From Endurance to Dressage
First off, yes, I like these tights/breeches. But who in the heck is that model and how much does she weigh because there is no way in a million years I'd tuck a shirt in with these.
For the record, I am fairly thin at 123 pounds, but at 5'3" I am not skinny. Being vertically challenged means the weight gets compressed into a small package. I chose the Ovation Aerowicks because they have belt loops which means I should be able to tuck stuff in and wear a belt. Less self-conscious ladies might do so, but not me. Proof below.
Unlike traditional full seats, these tights have definitely kept me cooler and drier on the warm days that I've worn them. But let me warn you, these babies give new meaning to the word "tights." They're super stretchy, and I love, love, love, the freedom of movement they give me, but they cling to every curve I've got. I probably should have gone for a darker color, but I was looking for something to help beat the heat.
These tights have a lot going for them that I do like. The pockets are what really sold me though. I don't ride with my phone, but I like it on me as I putter around the ranch doing chores. The Horze Juliet tights I bought last year don't have a pocket, something I really miss even though I love those tights. The pockets on these tights are big enough to hold my chunky phone, but when nothing is shoved in there, they lie flat and smooth against my thigh.
I also love the silicone seat, about which I am pretty picky. Some are just flat out too sticky. If I can hear the silicone ripping away every time I post, you've lost me. I've said this about 7 million times already; I want just enough texture on my full seats to keep me from sliding around, but that's all I want. And while I prefer a traditional full seat breech, they're just too hot for California's summer months.
I've been wearing this pair of tights for close to a week, and they look clean every time I pick them up off the floor. They were even dirty in these photos, but you can't tell. Even after laundering, they looked brand new. Will they still look good after 6 months? I am thinking they will.
I am still searching for that magical pair of tights that hides all of my lumps and bumps, possesses the perfect grip, has pockets, and comes cheap. These don't check off every box completely, but at $54.95 (less since I used a 20% off coupon), they are nearly perfect.
Next time I'm getting them in navy!
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%