From Endurance to Dressage
A few weeks ago, I shared a post about having some gift cards to spend at the Riding Warehouse. While I wanted everything on the list, I was having trouble justifying buying stuff that I didn't actually need. I am glad I waited because over the weekend, I found something that I do need, but I'll share that later.
Since I was placing an order, I went back and took a second look at the things that were on my list. I put a few items back (Sorry, Ovation Aqua X Breeches, you'll have to wait.). Since that post, I had also received a gift card for Dover which I used on a beautiful Kastel polo which will serve as a show shirt for when jackets are waived this summer. It was (and still is!) on sale for $29.99, and with my $4.95 shipping, it was a bargain.
Since I bought the Kastel, I didn't need two more new show shirts, so I also put one of those back - you know I love you, Horze Women's Trista, and I'll be back for you. I decided to order the F.O.A.L. Competition Shirt. F.O.A.L. is not a brand I've bought before, but if this shirt is representative of their products, I'll be back for more. It's lovely!
While the fabric isn't quite as luxurious as the Kastel's, it's still quite smooth. It's very form fitted, so go up a size if that bothers you. I ordered the large and don't have any extra room. The fold down collar is really cute with the navy print. When it's zipped up, it looks very clean and tidy. The magnetic clasp is a strong one, so I can't imagine having it fall open. While it doesn't have tie loop, my velcro tie wrapped around it easily.
Something that I did toss in the order which I hadn't considered before was a new stock tie. No matter how careful I am with my ties, they eventually get a dirt ring around the collar. I have more than several in my show box that I no longer wear (just get rid of them already!), and my one go-to is getting a bit dingy. I needed a new one.
From the photos, I couldn't tell how nice the Equetech ties were going to be. Riding Warehouse carries three of them. I took a chance and ordered the Amelia. Oh my gosh, is it pretty!
Our first show is in mid-March. With a new shirt and tie, I feel freshly attired for our move up to Second Level. Since we're still not confirmed at the level, the least we can do is look good!
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
2023 Completed …
2023 Qualifying Scores
Regional Adult Amateur Competition (RAAC)
Qualifying Training Level
3 Scores/2 Judges/60%: