Once upon a time, I made very questionable fashion choices when it came to the equestrian world.
This is partially due to funds. In college, I had money for board + farrier + a few lesson and a few small shows. That was a huge luxury and only possible with the help of my parents and several part time jobs. There just wasn’t anything left over for fancy schooling clothes, and I was fine with that.
But I still wanted fancy schooling clothes.
Truthfully, I only owned 1-2 pairs of breeches at a time from me being a 10 year old kid in a weekly riding lesson all the way up to showing IHSA. Breeches were reserved for showing only, and they were tan.
I didn’t even know that colored breeches existed until I met some fancier IHSA riders on my equestrian team. They had these mysterious things called “schooling breeches” and their schooling breeches came in fun colors like charcoal, brown and darker tan! Hey… these were the early 2000’s and breeches weren’t quite so rainbow then.
Anyway, the most majestic and beautiful of the breech colors were “French Blue.” I didn’t know what made this specific shade of blue French versus German, but I did know that it was beautiful.
I wanted the french blue breeches, and I wanted them oh so badly.
Unfortunately $180 schooling breeches have been out of my realm for a very long time. My dad says that when you can’t get what you want, it just gives you something to look forward to! So when SmartPak started carrying colored TS breeches in my size – I knew I had something to look forward to.
When I transitioned to the jumper ring, I decided that the expensive breeches were now not just for schooling. Colored breeches were within my grasp, and I knew exactly what color I wanted.
And I adore them. I adore them so much.
Clothes don’t make the rider. My riding got better from lessons, not from magic breeches. But you know what? They make me feel good. I love that I have my long coveted breeches now, and I love that I worked hard to get them.
So I will rock the french blue and other colors in the future. Now I just have to pick the next color to look forward to.