From Endurance to Dressage
While I don't love the SmartPak Piper Breeches, I want to love them, so I wear them every day anyway (at least until it gets summertime hot in sunny CA). Aside from the nagging butt sag, I like everything else about them. One odd thing I've discovered is that my one pair of full seats sag less than the three knee patch pairs. Who would have thought?
So when SmartPak recently launched a Piper T-shirt, I had to try it out. Here's a rundown on the newest Piper product.
Price: $10.95 - probably the best thing about the t-shirt. I don't think you could get a t-shirt this nice at Target for that price. And if you're a USEF member, the t-shirt is only $10.40.
Size: I ordered the t-shirt in a medium which seemed pretty true to size. The v-neck is cut just right, not too deep and not choking you out either. The t-shit has a longish cut so that it will stay tucked in, and while it's not advertised as a woman's cut, the t-shirt feels slightly fitted. My only complaint about the fit is that the opening for the arms is a tiny bit snug.
Fabric: I am not sure why SmartPak omitted this detail on their website, but the t-shirt is 65% polyester and 35% viscose, not cotton as I was expecting. I am glad it's not cotton though as I find cotton to be restrictive. I really like this fabric blend as the t-shirt has that broken in feel right away. It has a nice stretch to it without being clingy, but the fabric is pretty lightweight so it might not hold up past one summer's use. The fabric also has a slightly heathered look to it so it's not a solid color. I would definitely wear this t-shirt to work or out running errands.
Overall: this t-shirt is definitely worth the price tag. I am hard on my riding shirts though so I don't know if it will last more than one season, but at this price point, that's okay. I already ordered the black/gray t-shirt, and I'll get the blue jean color in a future order. I hope that SmartPak will come out with even more colors to coordinate with all the Piper Breeches.
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%