From Endurance to Dressage
Yes, another one. As promised, to myself anyway, I bought another pair of Esprit Equestrian Wear breeches -this time in white. That makes three pairs if you're counting. I already had a pair of the Classic Riding Tights in black, which are my all-time favorite pair of summer breeches/tights, and a pair of the now discontinued PRO Riding Tights in Hunter Green. While the PROs are discontinued, EEW is selling out the rest of their inventory at drastically reduced prices, so if those are your jam, get them before they sell out.
I reviewed both the Classics and PROs here. While the PROs weren't quite for me, I was excited about trying out the new PRO 2.0s since EEW seemed to have fixed the things I didn't love about the original PROs. Stick with me here as this might appear to go off track. At the last show I did with Izzy, I realized that one of the reasons I get so stiff when showing him is that I wear my white show breeches which are not nearly as comfortable as my summer tights are. I wondered what might happen if I showed in white tights which are much stretchier and less rigid than traditional breeches. That was the main reason in trying out the PRO 2.0s. Of course, I haven't shown in them yet, but I am eager to see if riding in the same style I school in will help me feel more relaxed and less stiff.
While the original PROs were not for me - that inner lining had way too much compression for my tastes, EEW has changed the lining so that it doesn't cover the seat area. They are much more comfortable, and the addition of two inches in the rise in the rear helped them fit me a lot better. The Classics are a bit more comfortable for every day schooling, but the PRO 2.0s are definitely cuter. And frankly, the extra bit of compression fabric will probably help my fluffy parts look better when I show in them in a few weeks. I'll share any photos I get.
One last interesting thing: The day after placing my order, EEW announced that they now carry the Classic in WHITE with a GRAY seat. Yes, please! Those are now my next purchase. Do I feel bad for having an obsession with breeches? No, not really. I ride nearly every day of the week, plus we have extremely long, hot summers here which means I am always searching for comfortable breeches that are also cute. More important than comfort or cuteness though is always the price. At $64.99, I don't feel bad having four or five pairs of these.
There are several other colors besides the white with gray that I am hankering for. If you get a pair, let me know what color you chose. And if you do order, you can use the discount code bakersfielddressage to save 5%, although I think you might only be able to use the code once.
It's a good thing I am not obsessed with diamonds. Or Maseratis. Or yachts.
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 the lower levels. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2023 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
2023 Show Schedule
*** SCEC 10/15-16/22
2022 Completed …
(*) Tehachapi 5/22/22
(*) Tehachapi 7/24/22
(***) Tehachapi 8/28/22
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 62.115%