What a Muddy Mess! How to Clean your Classic Equine Gear

The Hanging Wash Rack by Classic Equine is a great tool to clean your boots.

“What a Muddy Mess.” – rodeo contestants everywhere.

Over the summer of 2019, many rodeo contestants were confronted with deep, boggy, wet, MUDDY conditions. If you left your house at all this summer, there is a good chance you have ran into some rain along the way. It seems every few years we are blessed with a muddy year of rodeos and equine events, so we decided to write down a few of our tips when competing in less than ideal situations.

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Sherry Cervi and Stingray competing at a very muddy Calgary Stampede! Photo by CovyMoore.com

First things first, Safety.

One of the best pieces of advice we can give is to learn how to read ground conditions. This tip applies regardless of whether the ground is wet, dry, deep or hard; know what is not safe and know what is best for your horse. If you are not sure how to read the ground or unsure about your decision, do not be afraid to ask a seasoned professional for their opinion. Also note, every person has their own idea of safety so it is ideal to know how your horse stands up in different conditions and to make your decision based on your horse’s abilities.

If you’ve ever competed in muddy conditions, you understand hassle of cleaning your tack in the aftermath of the event. We have some recommendations for you to keep in mind and make this process easier!

When it comes to cinches, try using our Featherflex cinch. The Featherflex has a soft feel for your horse and is very easy to clean after use. Along with that, the Featherflex is antimicrobial and antifungal, reducing chance of girth itch or agitation in damp weather.

Many people struggle with leg protection for their horses in the mud. In most situations, we recommend the Legacy2 or ClassicFit protective boots for optimal protection at jackpots and rodeos. However, another great option in less than desirable conditions is the Airwave ProTech line. It features breathable, lightweight boots with the ProTech outer shell for impact protection with an added bonus of AirWave Technology (this makes the boot perforated with a exterior mesh). By using the ProTech system in the mud, you provide your horse with excellent protection without any additional weight. As a bonus, the ProTech line is extremely easy to clean with a small spray of water. Some mud experts also prefer to use leather splint and skid boots as a great option as well.

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Last but not least, be sure to pick up your favorite rain sheet with a neck piece for this rainy rodeo season! Sometimes pens or stalls undercover aren’t an option on the rodeo road so rain sheets keep your favorite pony warm and dry as the rain falls. We recommend the Classic Windbreaker Turn-Out with hood to keep your horse dry. This blanket also fits excellent over your saddle and the neck piece ensures no rain seeps onto your saddle. 

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The Windbreaker Turnout by Classic Equine is optimal for milder climates and can be used for for protection in less than ideal conditions.

Cleaning Your Boots

Not only can running in the mud be a hassle, but then you have the aftermath of cleaning them up! Keeping your boots clean and debris-free not only are more comfortable for your horse, but extend the life of your boots! We recommend cleaning our boots by spraying them with water, removing all dirt and debris from the hook and loop straps, and letting them air drying. We DO NOT recommend washing them with detergents. The chemicals can accelerate the breakdown of the boot material and could also have a reaction to your horse with skin to skin contact. If you really want to improve your boot-cleaning situation, check out our Hanging Wash Rack – a small investment to make your life so much easier!

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At Classic Equine, we put your horse’s safety first in all conditions. We constantly strive to provide you with the best protective gear and supplies to keep your horses healthy and happy. Feel free to send us a message on Facebook at any time if you need help choosing the proper gear for your event and lifestyle.

 

For Contact:

Hannah Haugen

Public Relations Coordinator

hhaugen@equibrand.com

NEW Sundance Designer Line

New Sundance Pattern Now Available in Classic Equine Designer Line Accessories

New for 2019, the Sundance pattern is now available in Classic Equine Designer Line accessories! With hues of teal, coral, and natural tones in a bohemian inspired pattern, Sundance will add style and flair to any barn or trailer and is available in all the accessories you need.

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The Sundance pattern is available in the Top Load Hay Bag, the Boot Accessory Tote, Fan Bag, Large Tote, Messenger Bag, Weekender Duffel, and Cooler Tote. Buy one to stand alone or buy the collection for a complete set. The Sundance pattern can be found wherever Classic Equine products are sold. For more information please visit www.classicequine.com.

 

For Contact:
Hannah Haugen
Public Relations Coordinator
hhaugen@equibrand.com

Canada’s Best, Carman Pozzobon

A name that may be new to the lower 48 and the NFR roster is a standing Canadian staple. Carman Pozzobon not only has qualified for her first-ever NFR, but she also captured the coveted number one back number in Canada to be worn at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Red Deer, Alberta. After a Canadian championship in 2017, Pozzobon qualified for the winter rodeos (such as Fort Worth, Denver, and San Antonio) and decided to make a run at the NFR. Competing at 58 rodeos, Pozzobon was able to earn $86,946.59 and secure 15th in the world standings.

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Carman Pozzobon competing at the 2018 Calgary Stampede on “Ripp”. Photo credit: Covy Moore.

Ripn’ Lady

All of Pozzobon’s 2018 season earnings were made on one single mare, Ripn’ Lady, better known as “Ripp”. Ripp is a 2010 mare by Canadian stud, Frenchs Hula Guy, and out of Bijou Betali (Eli Betastreak x Zacks Beta). Over the past three years, Ripp has won at the futurity and derby levels, qualified for the semi-finals of the RFD-TV’s The American, won a Canadian Finals Rodeo championship, won many other pro rodeos, and has now qualified for the National Finals Rodeo. Every check made by Pozzobon this year was on board Ripn’ Lady and Ripp will be Pozzobon’s main mount at the CFR and NFR. Ripp was also voted 2018 Canadian Professional Rodeo Association’s “Barrel Horse with the Most Heart”.

Along with Ripp, Pozzobon will also be hauling TammysLittleParadise “Lulu” and Rimes Girl “Rimey” to both finals. Both Lulu and Rimey were trained by Pozzobon and are by the same stud as Ripp, Frenchs Hula Guy.

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Carman and “Lulu”

Q & A with Carman:

Do you travel with any pets other than your horse?

Yes, I have three mini heelers: Taz, Camo and Three.

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Carman’s miniature blue heeler “Camo” finding a good spot to get a snooze on the road!

What were your most memorable rodeos this year?

The most memorable would be the winter rodeos in TX, Calgary, the American, Strathmore, and Cloverdale. There’s a lot of great ones so it’s hard to pick.

What was your game plan qualifying for your first NFR? How did you decide where to enter?

Well it’s been a plan since I was young so I’ve had to work my way up through different horses and selling some to keep going down the road. Once I decided to finally keep Ripp we set the goals to win Canada to get qualified for the winter rodeos. Then hit those and came home sitting good so she was able to have a bit of a break before we started again in Canada. I took advantage of where she excels to stay in the standing and kept her feeling great for the bigger weekends so it all paid off in the end.

How does it feel to have earned the #1 back number for the 2018 CFR?

It feels great. I know my Dad really wanted it, so when I stepped away from Canada for those last two weeks, I was a little worried it would slip away but we hung on and achieved that as well. I’m super happy we got it.

What are your thoughts heading into your first ever NFR?

Don’t even know where to start. Lots of excitement and very excited to have all the prep done and just be running down the alley to see how Ripp loves it. I think it’s the perfect set up for her. I definitely just want to live in the moment with it all to take in that all our hard work has paid off to get to reach our goal.

What are your favorite Classic Equine products?

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Do you have any advice for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps one day?\

To never sell yourself short. Just keep pushing through, stay focused on the end goal and you will achieve it. Helps to set stepping stones to achieve the end goal.

The 2018 Canadian Finals Rodeo will be held Monday, October 29 thru Sunday, November 4 with rodeo performances running Tuesday thru Sunday. We wish all competitors the best of luck at this always prestigious event!

 

For Contact:

Hannah Haugen

hhaugen@equibrand.com

 

Organize Your Life

Have you ever only had a few minutes of time to spare so you rush out to the barn hoping to jump on your horse and ride, only to not be able to find the things you need?  Let Classic Equine organize your life, your barn, and solve all of your storage needs. We at Classic Equine know how busy life can be and we would like to help simplify your life with some of our great organization products.

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The Groom Tote, which is crafted out of tough poly to insure durability, is a great tote to hold all of your brushes, bottles of spray-fly spray, coat conditioner, etc., while having several mesh pockets to hold your water bottle, phone, or other items you might need as you saddle.  This useful tote comes with a padded shoulder strap, making it super easy to grab as you load the trailer to head to an event or trail ride.

Whether your horse is stalled at an event or in your barn at home, the Fan Bag is one of the most useful organizational pieces in our line.  These stylish bags will hold a standard 20 X 20 box fan and are so easy to use.  The Fan Bag saves on storage in your trailer or barn verses traditional metal fan holders.  Not only is it a storage saver, it also is equip with nylon webbing for a long-lasting product.  The straps of the Fan Bag are adjustable so that you can adjust it for correct airflow to reach any horse in your herd.

Simplicity is the key when it comes to having all of the things you need in one place.  The Meds Bag is just that, it’s simple.  It is rigid enough to withstand the demands, horse people place on it, while having the features needed to keep your medicine safe and secure.  The bag is fully insulated while being equipped with elastic loops to hold your medicine bottles secure, preventing breakage.  Not only does this bag have all of the interior needs, it unfolds to hang on the fence so that all of your products are handy and at your fingertips.  You can also place ice packs in it to maintain a specific temperature.  There are zipper pockets that can hold syringes, needles, or any other of your needs for easy access.  This bag is a must-have for all equestrians whether you are on the road or at home.

No matter if you are riding, doing chores in the barn, or exercising the Phone Pack is the perfect addition to your storage needs.  It is the perfect place for your phone and other items you might need.  It is touchscreen compatible, complete with an adjustable waist strap and padded back with netting for breathability.  Don’t leave home without this convenient pack.

Be sure to check out www.equibrand.com to view entire line of organizational products available by Classic Equine.  Remember, an organized barn is a happy one!

For Contact:
Hannah Haugen
Public Relations Coordinator
hhaugen@equibrand.com


Kassie Mowry, Decade’s Top Earning Barrel Racer

Dear Kassie Mowry,

Classic Equine and on behalf of aspiring young trainers and barrel racers everywhere, would like to congratulate you on the prestigious title of #1 Rider of the Decade, with earnings of over $2 Million. You encompass what it means to be champion. Your hard work and dedication is evident by the number of horses who you have led to become champions as well.

It is hard to believe that nineteen short years ago was your very first barrel racing competition; although, you had experience in dressage and eventing. In that same year you qualified on your neighbor’s unseasoned horse for the National High School Rodeo Finals and won the National High School Barrel Racing Champion title the very next year. In 2001, you qualified and won the National Intercollegiate Barrel Racing title and also won the BFA Sweepstakes Championship.

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Kassie and Class Double (CD) in 1994.
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Kassie at the Utah state high school finals in Heber City in 1999.

In 2005 you went on to qualify to your first Wrangler National Finals Rodeo aboard three horses who were just 4 and 5 years old. You also won AQHA Champion and Reserve Champion titles in the Junior Barrel Racing on two of those three horses. In 2006 you started riding horses as your own business.  That year you were the BFA Juvenile Futurity Champion as well.

By 2008, you had earned the title of the most winning-est barrel horse trainer because of the 9 horses you trained and rode to victories earning over a quarter of a million dollars in just that year alone. In 2012 you were the Reserve Champion at the BFA Juvenile Futurity with earnings of $72,602 and 2013 won the BBR Slot Race. You continue to shatter earnings records in the futurity arena as well as the professional rodeo arena.

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Kassie riding Epic Leader at the 2012 BBR World Finals.

In 2017, you earned $75,000 as the winner of the Diamonds and Dirt Slot Race on Girls Dig Fame and backed that up with the reserve champion spot on Miss JB 136, earning an additional $25,000. In 2017 you entered some pro rodeos, your season earnings were $189,047 and you were ranked 9th in the World standings in which you earned your spot to your second Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, competing at only 26 rodeos throughout the year. You placed in four out of the 10 rounds, including breaking an arena record in round three on the great horse, FirewaterMakeMeHappy.

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Kassie and FirewaterMakesMeHappy setting the arena record in Round 3 of the 2017 WNFR.

You won San Angelo, Rodeo Houston, Snake River Stampede, Weatherford, and Springdale just to name a few of your pro rodeo successes.

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Kassie Mowry and FireWaterMakesMeHappy winning the 2017 Rodeo Houston.

While these statistics are just a snippet of what all you have accomplished in the barrel racing arena, you are an inspiration to all barrel racers. You have a heart and love for the sport as well as the horses you ride. It is evident every time you swing a leg over one of the great horses you train. Once again, congratulations on earning the prestigious title of highest money earning barrel racer of the decade.  Thank you for all you have done to help better our sport and promote barrel racing.

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Kassie and FirewaterMakesMeHappy in Round 7 of the WNFR.

With respect,

Classic Equine, Aspiring Trainers and Barrel Racers Everywhere

Written by: Christie Long

Contact:

Hannah Haugen

hhaugen@equibrand.com