From Endurance to Dressage
I know that everyone has their favorite brands of breeches, and while I am not a snob, I am also kind of picky about what I ride in. I can't stand to pay too much for pants that I regularly trash. I do a lot of barn chores that typical boarders don't do. I feed every day, turn horses out, fill water troughs, drag the sprinklers around (they're dirty and heavy), add bedding to my stalls, sweep everywhere, and so on. I get pretty grimy, and so do my clothes.
It's hard to spend $175 on a pair of breeches when you know they're going to be used as work wear on top of riding wear. I like the TuffRider brand; they fit and wear well, and the price is very easy to swallow. They're under $45. Even though I am happy with the TRs, I have been dying to try out SmartPak's Piper breeches. Another student of JL's has a pair, and they are really nice looking. C swears they are comfortable, and they do feel sturdy enough for the kind of use that I'd give them (she let me give them a feel).
But. They're $80. For non-show breeches, that's above what I want to pay. So imagine my surprise when this showed up today in my email's inbox ...
So, a new pair of Piper breeches are on their way. I chose the Anthracite with Electric Coral even though the charcoal with light gray was screaming my name. Surprisingly, I said no to the conservative gray pair. I am starting to dig this living on the edge thing.
The best part is that the breeches only cost $59.55 total (free shipping)! And if they don't fit, or I don't like them, SmartPak will happily pay the return shipping.
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%: