From Endurance to Dressage
I school in a super comfy but rather plain pair of Tuffriders. The longer I ride in them, the more I like them. I am hard on my boots though so I keep a clean pair of Ariat Maestros stored in my trailer for shows.
I like the Maestros a lot as well. They're actual dressage boots, not dress boots. They've also been remarkably sturdy and long wearing. Except. The one thing that I don't like about these boots is the zipper.
Compared to the other three pairs of tall boots I've owned, the pull tab is remarkably tiny which makes getting a good grip on it difficult. Sorry, no photo. That in itself would be okay except that the zipper is also very sticky. It just doesn't slide up and done smoothly.
I keep the boots in my horse trailer, but it's reasonably well insulated and quite dry inside. They're stored in the coat closet of the living quarters which is weather proof. I don't think the zippers are getting damp out there, but I am open to suggestions.
Some time ago, I bought a large wax block used by divers. For what they use it I am not sure, but I bought it to coat the teeth of the zipper hoping it would allow them to slide more easily. It did help the zipper to slide marginally easier, but I am wondering if there is a better product out there.
Do I just need to rub more of the wax on the zipper? Do I need to heat it first? If you have a solution for sticky zippers, please share!
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%