From Endurance to Dressage
A few days ago, I reviewed the Ovation Aqua X Lightweight & Cool UV Full Seat Breeches. I need to update my review. These things are stinking AWESOME. They are so fabulous that I need them in every color. And lucky for me, they actually come in several additional colors which is why I needed to do an update.
Let me back up a bit. When I first reviewed these breeches, I lamented the fact that they were a closeout item. I hate finding a product that I like, especially breeches, only to find out that I've jumped on the bandwagon too late as they're disappearing from this earth, never to be heard from again. Just my luck.
Much to my delight, the fine ladies over at the Riding Warehouse let me know that only some of the colors were being discontinued while the rest would remain as a part of their regular inventory. Not only that, but they're adding colors this spring and fall. Be still my heart.
Besides new colors, there must be something else to necessitate an updated review, right? There is, and it's a good one. I generally wash my breeches after every one to three uses. In the summer, my breeches are only good for one, maybe two wearings. After that, they just stink beyond what I can stomach wearing. In the wintertime, I can get more wear out of them.
I have plenty of breeches. It's not like I need to stretch the wearings until laundry day. I just hate doing laundry. So when I started wearing my black pair of Ovation Aquas some time late last week, I was surprised when they still looked (and smelled) good enough for Saturday. And then they still looked good for Sunday's lesson. And then, with no exaggeration, I wore them again on Monday and Tuesday afternoons.
Here's where I am probably going to lose you. When I woke up on Wednesday morning, it was freezing cold. I knew I would have my students out on the field practicing the high jump - it's track season, so I wanted to be comfortable. On top of that, I just couldn't face changing into my barn clothes later that afternoon while shivering in the feed room. With only a moment's hesitation, I pulled my heavily worn black Ovation breeches out of my barn bag and donned a (clean) black riding shirt. I topped those with a horsey-themed fleece vest and yanked on my Dublin river boots. Some lipstick and jewelry helped dress it all up.
And do you know what? Those breeches looked sharp! There was not a stray horse hair, stem of hay, or speck of dirt on those pants. There was no bagging at the knees or butt, nor any other indication that they had been worn every day for a week. In fact, once I was back home, I shoved them back into my barn bag to wear this afternoon.
If you need a new pair of breeches, I promise you, you will not be disappointed in these. If you're looking for a deal, there are still some of the discontinued colors/sizes available. And if that's not enough incentive, message me for a 20% off discount code.
You can bet I'll be stalking Riding Warehouse's page for the new spring colors. And since my first show probably won't be until April, I have enough time to get that white pair, too.
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.
National Rider Awards
State Rider Awards
State Horse Awards
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 …
2021 Completed …
10/24-25 SCEC (***)
11/7-11/8 SB (***)
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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