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Women in Equestrian Business – Cheryl Dauphin

RugSafe USA, llc dba Blanket Safe features Cheryl Dauphin with EquiGroomer
Cheryl Dauphin of EquiGroomer by RugSafe USA, LLC and Blanket Safe products! Learning more about behind the scenes

The next of our Women in Equestrian Business will not disappoint! I am so excited not only about this wonderful lady, but I sing the praises about this product daily! By the end of this post I hope you feel that you personally know Cheryl Dauphin, just as much as you will recognize her colorful, vibrant, and perfect barn and home tool!

At the beginning of 2018, I personally met Cheryl and her made-by-hand products. Since then they have not only been a staple in our barn for all of our horses….but also in our home AND in my business. The EquiGroomers often have a way of wandering off in the business (it just so happens that most of the awesome ladies that work with me, also have horses, dogs, cats, rabbits too!) Cheryl has also changed the way my pets and animals view grooming time.

About THE EquiGroomer

After Cheryl Dauphin retired as independent graphic designer, she decided to devote her time to her horse and improving her riding skills. In doing so, she realized her horse’s skin was very sensitive to the large teeth of a shedding tool. Shedding stones work for a little while, but Cheryl realized they did not last long, and were really messy. This left Cheryl in a predicament…but not for long! Tenaciously she came up with a prototype of the EquiGroomer and also eventually designed the logo. She tried it on her horse with great success and allowed other lucky barn members to try it too.

What makes this product completely unique, (and why it has been such a hit around our home, barn, and business) is that Cheryl has designed this tool to be similar to how a cat’s tongue grooms fur. The blade itself does not remove hair by friction or pulling hair out. In fact, the little teeth only remove scaly, dead hairs. Plus, the teeth of this blade are so petite that they do not actually touch the skin. Yet they are still long enough to bring the natural oils found at the root of the hair, up through the hair to help with coat and fur heath. The groomer’s colors are bright and cheerful. The wooden handle is painted with 3 coats of exterior grade paint making it impervious to bacteria, and an epoxy finish is applied to the blade which wards off rust and prevents dulling.

It is clear that Cheryl has taking all efforts to make the EquiGroomer tools the epitome of perfection. While Cheryl thoroughly enjoys showing off her products, describing the benefits, demonstrating the use, and connecting with customers….selling is not her strong suit. Cheryl mentions she does not enjoy cold calling or making sales over the phone, which frankly is not that uncommon! However, what makes up for that, is a schedule that she loves. She balances time manufacturing and her business related tasks, with her time in the barn. Cheryl has been in business for slightly over 5 years, and in that time has designed her brand to focus on customer satisfaction, quality of products, and happy pets. She feels that there is no need to change that for the next happy 5 years.

Behind the Equigroomer with Blanket Safe a Rug Safe USA, LLC product.

About Cheryl Dauphin

Cheryl and her business headquarters are located in Glastonbury Connecticut, and her products are manufactured locally. Labels, wrapping, and shipping of the EquiGroomer are all done by hand by Cheryl. She also finds time to juggle marketing and customer relations, all before heading to the barn. While it may be hard to pick favorites, Cheryl’s favorite is the 5″ EquiGroomer. It has made so many pet owners live’s easier and so many fur babies happier during grooming time. We asked Cheryl when she first fell in love with horses.It turns out, there wasn’t a time where she lacked the fascination and desire to ride.

Her mother recently discovered an old slide of Cheryl on the back of a horse, she was probably about 3 years old at the time. As a child, she took many summer vacations to her grandparents in Maine, and she would beg for the neighbors to pony her around on their horse. The first books she remembers reading are Misty of Chincoteague and Black Beauty. There is no exact time when the passion began, but the journey continues with her 12 year old registered Holsteiner, Clifford. This show jumper is now enjoying his retired life and lighter riding after an injury, but that doesn’t get Cheryl down. Optimist Cheryl welcomed the change of pace, and now she and Clifford enjoy trail rides and spending relaxing days together.

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Let’s Get a Little Personal with Cheryl Dauphin

What is something not everyone knows about you? I love being the center of attention, but if given the option of going to a party OR relaxing on the couch…I would choose the latter!

What is something you would tell your younger self? Don’t worry so much about what others think of you, what is really important is how you think of yourself! Too much time is wasted on things that don’t truly matter.

What is a Mantra you live by? Don’t sweat the small stuff!

What was the last show you binge watched? American Pickers…don’t ask why I find that show so entertaining. I sat through what may have been 4 hours of repeats and still enjoyed watching it!

What is the last book you read? Twelve Years a Slave

What’s your favorite word? Indeed

What profession other than your own would you attempt for a week? I’ve tried a number of things in the past, everything from retail sales, landscape designer, even seminar instructor. However, I think I would love to try to be a Pet Adoption Coordinator at a no kill shelter.

What is your favorite food? Popcorn, Popcorn, Popcorn! If I had my choice I would eat it for dinner….every day of the week, I would! I love Popcorn!

How do you take your Coffee? I take my morning Starbuck’s Espresso black with one Splenda.

What is something you want people to remember about your brand? Each EquiGroomer or WaterWisk is assembled by hand, made locally, and uses the highest quality materials available. I hand label and wrap each one, and I am solely responsible for customer relations, shipping, marketing. There is pride and love that goes into each EquiGroomer. It makes me feel even better when I know that every “hooman” that uses the brush on their animals is not only improving the grooming experience, but also increasing the quality time they spend with their pets.

In Conclusion with Cheryl Dauphin of EquiGroomer

We have really enjoyed getting to know Cheryl, and learning about the outpouring of positivity and love that goes into her life and products. It is amazing how similar we all are regardless of background, jobs, or location. In learning more about these awesome ladies, it reminds me that we are all in this equestrian world together! Like I mentioned before, at Blanket Safe we use these products daily for not only horse and pet grooming, but also removing excess hair from saddle pads and fleece. Frankly, next time I pick up my EquiGroomer or WaterWisk, I will have more appreciation of the time, care, love, and passion that went into it!

We hope you join us next time for another inside look at another equestrian business woman’s dream and business adventure! Until then, find more blogs like this HERE

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A Practical Gift Guide for Equestrians

Blanket Safe is getting Ready for Christmas, Blanket Safe Grab Bag Surprises
Blanket Safe is getting Ready for Christmas, Blanket Safe Grab Bag Surprises

If you are reading this, you must be looking for some practical gifts for your favorite Equestrians! The holidays are right around the corner, everyone is busy, and it takes a long time to find the perfect practical gift! So, we have done the hard work for you! Most all gifts are under $30, even under $20, they support small equestrian businesses around the US. Many of these gifts offer not only fantastic prices, but free shipping! We love these products, and so we are sure that you and your horse loving, (or animal loving) friends will totally appreciate these products too! Links to web pages are linked in their headings, Instagram links are in the blurb! They are in no specific order, because as you will find, each of these businesses is outstanding in their own unique way! Happy Discovering, and happy shopping!

1. Custom Horse Bonnet by Bays4DaysCrochet

Horse Ear Bonnets By Bays4DaysCrochet on the Equestrian Gift Guide by Blanket Safe RugSafe USA, LLC

These amazing bonnets are custom made and can be found on Etsy. From colors to size, Bays4DaysCrochet can make something that is perfect for your horse when schooling, showing, or hacking. Prices range from $35-$55, and with all the customization’s that can be made, these bonnets are well worth the price. But that’s not it, order on Etsy, and receive free shipping!! However, you must order soon, because these bonnets are made custom for your horse, they need time to be magically created and customized. Find her on IG @Bays4DaysCrochet

2. Equigroomers

Equigroomers are a Blanket Safe Favorite!

These Equigroomers are an amazing addition to any tack box. What we love most about these groomers and shedding blades, is the fact that not only can they be used on multiple animals, but they can also be used on hairy fabrics too….like the fleece of a cooler, or a hairy saddle pad! The uses for these tools are endless! The fun colors make them easy to find if dropped in a stall, the blades don’t rust, do not pull hair, or irritate even the most delicate of skin. Plus, they have deals for bulk orders. Prices range from $16-$20. You can thank me Later! Find them on IG @Equigroomers_USA

3. Cooling Towel by Heated Horse

Cooling Towel by Heated Horse on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

I’m not sure that I will have enough space to tell you how amazing this towel is for hot summer days or after a good work out (for you or your horse), but I will try! You will be the favorite person in the barn this upcoming Spring and Summer! These towels have an amazing ability to stay much cooler than the outdoor temperature just by staying damp. They are made of a PVA material which has the capabilities of staying damp and cool for a long time, AND is anti-microbial to prevent any mold or mildew build up. They can be used time and time again to keep you or your horse cool, and are a huge life saver! The best part, each one of these babies is only $15…for all that is packed into a towel, it is a SERIOUS Steal! When you’re ready to use your towel again….do just as they say…Wet, Wring and Wave. Find on IG @HeatedHorse

4. Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC

32oz Blanket Safe Horse Blanket Wash by Blanket Safe and RugSafe USA, LLC

Blanket Safe is perfect for horse, pet, and even human laundry of all kinds. From Wraps to Dog beds, Blanket Safe is NOT just for horse blankets, and can easy and safely wash your products without destroying waterproofing, deteriorating fabric, or adding harmful skin irritating chemicals. Blanket Safe is Detergent Free, Anti-bacterial to remove all the festering bacteria growth after a season of wear, and works best in COLD water, unlike 99% of all other washes that need warm or hot water to be effective (which can destroy the factory applied waterproofing). All scents are very light after washing, as to not irritate the animals sense of smell! Blanket Safe comes in 8oz concentrate to mix yourself, 16oz or 32oz, and Bundle Packs! Prices range from $10-$20. Best part, starting Janurary 2020, all 8oz concentrate bottles will come with 1 FREE refill. Send the small Bottle back to Blanket Safe and they will refill with concentrate solution and mail back. You just pay shipping both ways. Find on IG @BlanketSafe

5. Foot Huggies Riding Boot Socks

Foot Huggies Riding Boot Socks on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

Foot Huggies Riding Boot Socks are hands down our favorite. These are no ordinary riding boot socks! If you are looking for the best of a riding sock, with the feel of an athletic sock, and comfort of a slipper, you have FOUND THE SOCK FOR YOU! Foot Huggies are not a pair that you throw away after a few uses, and don’t expect holes…expect these socks to last and look the same! These socks are PACKED full of benefits, from arch support, to COOLMAX ®️ LYCRA ®️ Technology, the protection from blisters, and lets not forget to mention the left and right foot. These foot huggies socks, literally hug your foot in all the right places! They come in men, women and kid sizes, and have literally all equestrian disciplines available. But, that’s not it. They also have snowflakes made with Swarovski crystals, and a Nations collection! While you may think that with all these benefits packed into a sock, the must be 3 inches thick, they in fact, are not. They do come in the original thickness and a thin (but not like wearing nylon stockings!), these socks are incredible, and the only ones that go in my boots! Customization is available. Prices ranging from $10.95 for short socks to $21.95 for tall boot socks. Find on IG @Foothuggies_ridingboot_socks .

6. Stock ties by Stockbubble

Fun Stock ties by StockBubble on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

These gorgeous stock ties can and more can only be by Stockbubble. Stepping away from the boring everyday white bland stock ties, you can find almost any pattern, color, theme at the Etsy site. Custom made for you, in your choice of stunning color or pattern. Have your favorite equestrian stand out at their next show, shine a little brighter and add some personality! Or, go and buy for yourself! Most every English equestrian needs at least one stock tie for every holiday, and then an extra one for shows! Going fox hunting?…add a few more to your wardrobe! Stockbubble also has a line dog bandannas for all of you that are owned by a dog! Check out these handmade and very colorful, unique stock ties on IG @stockbubble or on their etsy link which is linked above!

7. Grey Horse Candle Co.

Grey Horse Candle Co. on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

If you are reading this blog, you or someone you know loves all the smells horse life can offer! So what is it? Fresh cut hay, sweet feed, carrots, apples, peppermints, fly sprays, bedding, at least one of those rings a bell, maybe fresh cleaned tack, or morning rides? Well, Grey Horse Candle Co. has all those scents and many more to last you, even when you or your friend are missing their barn time! These Candles not only come in gorgeous packaging, but they offer bundles! Get sets of 3 or more for less! These gorgeous looking and smelling candles range in price from $13 and up! They offer a range of sizes, and a range of scents that are guaranteed to please any equestrian! Each one is made with love and hand poured. Find on Etsy…with FREE shipping, and check out on IG @Greyhorsecandleco (even if you are one of those that aren’t into candles, if you love anything about farm, barn, horse life…check out their amazing Instagram and the gorgeous pics!!)

8. The Infused Equestrian

Shiny by The Infused Equestrian on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

I don’t even know where to begin with ALL of The Infused Equestrian products, especially Shiny. This product is outrageously fantastic (for your horse’s hair, NOT yours…because you may be tempted once you see how amazing that mane and tail look!) Ranging between $14-$26 this product is a bargain, but that is not to be misconstrued because their quality is outrageous!! They ALL include super high quality ingredients, which makes this not only a product that provides excellent results, but one that you can rest assured aims to help your horse’s hair, not hurt! But the Infused Equestrian Products do not just focus on hair, they focus on every aspect of horse and rider life! All of The Infused Equestrian’s products that are designed for the horse, rider and the barn; they are hand crafted and made from 100% pure therapeutic essential oils. These products are one of my grooming staples, and I find that excellent winter grooming care provides a sturdy foundation for a fantastic looking horse in the Spring and Summer! Make sure to find them on IG at @theinfusedequestrian . P.S. If you haven’t tried the Pure bit wipes, you are missing out! And again, please don’t use in your own hair, helmet hair is a cool thing…greasy hair is NOT!

9. EquiString

Equestrian artwork by EquiString on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

EquiString is a totally unique gift for a friend, coach, or yourself! Don’t take the name wrong, and I’m sure you will find out for yourself when you check out their Etsy link, but EquiString is not limited to just string designs! They offer totally customized barn/stall signs, bridle holders, coasters…and YES their very popular string designs! Get them with or without lettering! And it doesn’t have to be horse related, these designs are amazing, cute, beautiful, sentimental….you name it! They are completely one of a kind, and you cannot beat a handmade gift that is totally unique to you (or a friend). Make sure to check out EquiStrings Instagram and Etsy page, not only will their work surprise you….but you will be surprised at the amount of options they offer! Priced at $10 and up, they definitely have a gift for anyone that loves farm or/and barn life! Find them on IG @Equistring .

10. myMareCo.

myMareCo Head Bands on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

Don’t tell me you don’t get sweaty under that helmet! These moisture-wicking headbands are wide and thin to keep not only hair off your sweaty face, but to keep sweat from dripping down your face (which ultimately cause streaks as it creates lines from where the dust from the ring has already dried to your sweaty face…OH, c’mon….don’t tell me you don’t have that problem!) Anyways, these headbands are also light weight, they easily fit under your helmet. But, don’t just wear them under a helmet! Wear them to the gym, to pilates, out to lunch with the bestie! They are super cute! BUT WAIT, the best part…this 2 set of black headbands, under $9, YES….FOR BOTH! Another fantastic part, they don’t just come in black! Want colors? They have that too! A 4 Pack is under $17! These are unbelievable. If you have an equestrian friend that gets helmet sweat, a friend that is always looking for moisture-wicking wear, a friend that is headband happy…you cannot go wrong! Make sure to find on IG @mymareco .

11. Herd.Of.Zebras

Herd of Zebras equestrian apparel on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

Have you heard of the Herd…that is, the Herd of Zebras? This business is built on the foundation of bringing people from all walks of life together, empowering them, telling a story, and making them feel amazing (BOTH inside & out). Herd of Zebras, their clothes are as unique as the people that wear them. Not only are they unbelievably comfortable, but they empower you to embrace yourself, love yourself, and empower yourself (and others!) The story being Herd of Zebras is heart warming, and of course you can read it for yourself on their website (link in Herd of Zebra heading) but let me sum it up! Kind of like how wrinkles tell the story of you, so do zebra stripes and colors depicted in their logo. Each one is a different color, a different shape, none of them are alike, but together they tell a story of each unique person, together they create one beautiful symbol, and while alone they are just one stripe, together they create a unified piece of art. So instead of boring you with how bada$$ this company is, go check out their apparel…like these Fillies before Willies shirts! Prices range from $8 up, but they have everything from accessories to apparel for Kids to Adults. Find on IG @Herd.Of.Zebras .

12. Myst Equine Products

Myst Equine Products on Blanket Safe by RugSafe USA, LLC for Equestrian Gift Guide

Myst Equine Products allow your horse to look as gorgeous as the packaging of these products! I wanted to take a minute to shout out to the Myst Dry Shampoo products, especially with cold months ahead! Now you have no excuse for a dusty, dingy looking horse at your next lesson, show, or whenever you need a pick-me-up grooming sesh with your horse! Like all the products we love on our horse, these products are no different! They are high end, super high quality, holistic grooming products! All of the Myst products, including this one has, what I like to call “Their signature blend” of anti-itch botanicals to help keep your horse’s coat healthy in the elements, protect from irritation, but also to prevent the spread of bacteria. (As you know, especially in the winter with blanket season, bacteria growth happens!! Hence our anti-bacterial washes to remove that from your blankets after months of use!) So I definitely love to provide my horses with this added protector between blanketing. As a “retired” nurse there is nothing that grosses me out more than festering bacteria build up, and these products really ease my mind! Myst Products range in price, starting at $19, and worth every penny to keep your horse looking great year round, and keeping their coat and skin protected! Find on IG @Mystequineproducts

We hope we have given you a huge range of holiday gift giving ideas, and by no means are these products are in order of what we love more! However, we pride ourselves in the importance of shopping small business, helping those individuals that are doing it all, giving it all, and providing the best for you, because they are filled with the passion! There are so many businesses out there, these are just the ones that we cant live without, and those that empower and bring together the equestrian community! Happy holidays to all of our loyal followers, new friends, and customers! We wish you the very best this season, and make sure that it is the season of giving…not just for the one you are giving the gift, but for that small business that devotes their time, heart and energy to providing you with something special, just so they can send their kids to riding lessons, or buy them that sparkly whip this holiday!

Much Love,

Laura and The Blanket Safe Team.

xx