near You!

We are happy to share with you that with the start of this new year, you have even more shopping locations at your fingertips for picking up Sterling Essentials' products! It is our pleasure to be working with nine additional stores in order to bring you further convenience, customer service, and fantastic products.

These fine retailers are now carrying Sterling Essentials:

- Griffinbrook, LLC - Aiken, South Carolina

- The Tack Shack - Mobile, Alabama

- Agri Feed Pet Supply - Knoxville, Tennesee

- Chrysalis Acres - Freeport, Maine

- The Carousel Horse - Cabot, Pennsylvania

- Haig Point Equestrian - Hilton Head, South Carolina

- Foxtrot Embellishment - Dillwyn, Virginia

- Cross Road Tack Shop - Lebanon, Pennsylvania

- Rider's Choice Saddlery - Ronkonkoma, New York

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Posted on February 9, 2018 .

Tips for Worry Free Tack Storage

Every so often you may have to take some time off from your usual equestrian activities and end up putting your tack in storage. This has probably happened to the majority of us at one point or another due to personal reasons, life changes, an injured horse, you name it.

Although storing your tack for prolonged periods of time can result in damage to your leather, there are many steps you can take to ensure that your tack is in as great a shape at the end of storage as when you first put it away.

Having our tack in storage for a year due to a laid up horse actually was one of the major inspirations for creating the Sterling Essentials leather care products - and we've had lots of practice dealing with the whole storage thing! Here are our recommendations for how to easily keep your tack happy and healthy when not in use.

 Saddles in need of TLC during storage

Saddles in need of TLC during storage

Dry and Room Temperature

Store you tack in a dry, room temperature space, like a heated, well ventilated tack room or in your house. These environmental conditions help keep the temperature and humidity at optimal conditions for leather health. Also, a controlled environment helps prevent mold and mildew and infestations from hungry bugs. Storing in your garage, attic, horse trailer, or the back of your vehicle may be convenient, but this is a good way to get a lovely case of mold and rot going - so it is best to store elsewhere.

Cover Up

Fully cover your tack in order to protect from light, dust, and bugs. Use a bridle bag and saddle cover if available, but covering with a towel, blanket, or closable bag works perfectly, too. Putting tack in a plastic bin with a close fitting lid is also a great technique. Covering or storing tack in plastic bags is not recommended, as this prevents the leather from breathing and can actually trap unwanted moisture.

 All covered up...and keeping off that dust!

All covered up...and keeping off that dust!

Inspection and Care

We suggest inspecting your saddle monthly while in storage and then giving a light cleaning, followed by a light conditioning, about every three months. The goal of the cleaning is to just ensure that any dust, bugs, etc. don't build up. Depending on your circumstances, you may find you need to clean and condition more or less frequently. Much is dependent upon the unique temperature, environment, and condition of your saddle. Therefore, inspection of your saddle regularly will be your best friend so that you can then customize your cleaning and conditioning routine.

For example, if you are in a climate susceptible to mold and mildew, you will want to keep an even closer eye on your saddle and might consider increasing the cleaning frequency to every few weeks. If you live in a very arid climate, you might find that you can reduce your cleaning frequency.

Similarly to cleaning, you will need to adjust your conditioning frequency based on your environment, as well. As a rule of thumb, if the conditioner absorbs very quickly (within a minute), your saddle may actually be dry and likely needs another coat of conditioner or more frequent light conditioning. If the conditioner absorbs very slowly (not all gone within 5 minutes), your saddle probably isn't very thirsty and could go with less heavy and less frequent conditioning. If your saddle is prone to mold, then we recommend decreasing the amount and frequency of conditioning in storage, in order to reduce the amount of moisture in the leather upon which the mold likes to feed.

Protect Your Investment

These easy steps will go a long way in order to ensure your tack is looking as good as new on the day you finally pull it out of storage and saddle up again. Taking a few short minutes periodically to check in on your tack and give it a little love will definitely be worth it in order to ensure your expensive tack is protected. We hope that you don't have to put up your tack for too long and that you'll be back using it again in no time with your favorite trusty steed!

Posted on February 5, 2018 .

Now at The Moody Mare

It is our pleasure to announce that The Moody Mare Tack Shack in Adrian, Michigan is now stocking our leather care products! With both a mobile store and a brick and mortar store, The Moody Mare offers everything you need to help you continue to get through this winter, but will also be there when you need them during show season. Be sure to stop in and check out their stock of Sterling Essentials leather cleaners and conditioners.

P.S. If you do actually have a moody mare, you might want to try our Lavender fragrance products. A little bit of aromatherapy via tack cleaning might just make everyone happier!

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Posted on February 2, 2018 .

Sterling Essentials' Co-Founder Joins Oregon Horse Country Board of Directors

We are proud to announce that our own CEO, owner, and co-founder, Teal Shoop, has been elected to the Board of Directors of Oregon Horse Country (OHC). OHC is a 501 (c) (6) non-profit and is the voice of the equestrian industry in Oregon, providing a much needed statewide equine resource for equine business education, networking, and marketing for equine businesses and associations operating in Oregon. OHC also promotes equestrian tourism and activities throughout Oregon. Oregon Horse Country strives to put consumers and equine enthusiasts in contact with the business, activity, or resource that they need.

"It is an honor to be a member of the OHC Board of Directors. I am looking forward to working with my fellow board members to continue to grow the Oregon horse industry and to support all involved or interested in the horse world. This includes everyone from businesses to sports venues to the competitive rider to those just becoming interested in horses and everyone in between. Oregon has an amazing equine culture, and I'm excited to be a part of helping it thrive and become even more vibrant," said Teal Shoop, CEO of Sterling Essentials, LLC.


Teal will be serving on the Board until 2020. In order to learn more about Oregon Horse Country, please visit

Posted on January 18, 2018 .

All About Equestrian = All About the Leather Care

We are happy to share the latest news that All About Equestrian in Poolesville, Maryland is now stocking our products. The fine folks at All About Equestrian specialize in helping you find exactly what you need for yourself and your horse, including local artisan products and consignment items. They are committed to bringing customers the best of the best, and that now includes our Sterling Essentials leather care products, as well!

Posted on January 17, 2018 .