Absorbine® is proud to partner with a few carefully selected equine professionals who share our commitment to the highest standards of horse care and horsemanship.
Ian Millar CM is an icon in international show jumping. The most decorated equestrian in Canadian history, Millar’s record-breaking career has set the bar for its numerous achievements and unparalleled longevity. Millar has competed in ten Olympic Games, more than any other athlete in any Olympic sport! He won the Silver Medal riding for Team Canada in Beijing in 2008 aboard “In Style”. He also holds nine Pan American Games medals, including two individual Gold medals and has ridden for Canada in six World Championships. He is also twelve-time Canadian National Champion. It is no wonder that with a competition record like his, Millar has been dubbed Captain Canada. Millar is based out of Millar Brooke Farm in Perth, Ontario. Millar’s world record, pride in his horses, and exceptional sportsmanship are qualities that align with the performance and heritage of Absorbine® products, and we are proud to support his efforts.
The Masterson Method® Integrated Equine Performance Bodywork® was established by Jim Masterson as a system in which horse owners learn to recognize and use the horse’s response to touch to find and release accumulated tension in key junctions of the body. In contrast to most traditional modalities of massage, it enables the horse to actively participate in the process of releasing tension. Absorbine® celebrates our sponsorship of The Masterson Method as an excellent addition to our long tradition of equine wellness. Jim Masterson and his revolutionary method of equine massage align naturally with Absorbine® products and our mission. The Masterson Method’s® innovative technique, concern for wellness, and celebration of the human-equine bond are qualities that our products can stand by, and we have witnessed the impressive results ourselves.
Internationally renowned Three-Day Event competitor and trainer Sinead Halpin has been competing at the Advanced level since 1999. In 2011, Halpin placed 3rd at Rolex in what was her first CCI4* competition ever! In 2014, Halpin rode for the United States Equestrian Team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France aboard Manoir de Carneville. The partnership have several top-ten results from the world’s most prestigious events, including finishing in second place at Burghley CCI4* in 2012. She has trained for years with Eventing legend David O’Conner and spent a year working under William Fox-Pitt. Halpin’s commitment to continued learning, quality horse care, and teaching the next generation of event horses and riders not only makes her a great rider, but a great all around horse person that we are happy to have as a part of our team!
Heather Smith, World Para Reining International Champion, began competing in World Para Reining competitions during the organizations inaugural year in 2015. Along with her teammates on the WPR Master USA Team, Smith won the Gold at the first ever WPR International Championship held at the AQHA World Show in Oklahoma City, OK in 2016. Most recently, Smith competed in the 2017 WPR International Championship in Ermelo, Netherlands, where Team USA placed fourth and Smith placed fourth individually, after losing a tiebreaker for the Bronze by half a point! Smith rides out of Lower Maple Crest Stables in Granby, MA, where she can often be found spending time with Digby, her current reining partner, and accompanied by her devoted service dog, Fernando. We are all inspired by Smith and her dedication to bringing awareness to Para Reining and making riding an all-inclusive sport.
Whispery Pines Percherons, based in Kingsville, OH is run by husband and wife team Sam and Kellie Rettinger. Both Kellie and Sam have a deep love of horses that was cultivated at a very early age. Now the pair, along with their nine Percheron horse family, competes up and down the East Coast from southern Ohio to Pennsylvania. Besides competing at horse shows and fairs, they also offer carriage rides for weddings, funerals, special events, and even winter sleigh rides! Kellie has been using Absorbine® products since she was a little girl any we are so excited to have her and her family, human and hooved alike, as team members!
Whitney Mahloch and eleven-year-old OTTB Military Mind, “Milo”, debuted at CCI3* in 2016 at Richland Park. The pair, based in Ocala, FL, have been together ever since Milo was three-years-old, when Mahloch rescued him for only $500 from the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Since then, Mahloch has brought Milo quickly up the levels herself. Most recently, the pair placed 2nd in the Open Advanced division at Red Hills International, and have plans to compete at several upcoming CCI3* competitions in order to qualify for CCI4* in 2018. Throughout her success, Mahloch has stayed connected to the fans that have supported her through her journey. Her “Wednesdays with Whitmore Equestrian” video blog helps to teach aspiring eventers about different products that can support one’s horse so that they are comfortable and ready to compete. Besides competing with Milo, Mahloch is working to grow her teaching and training business, Whitmore Equestrian. Absorbine® is pleased to have someone who shares our goal of improving horse health and care as a member of our team!
GTR Patricks Vindicator, known to all as Patrick, is a miniature horse gelding known internationally for his impressive show record. Patrick has been exhibiting in breed demonstrations and performances with owner Sarah Schaaf since 2008, such as Rolex, the Secretariat Festival, Breyerfest, and the Kentucky Horse Park Horses of the World Show. The pair has been showing together since 2002, when they were eight and five years old respectively. Starting in 2014, Patrick and Sarah became a therapy team, visiting schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and therapeutic programs to spread joy and smiles. In May 2017, Patrick was inducted into the USEF/EQUUS Foundations Horse Stars Hall of Fame in recognition of his show ring accomplishments, therapy work, and position as a miniature horse breed ambassador. We are excited to have such an accomplished and adorable equine as our team member!
Jitterbug is a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross who skillfully avoided saddles and halters until the age of five. Jitterbug has become a (self-declared) expert in human management while training herself to one day achieve eventing greatness. After noticing a startling lack of renaissance horsemen in the modern world, she has made it her mission to train humans how to properly care for and communicate with their equine superiors, while developing Bipeds as athletes and as people. She recognizes that hers is an uphill battle but sees her frustration as her contribution to bettering the equestrian world. Jitterbug became a celebrated columnist in the topic of human management for the Chronicle of the Horse in 2012. Her Facebook page won third place in the 2014 Equestrian Social Media Awards’ Talking Animal Category. She feels Humans need all the help they can get when choosing the right solution for grooming and health management, so she’s proud to represent Absorbine’s® family of highly effective products.
(Photo Credit: Dark Horse Photography)