A Little Goes A Long Way

We are delighted that our products continue to get such wonderful buzz. Happy New Year and a happy new review, thanks to Tessa and Equestrian Evaluations! Known for her straight talk on all things equestrian, Canadian blogger, Tessa Gregory, took the pulse of our products and found us to be a hit.

I started off with the Eucalyptus conditioner. I really love it. It is so creamy and it just melts right into the leather effortlessly. You hardly need any, which is important and a little goes a long way! I applied it to my Dublin boots and it absorbed immediately into the leather.
— Tess, Equestrian Evaluations, Janary 2, 2019

Visit Equestrian Evaluations for the full review and for more raves about our fragrances: http://equestrianevaluations.com/sterling-essentials-leather-cleaner-and-conditioner/

Posted on January 14, 2019 .

The Game Changer - Anti-Aging for Your Leather

Have you ever noticed how your leather boots or half-chaps wrinkle and pucker with time? These wrinkles and sags are inevitable as the leather breaks in and conforms to the contours of our feet and legs. This is a natural part of leather aging and use. However, this sagging, dragging, and saddle-bagging of our lovely leather goods becomes even more pronounced when our leather loses it’s fiber strength (aka not nourished routinely) and when the wrinkles turn into rigid mountain ranges due to residual sweat, dirt, and grime. And yes, this does even happen to me, queen of the leather care routine! Ugh. What do do?

Cleaning and conditioning is always key, and as Jackie Guezille illustrates so fantastically in her review of our products in the latest Wally the Pony blog, the results can be stunning. Botox for leather anyone? According to Jackie, our products are an absolute game changer in her routine, and we hope they will be in yours, as well!

Why does blogger Jackie recommends a two step leather care process? How do our products stack up against some pretty nasty looking gear? Do our products strip out the dyes in your leather? See for yourself and more by checking out Jackie’s full review at https://wallythepony.wordpress.com/.

Before on the Left, After on the Right

Before on the Left, After on the Right

You can see that the dark rich color of my leather is restored, WITHOUT stripping any of the dye off. Any dirt or horse sweat is gone (minus the mud I left on my boot heel–sorry!), but the leather is much more supple and moisturized. It was honestly like looking at before and after pictures of people getting Botox. All the wrinkles and lines disappeared, and my half-chaps looked better than they have in months.
— Wally the Pony, Jackie Guezille

Thank you, Jackie for this detailed tell-it-like-it-is on our products!

Photo Credits: Jackie Guezille, Wally the Pony Blog

Now Available at Big Dee's Tack

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Just in time for the holiday shopping season to kick-off in full swing, you can now include our products on your shopping list for your next trip to Big Dee’s Tack & Vet. We are so excited to be working with this Streetsboro, Ohio fixture, a great testament to the community with over 40 years in business!

Big Dee’s has so many exciting holiday events planned, including giveaways galore, so be sure to pop in soon!

Posted on November 16, 2018 .

Love Your Tack - So Commands Bits and Bays

It is always exciting and fun to become connected with other Pacific Northwest horse loving entrepreneurs! Early this fall we had the pleasure of being featured by fellow PNW horse junkie, Betsy, in her beautiful equestrian lifestyle blog, Bits and Bays.

An amazing review, we were blown away by Betsy’s products-in-action photography and warm praise for our products. Visit Betsy’s blog to read the full review: http://www.bitsandbays.com/2018/09/28/sterling-essentials-love-your-tack/

Okay, so enough babbling about how good it smells, you’re not shopping for perfume, the important part about Sterling Essentials is that it works. Not only will your tack smell amazing, it will be polished, conditioned, and ready to last a lifetime. Time to queue up a Netflix series to binge while you engulf yourself in amazing smells and deep clean your gear.
— Bits and Bays, September 28, 2018
Posted on November 2, 2018 .

We're Ready for You Snowbirds

If you are a local Floridian or a snowbird headed that way soon for the winter circuit (or just to ditch the icicles), you know with the utmost certainty that you have some of the best tack, feed, and equipment shopping in the country at your finger tips in Florida. So many choices, lucky, lucky you!

No doubt Berrettini Feed Specialists, Farmcreek Tack Supply, and Seminole Feed are some of your fave destinations, and we are happy to share with you that these stores are now stocking our products! Hmmm, what fragrance do you think goes best with Florida weather? Maybe the Floral Citrus for a little bit of exotic, tropical zing? :)

Posted on October 31, 2018 .

Front and Center in the Equine Journal!

Have you cracked open your September issue of Equine Journal yet? If you haven’t, you’ll be in for a fun surprise when you see us front and center! And no worries if you haven’t gotten a chance to put your feet up yet and catch up on your reading - - I usually run 6-9 months behind on my magazine pile, too!

The conditioner was our tester’s favorite, as it did not leave her tack or her hands oily after use; plus she loved the natural scent of both products…
— Terise Cole, Equine Journal, October 9, 2018

We are so excited to be featured in this fabulous publication!

Follow the link to read the full review!

Link: https://www.equinejournal.com/2018/10/09/leather-care-essentials/

Posted on October 22, 2018 .

Find Us At Spectrum Saddle Shop

If palm trees are on your daily horizon, then you know that Spectrum Saddle Shop is one of the THE places to shop for tack and apparel in Florida. We are delighted to share the news that our products are now fully stocked at this fabulous shopping destination, as well as in Spectrum’s premier mobile store!

There is something so exotic sounding about doing your equestrian shopping from a mobile shop set up under blue skies and swaying fronds…..or perhaps we are just already mourning the approach of rainy, dreary days ahead in western Oregon. :) Regardless, be sure to stop in and visit Ellie and her crew for all of your needs!

Meet Dessage Phenom Niki Clarke

We are pleased to introduce Niki Clarke, one of our sponsored professional riders, and welcome her to our family. A talented athlete on the Grand Prix dressage stage, Niki is absolutely one to watch! If you haven’t followed her on FaceBook or Instagram, we highly recommend it. You will be blown away by the videos she posts of her and her mounts performing deceivingly difficult exercises with the greatest of ease.

Photo Credit Sheryl Ross

Photo Credit Sheryl Ross

Niki Clarke originally began her riding career as a Three-day Eventer. Early on, Niki trained with Three-Day Eventing greats Amy Barrington and David and Karen O’Connor. Her passion for horses and hard work ethic lead Niki to numerous Eventing accolades at a young age, including being long listed for the Sydney Olympics.

In 2004 Niki decided to make a career change and began her path up the ranks of the Dressage world. She moved to Holland to concentrate on her main love of Dressage, under the instruction of Bert Rutten. In 2005, Niki moved back across the pond to continue her dressage training in the U.S.

In 2006, Niki started Dressage Unlimited a full training barn with an emphasis on developing talented young horses for competition and sales.

Today, Niki is not only a highly respected FEI rider, her career accolades to date include USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold Medals, and a Centerline Scores 5* rated rider. She was Reserve Champion at the Brentina Cup in 2007, third place at the 2010 Brentina Cup, and multiple wins at multiple levels with a variety of horses throughout the FEI levels. In 2018, Niki was named to the USEF Dressage Development Program with Coral Reef Ranch’s Coral Reef Scoobidooh.

In addition to her accomplishments as an FEI rider, Niki is equally passionate about her client’s success. Students enjoy her positive approach and love of the equestrian sport, complimenting Niki’s teaching and training abilities in producing success for numerous horses and riders.

We can’t wait to follow Niki’s career and know there will be great things coming her way!

Posted on October 16, 2018 .

Disrupting the Traditional Leather Care Industry: An Interview with Street to Stable

Through a mutual Pacific Northwest equestrian connection, we had the privilege of being introduced to equestrian storyteller, Kristin Thornton, and her amazing brand, Street to Stable. A dedicated horsewoman, Kristin has a passion for sharing the tales of those working behind-the-scenes in the equestrian community - the brands, the artisans, the entrepreneurs, the artists that bring together their love of horses, creating a vibrant equestrian world in the process.

We were lucky enough to be featured by Street to Stable, resulting in an interview and a host of tips just for you! Please view the full article here: https://streettostable.com/blogs/news/sterling-essentials

As I was researching more about the brand, I was impressed by the endorsements of notable sport horse professionals including Melanie Smith Taylor (Olympic Gold Medalist- Show Jumping), Dana and Bob Brawley, Brawley Farms Inc. (AA hunter/jumper show barn) and Matt Brown and Cecily Clark, East West Training Stables (International Eventing Competitors). It was evident that this company was offering an alternative that filled a niche and was appreciated by equestrians of all levels.

After reading more about the ingredients, fragrances, and who stands the brand, I recognized that it is a better solution to my daily equipment cleaning because as their tagline states, it is “GENTLE ON YOUR LEATHER, GENTLE ON YOU.”
— Street to Stable, September 2018
Posted on October 15, 2018 .

No Muss, No Fuss - Clean, Shiny Boots in Less than 30 Seconds

No muss, no fuss - clean, shiny boots in less than 30 seconds! :) How to do it? TIP: Giving your much abused, often overlooked boots some love is so quick and easy with our Leather Cleaner. After you've cleaned your tack, use the same towel to wipe down your boots. You don't even need to spray more product on the towel because the towel is still damp enough from the little bit of cleaner residual left from cleaning your tack. It works and is a snap - save on time, save your boots, AND get the most out of your cleaner!

Posted on October 8, 2018 .