Fleeceworks pads are incredible, but equally incredible is the company’s ethos of supporting the equestrian community.
Last weekend I was at a benefit dinner for Amy Barrington, an event rider (and my own trainer) who suffered a serious traumatic brain injury in a riding accident last month. I was perusing the silent auction items when I came across a saddle pad generously donated by Fleeceworks–I later learned that the company donated another pad to an Amy fundraiser being held on the West Coast.
Fleeceworks president Judy McSwain is herself a horsewoman and former competitor, and her passion for the sport and compassion for the people and horses who participate in it is obvious in everything she does. When I thanked her for the silent auction donation, Judy’s response was humble and heartfelt. “It is important to pay it forward,” she explained. “I was a trauma nurse and worked the ICU for many years. People do come back from these injuries. What I experienced was that the community support is essential. Amy is a fighter. Amy, her immediate and extended family are in my thoughts and prayers.”
In the year and a half Horse Nation has the privilege of calling Fleeceworks a sponsor, I have seen Judy go that extra mile to help the equestrian community again and again and again. Whether it is supporting an event, a program, a rider, a talented young horse or a website(!), Fleeceworks continually reveals itself as a company that is invested in so much more than selling a product.
All photos via Fleeceworks Facebook Page.
Thank you, Fleeceworks, for all that you do.
Go Fleeceworks, and Go Riding!