From Endurance to Dressage
We have virtually no tack stores in Bakersfield. We have several feed stores that carry some tack, but it's pretty hit and miss. And it's mostly western tack. The good thing about not having a tack store down the street is that I tend to spend less on random stuff that I don't really need.
The bad thing about not having a local tack store is that it's really easy to spend more than I should on random stuff that I don't really need. When I order what I need, I invariably throw a few random items in the cart to either meet the shipping requirement, or because I really want it and I'm already ordering. Yesterday I wrote about a few show supplies that I would like to have for our next two-day show. I got to looking at my show calendar and realized that our next two-day show is in less than three weeks. If I planned to have Quic Braid or a stall chain for the show, I needed to start ordering right now.
I started out by shopping at my two favorite go tos, Dover and Smartpak, but neither one of them had the bucket hangers that I was looking for in stock. My next option is always Stateline Tack who had just what I needed.
Stateline Tack had the bucket hangers that I was interested in so I ordered two. They also had a stall chain and the Quic Braid Spray. And then because I was already ordering, I added a cheapo braiding kit. I already have most of the things in the kit, but I really wanted the needle. It was less than $13.00 so I don't feel like it's going to bust my budget (says every binge shopper).
I still need the gloves and a new belt, but I am waiting a bit on those. I have a lead on the gloves that I want, and I've decided to go BIG on the belt. This one would do nicely, but for $50.00, I want to be SURE it's the one I want!
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%: