From Endurance to Dressage
My Five (Birthday) Things
... also known as even more birthday swag!
I am either the most frustrating person to buy for, or the easiest. If it has a horse on it, I'll love it. With that being said, it must be exasperating to buy gifts for me because that's all I ever want!
My step-mom has obviously caved because now she's even handcrafting equine-related gifts for me. Check out these five things!
Yes, those really are feedbags! I am not sure exactly how she does it, but they are crafted on a sewing machine. The one on the right is strictly made from the feed bag, handle included. The one on the left is much fancier!
[Lauren, are you checking these out? These seem right up your alley!!!!]
This bag has nylon handles that are even stitched closed at the top so they are narrower and less bulky.
This bag also has an adorable liner in a horsey print along with an interior canvas pocket. I don't know a lot about fabrics, but I want to know where she bought this piece. It says, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." - Michelangelo
Included in the gift box were these other items: a "sippy" cup, mug, and journal. Each has a dressage motif, which I love, Check out the sippy cup - the evolution of a dressage rider, too funny! I am off on a road trip today so this is definitely coming with me! The mug says Dancing with Horses. I broke my last trailer coffee mug, so this one is going in the trailer for my over-night stays. The journal is also going in the trailer as it is perfect to use at clinics and shows.
And if the text on the journal's cover isn't the perfect idea to take to a clinic, nothing is!
Many thanks to my step-mom and dad for the birthday gifts. I'd always rather have an equine-inspired gift than anything else. The mere image of a horse brings me joy.
1/9/2015 11:33:33 pm
I'm soooooooo JEALOUS!! Moms got serious skills!!!! Super duper sensational gifts!!!! I'm not kidding!!
1/10/2015 12:20:35 am
The feed bag "bag" is so awesome!
1/10/2015 12:38:58 am
We're so glad you're enjoying your gifts! It was a super fun project. Oh, and when I saw the Michelangelo quote with the horse on it, I knew it was for you. That sooo reminds me of you working with your horses that it brought tears to my eyes! Talk to you soon! xoxo
1/12/2015 10:21:02 am
I do try so hard to bring out the best in every horse that I own. I may be slow at it, but they always turn out better than they arrived. Michelangelo's words are definitely an inspiration for every horse lover. :0)
Dr. Petrus, DVM from Yucca Valley
1/10/2015 06:27:21 am
Karen! Such thoughtful, useful, appropriate (for you) gifts! I would seriously buy some of those feed bag bags! And I love the quote on the notebook.
1/12/2015 10:19:07 am
So nice to hear from you, Dr. P (and Cristina too)! :0)
1/12/2015 12:34:51 am
Those bags are the coolest!
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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.
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