Mary Trowbridge says she’s been involved with horses since she was “old enough to carry a full water bucket.” As a child she showed differing breeds throughout New England, but an Arabian was the first she owned and the breed became her lasting passion.
Trowbridge has been training professionally since 1979 when she joined the ranks of Sir William Farm, under Bill Bohl. In 1991 she, along with her husband Pat, opened Trowbridge’s Ltd., a full service training, breeding and lesson facility in Bridgewater, Connecticut.
Recognized as one of the leading lights of the U.S. Arabian industry, Trowbridge is now a three-time winner of the Arabian Professional Horsewoman of the Year award and a three-time winner of the Arabian (female) Saddle Seat Trainer of the Year award. She’s guided over 50 National and Reserve National Champions in open and amateur competition and has built a reputation for breeding and presenting top champions in classes as diverse as English Pleasure, Park and Saddle Seat Equitation for adults, juniors and amateurs.
But Trowbridge recognizes that sound breeding, talented trainers and top presenters will still only take her horses so far. “We’ve got to have strong horses that can focus on their training,” Trowbridge said. “They must have the nutritional support they need to perform at their absolute best.”
In 2004 Trowbridge found herself with a talented horse named Catherine the Great who was highly motivated but whose attitude and anxiety made relaxation during training a challenge. The mare would over-exert herself constantly and cool-out sessions lasted forever—not to mention her picky eating.
About that time, Trowbridge was approached by the owners of Freedom Health, LLC, and asked to test their new product, SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program. Within one week of putting Catherine on SUCCEED Trowbridge had seen a complete turnaround.
“She met us at the door for her morning serving of the product and would frisk the pockets of whoever was delivering it,” Trowbridge said. “Within thirty days we were amazed to see a change in her. She’s relaxed and her retention ability is great, both when working and while in the show ring. And she’s a voracious eater.”
After seeing how SUCCEED helped Catherine, Trowbridge put virtually all of her show horses on the product. She began using it with Emperor Hadrian six weeks before he won a unanimous decision in the Half-Arabian English Pleasure National Championship. And she’s even used it on a 30-year old stallion who she says has never looked better.
“I was one of the very first trainers to use SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program, so the product has been part of my feeding and conditioning program for some time,” she said. “Now I can tell the horses that are on SUCCEED just by walking down the barn aisle and glancing into the stalls.”