David Marcus and Nicholas Fyffe are international Grand Prix dressage competitors and are the dynamic team behind Marcus Fyffe Dressage, based in Wellington, FL. Their focus is on outstanding horse care and positive, personalized training for riders of all levels. David Marcus competed in the 2012 Olympic Games, the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, has earned Horse of the Year aboard Binjora, and is currently training horses at the Grand Prix level. Nicholas Fyffe trains young horses for international competition, was part of the gold medal Australian team at the 2007 Tri-Nations Cup, on the bronze medal Australian team at the 2018 CIO3* Nations Cup, and has earned individual bronze in the Intermediate I Freestyle. David and Nicholas are committed to quality and training methods that put the welfare of the horse first.
Marcus Fyffe Dressage
Brad Barkemeyer is a trainer, clinician and competitor specializing in a variety of Western disciplines including cutting, reining, working cowhorse, team roping, tie down roping, and more. Brad has been starting colts since he was 12 years old, worked with top trainers including David Avery and Al Dunning, and now he and his family own and operate Barkemeyer Performance Horses, LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona – where the family atmosphere extends to clients and all the horses on the ranch. Brad has earned top honors as a rider and trainer in American Quarter Horse, National Cutting Horse, National Reined Horse, and World Series Team Roping Championship events. His appreciation for horses is what makes Brad an excellent trainer. Winning is always a priority, whether he’s the one in the saddle or it’s one of his students, but nothing comes before the health and happiness of the animal. “We’re going to try and win anytime we can, but we’ll never sacrifice the well-being of the horse to get there.” He says “It’s been a lifelong journey, this horsemanship game, you never stop learning and getting new ideas. I love it."
American Association of Professional Farriers
The American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) was developed in 2011 as a trade association to offer a platform to discuss important issues facing farriers, namely certification, publications, continued education, and professional relations. The mission of AAPF is to promote the integrity of the farrier industry by strengthening the knowledge and skills of its members through continued education and support at the state, national, and international levels while improving overall equine health through collaboration with other industry professionals. AAPF is dedicated to providing the best possible hoof care to all horses. Absorbine® recognizes farriers as an integral part of maintaining equine health and wellness. We share AAPF’s mission to improve hoof care and have been dedicated to providing a line of hoof care products that have worked alongside the efforts of farriers for over 70 years.
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!
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!
United States Equestrian
United States Equestrian has been dedicated to uniting the equestrian community and serving as guardians to the sport since its inception in 1917. Whether you are a top level competitor, a recreational rider, a coach, a trainer, a fan, or enthusiast, US Equestrian offers membership to anyone who has a bond with the horse. The organization serves as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport, and is fiercely dedicated to uniting the community across breeds, disciplines, and riding levels. In 2017, UltraShield® was named the official fly control products of the organization. Both Absorbine® and US Equestrian strive to improve the equestrian experience, offering excellence, value, and education to riders and enthusiasts. Absorbine® is pleased to help support US Equestrian’s dedication to growing and maintaining the sport.
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.
Julie Goodnight is the popular RFD-TV host of Horse Master, airing weekly. Julie travels the US sharing her no-nonsense horsemanship training with riders of all disciplines. Whether you ride English, Western, dressage or trail ride, Julie’s teaching helps you feel more confident in the saddle and helps you understand the “whys” of horsemanship. You’ll get horse training help, when you need it. She loves continually learning and sharing horse behavior insights and she relates that knowledge to how you should interact with your horses. She’s experienced in dressage and jumping, racing, reining, cow horse, colt-starting, and wilderness riding. You’ve probably seen her regular series in Horse Illustrated, Horse & Rider and many other horse publications. Julie is honored to be the International Spokesperson for the Certified Horsemanship Association and was named Equine Affaire’s Exceptional Equestrian Educator. Julie grew up on the hunter-jumper circuits in Florida, but is now at home in the west. She and her husband Rich Moorhead live in the mountains in Salida, Colorado. Both love versatility ranch horse competitions and riding cow-horses.
Equine Management Training Center
The Equine Management Training Center (EMTC), housed at the Sandy River Equestrian Center, offers the prestigious Professional Groom Certificate Program: a comprehensive certification program sharing the knowledge and skills necessary to become a professional groom and manage all aspects of equestrian life. Six weeks of classroom and practical training and two weeks of an internship prepare participants for placement in top level grooming jobs. The EMTC program is dedicated to producing well rounded and well prepared grooms, focusing on both classroom instruction, such as biology of the horse, nutrition, and stable management, as well as practical instruction like basic vet care, clipping, and show turnout. At Absorbine®, we are happy to support the next generation of grooms by providing time trusted products for them to utilize during their education. We recognize the importance of providing a one of a kind training opportunity for those members of our industry who are the backbone supporting the equestrian sport.
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
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!
World Championship Blacksmiths
World Championship Blacksmiths (WCB) held its first ever “Super Clinic” in 2007. The WCB founders recognized that a farrier is the only equine professional who sees a horse frequently on a regular rotation in a non-emergent situation. To capitalize on this fact, WCB developed horseshoeing competitions at venues where there is a horse owning public to show and educate the importance of an educated, professional farrier. The WCB Horseshoeing Contest is a three-day event comprised of four rounds: two man, single man, live horseshoeing, and match play. The farriers and blacksmiths who participate in WCB competitions are truly artists of their craft. By driving education through competition, WCB has created a learning community that constantly strives for excellence and is dedicated to developing and improving its skill and its craft. With over 70 years committed to our Hooflex® hoof care line, Absorbine® shares this commitment and dedication to improving hoof care. We are happy to support an organization like World Championship Blacksmiths that shares our values and our commitment to excellence in horse hoof care.
James Masterson – The Masterson Method®
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.
Mount St. John
Mount St. John is a private equestrian facility located in the picturesque countryside in Yorkshire, England. The yard specializes in breeding high quality dressage horses, using advanced reproductive technology for embryo transfer from elite sport mares currently competing. Mount St. John retains most of their fillies and produces them to be ridden sport horses, many of which are competing successfully at the highest levels under top dressage riders. Absorbine® is proud to support Mount St. John’s innovative breeding practices and recognizes the importance of continued advancement of the equestrian sport through the development of world class competition horses.
Patrick the Miniature Horse
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!