From Endurance to Dressage
What do you do when you have money to blow, but you don't need anything? My mom sent me an awesome gift card to the Riding Warehouse, but there isn't anything that I've been itching for.
I am spending it, no worries there, but I feel like I should really make my purchases count. I've been trying to look ahead at the upcoming show season, fly season, grooming season, and hot weather season to predict what I am going to need later this year.
So far, here's what I've got:
The Ovation Aqua X Lightweight & Cool UV Full Seat Breeches
The only reason I am even considering adding yet another pair of breeches to my already HUGE supply is because these are purported to be summer breeches which means quick drying and moisture-wicking. It gets damn hot in Bakersfield. And even though I have 5 pairs of breeches that I regularly rotate through, 4 others that I occasionally wear, and 7 additional pair that I can wear when desperate (I am not even counting the 10 - 15 stashed in a drawer), I could use a fresh looking pair.
DSB Dressage Boots
Speedy has the black boots in white fleece, and they're still going strong after nearly three years. Izzy's white pairs have fallen apart, and that is no comment on the quality of the boots. He's just gross. He sweats more than any horse I've ever had which means his boots get laundered a lot more frequently. I try to do them by hand, but occasionally, they just need a good pounding in the washing machine. He needs fronts and backs.
Equiderma Neem & Aloe Fly Spray
I am a die hard Pyranha user - our flies hate it, and it actually works. The drawback is that it seems to exacerbate the coat fading with which Izzy struggles. Since moving to the ranch where he only has trees for shade, Izzy's coat really fades out. When he was at our last barn, he spent a lot more time inside which kept his coat dark and shiny. A friend speaks highly of this stuff, so I am willing to give it a try.
Andis UltraEdge Clipper Blades
My clippers are at least 20 years old. Over the years, I've replaced the blades when they seemed dull which means I have a small pile of old blades in my clipper bag. I am not sure why I've saved them. I only clip bridle paths, jaw hair, and fetlocks so my clippers don't get the same kind of workout as when you body clip, but bridle paths still dull the blades.
F.O.A.L. Competition SS Shirt
Since it is so hot here in the summer, jackets are commonly waived. I have at least six shows planned for this season, and four of them will be during the heat of summer. While I have two nice collared shirts, I get tired of seeing the same shirts in photo after photo. If I buy two new show shirts, I'll be able to tell from which show a photo came.
Horze Women's Trista Shirt
I already have three of these, so I know without question that it will work. I showed in the gray one last year and loved how cool it kept me when jackets were waived.
If I bought every single thing on my list, I'd be at $268.00 which is about $58 over my limit. Something's going to have to go ... I am looking at you, breeches. I need to let my cart sit for a day or two. I just can't decided what I need or want the most.
Actually, I do know what I want ... more money!
Post Publish edit: I also need a new half pad. This one. And this stock tie.
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 Second Level. He is a 2008, 16'3 hand warmblood gelding. His Rheinland Pfalz-saar International (RPSI) name is Imperioso.
CDS Sapphire Rider Award
Third Level: 63.514%
Third Level: 62.105%
2021 Show Season
(r) Ride-a-Test Clinic
(Q) Must Qualify
2021 Pending …
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
2021 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
2nd Level Qualifying
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%:
Score 1: 60.610% Bhathal
2nd Level Qualifying
5 Scores/4 Judges/61%:
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