From Endurance to Dressage
December's sales drive me nuts. Why can't all of my friends and family be equine enthusiasts? It would be so easy to get my shopping done if everyone just wanted a new dressage pad or a pair of glossy DSBs.
Since they don't, I had to fill my shopping cart with all of the things that I would like to have but don't need. I am not buying them of course. Well, I am not buying all of them, but there are a few things that I am allowing myself to splurge on.
Like a new dressage whip. I know I've put this on a Christmas wish list already, but I need more than one as I am prone to ditching it during the middle of the ride where it then gets stepped on and broken. With the Black Friday discount, it's only $7.10. There is a $12.00 shipping fee because it's over-sized, but since it's practically free, who cares! I am getting it.
I am also getting both boys some new bell boots although if you're looking for gift ideas, one cannot have too many pairs of bell boots. Speedy wears a medium and Izzy wears extra large. Speaking of which, the Raplast has worked as Izzy's boots are still intact and on his feet. Even so, they do wear out so I want a back up pair on hand. The Black Friday price for these boots is $10.36 - what a steal!
I don't like to jinx myself by buying things ahead of when they're needed, (like show stuff - I am not buying a shadbelly, no matter how good the sale), but when I saw that the Second Level Whinny Widget was on sale, I didn't even hesitate. I have all of the USDF tests on one of my website's pages, but I am getting tired of having to open the page every time I want to know how a movement is ridden at Second Level. At $10.30, I think I can afford a bit of an impulse buy!
And that's where I am stopping. I did have a bunch of other stuff in the cart, but I put it all back on the shelf and showed some restraint. Do you remember how I said that if I had money left at the end of the month I was going to upgrade Speedy's USDF Horse ID to a Lifetime Registration Number? Well, there's money left, but not if I blow it all on stuff that I don't actually NEED.
Besides that, my husband is looking for Christmas gift ideas and my birthday is a week after Christmas. I've already told my husband what I want, so hopefully these two things will be either under the tree or wrapped in birthday paper.
The Black Friday sale price for the cart is $51.16 - I think I almost need two!
I shouldn't have to even explain why I want these. I mean look at them. Yes, I know that both Speedy and Izzy already have full sets, but these would be for the warm up ring at shows. And after much debate, I decided that I want black fleece with black gloss. These will look stunning against Speedy's white coat. He wears a small in front and mediums in the back. When you buy two or more, the Black Friday sale price is $28.76 - at that price I'd be tempted to also buy them in Silver with white fleece (hint hint!).
And of course, you can't have too many of these. Gift cards are always welcomed gifts, especially when they're for the Riding Warehouse.
Now I just need my friends and family to send me links for their own Black Friday wish lists. Did you resist, or is your cart full of awesome deals?
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%