From Endurance to Dressage
I was so excited about spending my fifty bucks yesterday that I shared what I ordered before it even had a chance to make it here. That's not the best kind of writing as I might not have liked it in real life, or it might not have fit. Not to worry; I love it, and it fits.
For well under $40, the Horseware Quilted Vest checks off most of my boxes. It has hand warmer pockets lined with fleece - one of my must haves. There's also an inside pocket at the chest perfect for smaller items like lip balm or car keys. While the collar is fluffy, it does fold down so that it won't interfere when unzipped. I also like that the collar is lined with the same fleece as the interior of the pockets.
If there was one thing that I would change about the vest, it would be to add either zippers or an elastic panel along the sides for a bit of stretch and give. But really, at this price point, that seems a lot to ask.
Like I said yesterday, our winters are so warm that I never ride in a coat, and I frequently toss my vest to the fence once we start trotting. This vest feels like it will work from the saddle, but I won't know for sure unless I get out there pretty early. It was in the 60s yesterday!
And truthfully, the vest is so cute that if it becomes street wear, I'll be just as happy with 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.
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%: