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CNER United States Pony Club Dressage Rally - May 11, 2019

Our very first ever PC rally was this past Saturday at Apple Knoll Farm in Millis, MA. It kind of cracks me up that I joined PC for the express purpose of access to more jumping instruction opportunities, and my first mounted experience is a dressage rally hahaha.  

But honestly, it was so much fun.  Maybe it is because I am so used to showing alone or maybe because I love the show prep and set up just as much (if not more) than the actual riding, but competing in a PC rally is now one of my most favorite experiences.  And I cannot wait to do more!  I think the only thing different for this show was having to label EVERYTHING with my name.  Otherwise, my show prep was just the same as normal.

Sadly, our original team of four riders ended up dwindling to just two, as one young rider ended up sick with a 103 fever and a barn was quarantined because of a horse with EHV-4 so none of the PC members from that large boarding barn could attend. Therefore, my remaining teammate and I were split …

Dressage cowgirl?? Nah, I just dress like one.

Things have been crazy around here, hence the lack of posts!  Sorry readers!  It is the end of quarter two, and this English teacher is up to her eyeballs in grading writing portfolios.  I am halfway done though, so that is a good thing!

Lots of horsey things have been going on, but nothing has really sparked my interest in writing.  LOL!  And it has been brutally cold.  I mean, arctic cold.  As much as I want to ride in the beautiful snow, it is just too cold for me and the ponies.   At least the sun is out, I suppose!


Something funny dawned on me today and I wanted to write about it.  I thought about how a nice dressage rider (and occasional eventer) like myself has accumulated so many WESTERN shirts!  LOL!  Yes, readers.  Western shirts!!  WHY you might ask?


Well, I don't know.  :)  Dreamy and I did try our hand at showing Western pleasure this past year at the Standardbred National Show.  It was a lot of fun.  But I wore a sparkly Western show shirt for that.  Will I show Western again?  Maybe.  It honestly does not interest me that much compared to dressage.  But I do really have a desire to try team penning.  Granted, my Western saddle is a show saddle, but what the hell. 


But, I am not talking about the sparkly show shirts.  I mean the yoke pearl button WESTERN shirts.  A few years ago, I found this pretty Western shirt by Roper for $5 including shipping on eBay.  I go through cycles with eBay where I will ignore it for months and then shop it for weeks.  How could I NOT buy this NWOT five dollar shirt????  :)


It is cute, and I love the buttons and yoke thing.  For some reason I really like the pearl buttons on Western shirts.....???  LOL!


Then along came a few others, such as these two Wrangler shirts found at Tractor Supply for $3 each.  Seriously?  Who can resist a shirt for $3??  Suddenly, I liked dressing like a cowgirl!  Tee hee!



And last year at Tractor Supply again, I found this one.  It was on sale, but I think I spent around $12.


And then this is the latest one, though it came from Macy's!  My husband bought it for me for Christmas...it is by Style and Co.  It looks a lot brighter in the pic than in real life.  It is more fitted with a lower neckline than my Wrangler and Roper shirts, but I still love it.



You know, I see a trend...hues of pink, brown, and turquoise???  LOL!  I like to wear them on Jeans Friday at school with one of my belts with the big silver buckles.  The kids get a kick out of it.  Of course, I pair them with my Danskos, my teaching footwear of choice.  No cowboy boots here.......yet??  (I do like the Ariat FatBaby boots a lot, but have not bought any).

So anyway, it just struck me funny how much I love my Western styled shirts.  Am I a dressage cowgirl?????  Nah.....I just like to dress like one!  ;-D

Comments

Kate said…
There's an award waiting for you, should you choose to swing by my blog! Btw, I love how much more colour co-ordination western riders get!
AareneX said…
The local Goodwill store has a can't-miss-it Western Stuff sale every summer (right before Fair!), and they feature everything that has anything to do with the American West, horses, and cowboys...including Western Shirts. I love 'em, and usually buy a few "new" additions to the wardrobe every year. My fave: denim with leather fringe, which cost about $5.

Score!!!!

p.s. the Ariat Fatbaby boots are very comfy for on-your-feet-all-day work. I love mine.
Dom said…
They're PRETTY. I want to buy and wear them and I'm an English rider too.