Thursday Morning Feed from Fleeceworks

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.


Photo via Horse Nation

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.


Kristi Clarkson and Chacco’s Boy competing at Copper Meadows, March 2013


Area VI Young Rider Eventing Team at the 2012 NAJYRC


Fleeceworks Royal winning the Novice Division at Aspen Farms


4* rider Caitin Silliman and Catch a Star

All photos via Fleeceworks Facebook Page.

Thank you, Fleeceworks, for all that you do.

Go Fleeceworks, and Go Riding!

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