This past weekend at the Horse Park of New Jersey, the National Standardbred Horse Show took place to showcase the versatility of the breed. With horses ranging from under saddle pleasure horses, English show horses, Western horses, and of course driving classes, it had something for everyone. There were even divisions for “War Horses” for Standardbreds with over 100 starts or $200,000 in career earnings, as well as “Fresh Off the Track” for horses who have raced this calendar year.
We had the opportunity to follow Equiflexsleeve sponsored rider Dr. Jennifer Lowrey and her Standardbred, Striking Mystery, as they showed in classes under saddle as well as in the games division. Striking Mystery, known as Frosty around the barn, is a striking grey Standardbred that stands out from the crowd of common bays and blacks. At over 16 hands tall and 14 years old, he’s got a resume to rival his owners.
Dr. Jennifer Lowrey is, as you may have guessed from the “Dr.” in front of her name, an equine veterinarian, but it doesn’t stop there. She’s also an avid show competitor with several of her horses, included OTTBs, a warmblood, and stock horses in addition to her Standardbreds. On top of that, she is also an active licensed owner/driver/trainer with the United States Trotting Association and one of the few licensed active RUS riders in the US (where riders race Standardbreds at their race trot gait while riding them rather than driving in the race sulky). Knowing that Frosty had raced the Tuesday right before the show, we were excited to catch up with her to hear about her horse, the show, and her opinion of Equiflexsleeves.
After the show, Frosty got to enjoy a bath, a roll in his freshly bedded stall, and then the comfort of his Equiflexsleeves. He had the following day off while Jenn’s other horse showed, and then had the sleeves on to keep him from stocking up during the day in the stall after a long day showing the day prior, and they remained on for the trek home.
When asked how she liked the sleeves Dr. Lowrey said, “Equiflexsleeves did a beautiful job preventing Frosty from stocking up following the National Standardbred Horse Show and during our three hour ship home.” Not to mention how easy they were to put on – Dr. Lowrey was nice enough to let us video her with Frosty in the stall putting on the Equiflexsleeves to show how fast and easy they are to use. At just under 30 seconds a leg, that means you can have your horse done up after his classes in less than 5 minutes – much faster and easier with better, consistent support than any standing wrap can offer!
You can notice in the video the dots on Frosty’s hind legs – that’s from freeze firing, a common practice on the track with race horses (both standardbred and thoroughbred) and after retirement it’s not uncommon to see horses with these marks on their legs prone to stocking up due to poor circulation. We were thrilled to hear that Frosty’s legs were tight and comfortable following his long weekend thanks to help from Equiflexsleeves!
Thanks Dr. Jenn for sharing your story and photos of Striking Mystery with us, and we wish you the best of luck on the track and in the show ring as Frosty gets ready for his next under saddle race next week!
Equiflexsleeve was pleased to be a sponsor of the 50th anniversary Cleveland Grand Prix! As a part of the Chagrin Valley Hunter Jumper Classic, this event is significant to us personally, and to all equestrians in the western hemisphere. Did you know it was the FIRST show jumping grand prix in North America? It was originally held in 1965 at the Cleveland Metroparks Polo Field – just a few miles from where Equiflexsleeve founder Mary Leibold grew up. While riding at the Hunt Club as a child, she was introduced to the show and spent her summers attending the shows, braiding for others, and enjoying the festivities – so it was a no brainer to debut Equiflexsleeve at the show back in 2012.
The first Cleveland Grand Prix helped launch a new wave of popularity for Show Jumping, and since the very first event, Grand Prix have popped up in all corners of the continent. Mary Chapot and her incredible chestnut mare, Tomboy, were the first winners of the very first Grand Prix. In the following years, many of the world’s best riders took the Cleveland title, including Michael Matz, Rodney Jenkins, Greg Best, George Morris and Bernie Traurig. Margie Engle has won the event an incredible TEN times, including a stretch of seven wins within a ten year period, from 2000-2010.
Equiflexsleeve’s launch was held at the pavilion on the jumper arena in 2012, and we celebrated our one year anniversary at the show in 2013. The 2014 show, sadly, was cancelled, but now they are back – big time! The entire Ohio equestrian community came together to make sure this year was success, and that the show would live on for years to come.
This year, the $50,000 main event went off at 2:30 PM on Sunday, July 12th following an hour of parade and festivities. Huge congratulations to home-town Grand Prix winner Jennifer Waxman aboard Shakira!!!!
It was a fabulous return of the show and we sure saw those Equiflexsleeves out and about!
Hello, Equiflexsleeve fans!!
It has been a BUSY few weeks for us! Rolex was a dream – more on that in a minute. First, we’d like to proudly announce that the Equiflexsleeve online store is OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Now you can buy the horse leg support products you know and love directly from us. Check it out and be sure to order your Equiflexsleeves today!
Now, onto our Rolex Recap. If you were watching Eventing Nation for news and results, you probably saw something about a selfie toaster and eventing superstar/social media queen, Lainey Ashker.
Maybe you were in Lexington and saw fans walking around in these t-shirts that said… wait, what? They got #toastedwithlainey at Rolex?
Needless to say, EQUIFLEXSLEEVE was behind this hilarious #selfietoast promotion. We enlisted the help of Eventing’s “Selfie Queen”, our sponsored rider Laine Ashker, and we all had a blast! Those who follow Laine on Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr or Twitter (…can you see why we chose a “hashtag campaign”?!) know how hard she’s been working at improving Al’s dressage work, and we were THRILLED when we saw that Lainey and Anthony Patch pulled off a 44.2 in the sandbox! It was Lainey’s best test of her career, at Rolex. So absolutely exciting for everyone at Laine Ashker Eventing! #GoAlGo
Thanks to everyone who came out to support us at our first rolex – we were “sponsor rookies” and we had an amazing time. We were joined by another Rolex Rookie – the “real” kind – in our sponsored rider Elisa Wallace of Wallace Eventing. We knew it would be a special Rolex when we checked in at the bar and saw that Elisa’s horse had a drink named after him. That’s how you know you’ve made it!
Elisa and Johnny had a fantastic Rolex, too, placing 17th, as the highest ranked rookies this year. A top 20 finish at Rolex is a great accomplishment for even the most seasoned Rolex veteran, and we are so proud to see Elisa and Johnny start their Rolex careers on top! Everyone in the eventing crowd will be paying close attention to the rising pair, and you can join in on the fun by watching Elisa’s cross country run via helmet cam.
Overall, Rolex was a great time for us and for our riders and fans. Stay tuned for the next big update from Equiflexsleeve, and in the meantime, keep on shopping, and keep on riding!
This week’s #selfiesunday was submitted by Samantha Silver, who rides and trains with the original #selfiesunday poster on our blog, Laine Ashker! This weekend she was at a show with her horse, and got to try out the Equiflexsleeves and sent us some great fun pictures to use in our blog. Thanks, Sam and we can’t wait to see you at Rolex next week as we cheer on Laine!
Jimmie Echo is a 2003 Pennsylvania bred Thoroughbred with 23 career starts both on the flat and over hurdles. He retired in 2009 and Samantha has owned him since 2010. Echo had surgery in 2011 for bilateral hind suspensory ligament injuries. Since then he had returned to full work and he has competed up to Novice level eventing and first level dressage. Samantha and Echo compete in other English disciplines such as the jumpers, hunters and pleasure. They do all the Thoroughbred shows possible!
Echo must have known he had an awesome new product to try out today because he placed 2nd in the beginner novice division at a local horse trial. After cross country, Samantha watched the instructional video and then put Echo’s sleeves on. Everyone at the show was fascinated and impressed when told what his cute socks actually do!
In honor of Equiflexsleeve’s sponsorship of Rolex, we’re giving away two great gift baskets “All About Legs” with products from Equiflexsleeve and other great brands Giddyup Gear and Equi Cool Down to benefit your and your horse’s legs! Gift baskets include a full set of four Equiflexsleeves, a pair of Equi Cool Down cooling leg wraps, and two pairs of GoSocks by Giddyup Gear with inspirational quotes from famous event riders.
There’s two ways to enter, in person or online.
Online: snap a fun photo of your favorite legs (yours, your horses, frog legs…have fun with it – but keep it PG please!) and get your friends to vote for you for a chance to win. Whomever has the most votes will win one of our gift baskets. Enter on Facebook today!
In Person: stop by the Equiflexsleeve booth on Sponsor’s Row at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event Thursday through Saturday to enter the drawing. One lucky person at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event will be selected at random to win one of our gift baskets.
Winners to be announced (online contest) / drawn (in person contest) on Sunday before the start of Show Jumping at Rolex. Contest runs from 4/16/15 through 4/25/15. There is no limit to the number of times a person can enter. In person contest winner must be present at Rolex at the Kentucky Horse Park on Sunday, 4/26/15 to pick up their prize before the conclusion of the event.
We are SO close to Rolex and everyone in Elisa Wallace‘s barn is getting ready for the big day! This year will be Elisa’s CCI4* debut in Kentucky, and her horse Simply Priceless isn’t the only one in the barn sporting Equiflexsleeve in preparation for the big event! Simply Priceless, or Johnny, is an Australian Thoroughbred, and the Equiflexsleeves are particularly useful because they support him while protecting his sensitive legs from the rubs that are common with standing wraps, according to Elisa.
To play along with our #selfiesunday fun, Elisa’s dog, Pocket, tried on the Equiflexsleeves! They might be a little big, Pocket, but maybe we can get you your own pair 🙂
We’re so happy that Elisa shared this photo with us for #selfiesunday! As we’re preapring to bring our show on the road and meet all of our fans at Rolex, please be sure to follow our blog and social media so that you don’t miss out on some of the great offers and giveaways we have coming up, including your chance to meet Elisa at the #Equiflexsleeve booth at Rolex #rk3de!!
If you would like to be featured in our #selfiesunday series, share your picture on social media with the hashtags #equiflexsleeve and #selfiesunday, or tweet us your pictures @Equiflexsleeve! We’ll feature our best images over on our Pinterest, too!
And as we get closer and closer to Rolex, you’re going to want to keep your eyes out… you never know WHAT we have up our equiflexsleeves!
Happy Easter! CJ of the Equiflexsleeve team here. It’s #selfiesunday and this week was my turn to take selfies for the next installment of the #selfiesunday blog on the road to Rolex. Where I live in northern NJ, it’s barely spring, the ground is still frozen, and it’s going back down into the 20s tonight, so I’m more than happy to do anything that makes me even think of spring, including dragging my horse out for selfies on the lawn on a sunny day.
So, I groomed up Sky who was wearing his Equiflexsleeves, because he’s coming off layup from hind suspensory injuries and they’ve been a huge help in keeping the puffiness under control as he rehabilitates. I figured, what better model? Or so I thought…
Laine Ashker makes this stuff look easy.
It’s not. Especially when you’ve decided that to celebrate Easter, you’ve donned Equiflexsleeve bunny ears, anEeaster basket, and a chirping chickadee with bunny ears as well. I had this great vision of fun pictures in classic #selfiesforlainey style. Man was I wrong! First, it was windy which just made my already hot headed OTTB edgier than usual. I donned the bunny ears and his eyeballs about popped out of his head! I even made him a pair, but it took significant bribing with mints just to convince him that I wasn’t trying to signal alien horse thieves from another planet with my antenna, but that this was all just in good fun. Suuuuuuuuure…..he didn’t believe me. So we scrapped the idea of him wearing ears too.
After many many mints and a lot of begging, and even a few explosions, bunny ears flying, and a chirping chickadee tossed from the Easter basked, we managed to get a few pictures. Sort of. Except he kept trying to eat the Easter grass. I guess he thought, if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em, huh?
So then this happened. Yup. A bunch of ridiculous selfies with my horse, and my now floppy Equiflexsleeve bunny ears.
I mean really, I know we look silly, but what a fun way to show off our favorite leg supports while also getting into the Easter spirit? Hey, at least he stopped being afraid of my bunny ears. And while you probably can’t see it that well, the Easter basket I am holding has a pair of Equiflexsleeves in it in purple with a chirping chickadee with blue bunny ears on. Yeah, it didn’t come out the way I had envisioned it in my head haha!
Happy Easter, Passover, and Spring to all of our friends!
We’re kicking off our new blog series #selfiesunday with the #SelfieQueen herself – none other than Equiflesxleeve sponsored rider Laine Ashker! In honor of our new partnership, we asked Laine to take some photos to use in the press release and she sent us such great selfies, we couldn’t bear to use them for just a plain old press announcement. So we put our heads together and came up with the #selfiesunday with Equiflexsleeve idea. And here we are…
Starting with style is of course, Laine!
In the Sundays to come, look for more #selfiesunday blog posts from all of us here on the Equiflexsleeve team. Want to be featured on our blog? Share your Equiflexsleeve selfie on social media, be sure to tag Equiflexsleeve, and use tag #selfiesunday and you just may find yourself in one of our upcoming blog posts. And of course be sure to tag Laine as well to show her how much we all love her style!
And as we cheer Laine and her OTTB Anthony Patch, known as Al, on the road to Rolex, be sure to follow our blog and social media so that you don’t miss out on some of the great offers and giveaways we have coming up, including your chance to meet Laine at the Equiflexsleeve booth at Rolex. We don’t know how to put this, but we’re kind of a big deal (and so is Laine and Al!). Especially when it comes to Rolex! How big of a deal? Well, you’ll just have to follow us and see.
It’s Friday and for our #fridayfunfacts we’re sharing some information about event rider Laine Ashker’s OTTB Anthony Patch, more commonly knows as Al, and often followed by friends and fans as #goAlgo across social media. While he competes under the name Anthony Patch and is known around the barn and by fans as Al, we bet you didn’t know that Al was actually a racehorse – complete with the racing name and several starts under his belt as well. Here’s some fun facts to kick off your weekend about this great horse!
Al was foaled on May 19, 1999 and registered with the Jockey Club as Alex’s Castledream.
His first start was in 2002, as a 3 year old. Throughout his 3 year old year, he raced 8 times and only won a measly $635.
His 4 year old year wasn’t any better, with just 2 starts and $180 in winnings.
Al was born and bred in New Jersey and raced at Monmouth Park in his first two races before moving to Charles Town Race Track in West Virginia.
His trainer was a woman – Patricia Fredo – so we think it’s only fitting that in his current career, he’s surrounded by a lot of great women including rider Laine and her mother, Valerie who’s also very involved with horses.
Al never broke his maiden (meaning he never won a race). Even worse than that (for a race horse), he never broke the top 3 for a place or show finish either! It’s okay Al, we think you’re a much better eventer than racehorse anyway!
And our favorite piece of trivia about Anthony Patch and Laine Ashker is that at the 2014 Thoroughbred Makeover, they did both a dressage and jumping demonstration on the racetrack at Pimlico Race Course, home of the Preakness Stakes which is the 2nd of the three famous Triple Crown Races. We sure think Al gets the award for the best looking photo finish in Pimlico history – far better than any Triple Crown win, wouldn’t you agree?
We’re huge fans of Laine and Al, and can’t wait to see them at Rolex this year. Stay tuned for more great news and announcements from Equiflexsleeve as we ramp up of Rolex and cheer on our favorite competitors!