From Endurance to Dressage
Too Cute For Words
It might have been a pain in the neck, but the embroidered pad that I ordered for Izzy turned out super cute!
I tried to get the "ü" done correctly, but SmartPak wasn't able to do it with this font. They called me to say that the ü couldn't be done which caused yet another delay. I didn't want to take even more time trying to find a different font, so I told them to drop the ü.
This is the Union Hill Dressage Pad. I ordered another one a few weeks ago as a show pad. When I saw how well it fit, I knew I had to have another one for schooling. When SmartPak offered free embroidery, I couldn't resist. And at $20, this pad is a total steal.
It fits perfectly, and I love the simplicity of the design. I hope SmartPak doesn't run this deal very often, or I may end up with even more pads that I don't need.
I cannot think of a better way to spend $20. Money well spent indeed.
5/26/2016 11:24:52 am
I am in very good company then!
5/26/2016 11:26:12 am
Thanks! I wish SmartPak offered the RPSI bridge in their breed logos. :0)
5/26/2016 08:47:34 am
Did you know there is a workaround for this? Ever since typesetting/the computer age, umlauts were not used in URLs, for example, because they would not be accessible to users in other nations who do not know how to type an umlaut (although any computer can do it). The workaround was to add an e after the vowel that should have an umlaut. My husband's email addy contains his name and since it has an o umlaut, he has oe instead . I type without umlauts cuz although I'm typing on a German keyboard right now, I never bothered to learn where those characters are, so I always use the e option. It's slightly less professional, but I really don't care about how my emails look, using proper German grammar is hard enough. So if I look at your saddle pad, I'd be tempted to pronounce his breed improperly, because there is a difference in the sound between a u and a ue. Not to sound like a snob: as an American I cannot easily hear the difference, but Germans hear it right away. An example is the difference you hear between the words beg and bag. You hear it, as a West coast resident, I think, but some might not. If I were you, I'd pay another 20$ to get the e put in, just so people don't pronounce his breed wrong. Oh wait, probably the Zw is impossible anyway so never mind, it's all good. Now you probably know my husband's name: )
5/26/2016 11:42:48 am
I can type the umlaut without trouble on my Mac (I even have the key stroke memorized). It was the embroidering machine that couldn't do it. :0) And here, those who have never heard of the Zweibrucker horse just sound it out. Most of us here pronounce it as zwi (long I) broo (as in zoo) ker. I think the w is actually pronounced as a v sound, as in "svi", but that would sound pompous to our American ears. :0)
5/26/2016 12:16:46 pm
you learned the umlaut keys? you are dedicated! respect. it was a bible engraver that couldn't give me my husband's name properly on his bible so i gave up.
5/26/2016 02:13:56 pm
Pompous might have been a strong word. :0) We just Americanize everything so when you hear someone say it "correctly," the rest of us roll our eyes. Not me - I DIG foreign languages - whenever we travel abroad, I try VERY hard to learn as much of the language as I possibly can. I carry a phrase book and ALWAYS try in the native language before pantomiming. As a last ditch effort, I switch to English. My Portuguese got pretty decent in just a week, and I hope my Italian will work.
5/26/2016 11:48:58 am
I hope you'll share what you end up with! :0)
5/26/2016 12:07:08 pm
I have one for Mia as a show pad and have been very pleased as well. I agree, if they run this special often, I may end up with even MORE saddle pads....
5/26/2016 02:18:34 pm
I totally hear that! Embroidery is FUN!!!!
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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.
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