Monday, June 24, 2013

Many Thanks To New Sponsor Higher Standards Leather Care!

    Super-effective, leather-nourishing soap in wonderful distinctive scents. Used by top professionals! Handmade in small batches by eventer Libby Henderson.
    The Story of the Soap
    Back in 2003, while looking for a Christmas gift to give her barn friends, Libby Henderson decided to experiment with making saddle soap. She found a recipe, and began to tinker with it, researching different essential oils, and working on scent combinations. It was fun and challenging, and the soap worked really well!
    The following spring, Libby developed a terrible crush on Karen O'Connor's mount, Upstage, or "Woody," owned by Dick & Vita Thompson. She was entranced by the story of the "little horse that could," and just loved his personality.
    During Rolex week, Libby sent a care package to Kentucky for Woody and his "staff." In that package was a container of my handmade soap. She was stunned a couple months later, when Karen's excellent longtime groom Max Corcoran asked for more of the soap, saying it was wonderful stuff.
    For the next nine years, Libby made the soap for Max as she needed it, and shared it with other friends. So far, her soap has been to the Pan Ams, the World Equestrian Games, the Hong Kong and London Olympics, Rolex, Badminton, Burghley and many other top venues.
    And now, the soap used by one of the best upper level grooms in the business is available to the rest of us, from entry level all the way to the top! It is called Higher Standards Custom Leather Care. The current scents are named after some very special event horses, who are retired or no longer with us.

    Higher Standards Custom Leather Care can be purchased on Etsy!