From Endurance to Dressage
How Lucky Am I?
Pinch me, please. I cannot believe my luck. When I saw that maroon Ovation helmet on Facebook, I was pretty sure it would match my Romfh show shirt. It doesn't just match, the colors are identical. Romfh has the shirt listed on its website in purple, but I am pretty sure the color I bought was some kind of burgundy. Of course, this shirt won't last forever, but for now, it will look great when coats are waived. Either way, finding a helmet to match my shirt was a major score, and thankfully, the helmet turned out to be much darker than what was pictured.
My luck didn't end there though. When I started thinking about getting a coat in burgundy to match, I landed on the Motionlite Competition Show Coat. I wrote about it last week. While I don't have loads of cash just lying around waiting to be spent on show apparel, I just couldn't get that coat off my mind. I love my navy Romfh coat, and it fits perfectly, but I wanted that maroon coat. I didn't need it, I wanted it, and now, there it is, hanging in my closet.
The coat is everything it's advertised to be. It is so lightweight that it barely weighs more than the shirt. And yes, it is nearly see though, but once on, you can't see what's underneath. I put it on over a t-shirt with loud graphics, and no matter how much I tugged on the fabric, I couldn't see what was underneath unless I really stretched the fabric thin. It also has a hidden zipper, a must have for me, and it is really stretchy, like, spandex stretchy.My only complaint is the sleeve length. They're at least three inches too long, and I don't have t-rex arms. My arm length matches my body. I know a lot of riders struggle with sleeves being too short, so this coat will serve their needs. Right now, I plan to tuck them under and put a few discreet stitches in to hold them at a shorter length.
Of course, color shouldn't be the deciding factor when purchasing helmets and coats. Fit and function should be our first priorities. The Ovation helmets have all fit me really well, and this one was no exception. With the dial adjustment at the base of the skull and the adjustable side and chin straps, the fit is perfect. I could not be happier. Coats, too have undergone a revolution when it comes to fabrics and fit. I never had a wool coat - I came to the sport too late for that, but even in the decade I've been showing, fabrics have come a long way. We consider ourselves athletes, so it's only appropriate that the fabrics we ride in are made for athletic endeavors. This one checks all the boxes. It's lightweight, stretchy, and no doubt cooler than coats of the past.
We're scheduled to show at the beginning of March. I can't wait to wear this ensemble. Maybe the judge will be so awed by our look that our scores will reflect a fashion bias.
At this point, we need all the help we can get!
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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
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