From Endurance to Dressage
When you have a bit of OCD tendencies, it's hard to let stuff go. When I get something in my mind, the only way to shake it is to either finish it, buy it, or replace it with something comparable. In this particular instance, I am not sure there exists something comparable. What is it, you ask? This beauty.
Primatova is totally a made up color. It's either maroon or burgundy. Since I haven't seen it in person, I can't say for sure. While doing a bit of research, I discovered this interesting tidbit on color. Burgundy is actually a dull purplish red which takes it name from the color of the wine produced in the Burgundy region of France. Maroon, however, only becomes a color when brown is added to red. Based on that description, I'd say I still don't know which side of things primatova falls.
Either way, the coat is by Alessandro Albanese, an Italian designer. From the AA website: AA remains dedicated to providing beautiful Italian competition wear with a modern twist, by exploring an array of technical fabrics and cuts, with features such as breathability, water repellence, stretch properties, and easy care fabrics.
This coat has been on my radar for quite some time, but the time was never right. It's not "right" right now either, but it's getting closer. I wouldn't have considered this color before because for quite a while I was switching from black to navy. I love my navy coat, the Romfh Bling Show Coat, and my navy helmet, the Ovation Glitz. The coat is super stretchy and much cooler than anything else I've ever worn. But lately, all things burgundy/maroon have been calling my name.
According to Riding Warehouse's product description, the AA Horseware Motionlite Competition Show Coat/Jacket is constructed to feel like a second skin, the mesh material looks almost see-through until it's put on the rider, where it magically becomes a true solid color. Designed with exceptionally stretchy fabric that allows for freedom in the saddle, the flattering contoured fit helps you look and feel your best while competing. Well, I am sold.
The coat isn't cheap at $289.95, but neither was the Romfh coat. I've had the Romfh coat since January 2016. I'm not looking to abandon it, I still love it after all, but it wouldn't break my heart to show in something else either. Izzy has such a striking summer coat that I think we could pull it off. With the arrival of my new helmet (more on that next week), this coat might be in my closest sooner than I had expected.
Is that my credit card I see dancing in front of me?
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%