From Endurance to Dressage
Those of you who read even somewhat regularly will know I have a few obsessions. I love belts, socks, and breeches above most anything else. The socks are a cheap enough obsession that I can't count it as a strike against me. Belts are also relatively low-priced, so that too isn't such a bad habit. Breeches on the other hand are pricy, and let's face it, you can only wear so many pair in a week.
Even so, I like buying them, and I definitely own more pairs than can be worn before the next laundry day. Right now, I have five distinct piles:
I have been pining for two particular pairs of breeches - a denim pair and that mahogany pair from Esprit Equestrian Wear. I ordered the mahogany pair on Monday. The denim pair came from the ranch owner. She doesn't wear breeches, but her trainer suggested a full seat denim pair to help her feel a bit more secure in the saddle. The ranch owner ordered a pair from Ariat that are super cute! Sad for her, good for me was that the pair she ordered was just a scootch too snug. After wearing them a time or two, she decided that she just needed more room, so she ordered a new pair and asked if the original pair might fit me! You can bet I shoe-horned my fanny into those things as soon as I got them home.
They are a little more snug around the waist than I would have liked had I bought them myself, but since I can't "return" them, I am living with a wee bit of snugness. Since they fit everywhere else just fine, I am keeping them. I rode in them over the weekend and loved them. They feel better on than they look - I am a bit fluffy around the middle after all, but I don't care. They check off nearly all of my requirements for breeches:
I have been wanting a pair of denim breeches FOREVER, so this feels like karma threw me a bone. Maybe now I can toss both of those old and ugly pairs I have and put a few others in that pile. That's my new rule: one pair in, one pair out! Now that I think about it, I could easily put SIX pairs in that old and ugly category.
Does that I mean I get to order six new pairs? Come on, help a sister out!
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: