From Endurance to Dressage
Now that Izzy is starting to feel show ready, I've been thinking about what I "need" to finish off our look(s). My helmet and show coat are navy. I have two shirts that I prefer over all the others; one is white/navy and the other is white/burgundy.
I really like showing in a crisp, white pad, so I probably won't need to add a new show pad as I have more than several. Other than that, there are a few other things that I want to complete each "show look" for Izzy. First, the noise canceling bonnet that I ordered finally arrived. It's navy, so it will work on the days that I show in my navy coat, helmet, and shirt. I'll use a white pad which completes that ensemble.
With our summer heat, it's pretty common for coats to be waived both days of a two-day show. The navy shirt will work fine with the helmet and bonnet, but the burgundy shirt, not so much. Now I need to round out a second outfit for the days when I were that shirt.
For the second "look," I want my accessories to be black as trying to find matching burgundies would not be easy. First, I want another LeMieux noise cancelling bonnet, but this time in black. This bonnet will also work with the black LeMieux Merino+ Dressage Square Half Lined Saddle Pad that I already bought for schooling the night before a show and also while at clinics.
The next thing I want is a black Ovation Glitz Helmet. I love this helmet. The S/M fits me perfectly, and the price is ridiculously reasonable for a helmet this pretty. I already have two - the navy version for showing and one I use for everyday. My schooling Ovation Glitz is just way too dusty and dirty to bring to a show.
If I am creating a wish list, there's one more bonnet I want. I have a serviceable black bonnet that I've been using to help Izzy acclimate to wearing one. It works, but now I want one in navy to match the brand new navy LeMieux ProSport Cotton Square Dressage Saddle Pad that I just bought for everyday use. While I would love a second LeMieux bonnet, the basic model without the noise cancelling liner is still really expensive. There are cheaper options like this Equine Couture Fly Bonnet.
My birthday is just around the corner, and I sometimes get a little cash to spend. If not, I'll just start checking things off the list one by one. I think the black bonnet would be first followed by the new helmet. That means the just for fun schooling bonnet would probably be last.
Well, unless I need it to meet the minimum price for "free" shipping. Gets us every time, doesn't it?
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.
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