From Endurance to Dressage
I know I keep blogging about some of the same stuff, but I really like the Road ID bracelets and think they're such a good idea that the topic needs revisiting. And besides, I just a bought a new one in a lovely purple that I wanted to show you!
I have had many Road ID bracelets in several colors. I keep a black one on my show helmet, a yellow one has my passport number for traveling, a pink one stays in my trail helmet, and I even have an extra band laying around waiting for a new tag. I ordered this one so that I could keep one in my trail helmet without needing to get it off my schooling helmet.
The cool thing about this version of the bracelet is that the metal tag can be taken off and attached to a fresh band, or vice versa. The bracelet with the metal tag is $19.99. The tags on their own are $16.99 and the bracelet itself runs $3.99 so you get a bit of a deal if you order a whole new set up, which is what I just did.
Road ID has changed the bracelet's deign a little bit, which I really like. In the older model, the velcro tab was the same width as the bracelet. In this updated model, the velco end is now narrower so it slips though the plastic D ring much easier and lays flatter (not that I had any complaints before).
I store my Road ID bracelet on my helmet strap so that I never forget to wear it. It's more comfortable than a watch and can take a serious licking. I've never had one wear out or break. They do get dirty though, and even if I clean them, it's nice to get a fresh one occasionally. If you do order one, the sizing is more generous than you think. The small one fits me perfectly without being short, but I do have pretty narrow wrists.
Even though I ride primarily in the arena, I still wear my Road ID every single time I get on. I usually ride alone, but even if I come off with someone watching, they would be able to call my husband right away if I was unable to remember the number (which has happened). Official first responders are also trained to look for these bracelets. If I had to be hauled off in an ambulance, I know that the EMT would be able to contact my husband so that he could meet me at the hospital.
And in the event that I don't survive a fall, I want the doctor to know that I am an organ donor. My bracelet also reminds first responders to look around for a loose horse. I don't want either of my boys to be injured or to cause a wreck as they try to figure out how to get back home.
Road ID is a great company with fabulous customer service, a social conscience, and a huge variety of products for people with active lives. Check them out at www.roadid.com.
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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