|October 2011, First Level with Mr. Harley: I was deliriously happy just to have comfortable boots to wear at this show. It could only have helped my riding, as it is difficult to concentrate and relax when your feet hurt.|
When I took Harley to a local dressage schooling show in October, I vowed that if I should enter another horse show in the future, I needed to purchase some new clothes. My jacket and my new boots were fine, but the rest of my clothes were outdated (dare I say discolored?) at best and downright uncomfortable at worst.
|Waiting for a Training Level class in 2008. Harley and I had been a team for just over a year, but those clothes and boots had been with me for over a decade. Unfortunately, the relationship between me and my clothing had grown thin (pun intended).|
|And The Mare a couple years later, also at First Level and in the same clothes again. This was before I received the white gloves from my trainer. Those were a honor to be gifted.|
|On Harry in 2003 in the only Introductory test that I have ever ridden. Recognize the clothes? At least dressage clothes are meant to blend in so the emphasis is on the horse and rider. Black and white never really go out of style.|
|I just like how cute Harley looks here. He seems to be asking, "Am I doing this right?"|
|My husband and I with a good shot of my duds. How those pants have stayed white, I have no idea!|
The white, full-seat breeches that I own were a gift from my original trainer. They were an expensive pair with real leather for the seat and inner legs. Unfortunately, this meant that they were not breathable and the fabric was really too thick for summer horse shows. They looked really nice and they were too good quality to waste in the closet, so I continued to wear them at the occasional horse show that I attended. To the manufacturer's credit, they still look new. I will keep them forever and may wear them again, but for now they have been replaced by "cheap yet tasteful and, most importantly, summer appropriate" clothing!
I still need to try everything on to see if they fit, but so far I am happy with the products, which I received having only viewed them in the online catalog. SmartPak is so fast with delivery and has lots of reasonably-priced merchandise. I also get a break on some items, because I purchase SmartPak supplements for Harley. Needless to say, I am a SmartPak fan.
|My original (and discolored) show bow and stock pin. Look how stretched out the hair net is! I absolutely cannot tuck my hair under my helmet. I would need a larger-sized helmet for that and probably some headache medicine.|
In addition to my black coat (a gift from Mom) and my yearling boots (although they don't look new anymore), I will continue to use my original stock pin, which my Mom bought for me when I was a little kid taking lessons, and the white, leather gloves, which my original trainer also gave to me for shows, and my velveteen helmet, although I keep the velveteen concealed with a smooth, black cover. I have to remain a little old-school. People already think that I look younger than I am, so I do not want to appear to be a total noob because all my clothes and gear are new. Hopefully, my riding will lend some clue, but you never know!
It seems an old expression is in order.
"All dressed up with no where to go."
I may be able to remedy that situation. I am looking to visit a new site for a dressage schooling show. There are many things that must fall into place before that can happen, such as transportation arrangements, and, of course, the weather has to cooperate, which is no small thing these days. We will see!