From Endurance to Dressage
While Black Friday has passed, it seems that most of the sales are still going on which means all things LeMieux are still up for grabs. One of them, the LeMieux Merino+ Dressage Square Half Lined Saddle Pad, is already in my possession. I wrote about ordering this pad a week or two ago. It did not disappoint.
The first thing I absolutely love about this pad is how high the profile is. Izzy's withers aren't ridiculously steep, but they're ample. I don't own any pads that aren't at least slightly contoured, but this pad takes contoured to a whole new level. The high profile guarantees that there will be no pressure on your pony's withers.
I am "saving" this pad for use at shows and clinics, but since I really wanted to try it out, I've used it twice for lessons. The first time I used it, the wind was howling, so getting the saddle on without the pad blowing off meant I didn't get to really study its particulars. On Saturday, when I used it again, a few little features caught my eye.
The first was the "channels" in the billet keepers. What a clever idea, and why hasn't anyone thought of this before? You can drop your billets in like usual, or, you can use the little pocket created by the extra stitching to hold your billets in place if needed. You can see the left billet in its individual keeper. There's another stitched "pocket" for the right billet, but I didn't use it in this photo.
I also like how nicely shaped the D-ring attachments are. I always cut these things off because there is never a good way to attach them. These are perfectly contoured which makes them lay cleanly when attached to the D-rings.
While those little features are thoughtful, it is the pad itself that is so wonderful. The Merino wool is dense and luxurious, the cut of the pad is perfect, and the fabric is sturdy without looking completely utilitarian. There's not a thing I don't like about this pad.
In fact, I like the pad so much that I sent the details for the LeMieux X-Grip Silicone Square Dressage Saddle Pad to my husband with the reminder that my birthday is just around the corner ...
This one would be my every day pad ...
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%