From Endurance to Dressage
HorseLoverz.com is a great shopping resource, but you have to really know what you want. They run amazing sales, but you often get what you pay for. Case in point: they are having a sale on their Ashley line of breeches. The price was simply too good to pass up so I ordered 5 pairs: 2 pair of the full seat, and 3 pair with knee patches. The total was $111 and some change.
Here is what someone else had to say about this brand on COTH:
This has pretty much been my feeling about the breeches, and since the fit was barely "okay," I returned them.
I am pretty picky about breeches. I like to have a lot of stretch (these had virtually none), I really like a pocket (okay in that department), I prefer little to no cotton (these were 95% cotton), and I like a ribbed fabric (these were smooth). I couldn't justify keeping five pair of breeches that were a miss in three out of four categories just because it was inconvenient to return them.
I kept one pair though. I really wanted them to work, even though they had no stretch, so I used one pair of the full seats during a recent lesson. Once they stretched out a bit (during wear) they were serviceable, but just barely. It was particularly hot and humid that day, and I almost ran back home to change; they were that uncomfortable. I think that they'll be better as winter breeches when I don't need them to fit my sweaty, heat enlarged body.
After I got home and stripped them off, I looked over at the rest of the breeches, still in their packaging, and thought, no way I want a drawerful of these things! I'd rather be out the $8.50 it will cost to return them (prepaid shipping label included) than to be stuck with $70 worth of breeches that I don't want to wear.
The breeches I prefer are the Tough Rider Low Rise Ribbed Breech at about $40 a pair. I could send the Ashely's back and order at least one pair of the Tough Riders. But since I don't even need breeches right now, I'll just bank the return money for a later day. And besides, there is a pair of show breeches I've had my eye on. I'd rather buy those in a few months than ride around in breeches I hate.
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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