From Endurance to Dressage
On Tuesday, Dover sent me a BOGO email. You probably got it too. I almost always just hit delete, but before I did, I thought I should at least see what the deal was about. Oh, man, I am so (not) glad that I did. It was a BOGO for the breeches that I just bought last month. The breeches that I really, really, really love.
Here's the thing. Yes, I know I have enough pairs of breeches, but some of them are on the way out. They're getting a bit threadbare. That's especially true of my really hot weather summer tights. I love those tights, but they don't have a pocket. I've decided that henceforth I will not be buying tights without a good cell phone pocket.
The Stride by Dover Saddlery® Ladies' Full-Seat Tech Tight has an AMAZING pocket. It's the best pocket I've ever had in a pair of tights, in any pair of breeches actually. I would buy these breeches just for the pocket; it's that good. Not only is the pocket great - because really, you can't ride in a pocket, the breeches themselves are freakishly comfortable. They're so comfortable that I went for a run in them the other day. I also shoved my iPhone in the pocket so I could map my speed and distance. The phone never budged, and the breeches performed better than my running pants!
I also really like my new Dover Saddlery® Wellesley Silicone Full-Seat Breech. Even at full price, $99.95, they're worth it. They're comfortable enough to wear all day, and they don't sag like SmartPak's Pipers. My only complaint is that once summer hits, they'll be a bit too warm, but that's true of every pair of breeches I own. That's why I wear tights in the summer. The only negative thing I can say about them is that while there is a rear pocket, it's not big enough for anything other than a horse treat. My cell phone fits in the front pocket, but not if I bend over or sit down.
If you're in need of a pair of breeches, Dover's BOGO sale is good on these items. The promo code is good through April 19th. Use promo code CMXBCOOL at checkout. Oh, and if you get a USEF discount - mine is always applied automatically, you'll need to delete that code as Dover will only let you use one code at a time.
Was this a case of retail therapy to alleviate boredom, depression, frustration, or a desire to boost the economy? I don't know, maybe? I liked them/needed them and had a bit of extra money to spend, so I did. Like I said. It was a BOGO I couldn't resist.
About the Writer and Rider
I am a lifelong rider.
I began endurance riding in 1996 where I ultimately completed five, one-day 100 mile races, the 200-mile Death Valley Encounter, and numerous other 50, 65, and 75 mile races. I began showing dressage in 2010.
Welcome to my dressage journey.
About Speedy G
Speedy went from endurance horse to dressage horse. After helping me earn a USDF Bronze medal in the summer of 2020, he is now semi-retired. Speedy is a 2004, 15'1 hand, purebred Arabian gelding. His Arabian Horse Registry name is G Ima Starr FA.
Izzy was started as a four-year old and then spent the next 18 months in pasture growing up. I bought him as a six-year old, and together, we are showing at Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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