From Endurance to Dressage
I am a careful shopper which means I am not often disappointed in my purchases. That doesn't mean I love everything right out of the box though. These breeches, the Wellesley Cargo Full-Seat, I LOVED as soon as I slipped them on. Granted, I only paid $58.44 so my expectations weren't really that high, even so, I will definitely buy these again. The Wellesley line belongs to Dover Saddlery, so you won't find them anywhere else.
If breeches don't fit well, it doesn't matter how cheap they are. So while I am always on the hunt for budget-friendly tack and clothing, fit comes before price. A few of the reviewers on Dover's site mentioned that these breeches run a bit large, and I would agree. I wear a 32 - damn you, COVID!, but even though I knew they might run big, I bought my regular size because I hate breeches that fit snugly. I definitely have room to spare in these, so keep that in mind if you decide to grab yourself a pair. Order down if you want them snug.
Hands down, these cargo breeches win all of the marbles for comfort. I like a structured breech because they look better, but in my heart of hearts, tights are so much more comfortable. The Wellesley Cargo Full-Seats are less rigid than traditional breeches, but they offer more support than tights do. The fabric is lighter than most breeches which means I'll be able to wear these all summer long. During the worst of our heat, I can't wear my regular breeches as they are simply too heavy. These are super stretchy with a full seat that is just sticky enough. Also a plus are both the front pockets and the cargo pockets on the thighs; my phone fits!
While I would like to say that style comes before price, it's not true. I buy all of my breeches on sale, in last year's colors, or when the retailer is looking to offload excess inventory. These go for $125.95 when they're not on sale, but if you shop at Dover at all, you'll know that you never need to pay full price for anything. Wait long enough and you'll hit a BOGO sale, especially on Dover products. Would these be worth it at $125? I wouldn't pay it, but then, I only buy breeches on sale. I would easily pay more than I did though.
Since I only buy bargain breeches, I don't always get to indulge my inner fashionista. Since I tend toward conservative styles anyway, it's not a great loss. But still, I am a girl, and fun is fun. While not loud and splashy, these cargo breeches are definitely different than the typical black, gray, and navy breeches that I tend toward. I'd say their cute factor is up above the 70% mark. If nothing else, they're a little more street friendly than many of my breeches, so I plan to wear them to work. There's nothing better than not having to change once I am at the barn.
Overall, I definitely give these breeches four out of four stars.
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%