From Endurance to Dressage
I have had several hundreds of dollars ($$$) of fun this past month. I am not much of a user of retail therapy, but January turned out to be one of "those months;" the kind that just kind of kick your butt. Every time I turned around I thought to myself, I really deserve that.
I started with a second Micklem bridle; this one was for Speedy. I do love it by the way, and if you are thinking of getting one, DO IT NOW!
The Micklem purchase led to the desire to spice things up a bit so I bought the clincher browband for Speedy which turned out to fit Sydney better. You cannot image how much I love this thing. When I ride Sydney, I get all kinds of warm and fuzzy feelings; it's just so pretty! It was completely worth the 20 or so bucks I spent on it. Imagine how warm and fuzzy I'd feel with some real bling!
And then I thought I might as well complete "the look" even though Speedy didn't end up with the browband. I love the pads just as much as that browband. Saddling Speedy up in pads that fit brings me so much satisfaction. He just looks so cute in his monogrammed saddle pads. I am such a dork; no need to point it out, but isn't it great that something so simple can bring so much happiness?
I have no rational for the $75 halter and lead rope purchase. I love my rope halter, which is what I've been using on Sydney for nearly two years. But somehow, I became obsessed with buying him the same Tekna halter that I bought for Speedy, but in brown. After an initial period of I am not sure about this, I have grown to LOVE this halter! I simply had to have a second one. Sorry for the less-than-flattering photo, but Sydney just would not cooperate. If you're interested in the Tekna halter, you can find it at the Riding Warehouse.
And who can buy a new halter without a lead rope? No one, that's who! I only use yacht rope leads which are on the pricier end of the lead rope spectrum. The price doesn't matter to me as these ropes last forever and feel wonderful in your hands. If you want to check out these ropes, visit the Riding Warehouse; they comes in 12 colors.
The lead rope actually has a funny story. I originally ordered it in Boring Karen Tan. No, it's not really called that, but my pals called me on it IMMEDIATELY! The thing is, I really wanted the purple one but thought it was too loud for sensible ol' me.
My email to the Riding Warehouse didn't make it on time (they ship SUPER fast), but they graciously paid for the return shipping of the tan lead and then paid to ship me the PURPLE one. You HAVE to check out this company!
By the way, Ladies, the purple is fabulous and looks super great on Sydney! Thank you all for stretching my envelope!
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
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