My debut in the jumper ring with Simon is just a few days away! Squeeeeeeeeee! Naturally, part of the reason I’m excited is because I get to wear all the fun tack. That is a reason for celebration… not stressing about late leads, super bonus!
That being said, I really try to live by the philosophy that I should only use things I need on my horse. Though jumper tack is super fun, I don’t currently need a flash or figure 8. I don’t need a belly guard. I don’t need a smancy jumper bit. You get where I’m going with this…
Plus, I didn’t want to go drop a bunch of money on unnecessary tack. If I stick to the jumper ring I have some needs that I’ll be trying to acquire (first on that list – open front boots!) but for one show he’s just fine in his hunter stuff.
Still, I wanted to be spiffy… so I decided to spruce up some of my old items. First off I picked up my “show saddle pads” and got some new embroidery done at a local place. My monogram on one, and Simon’s show name on the other. No picture because embroidery place took forever, but that’s a different story.
Next up I selected my (matching) bonnets and decided I wanted to add some bling to them. Gleefully I headed to the craft store to pick out supplies.
And then after a lazy Friday night in front of television, I had my sparkly bonnets. Maybe not fancy custom De La Coeur, but for $20 worth of supplies and $20 for each bonnet, I think they look pretty good!
Finally I wanted to give my helmet some pizazz with the fabulously popular monograms from Personally Preppy. I also got a monogram for my breeches too… just need to iron it on!
While these little purchases don’t have quite the pop that a new pair of Equifit boots would… I didn’t break the bank and I have a special collection of improved items to give me a little confidence in the jumper ring this weekend!