Olivia over at Hellomylivia recently posted about her show outfits and I liked the idea. I wanted to wait until after our horse trials so I could include my cross country gear as well.
Dressage & Stadium
- Breeches: FITS Hannah fullseats in white. These were a gift (thanks, Mom and Dad!) as these are outside of my normal riding outfit budget. They’re not too terribly expensive but I’m
cheapthrifty and prefer to go with more budget-friendly options.
- Shirt: Ariat Sunstopper Show Shirt. Love this thing. It’s comfy, fits well and cool even when it’s hot. I also have an Equine Couture short sleeve one that I don’t like as well; it isn’t as fitted and the fabric in the back is actually pretty hot.
- Jacket: Ovation Performance Competition Coat. I love this coat. The sleeves and body are long enough for me (#tallriderproblems) since I was able to track down a long length size. I like the gray collar and the tailoring through the body is great. It’s super lightweight and lined with mesh, so when I put it on during the hot-as-heck show in September, I was pleasantly surprised that I actually felt pretty comfortable in it.
- Stock tie & pin (dressage only): Ovation pre-tied version. I don’t love it, but it worked for this season. Plain gold pin that I like because it’s simple.
- Boots: Ariat Volant front zips. I love these boots. I wish they hadn’t dropped as far as they did because I like my tall boots tall. I can’t really find them in my size anymore since the style is discontinued. Very sad.
- Miscellaneous: SSG gloves that I really don’t like. (I’d really like some new ones but I’m in self-imposed spending lockdown right now and anyway I don’t need them right now because #winteriscoming.) Ovation helmet. Would like a new one of those as well, that’s a little spiffier for shows. RWR No Knot Hair Net that I’m obsessed with – so easy to use, keeps all my thick unruly hair under control. Not sure what brand belt with a stirrup detail on the buckle. Noble Outfitters Peddies socks. No name crop for stadium.
- Saddle: County…something. Comfy, a little slippery, but fits him nicely.
- Saddle pad: Horze Dressage pad with a little silver sparkly piping. Just a little bling, nothing crazy. I like the shape of it and it’s nice quality. The silver also matches the gray on my coat and the silver on his bridle. #priorities
- Girth: Shaped dressage girth that I found in like new condition on consignment for $35 that would probably retail for $135. Super proud of that find especially since it’s a 36″ dressage girth which is just comical.
- Bridle: Unknown brand flash with silver piping. Rubber reins.
- Bit: Loose ring snaffle.
- Saddle: M. Toulouse prototype built for riders with long hip-to-knee length. Pretty proud of this find. It was brand new and it’s so pretty.
- Saddle pad: White Horze pad without piping.
- Girth: Long. Just kidding, sort of. I don’t know the brand but Stryder is so big around his girth, it’s like a 58″ or something like that.
- Bridle: Lund Saddlery flash bridle and rubber reins. Love this thing.
- Bit: D-ring snaffle with copper roller things. Just a little more than a loose ring snaffle to contain all the excitement about jumping.
- Boots: Tekna open fronts and bell boots.
- Breeches: Either my same white FITS if it’s a one-day or they’re clean enough, or Ovation Aqua-X fullseats in tan.
- Shirt: Red FITS Sea Breeze sunshirt that I got on super sale. (Remember, I’m thrifty!) I love this shirt. So comfortable and cooling – the sides are made up of two layers of mesh instead of normal fabric so it’s still opaque but super breathable.
- Vest: Charles Owen jL9. I bought this before I knew anything about vests and it has been very comfortable. However, I just learned/realized that it is BETA Level 2 and really I’d prefer to have a BETA Level 3 rated vest. Sigh.
- Air vest (sometimes): When I can borrow one from a teammate, I do like wearing an air vest. I have ridden in a PointTwo and a Hit Air, and I think I’d eventually like my own Point Two. I need to do a separate post about why.
- Boots & socks: Same as other phases.
- Belt & gloves: Same as other phases.
- Helmet: Same as other phases. One day I’d like a skull cap. Particularly the Charles Owen, which is safest helmet out there for XC.
- Hairnet: I wore my regular hairnet at Sundance and I liked it a lot even though it’s not really necessary for cross country. But when I wear my hair in a ponytail or braid, it gets pulled loose really quickly by the air vest, which can be distracting.
- Medical armband: Generic brand. I’d like a RideSafe bracelet, because my current armband likes to get loose and slide down my arm to my wrist. Super annoying.
- Pinny: Ovation brand. Nothing to write home about. It’s a pinny.
- Watch: A borrowed eventing watch. Need one of my own!
- Crop: Jack’s racing bat. I borrowed one for our outing at Sundance but I found a red, white and black one that I’m in the processes of getting because they’re awesome.
- Saddle: Same as stadium.
- Saddle pad: Roma pad that is black with red and gray piping.
- Girth: Same.
- Bridle & bit: Same as stadium.
- Boots: Red and black Woof boots that I found on eBay and ordered really cheap from England. Bell boots, too.
I really like what I’ve been able to put together over the last year or so. I still have some things to add to my collection but overall I have found good quality items that aren’t too terribly expensive.