From Endurance to Dressage
My family was particularly generous this year for both Christmas and my birthday. My dad and stepmom sent me a very lovely gift from the Riding Warehouse, but it just didn't fit, no matter how hard I tried. It was a case of too big here and there and everywhere, and of course a smaller size wasn't available. I returned the item but expressed heartfelt thanks to my parents for their generosity. On Friday, this appeared on our doorstep.
I don't generally forget that I've ordered something, although it does occasionally happen. I first assumed it was something that my husband ordered, but when I saw the return address, Riding Warehouse, I knew it was for me. Woo hoo.
Once I realized it was indeed my package and not hubby's, I quickly made the leap that it was probably a replacement birthday gift from my parents. I was right!
I always have some items in my shopping cart at Riding Warehouse. Sometimes they're in there so that I won't forget about a recommended product, but usually they're sitting there as I finish putting together a pile worth shipping out. Like socks. I had socks in my my cart, but there's no way I am paying shipping on some socks, on sale or not.
I already have a pair of the Noble Outfitters Peddies Tall Boot Socks in a solid color that were given to me as a gift. I was surprised at how much I like them. When I saw the leopard print go on sale, I threw a couple in my cart and waited for my next order.
I've mentioned a time or two that I have a thing for breeches. I can't help it; I am on a constant quest for the perfect pair. A perfect cheap pair. I am realizing that what I like in a pair of breeches (fit, bling, contrast stitching, colors) just doesn't come cheaply. Unfortunately, my frugal nature won't let me go out and buy the $175 pair that checks off all of my boxes. With gift card in hand, I decided to see what a $100 pair of breeches might look like.
After looking at every single pair of breeches that Riding Warehouse had in stock, I chose the Ovation DX Celebrity Slim Secret full seats. This pair of breeches meets most of my "likes," especially with the stylish side pocket. I don't know how they'll fit, but I am hoping the fabric is as described. My "cuter" breeches are simply too thick for our summer time heat, so I am hoping the Dry-Lex™ technology performs as advertised.
Breeches and socks are due on Tuesday. I'll let you know what I think.
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%