Tuesday, April 28, 2009

IMPACT: Protect your horse's back!

Watch our latest video! We take a comprehensive look at the issue, exploring the causes and ways to prevent impact.

Some riders think that piling up layers or using thick saddle pads will protect their horses back from impact. Wrong!
When our clients come to us with issues, as textile engineers, we start by trying to find the root cause of the problem. Then, we find solutions that address the cause instead of “patching it up”. The marketplace is filled with all kinds of bad ideas so you will save yourself some money by taking ECOGOLD’s “prevent and reduce” approach!

Showjumper Charlie Jayne rises to the top

Charlie Jayne from Elgin, IL is a rider to watch. At only 23 years-old, he has been earning his place among the top riders in the US since becoming the youngest in history to compete in a AGA Grand Prix at age 13, placing 7th. Last year, he was the 2nd alternate to the United States Showjumping Team for the Olympic Games with Urbanus, his 12-yr old Belgian Warmblood. Earlier this month, he rode Thomas Edison to victory in the $25,000 Charlotte Welcome Stake.
Charlie rides in our Stabilizer halfpad and Frictionless saddle pads: "Urbanus is very sensitive and the ECOGOLD pads keep the saddle from slipping without having to use a breastplate". We were lucky to meet Charlie this winter in Wellington and watch him & Urbanus place 3rd in the Grand Prix. Enjoy watching his ride!

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Phillip Dutton at Rolex in ECOGOLD pads!

Here's a video of Phillip Dutton & Connaught riding in ECOGOLD's WitherCare Saddle pad. Warning: this is a professional, don't try this at home. :)

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Exciting Cross-country!

Last weekend, we travelled to the Fair Hill Horse Trials in Maryland and watched cross-country live for the first time. We had the privilege of seeing in action Phillip Dutton, Boyd Martin and Valerie Vizcarrondo, all riding in ECOGOLD saddle pads.
Phillip was kind enough to test some prototypes for a new XC saddle pad during the show. The new pad will be launched later this year.

Enjoy Phillip's and Boyd's Cross-country rides in the Open Preliminary Division. Filming cross-country was a sport in itself...a lot of "where's Waldo" was involved.

here's Phillip:

and here's Boyd:

WOW! Amazing results for McLain Ward & Ashley Holzer at the World Cup in Las Vegas!

Success for McLain Ward & Sapphire, who ride in ECOGOLD's Forward Flap Hunter pads, finishing 2nd in the Showjumping World Cup Finals and Ashley Holzer & Pop Art, riding in ECOGOLD's Frictionless Dressage saddle pads, get their highest score in history - 79.20 for a 5th place finish. Congratulations!!! - April 18, 2009