From Endurance to Dressage
Not long ago, my friend Jen tagged me in a Facebook post. Bless her and curse her both. The last thing I need is to be pointed at fun, fashionable and affordable riding wear. If you haven't yet heard of Esprit Equestrian Wear, you can find them on Facebook, obviously, and on their website.
I know money is tight right now; I keep blogging about it, so it must be so. Even so, this company is calling my name, loudly and repeatedly. I finally caved. Not in a big way mind you, so I think I am good, but my trigger finger is getting very restless. So what did I buy? A pair of their many, many cute breeches? Nope. I practiced self-control and went for one of their stretchy belts. You might remember that I have a HUGE thing for C4 belts, and frankly, any belt will pique my interest. I can't help it. Belts, breeches, and socks are just my thing.
I prefer the snaffle bit belts, they come in some fun colors, but the surcingle belts were on sale. Out the door with the added shipping, I paid $24.48; they normally sell for $24. The sale price essentially covered the shipping cost. They're still on sale if you're interested.
Since Esprit Equestrian Wear was new to me, I wasn't really willing to risk buying something pricier like breeches. After this experience though, I am doing everything I can to resist. First of all, the package arrived fast - win. Secondly, it was shipped in a turquoise blue bag covered in pink flamingos - another win. The belt came nestled in a little black satin bag with the Esprit logo stamped in sparkly gold - right?! And as if all that weren't enough, they tossed in some of Speedy's favorite mint candies. I am ALL IN.
They have a huge selection of breeches - all pretty much the same style, but they have oodles of interesting colors. Their three styles are the Classic, PRO, and Winter (which I'll never buy). These are actually riding tights, but tights with attitude. The company describes them as a breech-legging - the comfort of a legging with the durability and function of a breech. They are speaking my language.
The Classic has a mid-rise, faux front and rear pockets, and two large cell phone pockets on the thigh. The PRO has most of the same features except that it comes in a low rise and regular front pockets without the cell phone pockets on the thigh. They also have the Tuxedo and Lace finishes in the Classic as well as a version with no faux pockets (Ash with pink sparkles and black with gold sparkles).
I am so eager to buy a pair of these. The price is well within my comfort range, and the cute factor is way up there. My only reservation is how snugly they seem to encase the body. I do not think these will leave much to the imagination. On the other hand, many reviewers like the sculpting and compression design, so maybe one's bulges get flattened a bit? They do show a couple of images with a fuller figured gal sporting the breeches along with one of their base layer shirts, and she looks pretty nicely put together.
When I do order a pair, I've got my eye on the black Classic tights pictured above or the PRO navy blue which have the low rise which I am not too sure about. How low is low? You know what I mean? Plus, the PRO version doesn't have the cell phone pockets on the thigh which I love. So ... anyone have any experience with this company? Are these tights as nice as they look? Please convince me ... to buy or not to buy. I am not sure which.
Just kidding. I WANT them!
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
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CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
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