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CNER Eventing D Rally - October 6, 2019

I almost didn't attend the last Pony Club rally of the year, because I wasn't sure if I wanted to show in the dressage show on Saturday and then the rally the following day.  But seeing as this rally with Central New England Region (through Atlantic Pony Club) is only for riders at the D level, and my plan is to earn my C-1 next year, I knew that this was my one and only chance to compete.  I also figured Ellie was more than capable of doing two Training level tests the day before an event.  And as a D-3 rider, I was required to do BN Test A and jump 2'3", which seemed like a perfect move-up opportunity.
Of course, it was an early morning adventure to get to the Groton Fairgrounds in Massachusetts, a place I had never been to before and is 2.5 hours away.  I left the house at 4:30am (OUCH) and luckily had a super easy drive down to MA.  It was only 29 degrees when I left, and it wasn't much warmer when I arrived at the grounds just before 7am.  There was still fros…

Two-in-One Tack Review: Jin Stirrups and Essentially Eryn Stirrup Covers

In an effort to be matchy-matchy, because clearly that is what I do best, I purchased these Jin stirrups for my jumping saddle for the XC phase.  They are made of aluminum and feel super lightweight; I believe I read somewhere that each stirrup is less than a pound each.  I specifically chose these because of the color, but I also did NOT want to buy a pair of Lorenzini stirrups because all I have read about is their poor durability.  For the price, I did not want to see chips all over my fancy stirrups.  Also, I wanted a wide stirrup pad and I like the 4 degree slight angle.  



So far, I have ridden in them several times on the flat and I love them!  The wide pad is stable and I like how my creaky old knees feel with the slight angle.  I have tried jointed stirrups but wasn't crazy about them, but these stirrups definitely are comfortable.  

I had placed the order in early August, hoping I could use them at Area I Schooling HT Champs, but alas, since they shipped from Canada (and therefore cost a lot less!), they arrived about a week later. 😔  Therefore, I have not yet jumped in them, but riding out the bucks of a sassy pants five year old is pretty much the same thing (right?!).  Hahaha Ellie has had a few "exciting" moments and these felt super comfortable and sturdy while I was trying to stay in the saddle haha!  


Of course, as I waited for them to arrive, I got worried they would scratch my saddle itself.  While I only really planned to use them to jump XC, I figured it wouldn't hurt to have nifty stirrup covers to protect my saddle.  Because honestly, I really like the stirrups enough to keep them on my saddle other than just when I am showing.  

So, I reached out again to Eryn of Essentially Eryn, where I bought my nifty matchy saddle covers.  And they work great!  I love the entire setup and I really hope these stirrups stay looking as nice as they do with no chipping!!  



Comments

  1. Those stirrups are so pretty. I want a pair now.

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    1. They are awesome! You really need a pair, of course! ;-)

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  2. Those are interesting stirrups. I love the idea of the stirrup covers. Hmm...

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    1. You can't go wrong with Eryn if you want stirrup covers (or any of her products, really!)

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  3. Heart eyes emojis. I love love love the green!

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