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Equilume, the world leader in the research and development of light therapy solutions for the global horse industry, announced two new partnerships with award-winning International Eventing riders, Phillip Dutton of the United States and Sam Watson of Ireland. With these partnerships, Dutton and Watson have installed the Equilume Stable Light System at their respective home stables and use the Equilume Cashel Light Masks on their horses while traveling to competitions throughout the year.
 
Headquartered in County Kildare, Ireland, Equilume designs and manufactures lighting solutions to harness the benefits of natural daylight for stabled horses and permit continued exposure to optimum lighting while horses travel or are at pasture. The Equilume Stable Light provides horses with biologically effective light that maximizes the health, performance and breeding efficiency for stabled horses. The Equilume Cashel Light Mask is an individual headpiece for horses that provides timed, low-level blue light to a single eye throughout the day to ensure optimum health, performance and coat condition when they are stabled, traveling or away at competition.
 
Three-time Olympic medallist, Phillip Dutton, was named the number one FEI World Eventing Rider in 2005. He represented his native country, Australia, in three Olympics, winning team gold in Atlanta, and four World Championships before becoming an American citizen in 2006. Riding for the USA, Dutton was a member of the gold medal team and individual silver medallist at the Pan-American Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007 and has been on the United States Olympic eventing team at Beijing, London and Rio, winning individual bronze on imported Irish Sport Horse ‘Mighty Nice’ in Rio in 2016.
 
“I had read about the Equilume light concept and the theory of improving a horse's trainability, attitude, and healing improvements, so I decided to try one of their Cashel Light Masks. The horse I selected was a very talented but somewhat difficult horse to train on a daily basis. I was told it would take about six weeks of use with the Cashel mask to see the full benefits on the horse,” said Dutton. “After just three weeks, I saw a remarkable improvement in the horse's attitude and willingness to enjoy his work. The logic of more light for a stabled horse makes sense to me, and I was able to see the results. I am excited about what benefits this will have for all my horses - so we are in the process of installing the Equilume Stable Lights throughout our barn.”
 
Sam Watson, a member of the Irish eventing silver medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in 2018, has represented Ireland three times at the Games and was short-listed for Tokyo 2020. For Watson, whose 2019 number seven world ranking was an all-time high for an Irish rider, this partnership comes at an important time in the preparation of his horses for the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics next year.
 
“Getting horses in great condition is often about keeping them in the best conditions. Health, muscle growth, mood, energy, rest and recovery are all areas that I personally feel are negatively impacted on dark and gloomy days. The Equilume team has the science to show that the same is true for horses and that the lighting solutions work to improve these factors,” said Watson. “We’ve got our broodmares and performance horses using the Equilume Stable Lights and Light Masks. We want the best for our horses and we don’t want to miss out on a performance edge. Lighting clearly has an important part to play. Plus, who doesn’t want their day brightened up.”
 
Equilume, a University College Dublin spin-out company supported through NovaUCD, is best known for the global success of their award-winning blue light mask that aids fertility in breeding stock. The company’s continued investment in R&D has led to an expanded product line, including the Equilume Stable Light and the Equilume Cashel Light Mask, targeted at the national and international Sport Horse market.
 
Equilume also works with Enterprise Ireland, the Irish State agency that partners with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate, and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland is thrilled to support Equilume as its technologies continue to help horses to remain happy and healthy.
 
“We are delighted that two such accomplished and respected riders are seeing the benefits of our products and that Equilume is playing a part in keeping their horses looking and feeling their best while performing at the highest levels,” said Dr Barbara Murphy, Founder, Equilume.
 
Equilume join an elite list of equine companies, including Horseware Ireland, in their support of both Phillip Dutton and Sam Watson.
 
About Equilume
Equilume is a world leader in the research and development of light therapy solutions to assist the global equine industry in maximising reproductive efficiency and performance. The company was established as a result of pioneering research at UCD by Dr Barbara Murphy, in collaboration with Professor John Sheridan, a UCD optoelectronics engineer, who identified the optimum light level required to advance the breeding season in horses, giving rise to the successful launch of the innovative Equilume Light Mask. For more information on the Equilume Stable Light and the Equilume Cashel Light Mask, please visit www.equilume.com.
 
About Enterprise Ireland
Enterprise Ireland is the Irish State agency that works with Irish enterprises to help them start, grow, innovate, and win export sales in global markets. Enterprise Ireland partners with entrepreneurs, Irish businesses, and the research and investment communities to develop Ireland's international trade, innovation, leadership, and competitiveness. For more information on Enterprise Ireland, please visit https://enterprise-ireland.com/en/.