From Endurance to Dressage
Four years ago, I bought the Ovation Glitz helmet. Back then, I was worried that the bling would just be too much. I need not have worried. I loved this helmet from the second I saw it.
I have the Romfh Bling Show Coat in navy (which I LOVE) and have been hankering for a navy helmet to wear with it. As luck would have it, Riding Warehouse started carrying the Ovation Glitz helmets in both black and navy. I had to order one.
A few weeks ago, a friend shared a Riding Warehouse coupon code for 20% off (RWJA - good through 9/1/18). That's a big savings for something that you already want. The list price of the helmet was $99.95, but with the discount and free shipping, the price dropped to around $80. For a helmet this pretty, that's a steal!
As I was looking at my cart however, I decided to maximize the 20% discount and toss in something else that I've wanted to try - a gray pad for my "dingy" grey Arab. Moderately priced gray pads are not easy to find. I opted for the Horze Bristol Dressage Pad. At just under $20, it's no big deal if I don't love it for Speedy.
Ultimately, I want to replace my current gray show coat (ahem ... shrinkage?) with another one. The Montar Ava Show Coat has been calling my name for a while, but I've resisted. At $138.95, it strikes me as a bargain. In styling, it is nearly identical to the Romfh, but it's missing a feature that I am not sure I can live without - the hidden front zipper.
It's not that the jacket is that expensive, but I did just buy the helmet and pad. On top of that, I am cramming in four shows in the next month:
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%