From Endurance to Dressage
Hi. My name is Karen, and I am addicted to buying belts. It started with regular belts, but my obsession is now firmly fixed on C4 Belts.
Since I ordered that first orange belt directly from C4, many tack stores have started carrying them. Even Riding Warehouse has jumped on board.
If you're new to C4 Belts, it works like this: you pick your width - skinny belts (3/4") or classic (1 1/4"). The belt straps come in one length; you just cut it to the length you want. Finally, pick your buckle. The buckles are interchangeable and come off just by flipping open "the grabber."
When you buy your belt and buckle directly from C4, you have about 1,000 options, but you'll pay more. Solid colored belts run $29.99 while prints will cost $34.99, although C4 runs tons of specials (I just took advantage of a BOGO deal). Buckles are $8.00 for the regular plastic and $12.00 for the plastic "chrome" version.
Riding Warehouse has the solid belts for $17.95 and a small selection of prints for $22.95. Buckles are $6.95 or $9.95. I have the Fox Hunt belt in my cart right now (why not?), and with my usual discount, it's listed at $19.51. With a buckle added, my total is $25.42, well below the $42.99 that C4 would sell it to me for.
One small piece of advice: when you cut your belt to size, do it carefully. I may not have realized that some of my jeans and breeches are low rise while others sit higher on my waist. If you also plan on putting on a few winter pounds, that belt that was cut for a higher waisted breech might not fit your low rise pants any more.
So yeah ... I have four belts that I am now using on the very last hole and only with certain pairs of breeches. Cut wisely people, and stay out of the fridge!
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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