From Endurance to Dressage
In fact, I am pretty sure I do. I know that it's simply because show season is right around the corner, but suddenly, I want every blingy pad I see. I recently bought the Horze Dressage Satin Crystal Pad, and boy, oh, boy is it ever beautiful! This one, the Weatherbeeta Prime Bling Dressage Saddle Pad looks super sparkly, especially if you zoom in on the details.
On a day where coats are waived, which is every summertime show in Central California, I think this pad would look stunning with my burgundy show shirt.
Even better is that the pad also comes in navy (and black). And wouldn't you know it, but I have the same shirt in NAVY.
I seriously can't decide which one is better, the navy or the burgundy. Speedy looks great in any color, but I sort of like the burgundy for Izzy.
The pad sells for $65.99 which is pretty pricey. With a discount code, I can get it for $56.09, but even that is still a bit expensive especially since I recently bought the satin pad and haven't even shown in it yet.
I like making deals though, so here's what I am thinking. Izzy is scheduled to do a CDS-rated show near the end of April. If he does well, like scores at least 60%, I'll get the pad. I don't know yet which color, but I'll feel like he's earned one or the other. The risk in waiting of course is that the pad sells out of the color I ultimately choose. That's probably safer for my checking account though.
If only money grew on trees ...
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%: