From Endurance to Dressage
Dover gets me nearly every time. Do you get those daily emails from Dover telling you about all of the wonderful crap that you don't need but suddenly feel you can't live without? All. The. Time.
My strategy for escaping the lure of buying things that I want (but don't need) is to first, open the email. I know that sounds counterintuitive, but hitting delete causes me to fret and worry that I missed a deal I can't live without which would make me dig the email out of the trash later in the day where I would then study the email even closer. Reading the email closely is a guarantee that I'll find something to buy.
Instead, opening the email while I am busy allows me to swipe up as fast as I can while convincing myself that all of the products listed are for the hunter/jumper folks which means I won't see anything that I want (but don't need). Usually, that strategy protects both my checking account and credit card. Over the weekend, my swiping finger must have been in slo-mo because I happened to see this:
Anyone that knows me even a little knows that I love socks and breeches. And for those who follow along pretty regularly, you'll remember that a few months back I was jonesing for a pair of denim breeches, but I just didn't have the cash to scratch that itch. Adulting is hard. Anyhoodle, I saw this email from Dover over the weekend, and my eye locked onto those Wellesleys. I've bought four pair of the Wellesley Silicone Full-Seats, and I LOVE them. I don't know that the Wellesley Cargos have the same fit, but for under $60, I couldn't say no.
And to prove that the Universe was okay with my moment of weakness, Dover let me save another 10% off the already crazy low price because I am a USEF member. Shipping was free of course, but after tax, my total for a pair of almost-denim-breeches came to a very budget-friendly $58.44; they usually run $129.95. I know that retail therapy is not recommended for a cash-strapped adult ammie trying to scrape together enough cash for a show season, but if I do some careful grocery shopping over the next few weeks, I can probably shave a few bucks off my weekly bill, and viola! - breeches are paid for.
Trust me; open the email!
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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%: