From Endurance to Dressage
I am not wealthy, but I am lucky enough to have a little disposable cash each month to spend how I want. Lately, I am into riding clothes like I can't believe. I never used to care what I rode in. It was usually a raggedy pair of pull on tights and a t-shirt won at an endurance ride.
Any more, I find myself pulling out carefully selected breeches that will coordinate with my riding shirt du jour. My socks often match as does my pony tail holder. I always wear a vibrant belt (lately from C4 - I now have four of them), something I would have scoffed at just a year ago.
Looking good in the saddle seems to give more credence to the work that I am doing. While I always ride for fun, I am serious about the work that I am doing, and I want my appearance to be an outward confirmation of my dedication.
Never mind that I am usually completely alone at the barn. So if I look good while I ride, there is no one but the muck cart and manure fork to appreciate my efforts as I dutifully clean my stalls. I don't wear those stylish breeches and trendy sun shirts to impress anyone. I wear them because they make me feel good.
So when I got home the other day and this was sitting on my doorstep, I had all kinds of happy feelings.
Riding Warehouse had some kind of special sale going on, I don't remember what it was, but I think it had something to do with tax season. They were offering 15% off everything store-wide. I couldn't resist.
I am currently in love with the Ovation DX Celebrity Slim Secret Full Seat Breeches. I love how they fit, and they look really nice. I have already blogged about the gray pair which I liked so much so that I was persuaded to order the white ones for showing. When Riding Warehouse finally added the Monaco Blue to their line up, I caved. I couldn't help it; I bought them in blue.
While the breeches were back ordered and safely out of mind, a friend sent me a link to a Kastel shop on Ebay. Given how low the prices were, I am assuming they were either discontinued or last year's colors. I didn't care. At $30 out-the-door (which included free shipping), I felt like it would be wrong to not order one. And in my defense, I kept myself to one only as I already have four other sun shirts from last summer.
With my C4 belts in either tan or navy plaid, this is a really striking look. Add in my chocolate or navy dressage pad with my navy DSB boots, and I am one well turned out dressage rider.
Of course, If I had the DSB boots in brown ...
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%