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Outstanding Local Business Award Recipient for September 2022

September’s outstanding local business is being recognized for its contribution to its customers, clients, and the local community.

By: Sylvia Slezak | Sep 2022


EspañaSILK™ Natural Products - Minneapolis, MN

Extraordinary is an understatement when it comes to Trudy & the EspañaSILK™ Team. From humble beginnings to changing the lives of others for the better, EspañaSILK™ offers grooming products for horses, dogs, cats, and humans (hair and skin). Products are "cruelty-free," detergent free, biodegradable, gentle — but effective, and naturally made in the U.S.A.

The creation of EspañaSILK™ Natural Grooming Products didn’t happen overnight. It began in an indoor arena back in 1999 when Trudy Midas, co-owner of the company with husband, Bob Hansen, was thrown from her horse and broke her back. After three surgeries and years of extensive rehabilitation, Trudy was only able to provide daily grooming while maintaining the all important animal/human bond. She used virtually every grooming product on the market, but the harsh chemicals in some made Bob wonder if these ingredients could be harmful to Trudy and/or her horse.

Being the owners of seven race horses and two pleasure horses at the time, Trudy and Bob began investigating better options. Their research indicated that a new all natural equine grooming line would be a welcome addition in the stables. Thus they embarked on a journey to develop the line of effective, safe for humans and animals, all natural products. After consultations with chemists, additional research and development, the inclusion of silk proteins as a key ingredient and the pleasant signature cucumber-spa fragrance of all EspañaSILK™ products, Trudy and Bob found an experienced, quality manufacturer to produce their all natural grooming line. Based on Trudy’s extensive equine grooming experience, EspañaSILK™ is a line of products that the couple believes is the most environmentally superior and safest on the market. And, fortunately, Trudy is now happily riding her prized Friesian horse, Isabelle.

The EspañaSILK™ Product Line includes the waterless shampoo, EspañaSILK™ detangler/full body sheen, the antiseptic topical spray, regular, whitening/brightening and healing shampoos, regular and healing conditioners, bug spray, and more.

In addition to offering natural products, EspañaSILK™ proudly supports and sponsors many entities and organizations, including:

  • America’s Mustang
  • Animal Humane Society, Golden Valley, MN
  • Cirque ma'ceo, Ocala Equestrian Complex, Myakka, FL
  • Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, part of Allina Health, throughout Minnesota
  • Cowboy Up For Christ, McKee, KY
  • Equestrian Legacy Radio
  • Ginger Duke - Professional Trick Rider, Springtown, TX & LaFayette, GA
  • Helping Paws, Hopkins, MN
  • Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, Orono, MN
  • Hope Rides, Minnetonka, MN
  • I Am Herd - Mustang Sanctuary
  • Jessica Blair Fowlkes is a Trick and Roman Rider
  • Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY
  • Kentucky Lab Rescue, Inc., Lexington, KY
  • Lorick Stables - Breeding, Training, Sales and Showing World Class Registered Friesian Horses
  • Mustang Heritage Foundation, Georgetown, TX
  • SCSU Equestrian Team, St. Cloud, MN
  • Secretariat Center, Lexington, KY
  • Service Dogs of Distinction
  • Showtime Arena, Deerfield, WI
  • We Can Ride - Horses changing lives, St. Paul, MN showcases thousands of incredible businesses in more than 300 industry categories that are located in over 100 major U.S. cities. The Outstanding Local Business Award (OLBA) is given to locally-owned and operated businesses in recognition of their services to the local community and have met all of the Criteria listed on

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