From Endurance to Dressage
I am pretty sure my gift givers have already checked me off their lists, so this is really an after Christmas list. I nearly always get a bit of cash and a Riding Warehouse Gift card, two of my favorite things, so this list is what I'd like to get with that hoped-for-cash/gift card combo.
#1 - LeMieux Engage X-Grip Full Seat Silicone Breeches; $112.95
We all know that I already own about 40 pairs of breeches. Sadly, most of them were bought back when I was reluctant to spend a bit more to get riding wear that was truly flattering and comfortable while still being functional. In fact, I've weeded out everything that I don't adore and have piled it to sell or give away. Even with that purge, I still have more than enough everyday breeches, but ...
A little good news that I haven't yet shared here: I have lost a bit over 30 pounds with around 5 to go. That means all of my everyday breeches, and even those I show in, are really baggy, and not just a little loose around the waist. I can actually pull them off without unbuttoning them.
Enter the LeMieux breeches ...
#2 - Romfh Ladies' Long Sleeved Signature Show Shirt; $79.95
Not only are my breeches too large, but so are most of my shirts. If I am getting new show breeches, I need a new shirt as well. Am I right? In all seriousness, my tastes have begun to change and my determination to stick with a more conservative look is beginning to waver. Coming from the endurance world where everything was neon or wildly colored, the elegance of black and white spoke to me. No longer. I am ready for some pizzaz!
The Romfh Show Shirt would definitely work in the maroon color, but I'd love it more in navy. By the time I am ready to spend my Christmas cash, I bet some new spring colors will be available. For now, I'll take this one in a medium.
#3 Ovation Glitz Riding Helmet; $99.95
I love this helmet. It fits me perfectly, it's comfortable, and it's fun to wear. In fact, I have three of them already. One is old and tucked away for guests. My second one is one I bought last year as my new show helmet. Now I want to replace the third one, my everyday helmet. It's been around for several years, and while I haven't had a fall in it, it does get baked in the sun while I ride. I wear a small/medium.
#4 B Vertigo Lexington Dressage Saddle Pad; $59.95
My boys could use a few things as well. I bought this pad in white for last season, and it looked great on Speedy. The trim sparkled in the light, giving the pad a really fancy air. If I have a bit of money to spend, having the navy one along with my white one, would give me some options at two-day shows.
#5 Pyranha Wipe N Spray Equine Fly & Insect Repellent Spray; $52.95
Last summer, in an effort to protect Izzy's coat from fading, I ditched my beloved Pyranha and gave several other products a try. His coat still faded and the flies harassed him mercifully. He rubbed out his mane and tried to do the same to his tail. I am not making that mistake again. Our particular breed of flies despise the Pyranha, but only the oil-based version. They walked right through the water-based formula. A gallon of this stuff would make a great gift!
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.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
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 …
5/16-17 El Sueño (***)
5/23 TMC (*)
6/12-13 SB (***) OR
6/19-20 El Sueño (***)
6/27 TMC (*)
7/3-4 Burbank (***) OR
7/17-18 El Sueño (***)
7/25 TMC (*)
8/14-15 RAAC (Q) (***)
8/29 TMC (*)
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
4/10-11 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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